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HBS Doctoral Students — Last Names N-Z

Learn about our doctoral students' interests, research, and more. Last names N-Z.


Danielle Nestadt

About

Danielle Nestadt

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2017
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health (Columbia University); Master of Social Work (University of Maryland); Bachelor of Arts (Brown University)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Structural determinants of health; empowerment; female sex workers; children and families; case management/service access for marginalized populations

Dissertation proposal title: Empowerment among street-recruited female sex workers in Baltimore, Maryland: Implications for HIV prevention

Selected publications: 

Courses taught:

  • Baltimore Community Practicum

Contact

Email: dnestadt@jhu.edu
Advisor: Susan Gail Sherman, PhD


Amelia Noor-Oshiro

About

Amelia Noor-Oshiro

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2017
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health);  Bachelor of Arts (University of California, Los Angeles College of Letters and Science)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Social determinants of health; mental health inequities and disparities; minority mental health; psychosocial stress; suicide; racial/ethnic minorities; immigrants; faith minorities (Muslim); discrimination; stigma; trauma and violence; intersectionality; oppression; life course perspective methods and approaches; community-based participatory research; qualitative methods; quantitative methods; mixed methods;  multi-level socioecological approaches

Dissertation proposal title: Intersectional Stigma, Belongingness, and Suicide: A Novel Approach for Minority Mental Health

Courses taught:

  • Islamophobia & Health
  • Islamophobia & Mental Health
  • Minority Mental Health
  • Introduction to Campaigning and Organizing for Public Health
  • Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research: Principles and Methods 

Contact

Email: anooros1@jhu.edu
Advisor: Carl Latkin, PhD


Stella Park

About

Year entered: 2015

Contact

Email: spark120@jhu.edu


Adrienne Pizatella

About

Year entered: 2021

Contact

Email: apizate1@jhu.edu


Meagan Robichaud

About

Meagan Robichaud

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2020 
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health in Health Behavior (University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health); Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Wake Forest University)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Impact of tobacco control policies on tobacco use behavior and health disparities; impact of state and local marijuana policies on risk perceptions, substance use behavior, and health disparities; impact of communications, including marketing, for both tobacco and marijuana products on risk perceptions and substance use behavior, particularly among youth

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: mrobich3@jhu.edu
Advisor: Ryan David Kennedy, PhD


Joelle Robinson

About

Joelle Robinson

Pronouns: She/her/hers/beloved
Year entered: 2018
Previous degrees: Master of Health Science (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health); Bachelor of Arts (Spelman College)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Food systems; food sovereignty; health equity; community-led and community-informed program and policy development

Contact

Email: jrobi142@jh.edu
Advisor: Roland J. Thorpe Jr., PhD


Shae Ala Robinson-Mosley

About

Shae Ala Robinson-Mosley

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2021
Previous degrees: Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine - Athletic Training (Eastern Michigan University); Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education (Grand Valley State University); Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies (Emory University)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Adolescent health; sexual and reproductive health and STI prevention; pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS; adolescent mental health ; LGBTQIA+ health

Contact

Email: srobi113@jh.edu
Advisor: Vanya Jones, PhD


Talata Sawadogo-Lewis

About

Talata Sawadogo-Lewis

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2021
Previous degrees: Master of International Public Health (University of Sydney); Bachelor of Science in Food Chemistry (McGill University)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Sexual and reproductive health; maternal and child health; LGBTQ health; global health

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: tsawado1@jhu.edu
Advisor: Stella Babalola, PhD


Laura Sisson

About

Laura Sisson

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2019
Previous degrees: Master of Science in Social Work, Advanced Clinical Practice (Columbia University); Master of Public Health in Sociomedical Sciences (Columbia University); Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Russian Literature (Cornell University)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Structural vulnerability; mental health; substance use; social policy

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: lsisson4@jhmi.edu
Advisor: Susan Gail Sherman, PhD


Torra Spillane

About

Torra Spillane

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2020
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health); Bachelor of Arts (Reed College)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Tobacco control; marijuana control; policy implementation and impact

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: tspilla1@jhu.edu
Advisor: Joanna Cohen, PhD


Saraniya Tharmarajah

About

Saraniya Tharmarajah

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2021
Previous degrees: Bachelor of Arts (Johns Hopkins University); Master of Science (University of Oxford)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Health communication; dissemination and implementation science; research-based theater; racial and ethnic health disparities; migration; community-based participatory research; systematic review methodology; mixed-methods

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: stharma1@jhu.edu
Advisors: Douglas Storey, PhD


Carla Tilchin

About

Carla Tilchin

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2020 
Previous degrees: Master of Science Public Health (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health); Bachelor of Science (Bates College)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Racial health disparities; community-informed research; translational research; social determinants of health; impacts of institutional racism

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: ctilchi1@jhmi.edu
Advisors: Carl Latkin, PhD; Cui Yang, PhD


Samantha Tsang

About

Year entered: 2015

Contact

Email: stsang@jhu.edu


Tuo-Yen Tseng

About

Year entered: 2015

Contact

Email: tuoyen@jhu.edu


Mudia Uzzi

About

Mudia Uzzi

Pronouns: He/him/his
Year entered: 2018
Previous degrees: Master of Science in Control of Infectious Diseases (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Structural drivers of community violence and trauma; spatial analysis; influence of the built and social environment on public health issues; racial, socioeconomic and geographic based health inequities; social and structural determinants of health; place-based interventions; social epidemiology

Dissertation proposal title: Structural Drivers of Community Violence in Baltimore City

Contact

Email: ouzzi1@jhu.edu
Advisor: Carl Latkin, PhD


Connor Volpi

About

Connor Volpi

Pronouns: He/him/his
Year entered: 2021
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health (Brown University); Bachelor of Science (University of Florida)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Sexual and gender minority health; implementation science; HIV/AIDS; global health; social networks

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: cvolpi1@jhu.edu
Advisor: Karin Tobin, PhD


Caitlin Weiger

About

Caitlin Weiger

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2017
Previous degrees: Master of Health Science (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health); Bachelor of Science (Mount Saint Mary's University)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Tobacco control; tobacco regulatory science; tobacco marketing; health communication; politics of health policy; psychophysiological indicators; neuroimaging

Dissertation proposal title: Misperceptions about nicotine and the tobacco product risk continuum: Understanding correlates of misperceptions and testing the effectiveness of messages to correct them

Selected publications: 

Courses taught:

  • Corporate Influence on Public Health
  • Tobacco Regulatory Science
  • Program Planning for Health Behavior Change
  • Quantitative Methods for Tobacco Control
  • Policy Interventions for Health Behavior Change
  • Implementation: Making Change Happen in Tobacco Control

Contact

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


Abigail Winiker

About

Abigail Winiker

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2020 
Previous degrees: Master of Science in Public Health in Health Education & Health Communication (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health); Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Wake Forest University)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Design, implementation, and evaluation of harm reduction-based behavioral interventions targeting vulnerable populations, particularly people who use drugs, individuals living with HIV, and sexual/gender minorities; the role of trauma and violence on substance use and mental health outcomes

Selected publications: 

Courses taught:

  • Health and Homelessness 

Contact

Email: awinike1@jhu.edu
Advisor: Karin Tobin, PhD


Daniel Zaltz

About

Daniel Zaltz

Pronouns: He/him/his
Year entered: 2019
Previous degrees: Master of Public Health (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health); Bachelor of Science (Boston University)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Obesity prevention; nutrition; early childhood; health equity

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: dzaltz1@jhu.edu
Advisor: Sara Benjamin-Neelon, PhD