David Rebanal

David Rebanal

( He/Him/His )
Associate Professor
Phone: (415) 405-2120
Email: drebanal@sfsu.edu
Location: HSS 328

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Dr. R. David Rebanal is an Associate Professor of Public Health in the College of Health and Social Sciences at San Francisco State University. His research objective focuses on building evidence for policy and population-level interventions focused on structural and social determinants of health inequities. He conducts epidemiological research and mixed-methods evaluations, with a focus on social and political determinants of racial health inequities. His current research program aims to understand the mechanisms of how racial groups experience ‘place’ using a relational lens, and the impact of ‘place’ on health as fundamental to the social determinants of health. This includes documenting the roles of spatial stigma and structural determinism on the mental health disparities among residents in Asian immigrant ethnic neighborhoods. He is also a Co-Investigator with a team of BIPOC SF State researchers funded by NIH to study anti-racist healing in nature program for urban Black, Latinx, Filipinx, and Pacific Islander young adults by measuring biomarkers of stress and other psychosocial factors. He is Affiliate Faculty at the SFSU Health Equity Institute.


Dr. Rebanal has nearly two decades of public health experience including working in public health program development and evaluation. This includes leadership roles in philanthropy, policy advocacy, and community-based participatory research initiatives. Dr. Rebanal received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Philosophy from University of Scranton (Scranton, PA); a Master of Public Health in Urban Heath/ Community Health Education at Hunter College, City University of New York (New York, NY); and Doctor of Public Health with a focus on social epidemiology and community development at UC Berkeley School of Public Health (Berkeley, CA).