Predoctoral Trainees

 
Academic Year 2019-2020



Maternal and Child Health
Megan Barry

Research Interests:

Biomarkers and health metrics; the effects of chronic disease on pregnancy and childbearing; chronic disease morbidity and mortality; adolescent health; resilience among black men who have sex with men.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Carolyn Halpern, PhD (Maternal and Child Health)



Sociology

Bielamowicz, Rebecca

Research Interests:

Social stratification, race and ethnicity; education; residential and school segregation in the US with men.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Ted Mouw, PhD (Sociology)



Geography

Kate Brandt

Research Interests:

Health geography; infectious disease; energy poverty; human-environmental systems interactions.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Michael Emch, PhD (Geography)



Sociology


Alyssa Browne

Research Interests:

Sexual and reproductive health; including reproductive health-related movements; state-level policy, and abortion measurement; determinants of infant health; and social stratification.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Lisa Pearce, PhD (Sociology)



Maternal and Child Health

Research Interests:

Access to family planning and abortion in the US and globally; digital health and reproductive health; infertility and access to assisted reproductive technologies.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Katherine Tumlinson, PhD (Maternal and Child Health)



Maternal and Child Health



Casebolt, Tara

Research Interests:

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.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Katherine Tumlinson, PhD (Maternal and Child Health)



Health Policy and Management
Wei Chang
Research Interest:

Household decision-making, gender equity, sexual and reproductive health policies, impact evaluation.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Sean Sylvia, PhD (Health Policy and Management); Sudhanshu Handa, PhD (Public Policy)



Epidemiology
Esther Chung

Research Interests:

Examining how the social environment contributes to health disparities globally and locally; early child growth, health, and development; mental health.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Joanna Maselko, PhD (Epidemiology); Stephanie Martin, PhD (Nutrition)


Public Policy
Marlous de Milliano

Research Interests:

Impact of social protection programs on human capital development and household well-being in sub-Saharan Africa; cash transfer programs; early childhood development; social support. 

Faculty Preceptor(s): Sudhanshu Handa, PhD (Public Policy); Clare Barrington, PhD (Health Behavior)



Sociology


Alexis Dennis

Research Interests:

Social determinants of racial health inequality, mental health, social stratification; life course studies.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Allison Aiello, PhD (Epidemiology); Robert Hummer, PhD (Sociology)



Sociology


Nathan Dollar

Research Interests:

Migrant health; relationship between international migration, labor market incorporation, and morbidity and mortality; the role of the state in mitigating occupational hazards; regional variation in regulation of labor markets.

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


Anthropology
  Achsah Dorsey

Research Interests:

Exploring the biological and cultural connections between iron deficiency and infection, the gut microbiome, and home environment in children living in Lima, Peru.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Linda Adair, PhD (Nutrition); Amanda Thompson, PhD (Anthropology and Nutrition)


Maternal and Child Health
Hannabeth Franchino-Olson

Research Interests:

Gender-based violence in the developing world; demography and quantitative methods.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Carolyn Halpern, PhD (Maternal and Child Health)



Nutrition

Research Interests:

The impact of population and environmental factors on diet quality and health outcomes; nutrition policy; social epidemiology.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Barry Popkin, PhD (Nutrition); Lindsey Smith Taillie, PhD (Nutrition)


Anthropology
Isaura Godinez

Research Interests:

Migration and health: development of metabolic syndrome among Mexicans of indigenous Purepecha descent in the US and Mexico.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Linda Adair, PhD (Nutrition); Amanda Thompson, PhD (Anthropology and Nutrition)



Geography


Varun Goel

Research Interests:

Multi-level population and environmental factors impacting diarrhoeal disease transmission in Bangladesh; spatial epidemiology and spatial statistics.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Michael Emch, PhD (Geography)



Sociology


Iliya Gutin

Research Interests:

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.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Robert Hummer, PhD (Sociology)



Sociology


George Hayward

Research Interests:

Religion; adolescence; family formation; family structure; quantitative methods.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Lisa Pearce, PhD (Sociology)



Sociology

Research Interests:

Inequality, family life, child development and parenting; Indonesia; low-/middle-income countries.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Elizabeth Frankenberg, PhD (Sociology)



Anthropology
Hannah Jahnke

Research Interests:

Developmental origins of health and disease, human biology, stress and development, and bio-cultural anthropology; maternal stress during the perinatal period and the effects on mothers' lives and infant development in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Margaret Bentley, PhD (Nutrition); Amanda Thompson, PhD (Anthropology and Nutrition)


Geography



Corinna Keeler

Research Interests:

Spatial analysis of social and environmental factors affecting malaria transmission in Central Africa.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Michael Emch, PhD (Geography)



Nutrition
Allison Lacko

Research Interests:

Geographical variation in dietary quality and health inequities; nutrition policy; social epidemiology.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Shu Wen Ng, PhD (Nutrition); Paul Delamater, PhD (Geography

Epidemiology
Katherine LeMasters

Research Interests:

Social epidemiology, health equity, community-based participatory research, perinatal and reproductive physical and mental health, minority health

Faculty Preceptor(s): Joanna Maselko, PhD (Epidemiology)



Sociology
Li, Yunlin

Research Interests:

Rural-to-urban migration in China; the well-being of the left-behind population and migrants; the assimilation of Chinese immigrants in the US society.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Barbara Entwisle, PhD (Sociology)


Sociology
Lin

Research Interests:

Intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status; gene-environment interactions; labor markets.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Guang Guo, PhD (Sociology)



Epidemiology
Lodge, Evans

Research Interests:

Urban environmental pollution and social health disparities; social and spatial epidemiology; urban geography; primary care medicine.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Allison Aiello, PhD (Epidemiology)



Sociology


Manrique, Ruy

Research Interests:

Latinos and social mobility; social stratification; migration; quantitative methods.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Ted Mouw, PhD (Sociology)



Epidemiology


Elizabeth McClure

Research Interests:

Health equity; social justice; and community-engaged research.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Whitney Robinson, PhD (Epidemiology)



Nutrition


Khristopher Nicholas

Research Interests:

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.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Margaret Bentley, PhD (Nutrition); Amanda Thompson, PhD (Anthropology and Nutrition)


Sociology



Max Reason

Research Interests:

Social inequality; social stressors and health; migrant incorporation; biomarker data.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Claire Yang, PhD (Sociology)



Health Behavior
Shelus, Victoria

Research Interests:

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.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Clare Barrington, PhD (Health Behavior); Michael Emch, PhD (Geography)



Geography

Sinai, Cyrus

Research Interests:

Health geography/spatial epidemiology; linkages between energy poverty and health in sub-Saharan Africa; disease surveillance in remote, resource-limited settings.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Michael Emch, PhD (Geography)



Sociology

Stoutamire, Bethany

Research Interests:

Fertility; aging; and health disparities

Faculty Preceptor(s): Elizabeth Frankenberg, PhD (Sociology)



Anthropology

Research Interests:

Displacement, migration, and health; food security and nutrition; health equity; participatory research.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Amanda Thompson, PhD (Anthropology and Nutrition)



Maternal and Child Health


Alison Swiatlo

Research Interests:

Adolescent health; longitudinal patterns of intimate partner violence; and sexual minority health.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Carolyn Halpern, PhD (Maternal and Child Health)



Sociology

Research Interests:
Migration and health; health disparities; state-level variation of immigrant mortality; quantitative methods.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Robert Hummer, PhD (Sociology)



Maternal and Child Health


Mallory Turner

Research Interests:

School-to-prison pipeline.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Carolyn Halpern, PhD (Maternal and Child Health); Jane Fruehwirth, PhD (Economics)


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