Chika Christle Chuku, PhD, MPH

Chika Christle Chuku, PhD, MPH

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

Office: AHC5 454



HIV, Substance use, Maternal and Child Health, Intersectional stigma


Dr. Chuku joined Florida International University (FIU) as a post-doctoral researcher in August 2023, after graduating with a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Miami in 2023.

A native of San Francisco, California, Dr. Chuku spent much of her academic career in California, receiving her BS in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2014 and her MPH from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science in Urban Public Health in 2019.

Throughout her doctoral career in Miami, Dr. Chuku’s research interests grew to include women’s health, maternal and child health, HIV-related care, substance use, and intersectionality, along with developing a growing skillset for data visualization, management and analysis, especially via REDCap, R, and GIS.

She is currently a member of Dr. Carrico’s iCARUS lab, where she is primarily responsible for data management of the START study.


  • University of Miami, Ph.D.
  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, MPH
  • University of California, Los Angeles, BS


Mehtani, N.J.; Chuku, C.C.; Meacham, M.C.; Vittinghoff, E.; Dilworth, S.E.; Riley, E.D. Housing Instability Associated with Return to Stimulant Use among Previously Abstaining Women. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202320, 6830.

Bazargan, M.; Smith, J.L.; Robinson, P.; Uyanne, J.; Abdulrahoof, R.; Chuku, C.; Assari, S. Chronic Respiratory Disease and Health-Related Quality of Life of African American Older Adults in an Economically Disadvantaged Area of Los Angeles. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 201916, 1756.

Rodriguez, R. M, Hawthorne, N., Haase, D., Murphy, S. P, Chuku, C., & Wen, J. (2018). Blunt Trauma Abdominal and Pelvic Computed Tomography Has Low Yield for Injuries in More Than One Anatomic Region. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health, 19(5). Retrieved from