Leso Munala

Assistant Professor

651-690-6265

lmunala@stkate.edu

My research interests are in exploring and addressing violence against women in Sub-Saharan Africa, policies and interventions for survivors of sexual violence, and improving post-rape care services. My dissertation examined the experiences of health practitioners facing the challenges of providing services to female survivors of sexual violence in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • exploring and addressing violence against women in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • policies and interventions for survivors of sexual violence
  • improving post-rape care services

Ph.D., Public Health, Community Health Education
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2015
Minor: Communications
Dissertation: Factors affecting the quality of services provided to female survivors of sexual violence in Nairobi, Kenya: Perspectives from health practitioners.

Master in Social Service Administration
University of Chicago, 2008

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
The Ohio State University, 2006

Recognized as a faculty/staff mentor by a student who was nominated for an All-University Student Leadership Award, St. Catherine University (2018)

Nominated for the St. Catherine University Excellence in Teaching and advising Award (2018)

Assistant Mentorship Program (AMP), St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN-Research Assistant funding - Exploring ways to reduce sexual violence against women in Kenya (2018)

Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Annual Research and Creative Work Award (2018)

Assistant Mentorship Program (AMP), St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN-Research Assistant funding (2017)

Academic Professional Development Committee Grant- The Threat of Losing the Primary Wage Earner Being a Deciding Factor in Women not Reporting a Family Perpetrator of Sexual Violence (2016)

Assistant Mentorship Program, St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN-Teaching Assistant Funding Global Health (2016)

St. Catherine University. (2016). Recognized as a faculty/staff mentor by a student who was nominated for an All-University Student Leadership Award

CORE 3990 GSJ Dismantling Racism Namibia and South Africa
HLTH 3250 Global Health
HLTH 6000 Critical Issues in Global Public Health
HLTH 6210 Health Communication
HLTH 6320 Global Issues in Women's Health
HLTH 6360 Violence as a Public Health Issue
HLTH 7200 MPH Capstone

GHR Innovative Scholarship (GHR) Grant- “Exploring community and environmental factors associated with sexual violence against school-aged girls in Mutomo, Kenya,” (2018)

Academic Professional Development Committee Grant (APDC)- “An exploration of the sexual cleansing ritual as a public health issue in the Luo community of Kenya,” (2018)

Global Studies course proposal grant- Health in Ethiopia through Socio-Historical Lenses: Anti-colonialism, Socialism and Neoliberalism (2017)

Academic Professional Development Committee Grant- The Threat of Losing the Primary Wage Earner Being a Deciding Factor in Women not Reporting a Family Perpetrator of Sexual Violence (2016).

University of Massachusetts-Amherst Graduate Student Doctoral Dissertation Research Award (2013).

University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences Travel/Research Award (2013).

St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
Assistant Professor, 2015–Present
Department of Public Health


Service

  • Healthy Living and Learning Community, St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN
    Faculty Adviser, Healthy Living Floor (September 2015–present)
  • Violence Prevention Collective, St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN
    Committee member (September 2015–present)
  • Global Studies Advisory Committee. St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN
    Committee member (January 2016–present)
  • Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN
    Faculty Member, Public Health Club (September 2015–present)

Munala, L., Welle, E., Hohenshell, E., & Okunna, N(2018). She is not a genuine client’: Exploring health practitioner’s mistrust of rape survivors in Kenya. International Quarterly of Community Health Education

Gillum, T. L., Doucette, M., Mwanza, M., & Munala, L. (2016). "Exploring Kenyan women’s perceptions of intimate partner violence." Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Ajema, C., Mulwa, R., Munala, L., & Wanjiru, M. (2011). "An Audit Report on Delivery of PRC Services in Kenyan Health Facilities: Commissioned by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ): Access to Justice/GBV Component on Behalf of the Sexual Offences Act Implementation Taskforce."

Hupp, J.M., Munala, L., Kaffenberger, J. A., & Hensley Wessell, M. B. (2011). "The interactive effect of parental education on language production." Current Psychology, 4, 312-323.

Brueggmann, A & Munala, L. (2018) Diverse Students Perceptions of Careers in Gerontology. Poster session presented at the Minnesota Gerontological Society Conference, Brooklyn Center, MN

Munala, L. (2016) These are NOT genuine clients. Poster session presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Denver CO

Munala, L (2016, March). The threat of losing the primary wage earner. Association for Women in Psychology conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Munala, L (2014, November). Capacity building needs in the provision of Post Rape Care Services in Nairobi, Kenya. Poster session presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Munala, L (2014, April). Providing services to female survivors of sexual violence in Nairobi, Kenya. Poster session presented at the annual School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) Research Day, Amherst, MA.

Munala, L (2014, March). Health practitioners’ lived experiences in providing services to survivors of sexual violence in Nairobi, Kenya. Poster session presented at the Association for Women in Psychology conference, Columbus, OH.

Hupp, J. M., & Munala, L. (2009, April). The effect of heterogeneous parental education on language production. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Kaffenberger, J. A., Munala, L., & Hupp, J. M. (2006, May). Parental education and language development. Poster session presented at the annual Ohio State University Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, Columbus, OH.

Kaffenberger, J. A., Munala, L., & Hupp, J. M. (2006, March). Maternal education and language development. Poster session presented at the annual Ohio State University-Newark Student Research Forum, Newark, OH. Awarded 1st place poster award.


Invited Lectures

Health Practitioners Perspectives on Quality Post- Rape Care (PRC) services, Invited Lecture at Indian Institute of Public Heath, Shillong, India, April 12th 2017

Assessing Quality in Post Rape Care services. Special Seminar at Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) New, Delhi India, April 10th 2017

Faculty Panel Member- Confronting Rape Culture: Corn Bread and Chili Event Series sponsored by the Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS), St. Catherine University, St. Paul MN, March 16th 2017

Researching Sexual Violence, Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), St. Catherine University, November 3rd 2016

Preparation for doctoral data collection overseas: Doctoral seminar class, School of Public Health and Health Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, March 2015

Evaluating health programs in Kenya, Policy and Program Evaluation class: Center for Public Policy Administration. University of Massachusetts Amherst, March 2015