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Daramola N. Cabral, DrPH, PA

Daramola N. Cabral, DrPH, PA
Department Chair
John F. Kennedy University
(925) 969-3577

Dr. Daramola Cabral Ibrahim is Chair, Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences, and Heads the Core Curriculum in the College of Undergraduate Studies at John F. Kennedy University. She completed her Dr.P.H., (Epidemiology, 1994) and M.P.H. (Maternal and Child Health, 1987) degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and BMSc (Medical Science & Physician Associate Studies, 1981) at Emory University. Her post-doctoral fellowship was at the University of California, San Francisco where she focused in identifying effective strategies for conducting epidemiogical research in diverse populations, with an emphasis in those historically underrepresented in biomedical research.

Prior to coming to John F. Kennedy University (JFKU), Dr. Cabral Ibrahim served as the Cancer Control Officer in the City and County of San Francisco where she developed community collaborative research and intervention projects to improve breast cancer outcomes of low income and African American women. She developed the Alameda County Medical Center's HIV Prevention and Epidemiology unit and worked in primary care as a Physician Assistant in community clinics of Berkeley and Oakland, California. She is an expert in the development and assessment of culturally competent data collection instruments, and in the methods of conducting population-based research among vulnerable, hard to reach populations.

An active member of her community, Dr. Cabral Ibrahim is founder and Chair of the Wad Badr Family Foundation a nonprofit research and service institute. The mission of the Wad Badr Family Foundation is to identify effective strategies to improve health outcomes among immigrant, refugee and medically underserved at-risk populations at home and abroad.

Her current scholarship focuses on elucidating factors, which influence prostate cancer screening and follow-up behaviors among recent immigrant men. In January 2011 she returned to JFKU having completed sabbatical in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where she was a visiting professor at Muhimbili University School of Allied Health Sciences. In Tanzania Dr. Cabral Ibrahim explored cultural mediators of health beliefs and behaviors in Tanzanian men with regard to prostate cancer screening knowledge, beliefs and behaviors.


1981 B.MSc., P.A .Emory University, Atlanta Georgia – Subject Area: Medical Science; Physician Assistant Studies
1989 M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California – Subject area: Maternal and Child Health (Disparities in maternal and child health outcomes in medically indigent populations)
1994 Dr.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley California –Epidemiology: Dissertation – Perceptions of HIV risk of seroinfection among pregnant and post-partum women
1995 Post-Doctoral Fellowship Appointment, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Medical Effectiveness in Diverse Populations – MERC – Subject area: Risk Intervention and Research Effectiveness in Diverse Populations