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HBS Doctoral Students — Last Names N-Z

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


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


Olajumoke Kiito Olarewaju

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About

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2022 
Previous degrees: Master of Arts in Demography and Population Studies (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa); Bachelor of Arts in Demography and Population Studies (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa); Bachelor of Technology in Microbiology (Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Social and behavioral communication; health communication; sexual and reproductive health; maternal and child health 

Selected publications:

Contact

Email: oolarew2@jh.edu
Advisor: Stella Babalola, PhD


Stella Park

About

Year entered: 2015

Contact

Email: spark120@jhu.edu


Adrienne Pizatella

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About

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2021
Previous degrees: Bachelor of Arts (Georgetown University, College of Arts and Sciences);Master of Public Health (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Tobacco control; public health policy; civil registration and vital statistics

Selected publications:

Contact

Email: apizate1@jhu.edu
Advisor: Ryan Kennedy, PhD


Sarah Pollock

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Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2022 
Previous degrees: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (University of Maryland, Baltimore County); Master of Health Science in Social Factors in Health (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Substance use and HIV prevention among marginalized populations; harm reduction; opioid overdose prevention; medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in the carceral system; implementation science, research, and practice

Selected publications:

Courses taught:

  • Public Health Perspectives On U.S. Drug Policy

Contact

Email: spolloc6@jhu.edu
Advisor: Susan Sherman, PhD


Alexandria Richter

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Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year entered: 2022 
Previous degrees: Master of Arts in Human Development and Food Security (L'Universita Degli Studi Roma Tre); Master of Public Health (City, University of London); Bachelor of Science in Nursing (The University of Oklahoma)

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Maternal newborn health and nutrition; food systems and food security; health policy and health equity

Contact

Email: aricht17@jh.edu
Advisor: Sara Benjamin-Neelon, PhD


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 Robinson-Mosley

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

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Adolescent health; sports/college student athletes; suicide; intimate partner violence

Courses taught:

  • The Social Context of Adolescent Health and Development 

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; gender equity

Selected publications: 

Contact

Email: tsawado1@jhu.edu
Advisor: Danielle German, 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: Master of Science (University of Oxford); Bachelor of Arts (Johns Hopkins University);

Research and Scholarship

Research and practice interests: Health communication; entertainment-education; misinformation; policy advocacy; racial and ethnic health disparities; migration; community-based participatory research; systematic review methodology; mixed-methods; qualitative research

Selected publications: 

Courses taught:

  • Entertainment Education for Behavior Change and Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Health Communication
  • Introduction to Persuasive Communications

Contact

Email: stharma1@jhu.edu
Advisors: Rajiv Rimal, PhD


Carla Tilchin

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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: Community violence; criminal-legal system; HIV/STI; program evaluation; mixed methods; geospatial analysis; causal inference; networks

Selected publications: 

Courses taught:

  • Social Epidemiology
  • Understanding and Preventing Violence

Contact

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


Mudia Uzzi

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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 firearm violence and community trauma; spatial analysis; health and social policy; intersectionality; structural racism; racial capitalism; health equity; social and structural determinants of health; place-based interventions; social epidemiology; ethics of care; data visualization

Dissertation proposal title: Structural drivers of firearm violence in Baltimore City: An intersectional and spatial analysis of structural racism

Selected publications:

Courses taught:

  • Psychosocial Factors in Health and Illness
  • Principles and Practice of Injury Prevention

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


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