Doctoral Student Profiles
Sara Abelson, M.P.H., Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Sara served as Vice President of the national nonprofit, Active Minds, where she worked with college students across the country to transform how their campuses and communities address mental health. Her research interests are to better understand how school culture, climate, policies, and programs can be improved to address inequality and advance the health and academic outcomes of students of color and LGBTQ adolescents and young adults.
Julie Ober Allen, M.P.H., Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Julie contributed to a variety of community-based research, intervention, and evaluation projects to reduce health disparities in Michigan. Her research interests are to better understand and address how intersections of social identity (e.g., race, gender, age group, marital status) influence stress and coping processes and disparities in chronic mental and physical health conditions, with a focus on the health of aging Black men in the U.S.
Monika Doshi, M.P.H., Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Monika consulted on infectious disease and chronic disease research projects in Asia and Africa. As the Principal of Saath, a public health consulting firm which she founded in 2011, she has partnered with domestic and international academic institutions and non-academic organizations to conduct public health related research and program development. While she has largely been focused on HIV prevention among gender and sexual minorities including those who practice sex work, as a doctoral student and a Population Studies Center trainee, Monika plans to expand her research to examine immigration and health, with a specific focus on women's health.
Alexa Eisenberg, M.P.H., is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior & Health Education in the School of Public health and a Population Studies Center (PSC) public health demography trainee. Her research interests focus broadly on the intersection of housing justice and urban health equity. Her work applies the principles of community-based participatory research to understand and address the structural determinants of housing and health inequities, specifically in the city of Detroit.
Cecelia French, M.P.H., is a doctoral student in Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health and a Population Studies Center trainee at the Institute for Social Research. Her research interests surround drug use and addiction, particularly opioid use in rural parts of America. Utilizing a structural focus, she hopes to focus on the inequities around first drug use, rehab utilization and relapse.
A Kilolo Harris Evans, M.S.W., M.P.H., is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, with a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Kilolo’s area of research focuses on using qualitative methods for the global study of race, racism, and health among Latin American populations of African descent in the Americas and the Caribbean. Her dissertation draws on the voices and experiences of Cuban Women of African descent in Cuba with regard to identity, stressors, coping strategies, and health related outcomes.
Tamar Goldenberg, M.P.H., is a doctoral student in Health Behavior and Health Education. She currently works at the Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities and is a scholar at the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health. Her research interests include using both qualitative and quantitative methods to better understand the influence of stigma and discrimination on sexual and reproductive health.
Molly Green, M.P.H., is a doctoral student in Health Behavior and Health Education. She is interested in migration and health, specifically in using quantitative methods to explore issues of discrimination and acculturation in migrant populations from the Middle East and North Africa.
Sarah Gutin, M.P.H., is a doctoral candidate in Health Behavior and Health Education. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she conducted reproductive health and HIV research and programs in South Africa, Uganda and Mozambique. Her research interests are broadly focused on the intersection of reproductive health and HIV care in global contexts. Specifically, she is interested in addressing how to make safer conception interventions acceptable and available to people living with and affected by HIV.
Landon Hughes (he/him/his) is a doctoral pre-candidate in the Department of Health Behavior & Health Education and a Population Studies Center trainee. His research focuses on structural determinants of health with a particular focus on how institutional and social discrimination shape the health of gender minorities. Before attending the University of Michigan, he worked at RTI International implementing and evaluating programs for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Rebecca Leinberger, M.P.H., is interested in the environmental, historical, and socio-cultural determinants of racial/ethnic mental health disparities with a particular focus on traumatic experience and trauma-related disorders among Native Americans.
Dana Loll, M.H.S. is a Population Studies Center trainee. Her research interests include global reproductive health with a focus on family planning and maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa.
Aresha Martinez-Cardoso, M.S.P.H., investigates how social and environmental factors shape the health outcomes of Latino adolescents and families and policy and practice solutions towards promoting Latino health. Her current research explores the effect of immigration policy and enforcement on Latinos and changes in Latino health across immigrant generations and time in the US.
Maria Militzer, M.P.H., is a doctoral student in the HBHE Department. Her research interests evolved from her work as a medical interpreter for Spanish speakers and community organizer. She is interested in the effects of community health worker interventions on diabetes self-management among low-income Mexican and Mexican-Americans, and their interactions with healthcare providers.
Elizabeth Mosley, MPH is a PhD Candidate in Health Behavior and Health Education and a demography trainee at the Population Studies Center. Elizabeth's work promotes sexual and reproductive health in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa through public health research and programs that address gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic inequalities. In her dissertation, she compares national survey data from the U.S. and South Africa asking: how are abortion attitudes related to both gender attitudes and social welfare attitudes, and how do those relationships differ by race/ethnicity, class, and setting? Elizabeth has also worked with non-governmental and community-based organizations including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, FHI 360, and the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Kyle Nisbeth, MPH is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and a Population Studies Center trainee. Her research examines the structural and social impacts of discrimination on cardiovascular disease morbidity. Broadly, she is interested in how place, space and personhood influence disparities in chronic disease outcomes.
Amel Omari, M.P.H., is a doctoral student in Health Behavior/Health Education and a Population Studies Center trainee. Her research interests include the influence of social identity experiences on stress and chronic disease risk, biomarkers of stress and aging, and racial/ethnic disparities in health.
Carissa Schmidt, M.P.H., is researching adolescent resilience and positive youth development. Specifically, she is interested in exploring how risk and protective factors within individual, interpersonal, and environmental contexts interact to promote the healthy development of at-risk youth.
Kristefer Stojanovski, M.P.H., is interested in racial/ethnic discrimination & health disparities, sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, LGBTQI health disparities, and sexual health & HIV/AIDS, particularly in Southeastern Europe.
Myra M. Tetteh, M.P.P., researches the correlation of the physical design of urban communities' and urban residents meeting appropriate leisure-time physical activity levels critical for health. Specifically, she is interested in exploring how the factors in urban communities (e.g. violence, presence of parks, and other factors) are correlated with a person's willingness and ability to be physically active. Outside of academia, Myra is currently the Co-Chair of the Active Living Work Group for the Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative; as well as the Founder and Chair of the Detroit Complete Streets Coalition. She is also a Mayoral Appointee to the City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Commission. Finally, Myra is on the Board of Directors of mParks as the Health and Wellness Presidential Appointee.
Casey Thacker, M.P.H., is studying management of chronic illness, especially chronic pain. His research interests include support by and for caregivers of those managing chronic illnesses, novel ways to leverage mobile technologies for self-monitoring, associations between depression and chronic illness, and ways of improving quality of life among older adults.
Kazumi Tsuchiya,M.P.H., is a scholar at the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health. Her research broadly focuses on studying social and structural determinants that affect racial/ethnic health disparities, and intergenerational and interpersonal processes that influence health among immigrants and communities of color. Her current research examines the intergenerational effects of immigration policy and citizenship status, psychosocial factors of stress and discrimination, and family process factors from a life course perspective among second-generation immigrant youth
Ryan Wade, M.S.W., is a doctoral candidate in HBHE, and a Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH) Scholar. His research interests include racial/ethnic differences in psychological functioning among gay/bisexual men; racialized sexual discrimination; sociostructural determinants of health disparity as it relates to HIV infection among gay and bisexual men of color; structural and community-level racism, sexual networks, and access to health preventive services.
Melanie Ward, M.P.H., is interested in the translation of research evidence into public health practice and policy. She studies racial and socioeconomic health inequities through a complex systems lens and hopes to use principles and methods of systems thinking to guide the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions, policies, and community change efforts.