Individuals who have graduated from the HDRS Program.
Jennifer Boylan, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Health and Behavioral Sciences Department at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research focuses on the biopsychosocial approach to understanding socioeconomic inequalities in health, with a focus on cardiovascular disease risk in midlife.
Sheryl Coley, DrPH is an Assistant Scientist in the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI) in the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison. Dr. Coley is providing evaluation support to health equity, clinical, and public health service missions for the WAI Milwaukee program.
Beth Fischer, PhD is Director of Evaluation and Research at the Center for Family Safety and Healing at Ohio State University, which is a collaborative effort between law enforcement, child services, prosecutors, and domestic violence organizations aimed at breaking the cycle of family violence through counseling, advocacy, and prevention training. Her research interests include the prevalence of iron deficiency in infants born to minority mothers of low socio-economic status.
Dana Garbarski, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Loyola University. Dr. Garbarski’s research involves the social causes and consequences of health outcomes and health disparities.
Megan E. Gilster, MSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa. Dr. Gilster is continuing her health disparities research, which focuses on how neighborhood inequalities contribute to racial and socioeconomic disparities in mental and physical health.
Marjory Givens, PhD serves as the Assistant Director, County Health Rankings, a collaboration of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this role, she leads collaborative research partnership networking and initiatives aimed at advancing health equity through innovative analyses of rankings data and through piloting the development of sub-county data.
Carolina Gonzalez-Schlenker, MD, MPH works in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Tiffany Green, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Healthcare Policy Research at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also the Program Coordinator for the Research and Education Core for the VCU Center on Health Disparities, which is designated as an NIMHD Comprehensive Center of Excellence. Dr. Green’s current research focuses on childhood asthma, birth outcomes, and health assimilation, with emphases on health economics and health disparities.
Nancy Greer-Williams, PhD, MPH is CEO of HELM Resources Inc., Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Greer’s research has focused on metabolic syndrome, obesity, and breast cancer disease in African American females and centered on understanding the difference between the pathology of the disease versus the behavior of the individual.
Erika Hagen, PhD is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the Director of Scientific Operations for the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study and a related project, the REST study.
Nina Hasen, PhD is the Director of HIV and Tuberculosis at Population Services International (PSI). PSI is a global health organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world by focusing on serious challenges like a lack of family planning, HIV and AIDS, barriers to maternal health, and the greatest threats to children under five, including malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.
Abiola Keller, PhD, MPH is Director of Clinical Research and Clinical Assistant Professor for the Physician Assistant Studies program in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University. Dr. Keller’s research focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in women’s physical and mental health outcomes, access and utilization of health services by women with depression, and the effect of patient-provider communication on use of health services and health outcomes for minority group members.
Chioun Lee, PhD is an Assistant Scientist in the UW Madison Institute of Aging. In the fall of 2016, Dr. Lee was awarded a NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), “Gender Differences in Early Life Adversities, Adult Obesity, and Cardiovascular Risk.” As the Principal Investigator, Dr. Lee will develop an integrative life-course approach to study the gender-specific pathways through which early life adversities affect risk of adult obesity and cardiovascular disease by combining her primary expertise in sociology with additional epidemiological and psychological knowledge. The research will be based on a nationally representative longitudinal data set, known as MIDUS (Midlife in the United States). Findings from Dr. Lee’s research have the prospect of informing gender-specific interventions that reduce the risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease, particularly for individuals who encountered adversities in early life.
Sara Lindberg, PhD, MS is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Evaluation Research Group at the Population Health Institute. She specializes in evaluating interventions to improve maternal and child health and interventions to prevent health disparities. She is particularly interested in interventions that address psychosocial and early life factors that contribute to disparities in obesity.
Alyn McCarty, PhD is a Research Associate at Research for Action, a nonprofit education research organization based in Philadelphia, PA. In this role, Dr. McCarty is the project director on a large, multi-year evaluation of an early literacy program in Philadelphia pre-k centers, and conducts quantitative research and analyses on several other projects.
Teresa Nguyen, PhD is a lecturer in Psychology at Madison College. Her research interests include Asian American mental health, minority and immigrant psychology, Vietnamese Americans and the psychosocial consequences of the Vietnam War and refugee experiences.
Vera Tsenkova, PhD is an Associate Scientist in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute on Aging. She is continuing to research health disparities in diabetes from a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates psychosocial and sociodemographic influences on the impact of health behaviors and other established risk factors.
Edward Vargas, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the impact of U.S. immigration policy on the health of the Latino/a community.
Fathima Wakeel, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the College of Health Professions at Ferris State University. Her research focuses on maternal and child health racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes.
Megan Zuelsdorff, PhD furthers her postdoctoral training in a fellowship in the demography of aging and the life course at the UW Center for Demography of Health and Aging. Dr. Zuelsdorff studies the relationship between cumulative disadvantage and cognition trajectories, with a focus on identifying critical timepoints during which targeted interventions might improve later life cognitive and brain health for populations across racial and socioeconomic strata.