Alumni News for the 1990s

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  • Shambhu Acharya (Ph.D., 1995, HPAA, UNC-CH, CPC Predoctoral Trainee, 1989-91)
    Dr. Acharya is the Senior public Health Officer for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He began working with the World Health Organization in 1992 in Dhaka, Bangladesh as WHO Program Manager of a World Bank Consortium Project. In 1997, he was transferred to the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia in New Delhi as Regional Adviser, National Health Systems where he stayed for two years. In 1999, he moved to the Headquarters in Geneva. Prior to joining WHO, he worked with the World Bank as a long-term consultant in Washington DC and Dhaka, Bangladesh. His interests include health systems, health policy and planning, and monitoring and evaluation. He may be reached via email at
  • Deborah Barrett (CPC Postdoctoral Scholar, 1995-1997)
    Upon completing her postdoc in 1997, Deborah held a series of part-time positions at Duke University, Emory University, and UNC-CH before returning to school for a career change in clinical social work. She now divides her time between psychotherapy practice and a position as a clinical assistant professor in the UNC-CH School of Social Work. She may be reached via email at
  • James Elliot (CPC Postdoctoral Scholar, 1997-1999)
    Upon completing a CPC postdoc in 1999, Jim joined the faculty at Tulane University. He has received three university-wide teaching awards at Tulane as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and has an article on Race, Gender and Workplace Power in the June 2004 American Sociological Review.

    Jim may be reached via email at

  • Michael Emerson (1991 Ph.D., Sociology, UNC-CH; CPC Predoctoral Trainee, 1988-1991)
    Dr. Emerson
    is the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology at Rice University and Founding Director of the Center on Race, Religion, and Urban Life. In addition to work on urban racial segregations, he has published 4 books and numerous articles on the relationship between religion and racial stratification. He is currently directing a Shell Oil funded comparative study on urban sustainability in coastal cities of the United States and China.

    Mike may be reached via email at

  • Tom Evans (1998 Ph.D., Geography, UNC-CH; CPC Predoctoral trainee, 1994-1998)
    Dr. Evans
    is currently an Associate Professor of Geography and Associate Director of IU's Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change(CIPEC) at Indiana University. He has several domestic and international projects related to human dimensions of global change, including population-environment interactions. He is affiliated with IU's Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis and the program in Cognitive Science.

    Tom may be reached at

  • Jeff Korte (1999 Ph.D., Epidemiology, UNC-CH; CPC Predoctoral trainee, 1996-1999)
    After graduating from UNC in 1999 with a Ph.D. in epidemiology, Dr. Korte began a postdoctoral fellowship in environmental cancer epidemiology at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France. From 2001-2005, he worked in San Antonio, Texas as an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, conducting research on sexually transmitted diseases, including human papillomavirus and its role in cervical cancer.

    In January 2006, Dr. Korte accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology at the Medical University of South Carolina.

    Jeff may be reached via email at

  • Melissa Partin (CPC Postdoctoral Scholar, 1993-1994)
    Dr. Partin currently serves as Associate Director of the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center (a Virginia Health Services Research and Development-funded Center of Excellence in Health Services Research), and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Department of Medicine.
    She may be reached via email at
  • Kelly Raley (CPC Postdoctoral Scholar, 1994-1997)
    Dr. Raley
    is currently Associate Professor of Sociology, Graduate Adviser, and Research Associate in the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently leading a project to investigate racial variation in school context and social relationships using data from the Add Health and AHAA.

    She may be reached via email at

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