Thankam Sunil, PhD, MPH 
Professor of Sociology 
Director, Institute of Health Disparities Research 
University of Texas San Antonio 

Thankam Sunil, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Director of Institute for Health Disparities Research (IHDR) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). His research area has centered around maternal and child health and health disparities. He has published over 50 articles on these topics in national and international peer reviewed journals. He has successfully conducted and participated in a number of community needs assessment projects, Texas and served as consultant for research projects funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFP). His on-going research projects include breast cancer awareness programs in South Texas border counties and understanding the effects of psychosocial and sociocultural processes that impact birthweight in immigrant and non-immigrant women of Mexican descent. He received over $5 million support from Federal, State and Local agencies for his research.