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Center Trainees

Trainees in the program span pre-doctorates, current PhDs, and post-doctoral students. Meet the current team: 

Maria Cruz

Current T32 Pre-Doctoral Trainee

Maria Cruz is a doctoral candidate in Health Services Research and Policy in the department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Cruz's research interests include public involvement in mental health policy and research, examining mental health service disparities in underserved populations, and transforming the widening gap of mental health inequity across marginalized groups. Prior to coming to Hopkins, she was a research associate at the University of Miami’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where she served as a clinical and research coordinator for the Tics, OCD, and Related Disorders clinic. She received her BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018.


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Victoria Green, MHS

Victoria Green is a PhD student in the Department of Mental Health. She is broadly interested in behavioral health policy and evaluation, with a specific focus on the intersection of substance use and physical disability policy. She is also interested in evaluating public communication strategies that can reduce stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders. Green previously worked at the Congressional Research Service as a health policy analyst and at the National Institute on Drug Abuse as a tobacco research analyst. She received her MHS in mental health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her BA in psychology from Gettysburg College.

Benjamin Thornburg

Current T32 Pre-doctoral Trainee

Ben Thornburg is a 3rd-year PhD candidate specializing in health economics within the Department of Health Policy and Management. His research focuses on using applied microeconomics to study behavioral healthcare, including patient outcomes and the incentives that determine provider decision-making. His dissertation examines the impact of the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade on population mental health, the outcomes of the National Residency Match for behavioral healthcare providers, and the dynamics of private equity investment in behavioral health treatment facilities. Before his graduate training at Johns Hopkins, Ben studied economics & mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he received his BS in 2020.

Yimin Ge

Postdoctoral research fellow

Yimin Ge is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Her current work focuses on analyzing the impact of healthcare and social policies on mental health and substance use disorder treatment supply, utilization, and quality. 

Iraj Qureshi

Statistical Programmer

Iraj Qureshi is a statistical programmer and specializes in processing and analyzing datasets for several projects. She is leading the work on Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project dataset at CMAP and works on other datasets that contain hospital records and claims records for mental health and addiction patients, providers, and policies. 

Center Graduates

Meet the alumni of the program: 

  • Kim Arnold, MSPH, PhD 
    • Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sachini Bandara, MS, PhD 
    • Assistant Professor of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Katie Heley, MPH, PhD 
    • Cancer Prevention Fellow, National Cancer Institute
  • Geoffrey Kahn, PhD 
    • Research Fellow, Henry Ford Health System
  • Stephanie Moore, PhD, NCSP 
    • Assistant Professor of School Psychology, University of California, Riverside
  • Esita Patel, PhD, RN 
    • Senior Manager of Advanced Practice Outcomes and Analytics, Atrium Health
  • Rachel Presskreischer, MSSW, PhD 
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Kira Riehm, MsC, PhD 
    • Product Policy Manager of Mental Health, TikTok
  • Mara Hollander, PhD
    • Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Brendan Rabideau, PhD
    • Associate, Analysis Group
  • Keisha Solomon, PhD
    • Research Scientist, Howard University
  • Elizabeth Stone, MSPH
    • Instructor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University
  • Luke Aldridge, MsC, PhD
    • Associate at Analysis Group
  • Jason Gibbons, PhD 
    • Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anchutz Medical Campus in the Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy
  • Samantha Harris, PhD
    • Assistant Scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Nick Seewald, PhD
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics, University of Pennsylvania
  • ​​​​​​​Ian Schmid, PhD
    • ​​​​​​​Applied Statistician, Hailee Dunn Consulting​​​​
  • ​​​​​​​Julia Eddelbuettel, BS, Pre-doctoral Research Assistant​​​​​​​
    • ​​​​​​​PhD Student in Health Policy at Harvard University