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
InterestsGlobal health; health disparities; incarcerated populations
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