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UHD Experts Available to Address Back to School Anxiety, Mask/Vaccination Hesitancy, COVID Misinformation, Supply Chain Issues



Mark Kramer, UHD Manager of Electronic Communications

Mike Emery, Director of Communications

The following experts are available to address issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccine and mask debates, working parents sending their children to school, vaccine hesitancy and misinformation, and the effects of the pandemic and supply chain across various industries.

Experts are available as their schedules permit. To schedule interviews, contact Mark Kramer at kramerm@uhd.edu / 832-967-8789 or Mike Emery at emeryp@uhd.edu / 281-794-4824

Dr. Kristin Anderson, Professor of Psychology, points to entitlement as a reason people are not getting vaccinated or wearing masks despite recommendations from health officials. Entitlement, she says, is not wanting to follow the rules or take guidance from authority figures. The current mask and vaccine debates are examples of that. She explores the topic further in her new book “Enraged, Rattled & Wronged." To schedule an interview with Dr. Anderson, reach out to Mike Emery / emeryp@uhd.edu or 281-794-4824.

Dietrich von Biedenfeld, Assistant Professor of Business, can discuss the pandemic’s disruption of supply chain across a range of industries (including the auto industry that now is working to address government policies endorsing electric vehicles). To schedule an interview with Professor von Biedenfeld, contact Mike Emery / emeryp@uhd.edu or 281-794-4824.

Dr. Whitney Botsford Morgan, Assistant Professor of Management, can address issues with working parents dealing with the anxiety of sending their children back to school with COVID numbers increasing. She can also speak about work-life balance; the impact of gender and family status in the workplace; workplace behaviors and diversity and inclusion. To schedule an interview with Professor Morgan, contact Mark Kramer / kramerm@uhd.edu or 832-967-8789.

Dr. Toni Hoang, Associate Professor of Communication, can address health-related communication including COVID-19 issues such as vaccine hesitancy and also the spreading of misinformation regarding the vaccines. Dr. Hoang is a frequent presenter of health topics and communication and COVID. She is also one of the founding faculty collaborators who work with The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency. To schedule an interview with Professor Hoang, contact Mark Kramer / kramerm@uhd.edu or 832-967-8789.


The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.