Marlene Bengiamin, Ph.D.
Research Director


Dr. Marlene BengiaminMarlene I. Bengiamin, Ph.D., is the Research Director at Central Valley Health Policy Institute (CVHPI) California State University, Fresno. Dr. Bengiamin received a Master of Arts in medical sociology dual Majors in sociology /management from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. in Research Methodologies in Education from the University of North Dakota, with an emphasis on Measurement and Assessment. Bengiamin brings an extensive background in research methodologies and education with over 20 years of experience in multicultural education and cultural competency and has lectured extensively on research methodology. She has published in peer-reviewed journals internationally, nationally, and regionally on topics that include incorporating cultural sensitivity and competence into nursing education curriculum and transcultural health care. Dr. Bengiamin has a long history of speaking in various settings in an effort to advance knowledge and understanding of the impact of racial/ethnic disparity on health. She is determined to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the underserved population.

As a senior Research associate with the Central Valley Health Policy Institute, Bengiamin's current work includes analysis of vital San Joaquin Valley health challenges such as adequacy and quality of health care for uninsured and underinsured adults, adequacy of prenatal care, environmental influences on health, social determinants of rural/urban disparities, Regional health policy leadership development and health professional shortages. Before joining the CVHPI in 2005, Bengiamin was teaching graduate level research and statistics with emphasis on psychometrics, data management and analysis of knowledge data in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at California State University, Fresno.

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Marlene Bengiamin, Ph.D.
Research Director
Central Valley Health Policy Institute
Phone: (559) 228-2167
Fax: (559) 228-2168
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