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:

Pamela Acero
Interests: Stress, sleep, and other social and biobehavioral determinants of health behaviors/habits
AdvisorChris Kahler
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): BS in Biology/Minor in Psychology
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): The George Washington University
 

 

Ashley Batson
Interests: Sexual health among sexual and gender minorities
AdvisorDon Operario
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): BA in Public Health
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): Brown University
 
       

Holly Boyle
Interests: Emotion/cognition; Health behavior, psychological stress; health disparities
AdvisorDave Williams
Undergraduate/previous degree(s) and institution(s): MA in Psychology, Mount Holyoke College; BA in Psychology, Smith College

 

Michael Brickley
Interests: Exercise-mental health linkage
AdvisorDave Williams

 

 

Yoojin Cha
Interests: Infectious disease intervention; Physical activity
AdvisorDave Williams
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): BA in Public Health
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): Brown University
 

 

Graham DiGuiseppi
Interests: Alcohol and sexual risk behavior; Mindfulness based interventions
AdvisorChris Kahler
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): BS in Psychology
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): Univ of Central Florida 

 

Laura Dionne
Interests: Exercise promotion; Nutrition; Obesity
AdvisorDave Williams
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): BA with Honors in Psychology
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): The Ohio State University

 

Adam Gavarkovs
Interests: Technological approaches to improving health behaviors, particularly in the clinical environment
AdvisorPatricia Risica
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): Bachelors of Health Sciences
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): Western University (London, Ontario, Canada) 

 

Alexis Grant
Interests: Mental health stigma,  co-morbidities of psychological distress, and educational interventions
AdvisorAkilah Dulin Keita
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): BS in Psychology/BA in English
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): Howard University 

 

Steven Martinez
Interests: HIV prevention; Sexual health; Minority populations 
AdvisorDon Operario
Undergraduate/previous degree(s) and institution(s): MA in Health Education, Teachers College-Columbia University; BA in Public Health/Political Science, Hampshire College

 

Laura McPeake
Interests: Physician health
AdvisorMatthew Mimiaga
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): Doctor of Medicine
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): SUNY Health Sci Ctr Brooklyn 

 

William Nardi
Interests: Nutrition for the prevention and treatment of mental illness and HIV
AdvisorAkilah Dulin Keita
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): Bachelors in Business Administration
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): Culinary Institute of America

 

Gary Portway
Interests: Substance-related biobehavioral dependencies and contingency management
AdvisorPeter Monti
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): BS in Criminal Justice
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): Bridgewater State University

 

Akash Radia
Interests: Exercise interventions; Mindfulness-based interventions; Nutrition
AdvisorDave Williams
Undergraduate/previous degree(s) and institution(s): MA in Globalization, Ethnicity, & Culture, University of Sussex; BA, Sarah Lawrence College 


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


 

Cassie Sutten Coats
Thesis: Drug/alcohol addiction & recovery
AdvisorKate Carey
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): BA in Health &  Human Biology 
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): Brown University 

 

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

 

Claire Walker
Thesis: Addiction and co-morbid psychiatric illness in adolescents
AdvisorDave Williams
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): BA in Cognitive Science
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): Brown University

 

Chong Yang
Interests: Teen pregnancy; Culturally appropriate interventions
AdvisorAkilah Dulin Keita
Undergraduate/previous degree(s): BS in Sociology
Undergraduate/previous institution(s): Brown University