Predoctoral Trainees

 Academic Year 2018-2019


Megan Barry, MSPH
Email: mbarry19@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Maternal and Child Health
Room 2179F CSQ Megan Barry
Research Focus:
Biomarkers and health metrics; the effects of chronic disease on pregnancy and childbearing; chronic disease morbidity and mortality; adolescent health; and resilience among black men who have sex with men.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Carolyn Halpern, PhD, Maternal and Child Health

Rebecca Bielamowicz
Email: beccajb@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology

Room 2148D CSQ Bielamowicz, Rebecca
Research Focus:

Social stratification, race and ethnicity, and education; residential and school segregation in the U.S.with men.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Ted Mouw, PhD, Sociology


Kate Brandt
Email:
Graduate Student, Geography

Room 2125A CSQ Kate Brandt
Research Focus:

Health geography, the relationship between energy poverty and health in sub-Saharan Africa.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Michael Emch, PhD, Geography


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(s): Kenneth Bollen, PhD, Psychology and Sociology and Kathleen Mullan Harris, PhD, Sociology

Alyssa Browne
Email:
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(s): Lisa Pearce, PhD, Sociology


Tania Cabello-Hutt
Email:
Graduate Student, Sociology


Room 2148C CSQ
Tania Cabello-Hutt
Research Focus:

Gender and social inequality in the labor market, including its intersection with family processes; employment trajectories in the life course; the transition to parenthood.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Katherine Weisshaar, PhD, Sociology and Ted Mouw, PhD, Sociology


Tara Casebolt, MSW, MPH
Email: tarameg@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Maternal and Child Health


Room 2148B CSQ
Casebolt, Tara
Research Focus:

Disability and public health; reproductive health access for women with disabilities; accessibility of family planning and sexual health education; the impact of policy on health care access.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Katherine Tumlinson, PhD, Maternal and Child Health


Wei Chang, MPH, MSW
Email: wei@unc.edu
Graduate Student, Health Policy and Management
Room 2124B CSQ Wei Chang
Research Focus:

Household decision-making, gender equity, sexual and reproductive health policies, impact evaluation.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Sudhanshu Handa, PhD, Public Policy


Esther Chung, MS
Email:

PhD Candidate, Epidemiology

Room 2178D CSQ Esther Chung
Research Focus:
Nutritional, social, and behavioral factors that affect child health, growth, and development in low- and middle-income countries; impact evaluation; social epidemiology.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Joanna “Asia” Maselko, PhD, 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 Preceptor(s): Ashu Handa, PhD, Public Policy and Clare Barrington, PhD, Health Behavior

Alexis Dennis, MA, MPH
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 Preceptor(s): Robert Hummer, PhD, Sociology and Allison Aiello, PhD, Epidemiology

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 Preceptor(s): Jacqueline Hagan, PhD and Robert Hummer, PhD, Sociology


Achsah Dorsey
Email: afdorsey@live.unc.edu
PhD 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 Preceptor(s): Linda Adair, PhD, Nutrition and Amanda Thompson, PhD, Anthropology


Samuel Fishman
Email: samfish@live.unc.edu
PhD 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 Preceptor(s): S. Philip Morgan, PhD and Robert Hummer, PhD 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(s): Carolyn Halpern, PhD, Maternal and Child Health

Danielle Gartner
Email: danirose@live.unc.edu
PhD 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 Preceptor(s): Whitney Robinson, PhD, Epidemiology and Robert Hummer, PhD, Sociology


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


Anna Grummon, MSPH
Email: agrummon@live.unc.edu
PhD 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 Preceptor(s): Barry Popkin, PhD and Lindsey Smith Taillie, PhD, 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(s): Robert Hummer, PhD, 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(s): Lisa Pearce, PhD, Sociology


Johanna (Hannah) Jahnke, MA
Email: hjahnke@live.unc.edu
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
Dissertation Proposal Successfully Defended, April 2017
Room 2124C CSQ Hannah Jahnke
Research Focus:
Developmental origins of health and disease; human biology; stress and development; and bio-cultural anthropology. Currently exploring how maternal stress during the perinatal period affects mothers' lives and infant development in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Margaret Bentley, PhD, Nutrition and Amanda Thompson, PhD, Anthropology

Moira Johnson
Email: johnsomp@live.unc.edu
PhD Candidate, Sociology
Dissertation Proposal Successfully Defended, January 2018
Room 2165C CSQ Moira Johnson
Research Focus:
Social determinants of health, life course sociology, quantitative methods.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Kathleen Mullan Harris, PhD, Sociology

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(s): Michael Emch, PhD, Geography

Allison Lacko
Email:
Graduate Student, Nutrition
Room 2179G CSQ Allison Lacko
Research Focus:

Geographical variation in dietary quality and health inequities; nutrition policy; social epidemiology.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Lindsey Smith Taillie, PhD, Nutrition and Barry M. Popkin, PhD, Nutrition


Katherine LeMasters
Email: khelen@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Epidemiology
Room 2164C CSQ Katherine LeMasters
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(s): Ilene Speizer, PhD, Maternal and Child Health


Yunlin Li
Email: yunlin@live.unc.edu 
Graduate Student, Sociology
Room 2114C CSQ Li, Yunlin
Research Focus:

Rural-to-urban migration in China; the well-being of the left-behind population and migrants; and the assimilation of Chinese immigrants in the U.S. society. 
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Barbara Entwisle, PhD, Sociology


Adam Lilly
Email: adamg93@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology
Room 2164B CSQ Adam Lilly
Research Focus:
Stratification/inequality; quantitative methods; sociogenomics and genodemography; relationship between education and health.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Kenneth Bollen, PhD, Psychology and Sociology and Guang Guo, PhD, Sociology

Meng-Jung Lin
Email: mjlinmj@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Sociology
155 Hamilton Hall Lin
Research Focus:

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


Evans Lodge
Email: evans_lodge@med.unc.edu

MD/PhD Candidate, Epidemiology

4th Floor CSQ Lodge, Evans
Research Focus:

Urban environmental pollution and social health disparities; social and spatial epidemiology; urban geography;  primary care medicine.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Allison Aiello, PhD, Epidemiology


Ruy Manrique
Email: rmanrique@unc.edu

Graduate Student, Sociology


Room 2148A CSQ
Manrique, Ruy
Research Focus:

Latinos and social mobility, social stratification, migration, quantitative methods.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Ted Mouw, PhD, 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 Preceptor(s): Allison Aiello, PhD, Epidemiology and Michael Emch, PhD, Geography

Khristopher Nicholas
Email:
Graduate Student, Nutrition

Room 2114B CSQ
Khristopher Nicholas
Research Focus:

Built environment impacts on dietary patterns across space and time; food and water security; reorienting spatial analysis from "place" to "people" in small-scale settings.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Margaret E. Bentley, PhD, Nutrition and Amanda Thompson, PhD, Anthropology


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(s): Claire Yang, PhD, Sociology

Anna Rybinska
Email: annar@live.unc.edu
PhD 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 Preceptor(s): Yong Cai, PhD and S. Philip Morgan, PhD, Sociology

Victoria Shelus
Email: vshelus@live.unc.edu
Graduate Student, Health Behavior
Room 2124H CSQ Shelus, Victoria
Research Focus:

Prevention and treatment-seeking behaviors for vector-borne and zoonotic diseases; One Health; population, health and environment; global health; community-based interventions; mixed-methods research.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Clare Barrington, PhD, Health Behavior and Michael Emch, PhD, Geography


Cyrus Sinai

Email: sinai@unc.edu
Graduate Student, Geography

Room 2125H CSQ Sinai, Cyrus
Research Focus:

Health geography / spatial epidemiology; linkages between energy poverty and health in sub-Saharan Africa; disease surveillance in remote, resource-limited settings.
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Michael Emch, PhD, Geography


Bethany Stoutamire

Email:
Graduate Student, Sociology

Room 2124A CSQ Stoutamire, Bethany
Research Focus:

Fertility; aging; and health disparities
CPC Faculty Preceptor(s): Elizabeth Frankenberg, PhD, Sociology


Alison Swiatlo, MPH
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(s): Carolyn Halpern, PhD, 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 Preceptor(s): Carolyn Halpern, PhD Maternal and Child Health and Jane Fruehwirth, PhD, Economics

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