Sarah is a Research Fellow and doctoral student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences track. She earned a BA in Psychology from Columbia University and an MPH in Health Behavior from UNC Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her primary research interest is the impact of policy on the social determinants of mental health among underserved and vulnerable populations. Specifically, she aims to test innovative programs and policies to reduce stigma, increase access to care, and improve the quality and cultural competency of mental health services. Before enrolling at NYU, she led the evaluation of Maimonides Medical Center's Health Home, which aimed to utilize health-enabled IT to integrate care for patients with serious mental illness.
Ariadna Capasso is an advanced PhD candidate in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at New York University School of Global Public Health. Prior to joining NYU, Ariadna was a senior technical advisor at Management Sciences for Health, where she provided strategic leadership and managed a wide range of sexual and reproductive health projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has over a decade of expertise providing technical support to United Nations agencies, such as the United Nations Population Fund and the Pan American Health Organization. Ariadna's research focuses on the adaptation of the Theory of Gender and Power to predict problem alcohol use among Black and Latina women and on the intersection of alcohol use, gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health among women of color. Ariadna is a NIDA-funded T32 predoctoral fellow at the Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research program at the NYU Rory Meyers School of Nursing. In 2018, Ariadna was a fellow of the NIDA-funded Substance Abuse Research Education & Training (SARET) at NYU School of Medicine and was a recipient of a National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship. Ariadna is a member of the Research Society on Alcoholism.
Margaux Grivel is a doctoral student in the Social Behavioral Sciences track. Immigrating to the U.S. from Brignoles, France, as the second-oldest sibling of five, Margaux’s background has fostered exceptional openness to, and captivation with, others' backgrounds, sensitivities, experiences, and perspectives. During her undergraduate and post-bac development at the University of Maryland, Margaux managed numerous projects for Dr. Derek Iwamoto including one longitudinal study focused on identifying distinct alcohol use trajectories among young adults, and examining sociocultural predictors of latent class membership. During her time at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the Clinical Psychology MA program, Margaux completed a clinical placement at the Center for Prevention and Evaluation, one of few clinics worldwide that treats individuals with Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome, and had the opportunity to examine the relationship between history of trauma, clinical presentation, and transition to full psychosis in this population. Concurrently, Margaux worked with Dr. Lawrence Yang in the Global Mental Health, Psychosis, and Stigma lab and worked on a meta-analysis examining cognition in drug-naïve schizophrenia in collaboration with the late Dr. Larry Seidman (Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry) which has led to an R01 grant from NIMH (PI’s: Yang, Phillips, Keshevan), and a review of substance use stigma in collaboration with Dr. Deborah Hasin (Columbia University). Dr. Yang's exemplary work in identifying cultural variations in mental illness stigma and intervening with stigma, in addition to the program’s commitment to identifying the underlying social, behavioral and structural factors that contribute to health disparities motivated Margaux to continue her work with Dr. Yang here at CGPH.
Jacqueline (Jackie) is a doctoral student in public health concentrating in Epidemiology. She is a born and raised Jersey girl who has always dreamed of living in New York City. Jackie received her bachelors of science degree in Neuroscience from Union College, a M.S. in Human Nutrition from Columbia University, and a MPH in Chronic Degree Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health. Her research interests focus on the intersection of maternal and child health and nutritional epidemiology. After receiving her PhD, Jackie hopes to pursue a career in academia.
Gabriella is a doctoral student concentrating in Epidemiology, with a focus on environmental justice in the US and throughout the developing world. Originally hailing from Chicago, Illinois, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with her B.A. in Health and Societies, and her undergraduate research examined the public health issue of electronic waste, using Accra, Ghana as a case study. Following graduation, Gabriella worked at the Council on Foreign Relations as a Global Health Research Associate, where she focused on global health governance, pandemic preparedness, and environmental health in China. She hopes to pursue a career in academia with a strong emphasis on global health education.
Jamie Murkey is a doctoral student in the PhD program at the New York University School of Global Public Health. He’s interested in research related to identifying and better understanding the impact of social and structural factors on adverse health outcomes among marginalized communities, particularly as it relates to chronic diseases. Jamie holds a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Pepperdine University and a MPH in Health Policy and Leadership from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, where he was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society. Prior to New York University, Jamie worked as a research manager at the University of California, Los Angeles on a variety of clinical and behavioral research projects involving the reduction of cardiovascular disease risk factors among HIV/Hepatitis C co-infected patients, HIV prevention using gamification, and an unbiased clinically validated metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing (mNGS) diagnostic used to detect pathogens in hospitalized patients with infectious diseases. He has previously worked on other studies concerning marginalized populations within the University of California, San Francisco’s HIV and AIDS Division, RAND Corporation, and City of Pasadena.
Temitope (Temi) is a doctoral student in Public Health, with a concentration in Epidemiology. She received her BA in Biochemistry, with a minor in Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. She spent three years as a clinical research assistant and fellow, working on chronic kidney disease studies in Boston, MA and Abuja, Nigeria. She went on to receive her MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT. Her research interests focus on cardiovascular disease management and the continuum of care in low resource settings, through the lens of implementation science.
Kelley Akiya is a doctoral student at the School of Global Public Health, concentrating in Health Policy and Management. Her research interests include social determinants of health and the integration of social services and health care to address health disparities. Before enrolling in NYU, she earned a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas Austin and a BA in Psychology and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Additionally, she worked as a program evaluator for 8 years, studying U.S-based and international interventions aimed at improving health, employment, and education outcomes.
Gawon Cho is a PhD student in Public Health at New York University concentrating in Social-Behavioral Sciences. She is primarily interested in the following two topics: (1) identifying occupational factors associated with the risk of cognitive decline later in life by applying statistical methods based on the life course theories and (2) disparities in pain medication use associated with obesity. She is especially interested in applying statistical methods based on life course theories (e.g., sequence analysis) to studying chronic comorbidities later in life. Her mentor at NYU is Dr. Virginia Chang. Before joining the GPH community at NYU, she obtained a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Business at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. She also studied Health Psychology in a graduate program at SUNY-Stony Brook for a year.
Shelby is a doctoral student in the Public Health PhD program at the New York University School of Global Public Health, with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. She received her Bachelors of Science degree with Honors in Allied Health Sciences (Pre-Med) from University of Connecticut. Shelby received her Masters of Science degree with honors in Health Promotion from the University of Connecticut. Her primary research interest is the impact of policy on the overall health status among underserved and vulnerable populations.
Daniel Hagen is a doctoral student in the Epidemiology track of the PhD program in Public Health at NYU’s School of Global Public Health. His main interests are in the epidemiology and etiology of common psychiatric disorders, with a focus on health disparities, global mental health, and internationally comparative research. Daniel studied political science and sociology at the Universities of Mannheim, Bonn, and Copenhagen before majoring in Epidemiology in the International MPH program at the French School of Public Health (EHESP) in Paris. Amongst other things, he has worked on the effects of stigma and institutionalized discrimination on minority health in different settings, with experience in LGBT health research at the World Bank and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. More recently, he worked in project and science management for the funding initiative “Research Networks for Health Innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa” implemented by the German development agency GIZ in Berlin. Prior to that, he was a research assistant at the University of Bonn and a volunteer with the Regional Office for Africa of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Nairobi.
Bridget Murphy is a doctoral student in NYU’s School of Global Public Health’s epidemiology concentration. She is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, completing her dietetic internship at Harvard University’s Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA, earning a M.S. in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from NYU. Bridget has previous work experience in outpatient hospital settings both at NYU and New York Presbyterian hospital. More recently Bridget has worked with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU with families of children and adolescents with disordered eating patterns. Her research interests include nutrition, obesity, chronic disease, and wellness.
Brooke Wiles joined the GPH doctoral program in 2018 in the Epidemiology track. They graduated first in their class at Mary Baldwin University, where they earned a BS in Biology. Brooke received their MPH from NYU, during which they studied in Accra, Ghana and Florence, Italy while gaining hands-on experience regarding the health and human rights concerns of migrant populations. They graduated first in their MPH class and are also a member of NYU’s chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society. Their primary research interests include substance use, sexually transmitted infections, and syndemics among socially marginalized populations, namely homeless youth and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Mahathi Vojjala is a doctoral student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences track. She is a 2017 MPH graduate from New York University School of Global Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. Prior to her MPH, Mahathi received a B.A. in religion and public health from Rutgers University. She has been working at the Tobacco Research Lab (TRL) since 2015; Mahathi started as a Research Assistant and was then promoted to Research Lab Manager. After receiving her MPH in 2017, she joined the Tobacco Research Lab full-time as a Junior Research Scientist and Research Coordinator working with Dr. David Abrams and Dr. Ray Niaura. Mahathi’s previous research focused on youth smoking initiation and media advertising, dual and poly use of substances specifically marijuana and cigarettes among young adults, media portrayal of alcohol and tobacco in movie trailers and youth smoking rates, and more recently, use of oral analgesics combined with marijuana, alcohol, and cigarettes among people with chronic pain. Mahathi is primarily interested in research examining alcohol use among youth, and policies and regulations of flavored alcohol products.
Shahmir Ali is a doctoral student in NYU’s School of Global Public Health’s social and behavioral sciences concentration. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in public health studies and political science. Prior to joining NYU, much of his research work as an undergraduate Woodrow Wilson research fellow and research assistant with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health involved mixed-method observational and interventional studies on diet, behavior, and community health in Baltimore city corner stores, food pantries, grocery stores, and religious institutions. He plans to build on this work at NYU by exploring behavioral and cultural characteristics of diet and non-communicable disease disparities among Asian communities. He has also collaborated in projects with the George Institute for Global Health (China), the University of Queensland School of Public Health (Australia), and the Griffith University Centre for Environment and Population Health (Australia). Shahmir’s past research and publications have spanned work in the US, China, Australia, and Pakistan on topics ranging from mhealth, salt reduction, workplace health promotion, housing and environmental health, trauma and injury, water management and sanitation, and social determinants of health.
Avni Gupta is a doctoral student at New York University’s School of Global Public Health in the Health Policy and Management concentration. She received her dental surgery training from Government Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur, India and her Master’s in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), Baltimore, USA. Prior to joining PhD at NYU, Avni worked as a Research Scientist for four years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Center for Surgery and Public Health (joint collaboration of Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.N. Chan School of Public Health) in Boston. Her previous work experiences include dental surgery clinical practice, UNICEF, Save the Children and International Vaccine Access Center at JHSPH. Her research focuses on evaluating and promoting health equity, healthcare quality, healthcare data management, value-based healthcare as well as the integration and coordination of healthcare services, with a focus on primary and preventive care in diverse healthcare settings, both domestically and globally.
Abbey Jones is a doctoral student in the Epidemiology track. Prior to enrolling at NYU, Abbey worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders for eight years, including 18 months working in the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center for the 2016 Zika Virus Response. Abbey has an MPH in Global Epidemiology from Emory University and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from College of the Holy Cross. She has experience in the fields of public health surveillance, preparedness and response, infectious disease, and maternal and child health.
Vivian Wang is a doctoral student at the Department of Public Health Policy and Management. She is a registered dietitian with research experience in childhood obesity and other diet-related non-communicable diseases worldwide. Vivian holds an M.S. in Nutrition Science from SUNY at Buffalo and an M.P.A. in Health Policy and Management from NYU Wagner. Her research seeks to identify the role of social determinants of health in the health care system. She is particularly interested in drawing methods and theories from different disciplines to inform policy decisions. An amateur cook, Vivian rarely follows recipes and thoroughly enjoys culinary art as an agent to connect with self and others.
Erica Wood is a doctoral student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences track at New York University’s School of Global Public Health. Erica received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. In 2017, she graduated with her MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University where she became interested in intersectionality and minority stress theory. Erica began working for NYU GPH as a Junior Research Scientist in 2016 for Dr. Stephanie Cook’s Attachment and Health Disparities Lab. Erica continues to work with Dr. Cook on projects examining intersections of different forms of minority stress (e.g., sexual orientation-related discrimination and/or racial/ethnic-related discrimination) and mental and physical health outcomes among sexual minority men of color. Erica’s primary research interests include examining pathways of risk and resilience among racially/ethnically diverse populations of sexual and gender minorities across the life-course.
Yuan Zhao is a doctoral student concentrating in Epidemiology. She is interested in understanding infectious disease prevention and transmission using agent-based modeling and causal inference. Originally from China, she holds a BS in biology from Peking University, a MHS of epidemiology from Johns Hopkins and MPH of biostatistics from Emory University. Her previous research mainly focused on modeling STI and HIV prevention among MSM and treatment of multidrug resistant TB using targeted maximum likelihood estimation (TMLE). She hopes to use statistical and computational approaches to study infectious disease dynamics.
Zoé Haskell-Craig is a PhD student in the biostatistic concentration at New York University’s School of Global Public Health. Her research focus is in spatial statistics and health disparities. In particular, she is looking at the differences in disease prevalence between neighbourhoods and race, socioeconomic, and geographic factors. Currently, she is working with Dr. Melody Goodman in the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation lab. She is also interested in infectious disease dynamics and vaccine delivery strategies. Zoé grew up outside of Toronto, Canada and attended Carnegie Mellon University where she received a B.Sc. in Physics and a B.A. in Social and Political History in 2020. Her previous research focused on building a publicly available database of historic mortality rates from London, England, dating back to the 1660s. Using this data, as well as newspaper archives, she analyzed the response to the 1874 scarlet fever outbreak in London in the context of the public health revolution of the 1800s. Beyond public health, Zoé is also passionate about education and social justice. She spent a semester in Kenya evaluating the long-term sustainability of NGO water, sanitation, and hygiene initiatives and worked for two summers on a literacy program for First Nations youth in Northern Ontario.
Sooyoung Kim is a doctoral student in the Health Policy and Management track. She was born and raised in South Korea where she studied Biology as an undergraduate at POSTECH. After working for 4 years in the private sector, she joined the MPH program in French School of Public Health (EHESP) where she developed her interest in economic evaluation of health policies and programs. She has worked in both academic settings and under the United Nations system. Before joining NYU, she worked in the World Health Organization's Health Emergency Programme (WHE) for two years, working on the response to several major outbreaks, including Ebola virus disease, Malaria, and COVID-19. She is interested in exploring how to better respond to infectious disease outbreaks by combining different quantitative methodologies such as mathematical modelling of infectious disease dynamics and economic modelling of the cost-effectiveness of the response operations.
Zoe Lindenfeld is a doctoral student in the Public Health PhD program at the New York University School of Global Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. She received her BS in Biology and Society from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2017. She spent two years as a research associate at John Snow Inc. conducting research related to health care delivery and payment reform. Her research interests include value-based payment models and behavioral health, with a particular focus on substance use disorders.
Jessica Randazzo is a doctoral student at the NYU School of Global Public Health specializing in Biostatistics. She received a BS in Applied Math and Statistics and Spanish Language and Literature at Stony Brook University in 2014. After finishing her degree, she joined the Peace Corps to serve as a Math and English teacher in Mozambique. It was her time in Mozambique that exposed her to the public health field and encouraged her to pursue Biostatistics. She obtained her MS degree in Biostatistics at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2019. She’s worked extensively on clinical trials at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and at the Children’s Oncology Group. Jessica has experience in the fields of infectious disease, Tuberculosis, cancer, clinical trials, and missing data.
Yuyu(Ruby) Chen is a doctoral student at NYU School of Global Public Health specializing in Biostatistics. She received a B.A. in Biochemistry and a minor in Mathematics at Occidental College. After that, she joined NYU GPH and obtained M.S. in Biostatistics. She was involved in multiple collaborative projects and consulting tasks, including Bayesian Adaptive Platform clinical trials, meta-analysis, machine learning and several longitudinal/cohort studies during her time at NYU. She also worked on opioid overdose behavior with measurement development at the Center of Drug and HIV/HCV Research and Measurement, Learning and Evaluation Lab. She is interested in using data to address public health issues and find optimal clinical solutions with statistical approaches.
Jasmin Choi is a PhD student in Social and Behavioral Sciences track at NYU’s School of Global Public Health. Jasmin is passionate about promoting and sustaining health equity by implementing and evaluating evidence-based policies and services. She is specifically interested in exploring harm reduction approaches to mitigate the effect of stigma and address barriers to healthcare access for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Previously, she worked as a federal policy analyst and coordinator for Massachusetts’ Medicaid program. She also worked at Boston University School of Public Health focusing on substance use and HIV research. She received a BA in Chemistry from University of California, Riverside and a dual-degree Master’s in Social Work (MSW) in group therapy work specialization and Master’s in Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University. As a first-generation low-income student, her career goal is to utilize research to empower communities.
Sarah Kimball is a doctoral student concentrating in epidemiology at New York University School of Global Public Health. Born and raised in the Boston area, she received her BS in Human Physiology from Boston University before moving to New York City to complete her MPH from Columbia University. She spent three years as a Program Developer at BronxWorks where she worked with an array of programs, including family shelters, safe havens, street outreach, supportive housing, and eviction prevention. During this time, she gained invaluable experience writing grants and managing several research projects. Her research interests include substance use, infectious disease, and health equity. In her free time, she enjoys running and going to the park with her dog.
Katie Lynch is a doctoral student in Social and Behavioral Sciences at New York University’s School of Global Public Health. Katie holds a BA in History and Anthropology from the University of Connecticut, a MS in Medical Anthropology from the Boston University School of Medicine, and an MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences from NYU. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Katie was the Qualitative Methods Specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where her role was to provide consultation, training, and advisement to investigators interested in incorporating qualitative methods into their grants and protocols. Katie’s research utilizes qualitative, mixed-methods, and community-based approaches and she has collaborated on numerous NIH and philanthropic foundation awards in NYC and internationally. Her research interests include examining how the local environment and sense of place influence community health, behavior, and risk perception, particularly regarding cancer-related outcomes. Outside of research, Katie coaches taekwondo and also competes at the local and national level.
Elizabeth McNeill is a doctoral student concentrating in Health Policy and Management at the New York University School of Global Public Health. Elizabeth holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Business Administration from Roberts Wesleyan College and an MPH with a concentration in public health policy from NYU GPH, where she worked as a Research Assistant for faculty in the Department of Public Health Policy and Management. Her time working in nonprofit administration, primary care, and public health communication settings revealed the gaps in the public health system that must be addressed, and inspired her to continue in public health research. Elizabeth’s previous research includes vaccine hesitancy and the integration of social services with health care delivery. She is interested in applying implementation science and health services research to strengthen public health initiatives.
Brandi Moore is a doctoral student in the Epidemiology track. She received her BA in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard College where she completed an undergraduate thesis focused on exploring the impact of several polyphenol-rich foods on the composition of the gut microbiome. During this time she also worked at the college’s Women’s Center where she facilitated workshops on gender theory and allyship while additionally serving as the director for an undergraduate sexual health peer-education group. In 2021, she received her MPH in the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. There, she worked on several research projects including one which examined the relationship between community supervision, housing stability, and engagement in sexual behaviors that could impact HIV risk. Her master’s thesis involved the design and execution of a study based in Thailand which explored Thai physicians’ opinions on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention and their willingness to prescribe it to different populations of patients. Currently, her broad research interests continue to focus on the ways that socio-structural factors may impact infectious disease risk for marginalized populations and how these factors may either impede or facilitate access to health promoting resources such as harm reduction interventions.
Dina Zein is a doctoral student in the Health Policy and Management track. She earned her BA in Sociology with a concentration in Science and Medicine at University of California, San Diego and Master of Health Administration at University of Southern California. After her MHA, she worked as a Project Specialist at USC Schaeffer Center where she developed her interest in behavioral interventions in opioid prescribing and emergency medicine. Before joining NYU, she worked in Kuwait as a Teaching Assistant and Researcher at Kuwait University. Her primary research interests are in implementation science, behavioral economics and decision-making in healthcare. When she's not studying, she's an aerial yoga enthusiast.