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Summer Program Intern Alumni


Tiffany Ames, summer 2014
Class of 2014 (December), Sociology, Lehman College
Tiffany Ames
Internship research focus:
Violence in the LBGT community
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal and Child Health
Future plans:
  • Graduate studies

Angela Ancheta, summer 2012
Class of 2013, Anthropology and Psychology, UNC-CH
Angela Ancheta
Internship research focus:
The association between dietary acculturation and deteriorating health as it relates to Latino populations.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Amanda Thompson, Anthropology
Post-internship activities:
  • Case Manager, Orange County (NC) Department of Social Services
  • Future graduate studies

MyLea Barclift, summer 2013
Class of 2014, Sociology and Psychology, UNC-CH
MyLea 

Barclift
Internship research focus:
The impact of religion on health in young adulthood
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Lisa Pearce, Sociology
Future plans:
  • Graduate studies

Ann Marie Bartholomew, summer 2009
Class of 2010, Political Science and Spanish, UNC-CH
Ann Marie Bartholomew
Internship research focus:
Policy and environmental impacts of the New Special Law in the Galapagos Islands
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Stephen Walsh, Geography
Post-internship activities:
  • 2012, MS-SLP, UNC-CH Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Current position: Speech Therapist, Onslow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Jillian Casey, 2008
Email: jscasey@email.unc.edu
Class of 2009, Sociology, UNC-CH
Jillian Casey
Internship research focus:
Preventive care and economic disparities among urban slum populations in Bangladesh.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. John Akin, Economics
Post-internship activities:
  • Prevention Manager, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
  • 2011, MPH, Health Behavior Health Eduction, UNC-CH

William Cole, 2007
Class of 2009, Mathematics and Fine Arts, University of Mississippi
Will Cole
Internship research focus:
Racial disparities in birth weight and pre-term births in the State of North Carolina: 1996 - 2005.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Dr. Amy Herring, Biostatistics and Dr. C. Suchindran
Post-internship activities:
  • 2011, MAT, Mathematics Education, Duke University
  • Current position: Teacher, AP Calculus and Geometry, Northern High School, Durham, NC

Danielle Cuddington, 2012
Class of 2013, Sociology and Women's Studies, UNC-CH
Danielle Cuddington
Internship research focus:
Connections between demographic behavior and the quantity and quality of groundwater.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Lisa Pearce, Sociology
Post-internship activities:
  • Research Assistant, Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project
  • Future graduate studies

Jessica Dilday, 2011
Class of 2011, Sociology, UNC-CH
Jessica Dilday
Internship research focus:
Prevalence and social, demographic, and health correlates of meditation among U.S. adolescents.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Lisa Pearce, Sociology
Post-internship activities:

Ciarra Dortche
Class of 2014, Public Health Studies, East Carolina University
Ciarra 
Dortche
Internship research focus:
The effectiveness of maternal tetanus vaccinations and clean birth practices
on the health of Ugandan women
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Carolina Perez-Heydrich, Biostatistics and Infectious Diseases
Post-internship activities:
  • 2014-15 - present: Graduate studies, East Carolina University, Public Health

Rachel Dukes, summer 2011
Class of 2012, International Studies, and Global Health, UNC-CH
Rachel Dukes
Internship research focus:
The relationship between schooling and HIV risk behavior in adolescents.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Audrey Pettifor, Epidemiology
Post-internship activities:
  • Senior Research Associate, Avalere Health
  • 2014, MPH, Global Health Policy, George Washington University

Sophia Duong, 2010
Class of 2011, Health Policy and Management, UNC-CH
Sophia Duong
Internship research focus:
Media use and eating behaviors among rural and urban Chinese adolescents.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Amanda Thompson, Anthropology
Post-internship activities:
  • State Health Policy Analyst, Center for Children and Families,  Georgetown University
  • 2014, MPH, Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Brittany Edens, summer 2010
Class of 2011, Public Policy, UNC-CH

 
Brittany Edens
Internship research focus:
Body Image Discordance and the Weight-Related Health Behaviors of Postpartum African American Women
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Amanda Thompson, Anthropology
Post-internship activities:
  • Current position: Research Assistant, (Metropolitan Housing and
    Communities Center), The Urban Institute
  • Teach for America (2011-13)
  • Future graduate studies

Wendi Elkins
Class of 2014, Global Health and Public Policy, UNC-CH
Wendi Elkins
Internship research focus:
The role of household characteristics on health care utilization in China
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Amanda Thompson, Anthropology
Future plans:
  • Research Assistant, RTI International

Candice Gautier, 2008
Class of 2008, Psychology, University of Florida
Candice Gautier
Internship research focus:
The impact of widowhood and/or divorce on mental health.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Glen Elder, Sociology
Future plans:
  • Graduate studies

Taylor Hargrove, 2009 and 2010
Class of 2011, Psychology, UNC-CH
Taylor Hargrove
Internship research focus:
The influence of spatial proximity to non-family organizations and childhood on household fissure
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Lisa Pearce, Sociology
Post-internship activities:
  • 2011-12 - present: Doctoral studies in Sociology, Vanderbilt University

Cameron Horne, summer 2011
Class of 2013, Geography, UNC-CH
Cameron Horne
Internship research focus:
The influence of natural disasters on neighborhood change and recovery.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Kyle Crowder, Sociology
Post-internship activities:
  • 2013-14 - present: Graduate studies in Geography, University of South Carolina

Patricia Huerta, summer 2012
Class of 2013, Psychology and Sociology, UNC-CH
Patricia Huerta
Internship research focus:
The association between sexual initiation patterns and long-term sexual and relationship satisfaction trajectories.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal and Child Health
Post-internship activities:
  • 2013-14 - present: Graduate studies in Marriage and Family Therapy, East  Carolina University

Mary Kroeger, summer 2011
Class of 2012, Economics, & Political Science, UNC-CH
Mary Kroeger
Internship research focus:
The association between sexual debut and depression among adolescents with intellectual disabilities.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal Health Child Health
Post-internship activities:
  • 2012-13 - present: Doctoral studies in Political Science, Princeton University

Samantha (Martinez) Jaroszewski, summer 2011
Class of 2013, Sociology, UNC-CH
Samantha Martinez
Internship research focus:
A comparative study of quality of life factors between the migrant-sending areas of mainland Ecuador and the migrant-receiving areas of the Galapagos Islands.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Margarita Mooney, Sociology
Post-internship activities:
  • 2013-14 - present: Doctoral studies in Sociology, Princeton University

Chelsea Merritt, summer 2009
Class of 2011, Journalism and Mass Communication, UNC-CH
Chelsea Merritt
Internship research focus:
A comparative study of the effects of socioeconomic status on nutrition: the cases of China and the United States
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Amanda Thompson, Anthropology
Post-internship activities:
  • Current position: Assistant Manager, College Admissions Consulting, College Zone
  • Future graduate studies

Denise Mitchell, summer 2011
Class of 2012, Psychology, UNC-CH
Denise Mitchell
Internship research focus:
The association between psychosocial stressors, discrimination, and blood pressure.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Jon Hussey, Maternal and Child Health
Post-internship activities:
  • Research Assistant, American Institutes for Research (NC)
  • Future graduate studies

Stephanie Nelli, summer 2012
Class of 2013, Mathematics, UNC-CH
Stephanie Nelli
Internship research focus:
The influence of friendship networks on adolescent depression.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal and Child Health and Carolina Perez-Heydrich, Biostatistics and the CPC Postdoctoral Program
Post-internship activities:
  • 2013-14 - present: Doctoral studies in Neuroscience,  University of San Diego

Jennifer Nwachukwu, summer 2011
Class of 2012, Public Policy & Political Science, UNC-CH
Jennifer Nwachukwu
Internship research focus:
The effects of Nigerian-born parental status on second-generation Nigerian-Americans.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Ted Mouw, Sociology
Post-internship activities:
  • 2012-13 - present: Law student, University of Baltimore School of Law

David Parker, summer 2006
Class of 2008, Biology, Shaw University
David Parker
Internship research focus:
Issues of health disparities in the South for the period covering 1960-present
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Jay Kaufman, Epidemiology
Future plans:
  • Graduate studies

Jordan Pedraza, summer 2009
Class of 2009, Sociology, Pomona College
Jordan Pedraza
Internship research focus:
The relationship between perceived racial discrimination and educational adaptation and attainment for Latino/a 1st and 2nd generation adolescents in North Carolina.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Krista Perreira, Public Policy
Post-internship activities:
  • 2010-present: Manager, Google Apps for Education
  • 2009-10: Public policy research, Mathematica Policy Research, Oakland, CA

Rachel Quinto, 2009
Class of 2010, Sociology, UNC-CH
Rachel Quinto
Internship research focus:
Marriage formation, economics, and health: a comparative study of selected OECD countries
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Claudia Geist
Post-internship activities:
  • Program Coordinator, University of North Carolina School of Medicine - Office of Special Programs

Bianka Reese, 2009, 2010, and 2011
Class of 2012, Health Policy and Management, UNC-CH


Bianka Reese
Internship research focus:
The association between sequences of sexual initiation and the likelihood of teen pregnancy.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Carolyn Halpern and Jon Hussey, Maternal and Child Health
Post-internship activities:
  • AY 2012-13 - present: Doctoral studies in Maternal and Child Health, UNC-CH

Clarissa Sellers, 2008
Class of 2008, Statistics, North Carolina State University
Clarissa Sellers
Internship research focus:
Mathematical modeling of social and sexual networks using concurrency, sexually transmitted infections, and other demographic data to model the spread of HIV infection, and deterministic, stochastic, and event driven modeling to show significant factors that explain the spread of HIV. CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Audrey Pettifor, Epidemiology
Post-internship activities:
  • Current position: Evaluation Coordinator, National Minority AIDS Council
  • 2012, MPH, Health Promotion - George Washington University

Farai Sikipa, summer 2010
Class of 2012, Biology, UNC-CH
Farai Sikipa
Internship research focus:
The association between social cash transfers, school enrollment, and child labor in sub-Saharan Africa.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Ashu Handa, Public Policy
Post-internship activities:
  • Founder, Chairman & CEO, Euddle

Nicole Steward-Streng, 2006
Class of 2007, Sociology, Kent State University
Nicole Steward
Internship research focus:
The relationship between religion and sexual behavior
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Lisa Pearce, Sociology
Post-internship activities:
  • Current position: Senior Analyst, Shopper Insights
  • 2009-12: Senior Research Analyst, Child Trends
  • 2009, MA, Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University

Rhyan Vereen, 2012
Class of 2013, Public Health Studies, East Carolina University
Rhyan Vereen
Internship research focus:
The association between childhood family environment and the increase of racial and ethnic disparities in childhood obesity.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Whitney Robinson, Epidemiology
Post-internship activities:
  • 2013-14: Graduate studies in Public Health, Emory University

Myra Villalobos, 2009
Class of 2010, Biological Anthropology, Spanish, and Economics,
University of New Mexico
Myra Villalobos
Internship research focus:
Livelihood transitions, changing family structures, and consequences of the environment
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Lisa Pearce, Sociology
Post-internship activities:
  • LEED Project Manager, Dyron Murphy Architects

Academic Year Intern Alumni

Agustin Abdallah, 2007-08
Class of 2007, Geography, UNC-CH
Agustin Abdallah
Internship research focus:
Development in Latin America, Hispanic immigrants in North Carolina, and health disparities, issues related to infectious diseases in Malawi and Bangladesh
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Michael Emch, Geography
Post-internship activities:
  • Medical student, Tulane University School of Medicine

Kathleen (Casanova) Jaynes, 2007-08 - 2008-09
Class of 2009, Public Policy, UNC-CH
Kathleen Casanova
Internship research focus:
Obesity and the built environment
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen, Nutrition
Post-internship activities:
  • Current position: Director of Development, Texas Tech
    Rawls College of Business; Executive Director, Girls on the
    Run of Lubbock
  •  2010-12: Director of Development, ESYNYC
  • 2009-10: Fellow, New York City Urban Fellows Program

Kate Dickson, 2009-10
Class of 2011, Geography, UNC-CH
  Kate Dickson
Internship research focus:
Population and environment interactions in Bangladesh
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Michael Emch, Geography
Post-internship activities:
  • Teach for America

Henry Ebron, 2003-04
Class of 2004, Geography and Psychology, North Carolina Central University
Henry Ebron
Internship research focus:
Population and pastoral change in rural Tanzania using spatial analysis methods
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Paul Leslie, Anthropology
Post-internship activities:
  • JD, Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Shamia Faison, 2008-09 - 2009-10
Class of 2010, Psychology, UNC-CH
Shamia Faison
Internship research focus:
National Children's Study
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Barbara Entwisle, Sociology
Post-internship activities:
  • 2010-11 - present: Doctoral studies in Pharmacy, University of Maryland

Crystal Hall Gibson, 2003-04
Class of 2004, Geography and Sociology, North Carolina Central University
Crystal Hall
Internship research focus:
Land use and land cover change in Nang Rong, Thailand
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Steve Walsh, Geography
Post-internship activities:

Christopher Hodges, 2004-05
Class of 2005, Geography and Criminal Justice, North Carolina Central University
Chris Hodges
Internship research focus:
Population and pastoral change in rural Tanzania using spatial analysis methods
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Paul Leslie, Anthropology
Post-internship activities:
  • Graduate studies in geography and the environment

Jonathan Jackson, 2006-07 - 2008-09
Class of 2009, Geography and Earth Sciences, North Carolina Central University
Jon Jackson
Internship research focus:
Cholera seasonality around the world
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Michael Emch, Geography
Future plans:
  • Graduate studies in geography and sustainable city planning

Jillian Jefferson (Harris), 2007-08
Jillian Jefferson
Internship research focus:
National Children's Study
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Barbara Entwisle, Sociology
Post-internship activities:

Shaina Mitchell
Class of 2014, Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
Shaina Mitchell
Internship research focus:
Representativeness of the China Health and Nutrition Survey
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Penny Gordon Larsen, Nutrition
and Amy Herring, Biostatistics
Future plans:
  • Graduate studies

Kwasi Perry, 2006-07
Class of 2007, Geography and Earth Sciences,
North Carolina Central University
Kwasi Perry
Internship research focus:
GIS applications.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Michael Emch, Geography
Post-internship activities:
  • 2009, MBA, North Carolina Central University

Niobra Peterson, 2007 - 08
Class of 2008, Sociology, UNC-CH
Niobra Peterson
Internship research focus:
Niobra is working with the National Children's Study faculty and project staff on issues focused on community influences on children's health.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Barbara Entwisle, Sociology
Post-internship activities:
2009-10 - present: Graduate student, Sociology, UNC-CH

Christian Quingla, 2008-09
Class of 2010, Sociology, UNC-CH
Christian Quingla
Internship research focus:
Immigrant incorporation and social mobility
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Jacqueline Hagan, Sociology
Post-internship activities:
  • Mortgage Consultant, Wells Fargo

Marcus Rountree, 2004-05
Class of 2006, Environmental Science with a concentration in Geography, North Carolina Central University
Internship research focus:
GIS and remote sensing activities in population studies
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Steve Walsh, Geography
Post-internship activities:
  • Sierra Student Coalition

Kavya Sekar, 2010-11
Class of 2013, Anthropology and Biology, UNC-CH
Kavya Sekar
Internship research focus:
Biocultural influences on solid feeding among African-American infants
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Amanda Thompson, Anthropology
Future plans:
  • Doctoral studies

Tasia Smith, 2007-08
Class of 2008, Psychology, UNC-CH
Tasia Smith
Internship research focus:
Mental health and academic adaptation processes for Latino immigrant populations in North Carolina.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Krista Perreira, Sociology
Post-internship activities:
  • 2011, MS, Human Development and Family Studies, UNC-Greensboro
  • Current position: Doctoral studies, Counseling Psychology, University of Florida

Tamara Spivey, 2007-08
Class of 2007, Geography and Earth Sciences,
North Carolina Central University
Tamara Spivey
Internship research focus:
GIS Applications
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Michael Emch, Geography
Future plans:
  • Graduate studies

Cameron Taylor, 2008-09 - 2009-10
Class of 2010, Geography, UNC-CH
Cameron Taylor
Internship research focus:
Spatial analysis of bacterial and viral pathogens in groundwater in Bangladesh.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Michael Emch, Geography
Post-internship activities:
  • 2012, MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health
Trini Thach
Class of 2014, Biology and Psychology, UNC-CH
Trini Thach
Internship research focus:
The association between weight and iron deficiency in Chinese women and children
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Amanda Thompson, Anthropology
Future plans:
  • Graduate studies