Entered the Program in 2019
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis.
Master's Degree: MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health
Why did you choose Rollins for your PhD:
I choose to pursue a PhD at Rollins because of its strong methods training and the expertise of specific faculty members. As a PhD student, I wanted to gain additional training in theory-driven research methods, implementation science, community based participatory research methods, and advanced statistical modeling. I was confident that the BSHE PhD curriculum would allow me to develop skills in each of these areas. In addition, I am particularly interested in bridging my interests in contemplative science and public health. Emory is a leader in both of these areas, so I was certain it would be the ideal place to carry out my academic training.
Prior to pursuing my PhD at Rollins, I was Program Coordinator for Research and Special Initiatives at the Emory Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. In this capacity, I taught, implemented, and evaluated programs to promote social-emotional functioning within a variety of settings including education and healthcare.
Evaluation of contemplative interventions to promote resilience and wellbeing at the organizational and community level, implementation science, and community-based participatory research methods.
Cognitively-Based Compassion Training for Spiritual Health Chaplains: A Pilot Study
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor's in Preventive Medicine at Wuhan University
Master's Degree: Master of Science in Global Health at Duke Kunshan University
Why did you choose Rollins for your PhD:
I chose Rollins because of the rigorous training curriculum, unparalleled faculty, national and international partnerships between multidiscipline institutions, and the climate at Atlanta.
HIV/AIDS and STIs Prevention; Sexual and Reproductive Health; Mental Health; Implementation Science
Self-Disclosure of HIV Status, Social Support, and Mental Health Among HIV-Positive Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (YBMSM) in the USA
Li KT, Tang W, Wu D, Huang W, Wu F, Lee A, Pan SW, Han L, Mak V, Yang L, Tucker JD (2019). Pay-it-forward dual gonorrhea/chlamydia test uptake among men who have sex with men in China: A pragmatic, quasi-experimental study. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 19(1), 76-82.
Huang W, Long H, Li J, Tao S, Zheng P, Tang S, Abdullah AS. (2018). Delivery of public health services by community health workers (CHWs) in primary health care settings in China: a systematic review (1996–2016). Global Health Research and Policy, 3(1), 18.
Ong JJ, Wu D, Huang W, Fu H, Desmond N, Ma W, Kang D, Liao M, Marley G, Wei C, Tang W, Liu C, Zhang Y, Pan SW, Yang B, Yang L, Huang S, Tucker, JD (2018). Pressured HIV testing “in the name of love”: a mixed methods analysis of pressured HIV testing among men who have sex with men in China. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 21(3), e25098.
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Health & Societies, University of Pennsylvania
Master’s Degree: MPH in Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health
Why did you choose Rollins for your PhD:
I chose Rollins because the BSHE program is known for its rigorous and applied training approach. Coming from a practice background, I wanted to develop proficiency in research methodologies. I knew that BSHE training would enhance my ability to use behavioral theories to design, implement, monitor and evaluate programs and interventions more effectively.
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, I worked with Peace Corps Headquarters and the Zambian Ministry of Health to develop, implement, and evaluate a peer mentorship program that I designed for newly diagnosed patients with HIV/AIDS, reaching 13 rural communities in Mkushi and Luano Districts. I have also contributed to the development and evaluation of pilot mental health and psychosocial support programs for Partners In Health (Mexico) and The Carter Center (Liberia).
From 2017-2018, I received training in program evaluation as a CDC Evaluation Fellow with the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, leading evaluation of Epidemic Intelligence Service trainings, events, and activities. From 2018-2019, I received research training as an ASPPH/CDC Suicide Prevention Fellow with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, leading analysis of state and territorial suicide prevention plans as part of a nationwide environmental scan.
Currently, I am a Guest Researcher with CDC’s Suicide Team and serve as Secretary of the American Association of Suicidology’s Public Health Committee.
Global mental health, global suicide prevention, comorbidity of mental and physical disorders (e.g. depression and HIV), implementation science, workforce development and task shifting/task sharing
Creating a Scalable Training Manual for Community Mobilizers Supporting Youths Participating in Global Dialogues’ Narrative Contest about Intimate Partner Violence in Nicaragua
Undergraduate Degree: BS in Microbiology, The University of Georgia
Master’s Degree: MPH in Epidemiology, Georgia State University, School of Public Health
Why did you choose Rollins for your PhD:
I was drawn to the BSHE PhD program at Rollins because of the rigorous, theory-driven research training and the incredible work being done by current faculty members. The unique design of the program allows the opportunity to gain transdisciplinary knowledge about determinants of health used to design and implement effective health interventions. I believe my education at Emory will equip me with the skills necessary to integrate social, behavioral, and epidemiologic methods necessary to inform cancer prevention and control measures in vulnerable populations.
Prior to pursuing my PhD at Rollins, I worked at the CDC Foundation on the Global Tobacco Control team where I managed multiple Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS) projects to implement surveillance and in-country capacity building activities. I furthered my public health experience at the University of California, San Francisco where I worked as a Project Director in the Division of General Internal Medicine implementing three federally funded research projects studying health disparities and impacts on health outcomes.
Cancer prevention and control, health disparities, social and behavioral factors of health, health promotion and implementation sciences
Exploratory Analysis of Do It Yourself (DIY) E-Liquids and Manufactured E-Liquids
Pathak S, Summerville G, Kaplan C, Nouri S, Karliner L. Patient-Reported Use of the After Visit Summary in a Primary Care Internal Medicine Practice. Journal of Patient Experience 2019.
Khoong EC, Karliner L, Lo L, Stebbins M, Robinson A, Pathak S, Santoyo-Olsson J, Scherzer R, Peralta CA. A Pragmatic Cluster Randomized Trial of an Electronic Clinical Decision Support System to Improve Chronic Kidney Disease Management in Primary Care: Design, Rationale, and Implementation Experience. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2019.
Dube SR, Pathak S, Nyman AL, Eriksen MP. Electronic Cigarette and Hookah: A Pilot Study Comparing Two Vaping Products. Preventive Medicine Reports 2015.
Undergraduate Degree: BA in Anthropology, minors in Medical Anthropology and Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Master’s Degree: MPH in Global Health, Public Nutrition Concentration, Emory University
Why did you choose Rollins for your PhD:
I applied to 3 programs, got into 2 and quickly learned that Rollins had the best combination of faculty, mission, location, funding, opportunity, and overall culture. I wanted to be somewhere where I knew the work I’d like to do would be supported. The BSHE program specifically has a reputation for being very applied and focused on how research translates into effective interventions and that was a high priority in my decision-making process.
Prior to starting my PhD, I earned my BA from UNC Chapel Hill where I was a Medical Anthropology student and was (and still am) very committed to social justice work and community engagement. It was here that my eyes were opened to the high rates of chronic disease among low income communities, both domestically and abroad. After working at a non-profit I helped launch, the Community Empowerment Fund, I came to Emory for my MPH in Global Health with a focus on chronic disease prevention through the public nutrition concentration. Immediately following my MPH, I had the opportunity to experience full-time work in India for a year through a fully funded Clinton Fellowship for Service. Upon returning from India, I joined CDC in the Division of Diabetes Translation where I continued to follow my interests in chronic disease prevention.
I am very interested in exploring the impact of socioeconomic factors on adherence to diabetes prevention programs.
The association of caregivers’ utilization of Anganwadi Center services with school readiness of their 5-year old children
Ali, M. K & Sekar, S. (2014). Capacity Building for NCDs in LMICs. Oxford Bibliographies in Public Health. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199756797-0087
Hennink, M. M., Kaiser, B. N., Sekar, S., Griswold, E. P., & Ali, M. K. (2017). How are qualitative methods used in diabetes research? A 30-year systematic review. Global public health, 12(2), 200-219.
Crews, J. E., Chou, C. F., Sekar, S., & Saaddine, J. B. (2017). The prevalence of chronic conditions and poor health among people with and without vision impairment, aged≥ 65 years, 2010-2014. American Journal of Ophthalmology.
Entered the Program in 2018
B.A. in International and Global Studies, Sewanee University
MPH in Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health
“I chose Rollins because the rigor and design of the BSHE program is extraordinary,” says Lemon. “The program has a strong emphasis on social determinants of health and an orientation toward social justice. These were key factors in my decision, along with the location of the program in the Southeast, where I intend to focus my research long-term.”
Prior to joining the Emory BSHE PhD program, Lemon worked in public health programs and carried out qualitative research domestically and internationally in reproductive health and HIV for five years. Since 2014, she has been a member of the Lifting Latinx Voices Initiative’s (LLVI) Leadership and Advocacy committee, where she provides strategic support to the program. She received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013 from the Feminist Women’s Health Center and continues to serve as a volunteer through LLVI. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Argentina in 2011. She has also served as an advocate in immigrant communities in Georgia since 2007 alongside multiple community-based organizations, networks and initiatives.
The intersections of immigration and reproductive health among Latinas in the Southeast (e.g., uninsured and undocumented women in southeast, health disparities in abortion care) and using community-based and mixed methods approaches
Now I am a mother…and I feel like a mother and I’m not a girl anymore: Pathways to Early Motherhood among Kaqchikel Young Women in Sololá, Guatemala
Blevins, J., Kiser, M., Lemon, E., & Kone, A. (2017). The percentage of HIV treatment and prevention services in Kenya provided by faith-based health providers. Development in Practice, 27(5), 646-657.
Lemon, E., Hennink, M., & Can Saquic, N. A. (2017). Pathways to adolescent childbearing among Kaqchikel women in Guatemala. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 1-16.
Jeffries, W. L., Garrett, S., Phields, M., Olubajo, B., Lemon, E., Valdés-Salgado, R., & Collins, C. B. (2017). Implementation of Evidence-Based HIV Interventions for Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men. AIDS and Behavior, 1-13.
B.S. in Microbiology, University of Pittsburgh
MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health
Why did you choose Rollins for your PhD:
“I chose Rollins for my PhD because of the strong training in behavioral research methods and focus on socio-contextual determinants of health,” says Piper. “Also, Rollins offers a collaborative and supportive research environment along with an unparalleled dedication to mentorship. “
Piper has been involved in numerous academic research projects in field of public health. She received a national fellowship through the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study where she utilized computational simulations to study systems-level disease dynamics. She also received multiple fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh (Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship, Brackenridge Research Fellowship, and Health Sciences Research Fellowship) to continue using computational simulations to study the mechanisms that led to area-level disease disparities. At Emory, her worked focused on implementation science as well as sexual and reproductive health. Here, she had the opportunity to work closely with community partners including churches, clinics, and juvenile justice agencies to implement health programming. She also worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where she conducted implementation science research projects related to opioid prescription procedures as well as Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) protocols.
Sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, mixed-methods research, implementation science
Living the life God sees for women: An exploration of religiosity, gender-based power dynamics, and sexual decision making within African American faith-based communities
Short, H.; Taylor, N.; Piper, K.; Raval, M. 2017. Appropriateness of a Pediatric-Specific Enhanced Recovery Protocol Using a Modified Delphi Process and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.09.008.
Short, H.; Taylor, N.; Thakore, M.; Piper, K.; Baxtor, K.; Heiss, K.; Raval, M. 2017. A Survey of Pediatric Surgeons' Practices with Enhanced Recovery after Children's Surgery. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.06.007.
Raval, M.; Taylor, N.; Piper, K.; Thakore, M.; Hoff, K.; Durham, M. 2017. Pediatric Patient and Caregiver Preferences in the Development of a Mobile Health Application for Management of Surgical Colorectal Conditions. Journal of Medical Systems. doi: 10.1007/s10916-017-0750-3.
Piper, K.; Youk, A.; James, E.; Kumar, S. 2016. Paid Sick Days and Stay-At-Home Behavior for Influenza. PLOS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0170698.
Kumar, S.; Piper, K.; Galloway, D.; Hadler, J.; Grefenstette, J. 2015. Is Population Structure Responsible for Area-Level Inequalities in Influenza Rates? An Examination using Agent-Based Models. BMC Public Health. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2284-2.
B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, Saint Louis University
MPH, Washington University in Saint Louis
“I chose Rollins for my PhD due to the rigorous research trainings offered by the program and the positive experience during the PhD interview,” says Zhao. “I worked as a research assistant/analyst at Huntsman Cancer Institute for more than two years, engaged in research projects management and research participants recruitment, and decided to pursue a PhD for systematic research trainings on cancer prevention in populations sciences.”
She adds, “I was drawn to Rollins because of the exceptional mentorship opportunities and the tailored theory-based curriculum that fits my research interests. The local, national and international connections and partnerships with other institutes and schools would empower me as a young researcher to develop innovative original research ideas and work on research projects collaboratively and independently. In addition, I had a wonderful experience during the interview visit, that I see an encouraging and positive study and research environment and caring faculty and staff that genuinely support the success of the students.”
Research Interests: Cancer prevention, Cancer health disparities and health promotion, Health communication, program implementation and dissemination.
Entered the Program in 2017
B.S. in Biology, Minor in Anthropology, Davidson College
MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
"My motivation to pursue a Ph.D. at Rollins stems from my desire for a deeper mastery of the philosophy of interdisciplinary public health and health behavior research—specifically to further my methodological skills including research design, qualitative and quantitative analysis, intervention development, and dissemination to diverse stakeholders. The resources and structures at Rollins parallel and support my public health interests and offer a unique ecosystem of large, interdisciplinary teams from across campus. These local resources—combined with an exceptional curriculum, methodological training, and mentorship opportunities within the department—offer an ideal learning environment. Overall, Rollins offers unparalleled support and genuine care and commitment to students.
Over the past five years, I have managed a number of research projects that focus on public health workforce development, genomics, and implementation science. In addition to collaborating with the CDC for my master’s thesis at Emory, I have worked at a state health department and worked in the academic medical center to develop an implementation science research center. "
- American Public Health Association Annual Meeting Scholarship
- James W. Alley Award for Outstanding Service to Disadvantaged Populations
- Delta Omega National Honor Society for Public Health
Genomics and public health, genomic literacy, community health workers, health equity, implementation and dissemination science
Integration of Community Health Workers into Hypertension Self-management and medication Adherence
- Allen, C.G., Escoffery, C., Satsangi, A., Brownstein, J.N. (2016). Community Health Workers as Allies in Hypertension Self-Management and Medication Adherence. Preventing Chronic Disease. 13: E179.
- Allen, C.G., McBride, C.M., Balcazar, H., Kaphingst, K. (2016). Engaging Community Health Workers to Promote Improvements in Genomic Literacy. Health Communication. 21(sup 2): 25-29.
- Allen, C.G., Sugarman, M.A., Wennerstrom, A. (2016). Community Health Workers: A Resource to Support Antipsychotic Medication Adherence. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. 1-5.
- Allen, C.G., Escoffery, C., Satsangi, A., Brownstein, J.N. (2016). Capacity Building and Training Needs for Community Health Workers Working in Healthcare Organizations. Journal of Community Education and Health Education. 6: 1-6.
- Allen, C.G., Escoffery, C., Satsangi, A., Brownstein, J.N. (2015). Strategies to Improve the Integration of Community Health Workers into Health Care Teams: “A Little Fish in a Big Pond.” Preventing Chronic Disease. 12(E154): 1-6.
- Kieffer, E.C., Yankey, N., Mitchell, K., Allen, C.G., Janevic, M.R., Thomas, C., List, J., Palmisano, G., Roman, L.A. (2015). Successes and Lessons Learned from Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance Program Evaluation Advisory Board. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. 38(4): 284-296.
- Allen, C.G., Brownstein, J.N., Jayapaul-Philip, B., Mirambeau, A. (2015). Strengthening the Effectiveness of State Level CHW Initiatives through Ambulatory Care Partnerships. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 38(3): 254-262.
B.A in Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis
MPH in Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"I chose Rollins because of the cross-disciplinary learning and collaborative opportunities, as well as the attention to supporting student development and success. I was particularly attracted to BSHE, because their focus on the development and evaluation of multilevel interventions to reduce disparities and improve population health.
Prior to my doctoral training, I worked at an academic research center coordinating a variety of community-based participatory CVD risk prevention projects."
Cardiovascular health; economic inequality; racial/ethnic disparities; psychosocial stress; built and social environment; geographic disparities; policy interventions; community engagement
B.A in Urban and Environmental Planning with a minor in Architectural History, University of Virginia
MPH in Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia
"Last spring, I took a course at Rollins and I was so impressed with the breadth and depth of expertise in the school. The innovative research being produced and accomplished faculty convinced me that Rollins was the best fit for my goals."
Department of Urban and Environmental Planning Service Award, All-University Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning Teaching Award, Jefferson Public Citizens Fellowship, Raven Society Scholarship
Mental health, built environment and health, public policy, biophilic planning and design
Using Health Impact Assessments to Evaluate the Health Impacts of Farmers Markets through a case study of the Charlottesville City Market in Charlottesville, Virginia
Beatley, T., Rainey, R., & Jones, C. (forthcoming in 2018). Healthy Environments, Healing Spaces: Current Practices and Future Directions in Health, Design, and Planning (C. L. Jones, Ed.). Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia. Currently being edited by press
Baker, R., Jones, C., & Pack, H. (2011). Learning Barge: Curriculum and Materials Development for the Elizabeth River’s Learning Barge. Public, 1, 71-79, from http://www.virginia.edu/jpc/docs/2011-JPCJournalFinal.pdf
Bird, K., Chrisinger, B., & Jones, C. (2011). Global Food Security. Lunch, 6, 178-182.
Breimann, C., Jones, C., Roper, N & Stratton, E. (2013). Now That’s the Power of Produce: Using Children’s Programming at Farmers Markets to Increase Exposure to Healthy Foods. Public, 1, 40-46. from http://www.virginia.edu/jpc/docs/2013-Journal.pdf
Denckla Cobb, T. & Jones, C. (forthcoming in 2018). Community Food Interventions for Healing: The Cases of Janus Youth and Lynchburg Grows. In C. L. Jones (Ed.), Healthy Environments, Healing Spaces: Current Practices and Future Directions in Health, Design, and Planning. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press. Currently being edited by press
Jones, C., Roper, N., Stratton, E., & Chastonay, A. d. (2012). Have a Stake in the Market: Collecting, Analyzing, and Sharing Data in Support of the Charlottesville City Market. Public, 1, 86-92, from http://www.virginia.edu/jpc/docs/2012-JPC_Journal.pdfJones, C. (2017). Vitoria-Gasteiz: Nature in the Compact City. In The Handbook of Biophilic Cities (pp. 1-31)
B.A in Economics and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education/Certificate in Health Informatics, University of Michigan School of Public Health
"I chose Rollins because of the strong methods curriculum, excellent faculty, opportunities for collaboration with the CDC, funding and resources provided to students, and to enjoy the amazing city of Atlanta."
Senior Associate at ICF for 4 years, ORISE Fellow at the CDC Office on Smoking and Health
Implementation Science; Evaluation, Policy; Systems, and Environmental Change Interventions
BA in Public Health; BA in Chicano Studies – University of California, Berkeley
MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education – Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
"Rollins was my first choice because of its rigorous training in research methods. Additionally, the BSHE department is an emerging leader in the public mental health field and I am looking forward to learning from and collaborating with professors dedicated to advancing this field.
I participated in a mental health post-baccalaureate program funded by Mental Health America Los Angeles. During this program, I was trained in the psychosocial rehabilitation model of mental health services. Afterwards, I worked in a community mental health clinic as a care coordinator and an employment specialist."
Community Mental Health; Mass Incarceration; Mental Health Policy
The Long Shackles of Parental Incarceration: Impact on Children’s Mental Health Outcomes
Entered the Program in 2016
B.S. in Health Promotion and Education, University of Cincinnati
MPH in Global Health concentration, George Washington University
I chose Rollins for my PhD because of the mission of the department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and the focus on behavioral and social influences on the health and well-being of populations align with my interests. Also, the rigorous training in methods the program provides and emphasis on mentorship contributed to my decision to pursue a PhD at Rollins.
Before coming to Rollins, I was an ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellow in the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, I had the opportunity to conduct research and work on a variety of projects focused on reproductive and maternal health, including teen pregnancy, female genital cutting, and men's reproductive health.
Research Interests: My research interests are in sexual and reproductive health. More specifically, social and cultural determinants of sexual and reproductive health and the influences on sexual and reproductive decision-making (especially related to family planning) and outcomes in both domestic and global settings. I have additional research interests in the practice of female genital cutting.
Women’s Autonomy and the Influence on Female Genital Cutting in Eritrea
- Besera G, Moskosky S, Pazol K, Fowler C, Warner L, Johnson DM, Barfield WD. Male Attendance at Title X Family Planning Clinics - United States, 2003-2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65(23):602-5
- Romero L, Pazol K, Warner L, Cox S, Kroelinger C, Besera G, Brittain A, Fuller TR, Koumans E, Barfield W. Reduced Disparities in Birth Rates Among Teens Aged 15-19 Years - United States, 2006-2007 and 2013-2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65(16):409-14.
- Besera GT, Cox S, Malotte CK, Rietmeijer CA, Klausner JD, O'Donnell L, Margolis AD, Warner L. Assessing Patient Exposure to a Video-Based Intervention in STD Clinic Waiting Rooms: Findings From the Safe in the City Trial. Health Promot Pract. 2016 Apr 18. pii: 1524839916631537. [Epub ahead of print]
- Goldberg H, Stupp P, Okoroh E, Besera G, Goodman D, Danel I. Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States: Updated Estimates of Women and Girls at Risk, 2012. Public Health Rep. 2016 Mar-Apr;131(2):340-7.
- Romero L, Pazol K, Warner L, Gavin L, Moskosky S, Besera G, Loyola Briceno AC, Jatlaoui T, Barfield W. Vital signs: trends in use of long-acting reversible contraception among teens aged 15-19 years seeking contraceptive services - United States, 2005-2013. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64(13):363-9.
B.S. University of Georgia
MPH, Columbia University
JD: Villanova University
Ending mass incarceration is one of the most pressing social justice and civil rights causes of our times. I believe that public health scholars and practitioners have an important role to play. I chose BSHE’s because I wanted a doctoral program that offered rigorous academic training and mentorship rooted in the pursuit of knowledge, health equity, and social justice.
After completing law school and an MPH, I have been working for The Vera Institute of Justice, a think-tank headquartered in New York City that focuses on ending mass incarceration in the United States. At Vera, I led initiatives that aim to reduce health disparities in communities most affected by mass incarceration through public education, coalition building, public briefings, policy publications, and research. A lot of my work examined the role of the Affordable Care Act in strengthening front-end alternatives to arrest, prosecution, and incarceration and improving care continuity at reentry. I also partnered with leadership from NYC Health and Hospitals to create and evaluate a pilot program to enhance medical triage, onsite care, and diversion opportunities for people awaiting arraignment in Manhattan’s central booking facility. I also managed a project to curb the use of solitary confinement in correctional institutions in Nebraska and New Mexico.
Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in applying the theory, methods, and ethics of public health to explore the role of mass incarceration as a driver of health inequalities. I am interested in using the social determinants of health framework to 1) investigate how different components of the carceral state influence individual, family, and community health; 2) develop, advance, and evaluate structural interventions intended to reduce reliance on carceral institutions as primary points of for accessing health, education for vulnerable and historically oppressed groups; and 3) advance principles of health promotion, harm reduction, and human rights in the areas of drug policy, law enforcement, and correctional health.
- Cloud, D. H., Parsons, J., & Delany-Brumsey, A. (2014). Addressing Mass Incarceration: A Clarion Call for Public Health. American Journal of Public Health, 104(3), 389-391.
- Cloud, D. H., Drucker, E., Browne, A., & Parsons, J. (2015). Public health and Solitary Confinement in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 105(1), 18-26.
- David Cloud and Chelsea Davis. First Do No Harm: Advancing Public Health in Policing Practices. New York, NY: Vera Institute of Justice, 2015.
BA in Chemistry, Minors in Sociology and Religion, Bucknell University
MSPH in Health Policy and Health Services Research, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
I chose Rollins for my PhD largely because of my wonderful experience while pursuing my MSPH at Rollins a few years ago. Following receipt of my master’s degree, I worked as an applied public health researcher at the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) at Georgia State University. My work at the GHPC focused on assisting Georgia state agencies with policy analysis, program evaluation, technical assistance, and research activities. Although the practical experience was absolutely invaluable, I yearned to return to Rollins – I longed for the positive, supportive environment; the collective wealth of knowledge and experience housed by the students, staff and faculty members; and to gain the skills to become an independent researcher. I was specifically drawn to BSHE’s doctoral program due to its direct application of social sciences to public health problems. During my time in the BSHE doctoral program, I hope to conduct original research to identify and understand the social determinants of women’s reproductive health; to carry out behavioral and structural interventions to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women; and – most importantly – to be the link between research, policy, practice, and communities in promoting public health.
Phi Beta Kappa member
Sexual and reproductive health, specifically women’s access to and decision making regarding contraception and abortion services; maternal and child health; mixed methods research
“Making a Choice: The Role of Education in Prenatal HIV Screening Among Pregnant Women in Georgia”
B.A in Political Science from New York University
Master’s in International Economic Policy and Management from Columbia University
I was drawn to the Rollins School of Public Health because of the school’s focus on building students’ methodological skills. Also, I am excited about working with the many professors at Rollins who share expertise in intervention design and implementation.
I began my career providing direct services to vulnerable populations, including survivors of violence. In 2006, I developed and led the first Self Sufficiency Program at the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence in New York City and the program has provided services to survivors of violence for more than 8 years.
In 2009, I earned a Fulbright Grant to study the Arabic language and participated in efforts to prevent violence against women and girls in Jordan and Iraq. During that time, I was informally introduced to the field of public health by a mentor and I co-authored my first manuscript focused on Jordanian women’s response to participating in violence research.
Since then, I have pursued a career in public health through various consultancies for international agencies, academic institutions, and private organizations. In these roles, I have co-led the drafting of several grants which were funded by city and federal governments in the United States as well as by international agencies. These grants have supported research and intervention programming with vulnerable populations in the United States, Nepal, Lebanon, and Jordan.
I hope to leverage my formal training at Emory and my past experiences to fulfill my goal of leading an intervention to prevent violence in the Middle East and North Africa.
gender based violence, intervention, evaluation, Middle East and North Africa
- Clark, C. J., Spencer, R. A., Khalaf, I. A., Gilbert, L., El-Bassel, N., Silverman, J. G., & Raj, A. (2016). The influence of family violence and child marriage on unmet need for family planning in Jordan. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, jfprhc-2014.
- Spencer, R. A., Renner, L. M., & Clark, C. J. (2015). Patterns of dating violence perpetration and victimization in US young adult males and females. Journal of interpersonal violence, 0886260515579506.
- Spencer R. A., Shahrouri M, Halasa L, Khalaf I, Clark CJ. Women's help seeking for intimate partner violence in Jordan. Health care for women international. 2014;35(4):380-399
Ha Ngan (Milkie) Vu
B.A in History & Cultural Anthropology- Duke University
Master’s in Social Sciences- University of ChicagoI am drawn to Rollins because of the program’s strong focus on training students in identifying community and societal factors that influence public health solutions and policies as well as educating others about healthy practices and attitudes. Rollins also is connected to wonderful resources for research in cancer prevention and control and community-engaged partnership such as the Winship Cancer Institute and the Emory Prevention Research Center. In addition, the school’s location in Atlanta also provides me with a chance to partner with and work directly with various diverse communities in the area on public health needs.
Trained in cultural anthropology, I was introduced to public health through working on a project investigating mental health service utilization among Asian immigrants while doing my Master’s degree. After graduation, I was motivated to continue research in health equity and to acquire experience in a clinical setting in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of healthcare systems, and stayed at the University of Chicago Hospitals as a research specialist for two years. Here I managed a variety of different projects in emergency medicine research, preventive care promotion, the doctor-patient relationship, and community health. One of the projects I worked on involved managing and coordinating an intervention to improve mammography uptake among Muslim women in Chicago, which solidified my interests in cancer prevention and control as well as health promotion interventions that engage community members and resources.
I have also been involved in evaluating an R01-funded intervention to implement tobacco use treatment guidelines in community health centers in northern Vietnam, and am very interested in building my expertise in dissemination & implementation science during the time at Rollins.
Cancer prevention and control, tobacco control, Asian-American health, community-based participatory research, dissemination & implementation science, qualitative research methods
“Transnational foodscapes: Consuming food and constructing identity among Vietnamese-Americans in Chicago”
- Padela, A., Vu, M., Muhammad, H., Marfani, F., Mallick, S., Quinn, M., Peek, M. (2016). Religious beliefs and mammography intention: Findings from a qualitative study of a diverse group of Muslim women. Journal of Psycho-Oncology. doi: 10.1002/pon.4216. PMID: 27424488. Epub ahead of print.
- Beiser, D., Vu, M., Gibbons, R. (2016). Test-retest reliability of a computerized adaptive depression test. Psychiatric Services. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201500304. PMID: 27079989. Epub ahead of print.
- Vu, M., Azmat, A., Radejko, T., Padela, A. I. (2016). Predictors of delayed care seeking among American Muslim women. Journal of Women’s Health, 25(6), 586-593. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2015.5517. PMID: 26890129.
Entered the Program in 2015
BA in Cultural Anthropology-UC Berkeley
MPH in Global Sexual and Reproductive Health- Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
My focus for the past eight years has been on working with domestic and international sexual and reproductive health programs. My experience includes work with: the Dept. of Ob/Gyn and Bixby Center at UCSF; HIV/AIDS related programs in Kenya; a CARE program conducting a qualitative mid-term evaluation of a family planning program intervention in Ethiopia; and most recently, a fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working both at the National Center for HIV/AIDS, , Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention as well as with the Division of STD Prevention, on projects related to the development of a holistic framework with which to address sexual health. For the past three years I have managed and directed a large-scale evaluation of family planning programs in the Southern United States.
Sexual and reproductive health, family planning, mixed methods research, complex program evaluation, maximizing evaluation use
“People Insult Her as Sexy Woman:” Sexuality, Stigma and Reproductive Health among Widowed and Divorced Women--Documenting Social Change in Oromiya, Ethiopia”
- Newton-Levinson, A., Winskell K., Rubardt, M., Abdela, B., & Stephenson, R. “People Insult Her as a Sexy Woman: Sexuality, Stigma and Vulnerability among Widowed and Divorced Women in Oromiya, Ethiopia.” Culture, Health & Sexuality 2014; 16(8):916-30.
- Cuffe, K.M., Newton-Levinson, A., Gift, T.L., Mary McFarlane, M, Leichliter, J.S. “Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States.” Journal of Adolescent Health 2016; 58(5); 512-519.
- Newton-Levinson, A., Winskell K., Rubardt, M., Abdela, B., & Stephenson, R. “People Insult Her as a Sexy Woman:” Sexuality, Stigma and Vulnerability among Widowed and Divorced Women in Oromiya, Ethiopia. Culture, Health & Sexuality 2014;16(8):916-30.
BA- Hanoi University in Vietnam
Master of Economic and Public Management- Université libre de Bruxelles.
MPH-Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
“I came to Emory after 11 years working in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention in Vietnam. I was a NIH/Fogarty fellow while earning my MPH and focused my research on HIV/AIDS prevention among men who have sex with men (MSM).
My thesis research sought to find if there was potential in promoting couples HIV counseling and testing among voluntary HIV testers in Vietnam.
I have also intensively engaged in developing an R01 grant proposal aimed at studying the pathogenic interactions between HIV and HCV and to further examine mechanisms of hepatic co-morbidities associated with HIV-HCV co-infection by using a mixed method approach (clinical, viral-immunological technologies, behavioral and social network [egocentric]) coupled with a prospective longitudinal design.
During summer 2014, I volunteered in a study at The Hope Clinic, at Emory University, which assessed barriers and facilitators in HIV care services among MSM in the US.”
Research Interests: health behaviors among minority populations—including MSM, health communication, health services research
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Luu M. et al. Syphilis Testing in Antenatal Care: Policies and Practices among Laboratories in the Americas. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (IJGO). April 2015.
Understanding Sexual Risks and HIV Infection among Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) testers in Vietnam
Individual and social determinants of healthy decision-making surrounding sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on family planning; developing and improving programs designed to promote sexual well-being and prevent unwanted pregnancy
Dana Robinson Williamson
BA in Biology and Chemistry- Oberlin College
MPH- Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
After obtaining my bachelor’s, I pursued additional education to become an emergency medical technician (EMT). As an EMT, I saw first-hand the disconnection of health, wellness, and health care that leads to poor outcomes in both the acute and chronic stages of disease.
Working as an EMT solidified my desire to effect change on the front end of disease and motivated me to pursue study in the field of public health.
During my master’s program, I worked with the CDC on the groundbreaking youth media campaign, “VERB. It’s what you do!”, developing program content to encourage youth physical activity. After graduation, I continued on as an ORISE Fellow managing formative research and overseeing the development of social marketing print materials specific to ethnic minority populations.
In a desire to become more involved and impactful at the community level, I welcomed the opportunity to return to Rollins as a research project coordinator. In this role, I have had the opportunity to satisfy my passion for community involvement while educating, encouraging, and motivating attitudinal and behavior change relative to organ donation within the African American community.
My work in this area has implications far beyond the field of organ donation, and further developed my interest in culturally sensitive research, health disparities, and social inequities.”
“I am interested in researching how neighborhood characteristics mediate behavior and health outcomes. In particular, I am interested in relationships among the degree of disadvantage experienced by a population, the neighborhood in which that population resides, lack of access to nutritional/physical activity resources, and poor health outcomes.”
The Relationship between Physical Activity and Screen time behavior among Tweens using The Theory of Planned.
- Robinson DHZ and Arriola KRJ (2015). Strategies to facilitate organ donation among African Americans. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 10, 177-179.
- Robinson, DHZ, Gerbensky-Klammer, SM, Perryman, JP, Thompson, NJ, Arriola, KRJ (2014). Understanding African American's Religious Beliefs and Organ Donation Intentions. Journal of Religion & Health, 53(6):1857-72.
- Arriola, KRJ, Robinson, DHZ, Perryman, JP, & Thompson, N (2013). Project ACTS II: Organ Donation Education for African American Adults. Ethnicity & Disease, 23, 230-237.
- Arriola KJR, Robinson DHZ, Boulware LE. (2009). Narrowing the gap between supply and demand of organs for transplantation. In Braithwaite RL, Taylor SE, Treadwell HM (Eds.), Health Issues in the Black Community, 3rd Edition (157-176). San Francisco: Josey Bass.
Entered the Program in 2012
BS in Psychology; Minor in Health Services Administration University of Central Florida
MPH in Epidemiology, University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions
“After graduating with my MPH in 2006, I accepted a position at the CDC in the Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Since joining the CDC, I have assisted with and led a number of research projects focusing on the primary prevention of cancer, early detection and surveillance, cancer genomics, and cancer survivorship.
In order to further develop my skills in research and statistical methods, I obtained a Master of Science in Research Methods, Measurement, and Statistics at Georgia State University in 2011.
During my time at Rollins, I will continue to focus on cancer prevention and control, namely focusing on factors that may impact medical decision-making, specifically in minority populations and populations at increased risk, such as those with hereditary cancer syndromes.”
|Shauna St. Clair Flemming||2019||Research Scientist; NORC, University of Chicago|
|Casey Hall||2019||Postdoctoral Fellow; Northwestern University|
|Jingjing Li||2019||Postdoctoral Fellow; CDC|
|Ilana Raskind||2019||Postdoctoral Fellow; Stanford University; Stanford Prevention Research Center|
|Leslie Johnson||2018||Postdoctoral Fellow; Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Global Health|
|Kathleen Krause||2018||Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer; CDC|
|Sasha Mital||2018||Epidemiologist; CDC, Heroin Response Strategy, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention|
|Riley Steiner||2018||Health Scientist; CDC, Division of Adolescent and School Health|
|Rebecca Woodruff||2018||Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer; CDC, Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention|
|Robin McGee||2017||Assistant Professor; Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, BSHE|
|Nancy DeSousa Williams||2017||Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs; Emory University School of Medicine|
|Umedjon Ibragimov||2017||Assistant Professor; Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, BSHE|
|Daniel Murdock||2016||Adjunct Professor; Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, BSHE|
|Danielle Haley||2016||Assistant Professor; Northeastern University, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Department of Health Sciences|
|Yen-Tyng Chen||2016||Postdoctoral Scholar; University of Chicago, School of Medicine|
FIRST Postdoctoral fellowship; Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Environmental Health
|Aaron Vissman||2015||Associate Director; Talbert House|
|Gillian L. Schauer||2015||
Senior Policy Fellow; CDC
|Rebecca Fielding-Miller||2015||Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease and Global Health; UC San Diego School of Medicine|
|Lisa Oakley||2015||Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer; Kaiser Permanente of Southern California, Office of Research and Evaluation|
|Amanda Garcia Williams||2015||
Behavioral Scientist; CDC, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases
|Erica Smearman||2015||MD Candidate; Emory University|
|Emily Dauria-Russell||2014||Adolescent/Young Adult Biobehavioral HIV T32 Postdoctoral Fellow; Brown University|
|Li Sun||2014||Associate Chief Physician; Sichuan Provincial CDC in China|
|Liz Walker||2013||Research Assistant Professor/Assistant Director of Evidence-based Learning; Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, BSHE|
|April Young||2013||Associate Professor; University of Kentucky|
|Nicola Christofides||2012||Associate Professor; University of the Witwatersrand, School of Public Health|
|Sara Head||2012||Health Scientist, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration|
|Michelle Hynes||2012||Data analyst; CDC NCCDPHP|
|Shilpa Patel||2012||Senior Evaluation Scientist; ICF Macro|
|Amy Patterson||2012||Assistant Professor of Public Health; Agnes Scott College
Assistant Director; Carter Center, Malaria Control Program
|Aaron Siegler||2012||Associate Professor; Emory University, Rollins School of Public Healh, BSHE|
ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow; CDC, HIV Prevention in Communities of Color
Learning and Development Consultant; MavenTree Consulting
|Laura Lessard||2011||Assistant Professor; University of Delaware, Department of Behavioral Health & Nutrition
Evaluation Director, Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)
|Lara DePadilla||2010||Chief Knowledge Officer; Families First, Inc.|
|Kathy Hageman||2010||Branch Chief of Strategic Information; CDC Tanzania|
|Julia Painter||2010||Assistant Professor; George Mason University, College of Health and Human Services, Department of Global and Community Health|
|Christina Borba||2009||Director of Research, Boston Medical Center; Assistant in Psychology (Psychiatry), Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Research, Massachusetts General Hospital|
|Darren Mays||2009||Associate Professor of Oncology; Georgetown University, Member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center|
|Ashli Owen-Smith||2009||Assistant Professor of Public Health; Georgia State University|