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Megan Carney, MPH ’23

My research interests include examining how structural determinants influence health behavior and outcomes, specifically mental health outcomes. Additionally, I’m interested in exploring how social policy and evidence-based community interventions come together to create healthy, equitable environments for people to thrive.


Charmaine Chan, MPH ’22

I’m interested in the social determinants of health and promotion of health equity. I aim to work towards eliminating barriers to health and well-being that underserved populations disproportionately face through community research and intervention work.


Cindy Chwa, MPH ’22

My research interests include policy development and program evaluation of global mental health services through social behavior and psychology in Asian communities. I am also interested in developing evidence-based, race-equity focused solutions supported by qualitative methods.


Roxanne Dupuis, PhD ’22

I am interested in examining the social, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health— particularly with regards to food, food environments, and foodways—with an emphasis on achieving health equity through evidence-based interventions.


Julia Healey, MPH ’22

I am interested in the structural social determinants of health in the US, particularly housing and how your zip code influences your health. I want to implement programs and policies to increase health equity related to these issues.

Yu-Tien Hsu, PhD ’23

My research focuses on two parts. First, to integrate lifecourse epidemiological framework into understanding cognitive aging process. Second, to investigate how social relationships, social exchange, and other social factors influence cognitive functioning through cognitive enrichment.

Kenny Nguyen, MPH ’22

I am interested in investigating the linkage between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mental health outcomes throughout the life course. In addition, I am eager to learn more about how to address social determinants to health through community based interventions and polices.

Beth Stelson, PhD ’22

My research uses a Total Worker Health approach to identify how working conditions in social services, healthcare, and low-wage settings affect the mental and physical health of workers, with an emphasis on studying vicarious trauma. I also work in the field of intimate partner violence and evaluation of abuse intervention programs.

Elise Bottimore Talbot, MPH ’22

I have a background as a critical care nurse with interests in the effects strengthening primary care systems have on combatting non-communicable diseases and maternal/child health conditions. I am passionate about health equity in low and middle income nations, and the many social determinants of health that drive these inequities. Additionally, I am interested in the use of community health workers as a lever to both strengthen primary care systems and drive gender equality.