Dr. Holub’s research focuses on developing health promotion interventions to reduce health disparities through academic-community partnerships. In 2012, she was identified as a Pacific American Emerging Leader and was invited to be a fellow of the National Pacific American Leadership Institute (NAPALI). She is also a recipient of the NIH LRP Program in the area of Health Disparities Research. She has a strong background in behavioral sciences, with publications in the area of cultural adaptation of self-report instruments and in obesity prevention in minority communities. During her postdoctoral years at San Diego State University (SDSU), Dr. Holub led the evaluation team in a church-based randomized controlled trial funded by the National Cancer Institute, which aimed to assess the impact of a multi-level intervention on physical activity among church-going Latinas. Dr. Holub also managed a CDC-funded Special Interest Project in collaboration with Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health aimed at developing culturally appropriate, evidence-based recommendations for obesity prevention programs.
Currently, Dr. Holub leads a pilot exercise study for Pacific Islanders in San Diego, funded by UCSD's Clinical and Translational Research Institute. The pilot study was informed by her previous work, the Pacific Islander Community Health Study (PIC Health), which was funded by the American Cancer Society, Health Disparities Program, 2013-2015. Dr. Holub is Assistant Professor in Public Health at CSU San Marcos. She is also affiliated with SDSU’s Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH) and Zahn Innovation Platform. Dr. Holub received her MPH from Yale University (Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences focus) and PhD in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.