Mara Nery-Hurwit, PhD, MPH, Lecturer

Mara Nery-Hurwit

Mara Nery-Hurwit earned a PhD in Kinesiology, Movement Studies in Disability, and an MPH in Health Promotion and Health Behavior from the University of Oregon. During this time, she trained in utilizing CBPR principles in implementation science. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Washington Center on Outcomes Research in Rehabilitation in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She taught previously at Oregon State University and Pacific Lutheran University.


Mara’s scholarship focuses on improving health and well-being for individuals with disability. Her research began with developing, implementing and evaluating in-person and digital health promotion programs for people with disability. She later trained in CBPR methods for developing patient-reported outcome measures. Her most current research examines health disparities for people with physical disabilities in sexual and reproductive health care. Mara also conducts disability-centered implicit bias trainings for clinicians. She is very interested in understanding how intersectionality impacts inequity for individuals with disability.


Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Kinesiology

Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

  • Master of Public Health, Health Promotion & Health Behavior

Texas A&M University
Galveston, TX

  • Master of Science, Marine Resource Management

University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology



Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

  • Social Dimensions of Health 
  • Principles of Health Research  
  • Social Justice in Health 
  • Introduction to Global Health