Focused in medical and cognitive anthropology, Arturo received his bachelor's in social sciences at University of California, Irvine, in 2006. Between then and entering the doctoral program in 2011 at UC Merced, he has held roles in the public health, healthcare delivery and academic sectors addressing public policy, health communication, health decision making, and the disparity and vulnerability of disadvantaged populations.
His graduate supervisor is Professor Linda Cameron. Guided by the Common-Sense Model of self-regulation of health and illness, he aims to examine how health-seeking behaviors are influenced by risk perceptions of health and illness and culturally-based beliefs. Additionally, his activities include translational research that tests evidence-based health communications to engage protective behaviors, such as genetic screening for cancer, treatment adherence to prevent care overutilization, weight loss and activity increase in pre-diabetic populations and harm reduction in nocive substance abuse.