Vickie Mays Featured by APA’s Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs

Dr Vickie Mays, featured as notable ethnic minority psychologist for her contributions HIV and AIDS research as part of the American Psychological Association’s Ethnicity and Health in America Series which focuses on chronic health condition relevant to a particular ethnic group honored during certain months during the year. Read more…

Center Director Vickie Mays Receives Career Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

Center Director Dr. Vickie Mays received the Career Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award from the UCLA Academic Senate for her contributions in research, student development, and community service through research that focuses on women and ethnic minorities and community-based curricula that creates pathways into research and higher education for underrepresented communities. The award recognizes faculty, administrators, students, and staff who are especially successful in the fair and open environment the Office of the President strives to promote across the UC System. Read more…

BRITE Center Hosts Luncheon for Summer Research Assistant Themal Ellawala


The BRITE Center thanked summer research assistant Themal Ellawala, Junior from Clark University, Worc., MA, for his contribution to BRITE Center projects in minority health with a celebratory luncheon. Pictured Above (right to left), Center Director, Professor Vickie Mays, Ph.D., MSPH, Themal Ellawala, and Research Assistants Annarose Mittelstaedt and Yael Levin.

UCLA Program Aims to Help Local Women at Risk for Heart Disease

As part of a UCLA-sponsored program which aims to understand how mobile phones and smartphones can be used to empower individuals to make lifestyle changes, several ladies from the Faithful Central Bible Church congregation were given a smartphone app to help them achieve their own heathy lifestyle goals. The app used each of the lady’s eating and activity patterns to deliver to her tailored advice on healthy diet and exercise habits.

Two studies within the UCLA-sponsored program are currently looking for volunteers. If you are interested in joining one of these studies or want more information please contact

Nabil Alshurafa:


Jo-Ann Eastwood:


To read a recent LA Times article highlighting the program click here.

Healthy Living Project

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Time: 10AM-1PM

Where: Mar Vista Gardens Community Center

Prizes! Fun for the whole family! Learn to train your dog! Raffles!

Come learn how to live a more positive and healthy lifestyle while also being visited by some very cute and lovable service animals.