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PFRH E-NEWS Spring/Summer 2023



Paul A. and Esther C. Harper Award 2023

The Harper Award is given to a graduating doctoral student in PFRH whose research focuses on population issues and maternal and child health and whose academic performance has been judged outstanding. 

Annie Smith, PhD ‘23, MPH '18

Thesis Title: Dissuaded, delayed, or displaced: an evaluation of abortion-related outcomes after pre-abortion counseling policy change in the United States


Master’s Essay with Distinction Award 2023

Gabrielle Foster, MSPH '23 – Maternal, Fetal and Perinatal Health
Title: Maternal Stress and In-Utero Autoimmune Disease Programming: Implications for Racial Health Inequities

Aries Nuno, MSPH '23 – Women’s, Sexual and Reproductive Health
Title: Exploring the Experiences of FGM/C Affected Migrant Women in Western Nations: A Scoping Review of Accessing Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Shoshana Oppenheim, MSPH '23 – Child Health
Title: Police Violence and Youth Traumatic Stress: A Systematic Review

Anya Scott-Wallace, MSPH '23 – Maternal, Fetal and Perinatal Health
Title: Can expansion of nurse-midwifery care improve birth outcomes of marginalized populations in the United States: A Systematic Review

Shira Tikofsky, MSPH '23 – Women’s, Sexual and Reproductive Health
Title: Quality of Contraceptive Counseling and Person-Centered Care: A Cross-sectional Study Among a National Sample of Women in Ethiopia

Natalie Zapoteco, MSPH '23 – Women’s, Sexual and Reproductive Health
Title: Where there are no Data: A Case Study on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention in Nicaragua

Johns Hopkins Students Awards

2023 Susan P. Baker Scholarship in Injury Prevention and Control

Kristin Bevilacqua, MPH, PhD student

2023 BSPH Empower Your Pitch! Competition
Morayo Akande, PhD candidate

2024 recipient of the Harry Timbres Memorial Fund
Andrea Rodriguez-Villafañe, MSPH student

2022-2023 Leadership Hall of Fame
Kiersten Gillette-Pierce, MSPH ‘23
from the BSPH Students Assembly in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs



  • Celia Karp, PhD ’20, Assistant Professor
  • Annie Smith, PhD ’23, Assistant Scientist
  • Shannon Wood, PhD ’20, MSc, Assistant Professor

Faculty Promotions

  • Anne Lilly, MSPH, Senior Research Associate


  • Janet DiPietro, PhD, Professor Emerita (July 2023)
  • Duff Gillespie, PhD, Professor Emeritus (March 2023)

Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards Third Term 2022-2023

  • Kristin Mmari, DrPH, MA:
    380.611.01 - Fundamentals Of Program Evaluation
  • Tamar Mendelson, PhD, MA:
    380.623.81 – Adolescent Health and Development
  • Terri Powell, PhD, MA, and Beth Marshall, DrPH, MPH:
    380.640.01/.41 – Children in Crisis: An Asset-Based Approach to Working with Vulnerable Youth
  • Michele Decker, ScD, MPH:
    380.663.01 – Gender-Based Violence Research, Practice and Policy: Issues and Current Controversies
  • Phil Anglewicz, PhD, MA:
    380.711.71 – Issues in Survey Research Design
  • Courtland Robinson, PhD:
    380.750.41 – Migration and Health: Concepts, Rates, And Relationships
  • Anne Burke, MD, MPH:
    380.760.01/.41 – Clinical Aspects of Reproductive Health

Faculty Awards

  • Christy Bethell, PhD, MPH, MBA
    Winner of the BSPH 2022-2023 Excellence in Public Health Practice Award
    Category: Excellence in U.S. Public Health Practice
    Project Title: Engagement in Action (EnAct!) Framework
  • Michele Decker, ScD, MPH
    receives the 2022-2023 Golden Apple Award from the BSPH Students Assembly in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs
    the 2023 Donna Vogel Women’s Health Champion Award from the Johns Hopkins Center for Women’s Health, Sex and Gender Research
    the 2023 Johns Hopkins University NEXUS Award
  • Allison West, PhD, MSW
    BSPH 2022-2023 Faculty Excellence in Service-Learning Award

Faculty Grant Awards

  • Phil Anglewicz, PhD, MA
    NICHD R03-HD111618
    Marriage and Health in Malawi
  • Christy Bethell, PhD, MPH, MBA
    HRSA U59 (DRC renewal)
    National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center
  • Shoshana Fine, PhD ‘20, MPH
    Global Institute of Human Development/Grand Challenges Canada
    A Collaborative Network to Promote Youth Mental Health
  • Alison Gemmill, PhD, MPH, MA
    Hopkins Population Center Covid Recovery Pilot
    Fertility intentions during an ongoing pandemic
  • Erin Hager, PhD
    - Boise State University/USDA: Supporting Community Agriculture and Local Education Systems (Project SCALES)
    - Maryland Department of Health: Maryland State School Health Council Spring 2023 Regional Meeting
  • Charvonne Holliday Nworu, PhD, MPH and Michele Decker, ScD, MPH
    Bloomberg American Health Initiative
    Interrupting Intimate Partner Violence: Crisis Line Services for Men at Risk of Causing Harm
  • Dylan Jackson, PhD, MS
    University of California, LA/Arnold Ventures
    Second Chances: A National Outcomes Study of Safe and Equitable Decarceration Among People Serving Juvenile Life Without the Possibility of Parole
  • Caroline Moreau, MD, PhD, MPH
    Hopkins Population Center - Covid Recovery Pilot
    The urban poor penalty in Kinshasa during COVID-19: an exploration of trends in sexual and reproductive health outcomes in formal and informal settlements during the pandemic
  • Beth Marshall, DrPH, MPH
    - Healthy Teen Network: Center for Adolescent Health Promotion for Trauma-Informed and Inclusive Care and Programming
    - Bloomberg American Health Initiative Research – Network of Practice Grant Award (Evidence): MissionFit: What is a Great Coach?
  • Tamar Mendelson, PhD, MA – for the Center for Adolescent Health
    - Abell Foundation: Spanish Translation of Growing Girls Puberty Educational Materials
    - Baltimore City Public Schools FY23: Community Schools Project
    - Urban Health Institute (internal award): CLIA’s Youth and Adult Partnership
    -Bloomberg American Health Initiative Research – Mid-Year Award (Risk to Adolescent Health): VineCorps One Familia – Community Connection for Adolescent Health
  • Kristin Mmari, DrPH, MA
    - AstraZeneca UK – Young Health Program: Addressing Gender Inequities in the Formative Years of Adolescence Through Research and Practice
    - Bloomberg American Health Initiative Research – Network of Practice Grant Award: (Risk to Adolescent Health) Manchester Opportunity Youth Dashboard
    - Bloomberg American Health Initiative Research – Mid-Year Funding Project: A Proposed Process Evaluation for the Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School’s After School Care Program
  • Farah Qureshi, ScD, MHS
    MCH Center of Excellence
    Associations between social adversity, telomere length at birth, and blood pressure trajectories from infancy to late adolescence
  • Jose (Oying) Rimon, PgDip, MA
    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    Gates Institute Staff Support for ICFP
  • Linnea Zimmerman, PhD, MPH
    NICHD R03HD110752
    Understanding developmental trajectories among early adolescents to improve reproductive health

Faculty Celebration

On April 21, 2023, PFRH celebrated 7 Professor Emeriti at the American Visionary Art Museum.

PFRH Celebrating 7 professor emeriti

(left to right) Anne Riley, Anne Duggan, Stan Becker, Duff Gillespie, Janet DiPietro, Amy Tsui, and Donna Strobino