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HBS Doctoral Students — Last Names A-M

Learn about our doctoral students' interests, research, and more. Last names A-M.


Suzanne Block

About

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Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2022 
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health (Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health); Bachelor of Science (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing); Bachelor of Arts (University of Pittsburgh)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Social and behavior change communication; mixed methods research; participatory research and arts-based methods; sexual and reproductive health; social norms; global health

Contact

Email: sblock8@jhmi.edu
Advisor: Jill Owczarzak, PhD


Zachary Catanzarite

About

Zachary Catanzarite

Pronouns: He/him/his; they/them/theirs
Year entered: 2016
Previous degrees: Master of Arts in Psychology (New York University); Master of Arts in Sociology (University of Florida); Bachelor of Science (University of Florida)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Interests incorporate psychology, sociology, economics and public health; global health, health disparities, injury and violence prevention, and public mental health; intersection of socioeconomic inequality, social support, and mental health; how race, gender, men and masculinities, and political economy shape suicide, violence, and oppression; advanced methods and analyses 

Dissertation proposal title: Suicide ideation in a community sample of Blacks in Baltimore, MD

Selected publications:

Courses taught:

  • Health and Homelessness
  • Psychosocial Factors in Health and Illness

Contact

Email: zcatanz1@jhu.edu
Advisor: Carl Latkin, PhD


Catherine Clair

About

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Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2020 
Previous degrees: Master of Health Science (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health); Bachelor of Arts in Medical Anthropology and Music Performance (Case Western Reserve University)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: How the integration between the networks of informal and formal care impacts the health and wellbeing of older adults

Dissertation proposal title: The Social-Medical Network: Using a Network Approach to Explore the Integration of Informal and Formal Care Networks of Older Adults

Selected publications:

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health

Contact

Email: cclair1@jhu.edu
Advisor: Karin Tobin, PhD


Carmen Cronin

About

Carmen Cronin

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2018
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health (Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Health communication; global health; program evaluation; evaluation research; participatory research; social norms; gender; violence; maternal and child health; adolescent health

Selected publications: 

Courses taught:

  • Sociological Perspectives on Health 
  • Contemporary Issues in Health Communication
  • Introduction to Persuasive Communications: Theories and Practice 
  • Health Communication Programs 1: Planning and Strategic Design 
  • Health Communication Programs II: Implementation and Evaluation

Contact

Email: ccroni10@jhmi.edu
Advisors: Stella Babalola, PhD; Douglas Storey, PhD


Carolyn Ellison

About

Carolyn Ellison

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2019
Previous degrees: Master of Public Policy (University of Maryland, College Park); Bachelor of Arts in Economics (University of Maryland, College Park)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Public assistance experience and outcomes; health and social policy and implementation; welfare and poverty stigma; qualitative methods

Dissertation proposal title: Exploring Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation Stigma in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Selected publications:

Courses taught:

  • Under Pressure: Health, Wealth & Poverty
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • Using Software in Qualitative Research and Analysis
  • Statistical Methods in Public Health I
  • Statistical Methods in Public Health II

Contact

Email: celliso5@jh.edu
Advisor: Katherine Clegg Smith, PhD


Evan Eschliman

About

Evan Eschliman

Pronouns: He/him/his
Year entered: 2020 
Previous degrees: Master of Science in Sociomedical Sciences (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health); Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies (University of Chicago)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Culturally and structurally responsive stigma interventions; health, power, and status inequities; social policy and development; social science theories; global mental health; mixed methods research

Dissertation proposal title:

  • Toward a more relational conceptualization of structural stigma: A scoping review of the concept and two supporting studies investigating structural stigma among people who use opioids in the United States

Selected publications:

Courses taught:

  • Sociological Perspectives on Health
  • Issues in LGBTQ Health Policy
  • Psychosocial Factors in Health and Illness
  • Stigma and Public Health: Issues and Interventions
  • Program Planning for Health Behavior Change
  • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
  • Introduction to Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health

Contact

Email: eeschli1@jh.edu
Advisor: Michelle Kaufman, PhD
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Shannon Fuller

About

Shannon Fuller

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2021
Previous degrees: Master of Science in Global Health (University of California, San Francisco); Bachelor of Science in Biology (Rhodes College)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Multi-level interventions; implementation science and evaluation research; peer support; community health; access to and engagement in care; patient-provider communication; stigma reduction; law and policy; local and global health

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: sfulle14@jhu.edu
Advisor: Jill Owczarzak, PhD
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Bailey Holmes Spencer

About

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2022
Previous degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Spelman College); Master of Public Health in Population and Family Health (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health); Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases Certification (Columbia University Mailman School of Public health)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Improving minority health and advancing innovative interventions to counter HIV/AIDS disparities sustainably; social media's impact on health education and behavior; digital interventions and health communication; suicidality among Black and Latinx youth and young adults affected by HIV

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: bholme19@jhu.edu
Advisor: Michelle Kaufman, PhD


Amelia Jamison

About

Amelia Jamison

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2020 
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health in Social Epidemiology (University of Maryland, College Park); Master of Applied Anthropology (University of Maryland, College Park); Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology (Pennsylvania State University, University Park)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Online health misinformation

Selected publications: 

Courses taught:

  • Fundamentals of Health, Behavior and Society 
  • Introduction to Persuasive Communications 
  • The Practice of Public Health Through Vaccine Case Studies 

Contact

Email: ajamiso5@jhmi.edu
Advisor: Rajiv Rimal, PhD


Bee-Ah Kang

About

Bee-Ah Kang

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2021 
Previous degrees: Master of Science in Public Health (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), Master of Arts in Communication (Seoul National University), Bachelor of Arts in Communication (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Social determinants of health; health communication; global health; social norms; gender; program evaluation; mHealth/eHealth intervention; maternal and child health; mixed methods; multilevel approaches to health behavior change

Selected publications: 

Courses Taught

  • Qualitative Data Analysis Qualitative Research Theory and Methods

Contact

Email: beeah.kang@jhu.edu
Advisor: Rajiv Rimal, PhD


Katrina Kennedy

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Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2022
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health (University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health); Bachelor of Science in Public Health (University of California, San Diego)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Transgender and gender expansive health equity; LGBTQ+ health; violence prevention; trauma; substance use; social and economic policy; structural violence/vulnerability; space and spatial analysis; structural and social determinants of health

Selected publications:

Contact

Email: kkenne34@jh.edu
Advisor: Danielle German, PhD
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E. Kisanga

About

Edwina Kisanga

Pronouns: They/them/theirs
Year entered: 2021
Previous degrees: Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (Yale University)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Structural determinants of health; intersectionality; transgender healthcare; reproductive justice; mixed methods

Contact

Email: ekisang1@jhmi.edu
Advisors: Katherine Clegg Smith, PhD


Laura Kroart

About

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Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2017
Previous degrees: Master of Health Science (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health); Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Community Health (Tufts University)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Substance use; opioids; policy interventions; LGBTQ health; mixed methods; qualitative methods; social media and internet research

Dissertation proposal title: Examining context of opioid use experiences, impact of services, and overdose risk among rural women on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Selected publications:

Courses taught:

  • Contemporary Social Movements in Public Health

Contact

Email: lkroart1@jhu.edu
Advisors: Katherine Clegg Smith, PhD; Danielle German, PhD


Kristy Marynak

About

Kristy Marynak

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2019
Previous degrees: Master of Public Policy (Duke University); Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Davidson College)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Youth tobacco prevention and tobacco industry monitoring

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: kmaryna1@jhu.edu
Advisor: Meghan Bridgid Moran, PhD


Kiara Mayhand

About

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Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2021
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Health Analytics (The College of New Jersey), Bachelor of Science (The College of New Jersey)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Racial health disparities; structural inequities; artificial intelligence/machine learning

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: kmayhan1@jhu.edu
Advisors: Lisa Cooper, MD; Janice Bowie, PhD


Obie McNair

About

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Pronouns: He/him/his
Year entered: 2019
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill); Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, emphasis in Public Relations (Tougaloo College)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Black men's health and health disparities; cardiovascular disease risk among Black sexual minority men; HIV/STIs among members of the LGBTQ+ community

Dissertation proposal title: Associations between Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Interpersonal, Psychological, and Environmental Factors among Black Sexual Minority Men

Courses taught:

  • Critcal Issues in Health Disparities

Contact

Email: omcnair1@jh.edu
Advisor: Roland J. Thorpe Jr., PhD


Ashley Meehan

About

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Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2022
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health in Global Health (Emory University Rollins School of Public Health); Bachelor of Applied Health Science in Public Health (Bowling Green State University)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Homelessness health; social epidemiology; measurement and classification of transient living situation; quantification of disease burden, risk, and mortality in congregate living settings; evaluating peer- and network-based approaches

Selected publications:

Contact

Email: ameehan3@jhu.edu
Advisor: Amy Knowlton, ScD
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