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


Ashley Batson
Interests: Sexual health among sexual and gender minorities
AdvisorDon Operario


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


Michael Brickley
Interests: Exercise-mental health linkage
AdvisorDave Williams



Yoojin Cha
Interests: Infectious disease intervention; Physical activity
AdvisorDave Williams



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


Laura Dionne
Interests: Exercise promotion; Nutrition; Obesity
AdvisorDave Williams


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


Alexis Grant
Interests: Mental health stigma,  co-morbidities of psychological distress, and educational interventions
AdvisorAkilah Dulin Keita


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


Laura McPeake
Interests: Physician health
AdvisorMatthew Mimiaga


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


Gary Portway
Interests: Substance-related biobehavioral dependencies and contingency mangement
AdvisorPeter Monti


Akash Radia
Interests: Exercise interventions; Mindfulness-based interventions; Nutrition
AdvisorDave Williams

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


Cassie Sutten Coats
Thesis: Drug/alcohol addiction & recovery
AdvisorKate Carey



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



Chong Yang
Interests: Teen pregnancy; Culturally appropriate interventions
AdvisorAkilah Dulin Keita