The Office of Doctoral Studies Newsletter

December 11, 2018
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Issue 3 Volume 1


Recent PhD graduate, Pricila Mullachery (pictured below), accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at the Urban Health Collaborative at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. She will be part of an NIH-funded study to examine the effects of population density on health outcomes in Latin American and U.S. cities.




5th Year PhD Candidate, Nessa Ryan (pictured below), gave a presentation entitled "Insertable Device Innovations to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health Among Women and Girls in LMICs: A Scoping Review to Inform a Novel Obstetric Fistula Intervention in the Last Mile" at the APHA Annual Meeting SanDiego, 2018. Nessa was also awarded with a Delta Omega Honor Society poster award at the conference.


Nessa Ryan


2nd Year PhD Student, Temitope Ojo (pictured below), was elected to serve as the Ph.D. Representative for the GPH Student Government Council.


Temi Ojo


2nd Year PhD student, Ariadna Capasso (pictured below), gave an oral presentation at the APHA conference entitled "Patterns of gender-based violence in conflict-affected Ukraine: a comparative analysis between local and displaced women." This research was done in collaboration with HealthRight International, the Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health, and the United Nations Population Fund. Co-authors included Theresa Castillo, Sally Guttmacher, Urmi Chakrabarti, and Halyna Skipalska.

Ariadna was also recently selected to receive the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) 2018 Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship.




PhD Candidate, Priti Bandi (pictured below), was awarded the competitive SRNT Health Disparities Network Travel Scholarship. This award will cover her attendance at the 2019 Society for Research on Nicotine &Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Conference in San Francisco. Related to the scholarship, Priti had two abstracts from her dissertation accepted to the 2019 Society for Research on Nicotine &Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Conference as poster presentations. The studies are:

a) Birth cohort changes in educational inequalities in smoking in the context of a systematic tobacco control program: The case of Brazil

b) Birth cohort changes in educational inequalities in tobacco use types in India: The case of a diverse tobacco market




Congratulations to Elizabeth Stevens (pictured below second from right) for successfully defending her dissertation entitled "Advancing the Practice of Implementation Science: An evaluation of the factors contributing to the use of implementation science in the health research community."


Dissertation Celebration


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