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Ariella Herman

Senior Continuing Lecturer in Decisions, Operations and Technology Management
“My work is all about empowering the underserved families in the United States with the knowledge to live healthier lives.”
(310) 825-5681
Areas of Expertise:
  • Management


Dr. Ariella Herman brings her quantitative and data analysis skills to bear on research related to social issues.

Her research interests include data analysis and project management, particularly involving early childhood education and health care management systems. Herman has been a key contributor to several programs conducted by the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Through the UCLA Health Care Institute, Herman has developed, tested and implemented a portfolio of health promotion and prevention training materials that integrates management theory and practice. Herman is committed to bringing health literacy training to at-risk, low-income families across the United States who represent many cultures, ethnicities and languages and, to that end, materials have been translated into seven languages. Since its inception, the program has trained more than 140,000 families across the United States.

"My work is all about empowering the underserved families in the United States with the knowledge to live healthier lives," Herman says.

Herman has received several awards for outstanding teaching, including the Head Start-Johnson & Johnson Outstanding Teaching Award and the Citibank Teaching Award. She has also published several articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Community Health, Pediatric Emergency Care and the Journal of Health Communication. Fluent in Hebrew, French, Italian, Romanian, German and English, she was previously an associate professor of statistics on the faculty at the University of Paris prior to joining UCLA Anderson in 1989.



Ph.D. Management, University of Paris

M.S. Engineering, UCLA

B.A. Mathematics, University of Paris

Optimal Group Size in Joint Liability Contracts. B. Rezaei, S. Dasu, R. Ahamdi. (2016). Decision Analysis, Forthcoming.

Building Health Literacy and Family Engagement in Head Start Communities: A Case Study. B. Sivanand, A. Herman, C. Teutsch, and S.M. Teutsch. (2017). National Academy of Medicine.

Out of the Classroom and Into the Community: Medical Students Consolidate Learning About Health Literacy Through Collaboration with Head Start. (2016) E. Milford, K. Morrison, C. Teutsch, B.B. Nelson, A. Herman, M. King, N. Beucke. Medical Education.

"Eat Healthy, Stay Active!": A Coordinated Intervention to Improve Nutrition and Physical Activity Among Head Start Parents, Staff, and Children. A. Herman, B.B. Nelson, C. Teutsch, P.J. Chung. (2012). American Journal of Health Promotion.

Poster Presentation on "Eat Healthy, Stay Active!: A Collaborative Partnership Between Central Missouri Community Action Head Start and University of Missouri School of Medicine".

How a Population Health Approach Improves Health and Reduces Disparities: The Case of Head Start. S.M. Teutsch, A. Herman, C.B. Teutsch. (2016). Preventing Chronic Disease.

Predictors of Sustained Implementation of Low-Literacy Health Education Programs. B.B. Nelson, C. Teutsch, P.J. Chung, A. Herman. (2014). Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education

A Structured Management Approach to Implementation of Health Promotion Interventions in Head Start. A. Herman, B.B. Nelson, C. Teutsch, P.J. Chung. (2013). Preventing Chronic Disease.

Empowering Low-Income Parents With Skills to Reduce Excess Pediatric Emergency Room and Clinic Visits Through a Tailored Low Literacy Training Intervention. A. Herman, P. Jackson. (2010). Journal of Health Communication.

Impact of a Health Literacy Intervention on Pediatric Emergency Department Use. A. Herman, K.D. Young, D. Espitia, N. Fu, A. Farshidi. (2009). Pediatric Emergency Care.

Reducing the Use of Emergency Medical Resources Among Head Start Families: A Pilot Study. A.D. Hermna, G.G. Mayer. (2004). Journal of Community Health.

Organizational Trauma-Informed Readiness Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress among Head Start Staff and Educators during COVID-19. J.K. Jeffery, P.J. Preston, D. Sanchez, A. Herman. (2022). Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health.

Supporting Head Start Employee Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J. Jeffery, Z. Szeftel, A. Herman. (2020). Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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