Alumni News for the 2000s

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  • Kristie Long Foley (2000 Ph.D., Health Behavior Health Education, UNC-CH School of Public Health; CPC Predoctoral trainee, 1997-2000)
    Dr. Foley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Her research interests include preventive health and health care for the poor and elderly. Her current work focuses on cancer prevention and early detection in underserved populations. She is the PI of several grants including The Organizational Capacity of Free Clinics to Offer Preventive Health Services and The Influence of Providers' Perceptions of Medicaid and Medicare Reimbursement on Cancer Screening Practices. Dr. Foley also teaches Research Methods in the WFUSM graduate program in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research.
    Kristie may be reached at or 336.716.9881.
  • Karen Benjamin Guzzo (2003 Ph.D., Sociology, UNC-CH; CPC Predoctoral trainee, 1998-2003)
    Dr. Guzzo is currently a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, working with Frank Furstenberg. In addition to her research responsibilities, Karen teaches an undergraduate course in Sociology of the Family.

    Karen may be reached via email at

  • Holly Heard (2002 Ph.D., Sociology, UNC-CH; CPC Predoctoral trainee, 1997-2002)
    Dr. Heard spent the 2002-03 academic year teaching at Arizona State University in Tempe. She recently began a new faculty position at Rice University as Assistant Professor in Sociology. At Rice, her teaching responsibilities include courses in Sociology of the Family, African Americans in Society, and Family Inequality.

    Holly may be reached via email at

    For more information on her professional activities, visit her website at

  • Padmaja Patnaik (2004 Ph.D., Epidemiology, UNC-CH; CPC Predoctoral trainee, 2000-2004)
    Dr. Patnaik currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship with UNC's Department of Epidemiology and GlaxoSmithKline's Worldwide Epidemiology. Through her fellowship, she will continue to conduct research in the epidemiology of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and related infections pertaining to populations in developing countries of sub Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • Heidi W. Reynolds (2002 Ph.D., Maternal and Child Health, UNC-CH School of Public Health; CPC Predoctoral trainee, 1999-2002)
    Dr. Reynolds is Senior Research Associate in the division of Health Services Research at Family Health International in Durham, NC. She serves as principal investigator and technical monitor for several major applied international research and program evaluation activities. This work includes research on reproductive health of adolescents in HIV programs, adolescents' use of maternal and child health care, and integration of family planning into HIV voluntary counseling and testing centers.

    Heidi may be reached at

  • Kathryn Harker Tillman (2003 Ph.D., Sociology, UNC-CH; CPC Predoctoral trainee, 1998-2003)
    Dr. Tillman defended her dissertation in July 2003. In August 2003, she began a faculty position at Florida State University where she serves as Assistant Professor in Sociology and Research Associate at the Center for Demography and Population Health. Her research interests include families and adolescents, race and ethnicity, immigration, and social demography. At FSU, her teaching responsibilities include courses in Family Problems and Social Change and a graduate course in Family Demography.

    Kathi may be reached via email at

  • Youfa Wang
    Youfa Wang (2001 Ph.D., Nutritional Epidemiology, UNC-CH; CPC Predoc, 1996-2001)is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health in Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the faculty at JHU, he served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois. Dr. Wang’s primary research interests include childhood obesity, risk factors for chronic disease, and international health.

    Youfa may be reached via email at

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