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Health Promotion - Helping create a healthier campus to enhance student success

Our Staff

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Stephanie Waits Galia, MPH, CHES


Stephanie Waits Galia has her Master of Public Health in Well-being & Health Promotion and Behavioral Science and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

As the Director of Well-being & Health Promotion at SDSU, Stephanie is committed to improving the health and well-being of all SDSU students.

Stephanie has an interest in preventative health, motivating health behaviors, and encouraging others to live their best lives. Stephanie has been with the department for more than 7 years and is excited about the future of health in the university setting.




James Lange, Ph.D.

jlangeheadshot.jpgDr. Lange is an internationally recognized researcher in the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) abuse field.

He has expertise in both legal and illegal drugs, as well as alcohol and tobacco issues.

Dr. Lange is a member of the American Academy of Health Behavior. In addition to this role, Dr. Lange also has these academic and research appointments at SDSU:

  • Adjunct professor in the department of Psychology and School of Social Work
  • Doctoral faculty in the Graduate School of Public Health
  • Research Fellow in the Center for AOD Studies and Services 




Samantha Martinez, MPH, CHES


Samantha Martinez has a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science awarded from San Diego State University. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

In her position as a Health Educator at SDSU, Samantha plans and implements a variety of health and wellness programming, outreach events, and presentations on campus. She also coordinates the FratMANers (Fraternity Men Against Negative Environments and Rape Situations) and SISSTER (Sororities Invested in Survivor Support, Training, and Ending Rape culture) programs. Samantha also helped write and implement the Prescription Stimulant Misuse and Abuse Prevention (Rx MAP) and HOUSE Party (Helping Ourselves Understand Safe Environments) programs at SDSU.

Samantha is passionate about preventive health programming and enjoys working with the SDSU community. She is interested in a variety of health topics and enjoys reading about innovative preventive programming.




Kashmoné Hamilton, MPH CHES


Kashmoné is a Health Educator with a primary focus in Sexual and Reproductive Health.

She received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Health and Human Services from California State University, Stanislaus. She completed her graduate level studies in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health Education at San Jose State University.

She currently facilitates the PHE program and advises the Student Health Advisory Committee and HeadSTRONG student organization. She also is a Student Affairs Social Committee member. In addition to her position as a Health Educator, she also teaches fitness class at the Aztec Recreation Center.




Tyler Rolling, MS, RD


Tyler Rolling is a Registered Dietitian and works as a Health Educator specializing in nutrition. She received her Bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics from Florida State University and completed her Masters in Nutrition Science from San Diego State University.

Tyler is passionate about facilitating positive behavior change and motivating students to take charge of their health. She helps design and implement nutrition programming on campus, including the, “Live Well Aztecs Approved” food labeling initiative, which aims to make healthy food choices easier for students.

She also facilitates one-on-one nutrition education sessions and recently wrote and received a grant to fund a mobile demonstration kitchen program to teach students how to prepare easy, healthy meals. Tyler also works alongside the Trader Joe’s store on campus to provide grocery store tours for students and trains our Peer Health Educators (PHEs) in nutrition basics and intuitive eating.

Fun fact: When she’s not working with the SDSU community, you will find her in the pool performing synchronized swimming for the Aqualillies, a LA based water entertainment company!




Anthony B. Cohen, M.A.


Anthony B. Cohen has a Masters in Human Behavior and B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in children, youth and family from CSU San Marcos.

As a community resource specialist Anthony is committed to helping students find information and services as well as inform students the resources available in the community for them. In addition Anthony assists students directly through one on one meetings, referrals for treatment orders outside of Student Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services, health insurance related questions and resources and educating students on health education topics.

Anthony is also part of the ECRT which works with staff, administrators, students, and faculty from across campus to ensure students experiencing food or housing insecurity, or other immediate, unforeseen financial crises are connected with short-term and long-term aid quickly and without stigmatization.

Anthony comes over from Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego where he managed, counseled, and provided support to culturally diverse volunteers, parents and youth with on-going one on one support, training, and problem-solving techniques. In addition he also provided resource material to volunteers, children and low-income families.



Erin Wardlaw, RN, BSN


Erin is a Health Educator in the Well-being & Health Promotion Department with a focus in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

She has a background in nursing and has practiced for 5 years as a Registered Nurse. Erin was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing and was worked in Oncology, Hospice, Physical Rehabilitation, and OB/GYN specialties.

Her experience in the medical field motivated her to pursue a career in Public Health to address health needs at the community level. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at San Diego State University. She is interested in a variety of health topics, but most passionate about Reproductive Health and empowering students to make their own health decisions.




Mia McKee


Mia is an SDSU alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She is the welcoming face and backbone of the Well-being & Health Promotion Department. As the Administrative Coordinator, Mia handles front office operations, schedules patient appointments, coordinates our campus communication efforts, creates stunning graphics and flyers, and is vitally essential in supporting the outreach efforts of our department.

Mia is also a certifed Family PACT enrollment counselor who can assist SDSU students in the enrollment and renewal process of Family PACT here on campus.