Current BSHS 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:

  • Yeelen Edwards

    Yeelen Edwards

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: Don Operario

    Interest: Investigating  disease prevention and immune health as well as behavioral interventions to decrease relapse rates for those with SUD​

    Undergraduate degree/previous degree: BA in Psychology, University of San Francisco

  • Tiffany Leyda

    Tiffany Leyda

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: Kate Carey

    Interests: Obesity; use of marketing in public health nutrition;  food addiction; nutrition and gut health as related to depression

    Undergraduate/Previous Degrees: BS in Chemistry from Waynesburg College; BS in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University

  • Annaka Paradis-Burnett

    Annaka Paradis-Burnett

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: Don Operario

    Interests: HIV/AIDS, Addiction Studies, Health Disparities

    Undergraduate/previous degree(s): BA in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry, Smith College

  • Tonya Sanchez

    Tonya Faye Sanchez


    Advisor: David Williams

    Interest: Chronic pain, interoception, self-referential processing, mind-wandering, meditation and mindfulness mechanisms and interventions, habit loops and addiction, psychopathology

    Undergraduate/previous degree: BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Psychology, Indiana University Bloomington

  • Sofia Venegas

    Sofia Venegas

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: Akilah Dulin Keita

    Interests: Social determinants of health, (mental) healthcare 

    Undergraduate/previous degree: BA double concentration in Health and Human Biology, and Science, Technology, and Society, Brown University

BSHS Master's Alumni

  • Eileen Artigas

    Eileen Artigas ScM’20

    Thesis: "Toward Strategic Recommendations for a Resistance Training Intervention for Latina Women"

  • Ameera Kuforiji ScM’20

    Thesis: "The Impact of Gender and Race Intersections on the Relationship Between Social Support and Cyber Victimization in Adolescents"

  • Megan McCardle

    Meagan McCardle ScM’20

    Thesis: "Provider Self-Efficacy, Outdoor Play Environment, and Physical Activity of Young Children in Family Childcare Homes"

  • Victor Padilla

    Victor Padilla ScM’20

    Thesis: "Exploring the relationship between meditation experience, meditation session-length, and age on depression"

  • Maya Singh

    Maya Singh ScM’20

    Thesis: "Patient and Provider Perspectives of Emergency Department Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders"

  • Jacqueline Smith

    Jacqueline Smith ScM’20

    Thesis: "Difficulties in Emotion Regulation and Smoking Topography"

  • Signe Burchim

    Signe Burchim ScM’19

    Thesis: An Exploration of the Screen Time Environment and its Relationship with Sedentary
    Behavior in Family Child Care Homes

  • Katarina Ferrucci ScM’19

    Thesis: The Relationship Between BMI and Gender Affirmation and Weight Perception and Control among Young Transgender Women: Findings from Project LifeSkills

  • Oliver Fox

    Oliver Fox ScM’19

    Thesis: Location-specific Alcohol-related Norms, Consequences, and Norm-Consequence Links

  • Rebecca Gordon ScM’19

    Thesis: Immediate and Long-Term Effects of Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy on Newborn Functioning and Inhibitory Control

  • Miranda Lauher

    Miranda Lauher ScM’19

    Thesis: The Relationship Between Unplanned Drinking and Event-level Alcohol-related Outcomes

  • Victoria Long

    Victoria Long ScM’19

    Thesis: Treatment-seeking versus non-treatment-seeking participants in alcohol research studies: Differences and why they matter

  • William Nardi ScM’19

    Thesis: Systematic Review of Mindfulness Interventions and Medication Adherences

  • Rebecca Noga

    Rebecca Noga ScM’19

    Thesis: Gender Differences of Family Asthma Management and Sleep Health in Urban, Rhode Island Children

  • Brianna Parlette

    Brianna Parlette ScM’19

    Thesis: Parent-Adolescent Report Discrepancies of Parenting Behaviors are linked to Alcohol and Cannabis Use in Adolescents

  • Peter Salhaney ScM’19

    Thesis: Male Sex Work and Society (Volume 2)
    Male Sex Work and Implications for Sexual Health

  • Ryan Segur ScM’19

    Thesis: Adolescent Gender Discomfort as a Predictor of Psychosocial Well-being in Transgender Women of Color Who Engage in Sex Work