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:

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


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

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

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