Predoctoral Trainees

 Academic Year 2016-17


Seri Link Anderson
Email: slink3@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Health Policy and Management
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, April 2017

Room B001 W. Franklin
Seri Link
Research focus:
Health policy; improving the quality of reproductive health care; unintended pregnancy; and computer simulation.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal and Child Health

Megan Barry
Email: mbarry19@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Maternal and Child Health
Room B001 W. Franklin Megan Barry
Research focus:
TBD
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal and Child Health

Katherine Barrett
Email: barrettk@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, April 2016
E. Franklin Breezeway Katherine Barrett
Research focus:
Developmental origins of obesity; early childhood feeding environment; and weaning and complementary foods.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Margaret Bentley, Nutrition and Amanda Thompson, Anthropology

Courtney Boen, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Email: courtney.boen@gmail.com
Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology
Dissertation successfully defended, March 2017
Courtney Boen
Research focus:
Racial health disparities across the life course; social determinants of health; racial wealth inequality; and socioeconomic mobility.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Anthony Perez and Y. Claire Yang, Sociology

Katrina Branecky
Email: braneckl@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology
Room 232 W. Rosemary Katrina Branecky
Research focus:

Inequality and health; and the influence of demographic factors on doctor-patient interactions.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Y. Claire Yang, Sociology


David Braudt
Email:
Graduate Student, Sociology
Room 218 W. Rosemary 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

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

Room 220 W. Rosemary
Alyssa Browne
Research focus:
TBD
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Lisa Pearce, Sociology

Maia Call
Email: mcall@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Geography
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, April 2015

Room 101B W. Cameron
Maia Call
Research focus:
Population-environment interactions; environmental determinants of migration; and spatial demography.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Michael Emch and Clark Gray, Geography

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

Room B001 W. Franklin
Alexis Dennis
Research focus:
Social determinants of 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 B001 W. Franklin 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 B001 W. Franklin
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
Graduate Student, Anthropology
 E. Franklin Breezeway Achsah Dorsey
Research focus:
Differential exposure and its effects on sex differences in the health and wellbeing of children.
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, May 2017
Room 256 W. Franklin Samuel Fishman
Research focus:
Fertility, family, health, and aging: the effect of advanced maternal age in children's test scores.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. S. Philip Morgan and Robert Hummer Sociology

Danielle Gartner
Email: danirose@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Epidemiology
Room 203 W. Franklin Danielle Gartner
Research focus:
Inequality and health; social and spatial epidemiology; food access, security, and sovereignty; community-based research methodologies; and reproduction.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Drs. Whitney Robinson, Epidemiology and Robert Hummer Sociology

Isaura Godinez
Email: isaurag@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Anthropology
E. Franklin Breezeway 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 101K W. Cameron
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
Email: agrummon@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Health Behavior

Room 3100 E. Franklin
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 B001 W. Franklin
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

E. Franklin Breezeway
George Hayward
Research focus:
Religious differences and outcomes during adolescence; marriage, cohabitation, relationships, and sexuality; family structure, parenthood, and childrearing
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Lisa Pearce, Sociology

Douglas Hopping
Email: doughopp@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Geography
Room 101G W. Cameron Douglas Hopping
Research focus:
Determinants of migration; migration and social stratification; and population environment interactions.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Clark Gray, Geography

Johanna (Hannah) Jahnke, M.A.
Email: hjahnke@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Anthropology
E. Franklin Breezeway Hannah Jahnke
Research focus:
Developmental origins of health and disease, specifically in Ecuador.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Margaret Bentley, Nutrition and Amanda Thompson, Anthropology

Mark Janko
Email: janko@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Geography
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, April 2016
Room 302 W. Cameron Mark Janko
Research focus:

Moira Johnson
Email: johnsomp@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology
Room 203 W. Franklin 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, M.Ed.
Email: nkahn@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Maternal and Child Health
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, March 2017
Room 203 W. Franklin 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


Smisha Kaysin, Ph.D.
Email: smishaa@email.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Maternal and Child Health
Dissertation successfully defended, April 2017
Room 101M W. Cameron Smisha Kaysin
Research focus:
The evaluation of maternal and child health programs, especially programs employing mobile tools for service delivery; and supply-side determinants of demand for reproductive health services in Bangladesh.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Sian Curtis, Maternal and Child Health

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


Room 101D W. Cameron
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 101I W. Cameron Eunsoo (Timothy) Kim
Research focus:

MCH program evaluation using mixed methods; implementation science; maternal/neonatal health and survival; the effect of contextual factors on health; skilled care and continuum of care throughout pregnancy, birth and after delivery; health systems strengthening.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Kavita Singh Ongechi, Maternal and Child Health


Ricardo Martinez- Schuldt
Email: rdmart@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology
Room 203 W. Franklin Martinez-Schuldt
Research focus:
Patterns, causes, and consequences of unauthorized migration, migration and health, immigrant incorporation, and social stratification.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Jacqueline Hagan, Sociology

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

E. Franklin Breezeway
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

Shaina Mitchell
Email: shainam@email.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Biostatistics
Room 6204 E. Franklin Shaina Mitchell
Research focus:
Health disparities in obesity and cardiovascular disease; effects of modernization and the media on health; development of statistical models and methods; and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases through changes in modifiable lifestyle factors, like diet and physical activity.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Penny Gordon- Larsen, Nutrition and Amy Herring, Biostatistics

Max Reason
Email: mreason@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology
Room 222 W. Rosemary Max Reason
Research focus:
Social inequality; social stressors and health; 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
Room 203 W. Franklin Bianka Reese
Research focus:
Social determinants and consequences of adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Carolyn Halpern, Maternal and Child Health

Amelia Rock
Email: ameliacr@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Health Behavior
Room 101H W. Cameron Amelia Rock
Research focus:
Socio-cultural and structural determinants of sexual and reproductive health, especially gender and economic opportunity; HIV prevention and access to treatment and care; and evaluation of social and structural interventions, e.g. cash transfer programs.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Clare Barrington, Health Behavior

Renee Ryberg
Email: rryberg@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology
Room 224 W. Rosemary Renee Ryberg
Research focus:
Inequality and the transition to adulthood, including education, employment, and family formation, in an international comparative framework.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Drs. Lisa Pearce and Kathleen Mullan Harris, Sociology

Anna Rybinska
Email: annar@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology
Room 203 W. Franklin Anna Rybinska
Research focus:
Fertility in developed countries; motherhood postponement; childlessness and assisted reproductive techniques; and family policies.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. S. Philip Morgan, Sociology

Kristen Schorpp, Ph.D.
Email: schorpp@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology
Dissertation successfully defended, April 2017
Room 216 W. Rosemary Kristen Schorpp
Research focus:

Aging and life course processes; health inequalities; and social stratification.
CPC Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Y. Claire Yang, Sociology


Samuel Sellers, Ph.D.
Email: spseller@live.unc.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Curriculum for Environment and Ecology
Dissertation successfully defended, April 2017

Room 103 W. Cameron
Samuel Sellers
Research focus:
Population- environment issues examining the efficacy of initiatives that combine natural resource conservation and changes in management strategies with family planning and reproductive health services.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Richard Bilsborrow, Biostatistics and Pamela Jagger, Public Policy

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

Room B001 W. Franklin
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

Julia Ward
Email: jbward10@email.unc.edu

Ph.D. Candidate, Epidemiology
Dissertation proposal successfully defended, November 2016

E. Franklin Breezeway 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: joshuawassink@gmail.com
Graduate Student, Sociology
Room 203 W. Franklin J. Wassink
Research focus:
International Migration; return migration; health and illness; race-ethnicity; and discrimination.
CPC Faculty Preceptors: Drs. Jacqueline Hagan, Sociology and Krista Perreira, Public Policy

Rachel Wilbur
Email: rachel_wilbur@med.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Anthropology

E. Franklin Breezeway
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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