Meet the Carolina Population Center Faculty Fellows elected in 2018

The Carolina Population Center's Faculty Fellows elected five UNC faculty members to join the CPC Fellows program. The Fellows are CPC's permanent and vital core, and the center devotes its resources to facilitating their research. Currently, there are 68 Fellows from 15 different UNC departments.

 

Carmen Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy.

In her research, Dr. Gutierrez explores issues at the intersection of crime and violence, immigration and deportation, and health and health care. In focusing on these domains, she aims to contribute to our ongoing understanding of the multiple ways that social inequalities arise across race, ethnicity, and citizenship. A central theme of her work is the use of statistical and spatial methods to address research questions that inform contemporary policy concerns.

 

Taylor Hargrove is an Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Dr. Hargrove's primary research areas of interest are race, aging and the life course, and the social stratification of health. Her work seeks to address ongoing questions related to the measurement, mechanisms, and development of health inequalities at the intersections of race, skin color, gender, and socioeconomic status. During her time at UNC, Dr. Hargrove has broadened her research agenda by integrating biomedical approaches into the study of racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic inequality. She plans to continue this line of research in efforts to help elucidate the pathways through which social factors "get under our skin" to shape health and undergird social stratification.

Hargrove was previously a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Carolina Population Center.

 

Annie Green Howard is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics.

Dr. Howard’s research focuses on methodological advances to model the complex biosocial pathways, with a focus on longitudinal, population datasets. A central theme of her research has been studying the integration of biology, behavior and environment in relation to obesity and cardiometabolic disease specifically including factors as diverse as microbiota, genes, social factors, and access to healthcare. In addition, she has considerable expertise in high-dimensional exposure modeling, longitudinal and multilevel modeling, multivariate, pathway and structural equation modeling and missing data.

Howard has been a faculty researcher with Carolina Population Center since 2012.

 

Stephanie Martin is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition.

Dr. Martin's research involves improving the quality and impact of maternal and child nutrition programs in low-resource settings, with a focus on the influence of social support and family members. Her mixed-methods research examines multilevel factors that influence maternal and child nutrition practices and outcomes, and the implementation effectiveness of maternal and child nutrition programs. She is currently exploring family members' experiences supporting women's dietary and infant and young child feeding practices in Kenya and Tanzania, and examining the relationship between social support and infant feeding practices in a longitudinal observational cohort in Uganda. Her previous research in Kenya demonstrated the acceptability of community- and facility-based interventions to engage family members in maternal and child nutrition, and the positive relationship between social support and nutrition practices. Dr. Martin's research program has been influenced by her 13-year career as a global health practitioner, which continues to focus on the design and implementation of behavioral interventions.

 

Angela Parcesepe is an Assistant Professor of Maternal and Child Health.

With training in epidemiology and social work, Dr. Parcesepe's research focuses on the intersection of violence, mental health and substance use disorders, and HIV prevention and treatment across global settings. Her current work examines the impact of mental and substance abuse disorders on HIV treatment outcomes in the context of universal test and treat strategies in low-resource settings. She also is engaged in identifying promising strategies for integrating and scaling evidence-based mental health interventions into HIV care programs.

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