2017 Graduate Awards

May 31, 2017

(l to r) Xiaochen Lin, Holly Boyle, Cat Nwachukwu, and Andriy Chybisov 

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 School of Public Health Graduate Programs Impact Awards! 

Public Health Impact Awards, Master’s:  

Catherine Nwachukwu (MPH)
Cat’s worked with a clinical psychologist on her thesis project examining adolescent sexual risk behavior. She studied adolescents’ reported emotions in situations where they had the opportunity to have sex but did not. “It was really interesting because a lot of the adolescent sexual health literature is focused on risk and on adolescents making the wrong decisions, but the sexual possibility situation is under researched.” For her MPH internship, Cat worked with the 4-Safety program, a partnership between Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Dunkin’ Donuts that seeks to control injuries in children and young adults throughout RI and Southeastern Massachusetts. “We were out in the community, engaging with community members, talking about injury prevention. We attended over 150 community events, really spreading awareness about injury prevention. I helped the program develop their media outreach. I got to be in several news segments, which was an amazing opportunity. I gained public speaking skills and learned how to create health communications that are actually useful to families.” Cat, a Massachusetts native, is currently seeking a position in the Boston area. “I’ve really enjoyed the research that I’ve done here at Brown and the skills that I’ve gained doing that research. I’m looking for a job where I can work on improving the quality of care, or doing research related to health policy implementation.” 

Andriy Chybisov (MPH)
While at Brown Andriy has worked with the Brown University Ukraine Collaboration, a joint venture between the Brown University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and HIV health and service providers in Ukraine. The collaboration engages the resources of Brown University to work with Ukrainian health providers to address the challenges of the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics for children, women, and their family members in Ukraine. “When I asked what my role would be, Dr. Flanigan said, ‘you choose, it’s your call.’ That was very unexpected but also very motivating at the same time. I felt like I could fill a niche that hadn’t been taken and make my own contribution, so that’s what I did, by focusing on LGBT populations.” Andriy has accepted a job in Washington, DC as Program Manager for Global Capacity Development and Patient Support at the American Cancer Society. “I’ll be able to apply all of the quant skills, all of the epi skills, and all of the intervention skills that I have acquired here at Brown to support programs in developing countries that respond to non-communicable diseases, such as cancer.”

Holly Boyle (ScM, BSHS)
Holly’s thesis examined college drinking and how location might influence drinking behaviors. She also considered how future interventions might focus on location-specific drinking norms. Holly will continue at Brown to complete a doctoral degree in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences. She plans to continue studying alcohol use in college students. She is particularly interested in examining the motives for binge drinking in college populations and the effect of stress on college drinking.

Public Health Impact Award, Doctoral:         

Xiaochen Lin (PhD, Epidemiology) works on lifestyle interventions for cardiometabolic health. Her dissertation examined the relationship between physical activity and cardiometabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Since 2015, Xiaochen has been first author of five published studies. “The prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes is extremely high and increasing, so people are becoming more and more concerned about their diets and physical activity. People really want to know how we can improve our health through different lifestyle interventions.” Xiaochen plans to continue researching physical activity at Brown while pursuing an academic career.