Associate Director, Community Engagement
Office of the Provost
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
As the Associate Director of Community Engagement, Dr. Lopez supports k-12, undergraduate, graduate and post baccalaureate students seeking to enhance their preparedness for subsequent training in the health professions and biomedical sciences. Dr. Lopez' role is to lead and influence the implementation of initiatives of growth and maintenance of a culture of inclusion and ensure these initiatives support BCM's mission and values. Dr. Lopez works to build trust-based relationships with community stakeholders to ensure outreach initiatives align with institutional goals.


BA from University of Houston
Anthropology, Sociology
MPH from University of Texas School of Public Health
Community Health Practice
DPH from University of Texas School of Public Health-DrPH
Management, Policy, and Community Health
Graduate Certificate at University of Michigan School of Public Health Epidemiology Institute
Epidemiology of Sexually Transmitted Infections
Graduate Certificate at University of Michigan School of Public Health Epidemiology Institute
Community-Based Participatory Research

Honors & Awards

2015 AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholar in Residence
2017 CityLeader MCH Leadership Fellowship
2011 BirthWorks International Doula Training
2017 Centering Facilitator
2010 Connections Shame Resilience Curriculum Facilitator

Professional Statement

Dr. Kimberly Kay Lopez earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Houston, a Master's in Public Health in Community Health Practice and a Doctorate in Public Health in Management, Policy and Community Health from The University of Texas School of Public Health-Houston.

Dr. Lopez's research interests include the traumatic effects of adversities on children, families, and communities. Her areas of expertise include maternal/child health, community assessment, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Lopez works with communities and vulnerable populations to identify health issues of concern and to develop solutions from within the community. She has more than twenty-five years experience engaging community and vulnerable populations in research and advocacy and developing strategic partnerships and action-oriented collaboratives to address health disparities and improve outcomes for children and families. Currently, Dr. Lopez is leading a research initiative designed to evaluate maternal support programs for mothers of newborns and infants; conducting an assessment of the health and medical needs of children in foster care, and bringing to scale a community-based early brain/language development program in underserved communities.

As Director Public Health and the Center for the Study of Adversity, Resilience, and Education, Dr. Lopez leads the application of a public health framework to inward and outward facing research and program initiatives designed to improve maternal child health outcomes. Dr. Lopez and her team design, implement and evaluate innovative strategies, programs, policies, and practices to mitigate childhood and community adversities and to promote resilience. Dr. Lopez is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Public Health Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She also serves as adjunct faculty at The University of Texas School of Public Health-Division of Health Promotion and Prevention, and is a Faculty Affiliate with the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University.

Selected Publications

  • Hill, R., Hayes, A., Lopez, K., Kaplow, J.. "Suicide-Related Behaviors Among Abused and Maltreated Youth: A Call to Action and Recommendations for Providers." 2018;4(30):28-41.
  • Cain, C., Lopez, K., Levine, S. Resiliency in Children and Adolescents.. "Resiliency in Children and Adolescents." Rudolph’s Textbook of Pediatrics, 23rd edition.. 2018 July
  • Lopez, K., Cain, C.. "A Public Health Approach to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Summary of Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities." APSAC Alert. 2017 December;8(3):1-4.
  • Alzacar, L., Raber, M., Lopez, K., Markham, C., Sharma, S.. "Examining the Impact of a School Based Fruit and Vegetable Co-Op in a Hispanic Community Using Documentary Photography." Appetite. 2017;116:115-122.
  • Raber, M., Lopez, K., Pomeroy, M., Mody, A., Markham, C., Sharma, S.. "Brighter Sights: Using Photovoice for the process evaluation of a food co-op style nutrition intervention." Journal of Health Disparities. 2016 October;9(3):20-24.
  • Lopez, K. (Contributor), Harris County Healthcare Alliance. "The State of Health in Houston/Harris County 2015 Leading Health Indicators." 2015
  • Lopez, K (Contributor) Harris County Healthcare Alliance. "The State of Health in Houston/Harris County." 2012 December
  • Lopez, K. "Getting Creative with the Type of Data You Collect and Use for Evaluation." American Evaluation Association. AEA 365 Blog. 2010 August
  • Lopez, K. Highfield, L. (Contributors) Harris County Healthcare Alliance. "The State of Health in Houston/Harris County 2009 Leading Health Indicators, Houston, Texas.." 2009 December
  • Peranteau, J., Bush, W., Parekh, J., May, M., Ford, M., Lopez, K., Bray, P.G. "Public Health and Disaster Preparedness of Vulnerable Populations in Houston-2." St Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities. 2009 November
  • Lopez, K., Peranteau, J., Bray, P.G., Reynolds, T.F., Rankin, J., Zesch, J., Ford M.M., Meyer, C., and Mendoza, L.. "Community Health Report: Near Northside Neighborhood." St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities. 2008 December
  • Bray P.G., Peranteau J., Lopez K., Panchang S., Ford M., Parekh J., Siddiqui A., Hughes L., Bracey A.C., Reisz I.. "Public Health and Disaster Preparedness of Vulnerable Populations in Houston." St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities. 2008 September
  • Reisz, I., Bray, P.G., Peranteau, J., Lopez, K.. "Community Health Report: Greater Gulfton." St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities. 2007 April
  • Peranteau, J., Bray, P.G., Reisz, I., Lopez, K.. "Community Health Report: Welcoming Diversity in an East Austin Parish." St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities. 2006 October
  • Peranteau, J., Cooper, C.M., Bray, P.G., Reisz, I., Lopez, K., Haygood, B., and R. Khalil. "Community Health Report: Houston’s Alief and Park Place Super Neighborhood." St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities. 2004 September
  • Parekh, J., Lopez, K., Peranteau, J., Bush, W., May, M., Ford, M., Bray, P.G.. "AIDS Foundation Houston Teen Leadership Forum Empowerment Evaluation Report." St Luke's Episcopal Health Charities. 2009 August


Harris County Child Fatality Review Team
Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
Texas State Fetal Infant Morbidity Review for Congenital Syphilis and Perinatal HIV
Baylor-UT Houston Center for AIDS Research
University of Texas School of Public Health Practice Council
Baylor College of Medicine Center for Reproductive Medicine


Epidemiology, Maternal/Child Health, Adolescent Health, Sexual Health, Women's Health, Public Policy Advocacy, Program Evaluation, Community Assessment, Community-Based Participatory Research, Visual Anthropology