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Lexie Ornelas, MPH

PhD Student

Education & Affiliations

MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
BA, Geography, UCLA


Born and raised in California's central valley, Lexie Ornelas (she/her) is interested in how the built and social environment influences youth exposure to violence, and how those exposures directly impact mental health outcomes.She is committed to studying social inequities and the consequences of structural discrimination perpetuate community health disparities. Given her research interests lie at the intersection of public health and urban planning, she employs a social justice and community development lens to approach social inequities.

Lexie received her BA in Geography, with a minor in global health, from UCLA and her Master in Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education, with a certificate in social epidemiology, from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Research Areas

  • Violence Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Health Equity
  • Social Epidemiology

Honors & Awards

  • 2021: Dean's Research Council Merit Scholarship, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine


SBPS 6460 "Child Health and Development" (TA)