Predoctoral Trainees

 Academic Year 2018-19


Megan Barry
Email: mbarry19@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Maternal and Child Health
Room 2179 CSQ Megan Barry
Research focus:
Positive mental health; biomarkers; family structure; adolescent health; and resilience among black MSM.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal and Child Health

David Braudt
Email:
Graduate Student, Sociology
Room 2124F CSQ David Braudt
Research focus:
Social stratification; population health; education; quantitative methods (with a particular interest in structural equation modeling with latent variables); and the integration of genetics in social science research.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Kenneth Bollen, Psychology and Sociology and Kathleen Mullan Harris, Sociology

Alyssa Browne
Email: alyssarb@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology

Room 2164A CSQ
Alyssa Browne
Research focus:

Sexual and reproductive health, including reproductive health-related movements, state-level policy, and abortion measurement; determinants of infant health; and social stratification.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Lisa Pearce, Sociology


Wei Chang
Email: wei@unc.edu
Graduate Student, Health Policy and Management
Room 2124B CSQ Wei Chang
Research focus:
HIV prevention and access to care; gender dynamics and health services utilization; costs and efficiency of health systems; and impact evaluation.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Sudhanshu Handa, Public Policy

Alexis Dennis, M.A., M.P.H.
Email: acdennis@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology

Room 2148E CSQ
Alexis Dennis
Research focus:
Social determinants of racial health inequality, mental health, social stratification, and life course studies.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Robert Hummer, Sociology and Allison Aiello, Epidemiology

Marlous de Milliano
Email: marlous@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Public Policy
Room 2185A CSQ Marlous de Milliano
Research focus:
Impact of social assistance on quality of life, with a focus on cash transfer programmes, social support and social networks, and social infrastructure and service provision.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Ashu Handa, Public Policy and Clare Barrington, Health Behavior

Nathan Dollar
Email: ntdollar@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology

Room 2124G CSQ
Nathan Dollar
Research focus:

Migrant health; relationship between international migration, labor market incorporation, and morbidity and mortality; the role of the state in mitigating occupational hazards; and regional variation in regulation of labor markets.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Jacqueline Hagan and Robert Hummer, Sociology


Achsah Dorsey
Email: afdorsey@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, March 2017
 Room 2185G CSQ Achsah Dorsey
Research focus:

Exploring the biological and cultural connections between iron deficiency and infection, the gut microbiome, and home environment in children living in Lima, Peru.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Linda Adair, Nutrition and Amanda Thompson, Anthropology


Samuel Fishman
Email: samfish@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, December 2017
Room 2185C CSQ Samuel Fishman
Research focus:

Inter-generational transmission of status and health; educational ambitions and attainment; fertility timing and social mobility; and race/ethnicity and infant health.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. S. Philip Morgan and Robert Hummer Sociology


Hannabeth Franchino-Olson
Email: hbo@unc.edu
Graduate Student, Maternal and Child Health
Room 2164D CSQ Hannabeth Franchino-Olson
Research focus:
Gender-based violence in the developing world; demography and quantitative methods.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal and Child Health

Danielle Gartner
Email: danirose@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Epidemiology
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, December 2017
Room 2125G CSQ Danielle Gartner
Research focus:

Population health science; health services; reproductive health & justice; social & spatial epidemiology; environmental justice; measurement of racial health disparities; community- based research. 
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Whitney Robinson, Epidemiology and Robert Hummer Sociology


Isaura Godinez
Email: isaurag@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Anthropology
Room 2185F CSQ Isadora Godinez
Research focus:
Migration and health: development of metabolic syndrome among Mexicans of indigenous Purepecha descent in the U.S. and Mexico.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Linda Adair, Nutrition and Amanda Thompson, Anthropology

Varun Goel
Email: varungoel123@gmail.com
Graduate Student, Geography

Room 2164E CSQ
Varun Goel
Research focus:

Multi-level population and environmental factors impacting diarrhoeal disease transmission in Bangladesh; spatial epidemiology and spatial statistics.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Michael Emch, Geography


Anna Grummon, MSPH
Email: agrummon@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Health Behavior
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, February 2018

Room 2125C CSQ
Anna Grummon
Research focus:
Design and evaluation of health-related programs and policies; obesity prevention; statistical and econometric methods for policy-evaluation; combining population and behavioral sciences to study health behaviors and outcomes.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Barry Popkin and Lindsey Smith Taillie, Nutrition

Iliya Gutin
Email: igutin@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology

Room 2179C CSQ
Iliya Gutin
Research focus:

Chronic disease morbidity and mortality among young and middle-aged adults; formation of health behaviors and beliefs in early life; biomarkers and health metrics; social and health inequality over the life course.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Robert Hummer, Sociology


George Hayward
Email: georgemhayward@unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology

Room 2165B CSQ
George Hayward
Research focus:

Religion; adolescence; family formation; family structure; and quantitative methods.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Lisa Pearce, Sociology


Douglas Hopping
Email: doughopp@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Geography
Room 2125A CSQ Douglas Hopping
Research focus:

Climate change and vulnerability; population, environment, and development; and environmental migration.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Clark Gray, Geography


Johanna (Hannah) Jahnke, M.A.
Email: hjahnke@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, April 2017
Room 2124C CSQ Hannah Jahnke
Research focus:
Developmental origins of health and disease, specifically in Ecuador.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Margaret Bentley, Nutrition and Amanda Thompson, Anthropology

Moira Johnson
Email: johnsomp@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, March 2018
Room 2165C CSQ Moira Johnson
Research focus:
Social determinants of health; life course studies; and biological and social interactions.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Kathleen Mullan Harris, Sociology

Nicole Kahn, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Candidate, Maternal and Child Health
Dissertation successfully defended, March 2018
through May 2018 Nicole Kahn
Research focus:

Sexual experiences and health outcomes of populations with disabilities in the U.S., from adolescence through early adulthood
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal and Child Health


Corinna Keeler
Email: cykeeler@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Geography


Room 2179B CSQ
Corinna Keeler
Research focus:
Spatial analysis of social and environmental factors affecting malaria transmission in Central Africa.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Michael Emch, Geography

Eunsoo Timothy Kim, MSPH
Email: timkim@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Maternal and Child Health
Room 2125G CSQ Eunsoo (Timothy) Kim
Research focus:

MCH program evaluation; implementation science; utilization of skilled care and maternal/neonatal health; the effect of contextual factors on health; and health systems strengthening.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Kavita Singh Ongechi, Maternal and Child Health


Katherine Lemasters
Email: khelen@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Maternal and Child Health
Room 2164C CSQ Maternal and Child Health
Research focus:

Social norms around family planning; social determinants of health; inequity and health; racial and ethnic health disparities; and mixed methods.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Ilene Speizer, Maternal and Child Health


Adam Lilly
Email: adamg93@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology
Room 2164B CSQ Adam Lilly
Research focus:
Stratification/inequality; race; and education.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Kenneth Bollen, Psychology and Sociology and Guang Guo, Sociology

Meng-Jung Lin
Email: mjlinmj@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology
Lin
Research focus:

Intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status; gene-environment interactions; and labor markets.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Guang Guo, Sociology


Elizabeth (Libby) McClure
Email: emcclure@unc.edu
Graduate Student, Epidemiology

Room 2185B CSQ
Elizabeth McClure
Research focus:
Neighborhood-level and structural factors contributing to health disparities; spatial epidemiology.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Allison Aiello, Epidemiology and Michael Emch, Geography

Max Reason
Email: mreason@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology


Room 2178B CSQ

Max Reason
Research focus:
Social inequality; social stressors and health; migrant incorporation; and biomarker data.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Liana Richardson, Sociology

Bianka Reese
Email: bmreese@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Maternal and Child Health
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, February 2017
Bianka Reese
Research focus:
Social determinants and consequences of adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal and Child Health

Renee Ryberg, Ph.D.
Email: rryberg@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology
Dissertation successfully defended, March 2018
through May 2018 Renee Ryberg
Research focus:
Inequality and the transition to adulthood, including education, employment, and family formation, in an international comparative framework.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Lisa Pearce and Kathleen Mullan Harris, Sociology

Anna Rybinska
Email: annar@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, August 2017
Room 2125B CSQ Anna Rybinska
Research focus:
Fertility in developed countries; childbearing intentions; childlessness and family policies; Demography; and quantitative methods.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Yong Cai and S. Philip Morgan, Sociology

Hamsa Subramaniam
Email: hamsasub@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Epidemiology
Room 2125B CSQ Hamsa Subramaniam
Research focus:

Social determinants of HIV testing and prevention; pregnancy outcomes; and health outcomes among Medicaid populations.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Audrey Pettifor, Epidemiology


Alison Swiatlo, M.P.H.
Email:
Graduate Student, Maternal and Child Health

Room 2178C CSQ
Alison Swiatlo
Research focus:
Adolescent health; longitudinal patterns of intimate partner violence; and sexual minority health.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal and Child Health

Mallory Turner
Email:
Graduate Student, Maternal and Child Health

Room 2125F CSQ
Mallory Turner
Research focus:
Outcomes and protective factors associated with adverse childhood experiences; parental incarceration; intimate partner violence; and racial and ethnic disparities.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal and Child Health and Jane Fruehwirth, Economics

Julia Ward, Ph.D.
Email: jbward10@email.unc.edu

Ph.D. Candidate, Epidemiology
Dissertation successfully defended, November 2017

through May 2018 Julia Ward
Research focus:
Intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic position; racial disparities in mental health and cardiovascular disease; and social and nutritional determinants of health.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Allison Aiello, Epidemiology

Joshua Wassink
Email: wassink@live.unc.edu

Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, October 2016

Room 2124G CSQ J. Wassink
Research focus:

International migration; social stratification; Demography; health mixed methods research; Latin America; and Development.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Jacqueline Hagan, Sociology


Rachel Wilbur
Graduate Student, Anthropology

through May 2018
Alison Swiatlo
Research focus:

Social determinants of disease; relationship between the gut microbiome and infectious disease; diabetes.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Amanda Thompson, Anthropology and Allison Aiello, Epidemiology


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