Abel Whittemore



Part-time Lecturer of Public Health and Health Sciences

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Born to Mexican immigrants and raised in East Los Angeles, California, Dr. Abel Arvizú Whittemore began his career as a hospital chief executive officer.  He later lived and worked abroad as an organizational and management consultant to public health projects in Latin America, East Africa, and Eastern Europe.  Some of the projects were under the auspices of the World Health Organization.

Currently a part-time lecturer in public health and health sciences at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Dr. Whittemore has been on the faculty of various universities in the United States as a tenured professor -- as well as in Kenya, Brazil, and Bulgaria -- where he taught at the undergraduate through the doctoral level.  Additionally, he has held the position of dean, provost, and vice chancellor, as well as served on numerous governing and editorial boards. Board certified in healthcare management as a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Dr. Whittemore is also a Board-Certified Coach in the area of Executive / Corporate / Business / Leadership.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (religion), Master of Science (marital and family therapy), Master of Health Administration (hospital management), and a Doctor of Business Administration (strategic management and management / organizational development) degree.  Additionally, he was a Yale / Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (international health) at Yale University.

More recently, Dr. Whittemore was awarded a Minority Doctoral Fellowship by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (in the areas of Latino family therapy, LGBTI-affirmative psychotherapy, and substance use disorders).  He is presently completing a second doctorate in marital and family therapy at Loma Linda University (concentrating on families, health, and organizational systems).  A licensed psychotherapist, he has also received extensive training in psychosocial health interventions associated with disasters and with medical / disability issues.

Dr. Whittemore’s past scholarly interests have included the areas of management of health / human / social services, education of helping professionals, health and social justice, and the intersection of the humanities and the healing sciences. 

His current scholarly emphasis is in the sustainable development of healthy family, organizational, and community systems.  This scholar-practitioner work is in the form of scholarship of engagement and utilizes Dr. Whittemore’s expertise in behavioral health as a relationship therapist and in management development as an executive coach with a particular focus on the wellbeing and vitality of healthcare professionals and executives.