Bachelor of Arts
in Public Health
Doctor of Public Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
Registered Yoga Teacher
Francisco State University (1985) La Raza Studies
Universidad Complutense - Madrid (1985) Spanish Philology
University of California, Berkeley (1992) Community Health Education
University of California, Berkeley (1999) International Health,
Women, Gender & Sexuality
University of Michigan (2000) Community Based Participatory Research
Yoga Alliance, Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (2005)
8/00 – present
1993 – present
1/96 – 12/98
Associate Professor, Health Education Department, San Francisco State University
Traveling Faculty, International
Honors Program in Health and Community, Boston University
Educational Consultant: Berkeley Media
Studies Group, Prevention Institute, Youth Radio
Graduate Student Instructor, School of Public Health & Women Studies Department, UC Berkeley
Youth Radio Community Based Participatory Book Project, "Drop That Knowledge."
UCSF, School of Nursing, "Social Construction and Meaning of Youth Violence."
UC Berkeley Media Studies Group, “Spanish Language TV
News Portrayals of Youth & Violence.”
PRACTICE Public Information Officer and Health
Educator, City of Berkeley Health Department
Violence Prevention Specialist, Emergency Preparedness & Injury Control, CA Department of Health Services
Program Coordinator, CAL in the City, Office
of Student Affairs, UC Berkeley
Trainer/Technical Assistant, Child Assault Prevention
Training Center of Northern California
2006 India, China, South Africa
Traveling Faculty, International Honors Program on Global Health and Community.
1999 Guatemala, Volunteer
Development Exchange (IDEX), public health and community research.
1998 Peru, Presenter
Advocacy Training at the “Threshold of the Next Millennium,” UNESCO.
1988 Costa Rica, Trainer
child abuse prevention conference, Paniamor foundation.
V. Chavez & R. Turalba, “Pedagogy
of Collegiality” Quick Hits for Educating Citizens, Indiana University
L. Soep & V. Chávez, “Youth Media and The Pedagogy of
Collegiality,” Harvard Educational Review, 2005.
E. Flores & V. Chávez, “Latino Health,” The Oxford
Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, Eds. Suzanne
Obloer and Deena J. Gonzalez, Oxford University Press, New York,
V. Chávez, “Silence Speaks: The Language of Internalized
Oppression and Privilege in Community Based Research,” Metropolitan
Universities Journal, April 2005.
V. Chávez, B. Israel, A. Allen, R. Lichenstein, M. DeCarlo, A.
Schulz, R. Bayer, & R. McGranaghand, “A Bridge Between Communities:
Video Making and Community Based Participatory Research,” Health
Promotion Practice, 2004.
V. Chávez & L. Dorfman, “Spanish Language Television
News Portrayals of Youth and Violence in California.” In I. Torres
& G. Cernada, Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion in Latino
Populations, Baywood Publishing Company, New York, 2003.
V. Chávez, B. Duran, Q. Baker, M. Avila, & N. Wallerstein,
“The Dance of Race & Privilege in Community Based Participatory
Research.” In Minkler M. & Wallerstein N. Community Based
Participatory Research, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2003.
V. Chávez, “Language, Gender and Violence in Qualitative
Research,” International Quarterly Community Health Education, 2002.
V. Chávez, “Operational Definitions of Youth Violence in
Empirical Research,” International Quarterly Community Health Education, Vol. 18, 2, 1999.
L. Dorfman, K. Woodruff, V. Chávez, & L. Wallack, “Youth
and Violence on Local Television News in California,” American
Journal of Public Health, Vol. 87, No. 8, 1996.
Chávez, Gold in Gray, (2003) 22-minute documentary on senior
volunteer leaders as an uptapped resource in public health, University of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health.
V. Chávez, A Bridge Between Communities, (2000) 32-minute
documentary on the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center which highlights the principles of Community Based Participatory Research in Public Health.