Hannah Crooke, PhD, MPH

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T32 Predoctoral Fellow

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Master of Public Health, Epidemiology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Doctor of Philosophy, Epidemiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2017

Hometown: Lenaxa, KS
Research Interests: My primary research areas of interest are substance use and chronic disease, particularly the effects of marijuana use on chronic cardiovascular disease outcomes. Additional areas of interest include nosologic research related to substance use, and disparities in chronic disease incidence and outcomes.
Long-term career goals: In addition to enjoying epidemiological research, I also enjoy teaching. I would like to remain in academia as a professor where I am able to pursue a robust research agenda as well as teach both undergraduate and graduate students.
What philosophy guides your education? I’m not sure who said it, but I once saw a quote that read “only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” My pursuit of higher education is an attempt at a career I am passionate about that may also beneficially impact the lives of others.
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? In the United States specifically, I believe the two biggest public health problems are gun violence and poverty. Both have extreme impacts on the health and wellbeing of our population. Globally, I believe the biggest problems affecting the health of individuals are poverty and access to healthcare.