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:

  • Eileen Artigas

    Eileen Artigas

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: Kate Carey

    Interests: Health Communication 

    Undergraduate/previous degree(s): AB in Public Health and Anthropology, Brown University

  • 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

  • Tonya Sanchez

    Tonya Faye Sanchez

    MASTER'S CANDIDATE

    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

  • Alice Hamblett

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: David Williams

    Interests: Incarceration and Health, Reproductive Health and Justice, Health Disparities 

    Undergraduate/previous degress(s): Honors AB in Anthropology, Brown University

  • Ameera Kuforiji

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: Jasjit Ahluwalia

    Interests: Minority health, health disparities (youth)  

    Undergraduate/previous degree(s): AB in Public Health, Brown University

  • 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

  • Steven Martinez

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: Don Operario

    Interests: HIV prevention; Sexual health; Minority populations 

    Undergraduate/previous degree(s): MA in Health Education, Teachers College-Columbia University; BA in Public Health/Political Science, Hampshire College

  • Megan McCardle

    Meagan McCardle

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: Patricia Risica

    Undergraduate/previous degree(s): BSc (Hons) Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, MSc Experimental Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland

  • Victor Padilla

    Victor Padilla

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: Christopher Kahler

    Interest: Medicine, psychology, and mental health care

    Undergraduate degree/previous degree: ScB in Biology with a Neurobiology focus, Brown 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

  • Maya Singh

    Maya Singh

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: Judson Brewer

    Interests: Social determinants of health, mindfulness-based interventions, and community health/healing

    Undergraduate/previous degree: BA in Contemplative Studies, Brown Universoty

  • Jacqueline Smith

    Jaqueline Smith

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: Christopher Kahler

    Interests: Emotion regulation in addiction and affect's role in decision making

    Undergraduate/previous degree: BA in psychology from Boston College 

  • Sheila Tumilty

    Master's Candidate

    Advisor: Kate Carey

    Interests: A Comparison of Two Health Literacy Screening Instruments in an Urban HIV Population

  • 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

  • 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