Current Master's Students

Students in the Master's Program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences (BSHS) come from all over the country, and all over the world. Their interests are varied and include substance use and addiction, HIV and AIDS, exercise, and health disparities, among others. Meet them here:

Sara Balestrieri
Interests: Substance use; Alcohol; Addiction; computer-based health assesments
Advisor Chris Kahler


Holly Boyle
Interests: Emotion/cognition; Health behavior, psychological stress; health disparities
AdvisorDave Williams
 

Michael Brickley
Interests: Exercise-mental health linkage
AdvisorDave Williams

 

Graham DiGuiseppi
Interests: Alcohol and sexual risk behavior; Mindfulness based interventions
AdvisorChris Kahler


Laura Dionne
Interests: Exercise promotion; Nutrition; Obesity
Advisor: Dave Williams

 

Ayla Durst
Interests: Sexual risk; Mental illness; Medical anthropology
Advisor: Chris Kahler

 

Ellen Fitzharris
Capstone: Perspectives on Gender: Responsive Programming in Community Care Settings with At-Risk Youth"
AdvisorsDon Operario and Selby Conrad
 

Adam Gavarkovs
Interests: Prevention and management of chronic disease at the community level; rural areas; indigenous peoples
AdvisorPatricia Risica
 

Danielle Giovenco
Interests: Legal offenders; high-risk youth
AdvisorChris Kahler


Tiffany Glynn
InterestsImpact of substance use and sexual risk among LGBTQSyndemics and psychosocial health disparities among LGBTQUse of technology in research and intervention design
AdvisorDon Operario

Ashley Lowery
Interests: Alcohol; Substance use; Adolescent behavior and development
Advisor: Dave Williams
 

Steven Martinez
Interests: HIV prevention; Sexual health; Minority populations 
AdvisorDon Operario


William Nardi
Interests: Nutrition for the prevention and treatment of mental illness and HIV
AdvisorAkilah Dulin Keita


Kelly Sabatino
Interests: Global health; Health disparities; HIV
AdvisorsBecky Genberg and Caroline Kuo

 

Shantell Steve
Interests: Health disparities; Underserved populations
AdvisorAkilah Dulin Keita

 

Sheila Tumilty
Thesis: A Comparison of Two Health Literacy Screening Instruments in an Urban HIV Population
AdvisorKate Carey


Chong Yang

Interests: Teen pregnancy; Culturally appropriate interventions
AdvisorAkilah Dulin Keita