PhD Alumni

Summer 2011

Jennifer (Reingle) Gonzalez, PhD, MS

Jennifer (Reingle) Gonzalez, PhD, MSDissertation: Risk Factors for Violence Among Early Adolescents: Explaining Gender and Racial/Ethic Disparities in Trajectories of Violent Delinquency
Mentors: Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE; Mildred Maldonado-Molina, PhD, MS
Current Position: Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Tenured) and Assistant Regional Dean, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – Dallas Campus

Spring 2013

Kelly Kenzik, PhD, MS

Kelly Kenzik, PhD, MSDissertation: Patient-Reported Outcomes in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Survivors
Mentor: I-Chan Huang, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Elizabeth Radke, PhD, MPH

Elizabeth Radke, PhD, MPHDissertation: Incidence and Risk Factors of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in the Caribbean and Florida
Mentor: J. Glenn Morris, Jr., MD, MPH&TM
Current Position: Epidemiologist, National Center for Environmental Assessment, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Summer 2013

Melvin Douglas Livingston III, PhD

Melvin Douglas Livingston III, PhDDissertation: Assessment of Adolescent Alcohol Use: Estimating and Adjusting for Measurement Bias
Mentor: Kelli Komro, PhD, MPH, MA
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Fall 2013

Michael Brad Cannell, PhD, MPH

Michael Brad Cannell, PhD, MPHDissertation: Frequency and Effects of Physical, Verbal and Sexual Abuse in Older Adults
Mentors: Elena Andresen, PhD; Todd Manini, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Summer 2014

Chris Delcher, PhD, MS

Chris Delcher, PhD, MSDissertation: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Doctor Shopping: An Epidemiologic Perspective in Person, Place and Time
Mentor: Mildred Maldonado-Molina, PhD, MS
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics, University of Florida

Fall 2014

Zheng Li, PhD, MPH

Zheng Li, PhD, MPHDissertation: Health Outcomes and Pediatric Asthma: A Longitudinal Study
Mentors: I-Chan Huang, PhD; Elizabeth Shenkman, PhD, MSN; Cindy Prins, PhD, MPH, CIC, CPH
Current Position: Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Valparaiso University

Sunil Swami, PhD, MBBS, MPH

Sunil Swami, PhD, MBBS, MPHDissertation: Anticholinergic Medication Use and Risk of Cognitive Impairment and Dementia in Older Adults with Preclinical Alzheimer Disease
Mentor: Todd Manini, PhD
Current Position: Clinical Scientist, Philips Healthcare

Spring 2015

Taj Azarian, PhD, MPH

Taj Azarian, PhD, MPHDissertation: Dynamics of Community-Associated Staphylococcus aureus Transmission: a Genomic and Ecological Approach to Unraveling the Epidemiology of Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens
Mentors: Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH; Marco Salemi, PhD; Judith A. Johnson, PhD
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard University

Xingdi Hu, PhD, MS

Xingdi Hu, PhD, MSDissertation: Alcohol Treatment Use in HIV-Infected Individuals with Hazardous Drinking: Utilization, Drinking Outcomes and Survival
Mentor: Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH
Current Position: Analytical Lead, Shire, LLC

Summer 2015

Sandie Ha, PhD, MPH

Sandie Ha, PhD, MPHDissertation: Environmental Determinants of Oral Clefts
Mentors: Xiaohui Xu, MD, MPH, PhD; Mary Peoples-Sheps, DrPH, MS; John Kairalla, PhD; Lusine Yaghjyan, MD, MPH, PhD; Pauline Mendola, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Professor, College of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, University of California, Merced

Claudia Lissaker, PhD, MPH

Claudia Lissaker, PhD, MPHDissertation: The Impact of Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticides on Overweight/Obesity
Mentor: Xiaohui Xu, MD, MPH, PhD
Current Position: Researcher, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University

Fall 2015

Wajiha Akhtar-Khaleel, PhD, MPH

Wajiha Akhtar-Khaleel, PhD, MPHDissertation: Trends and Predictors of Cigarette Smoking and Its Association on Cognitive Performance Among HIV Seropositive and Seronegative Men
Mentor: Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH
Current Position: Assistant Scientist, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Limited Service Faculty, School of Public Health, George Washington University

Sonam Lasopa, PhD, MPhil

Sonam Lasopa, PhD, MPhilDissertation: Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Non-Medical Use of Prescription Stimulants: A National Study of Youth
Mentor: Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE
Current Position: Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Sir Thutob Nangyal Memorial Hospital, Department of Health Care, Family Welfare and Human Service

Summer 2016

Hui Hu, PhD

Hui Hu, PhDDissertation: Neighborhood Environment and Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
Mentors: Xiaohui Xu, MD, MPH, PhD; Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE
Current Position: Research Assistant Scientist, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine, University of Florida

Chukwuemeka Okafor, PhD, MPH

Chukwuemeka Okafor, PhD, MPHDissertation: Marijuana Use in HIV Seropositive and Seronegative Men Who Have Sex With Men: Trends, Patterns, Determinants of Use and Impact on Cognitive Functioning for Over 26 Years
Mentors: Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH; Michael Plankey, PhD
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services, Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

Nancy Seraphin, PhD, MPH

Nancy Seraphin, PhD, MPH
Dissertation: Tuberculosis Acquisition and Transmission among Persons of Haitian Descent Living in Florida USA
Mentors: J. Glenn Morris, MD, MPH&TM; Michael Lauzardo, MD, MSc; Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH; Yang Yang, PhD; Marco Salemi, PhD
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, University of Florida

Fall 2016

Shahab Bozorgmehri, MD, MPH, PhD

Shahab Bozorgmehri, MD, MPH, PhDDissertation: Renal Dysfunction After Surgery for Urologic Cancer and Other Diseases
Mentor: Muna Canales, MD, MS
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Renal Transplantation, University of Florida

Abenaa (Acheampong) Jones, PhD

Abenaa (Acheampong) Jones, PhDDissertation: Sex, Drugs, and Violence: A longitudinal Analysis of SAVA Syndemic among Women Involved in the Criminal Justice System
Mentor: Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Amal Asiri Wanigatunga, MPH, PhD

Amal Asiri Wanigatunga, MPH, PhDDissertation: The Influence of Structured, Long Term Exercise on Objectively Measured Daily Activity in Older Adults
Mentor: Todd Manini, MS, PhD
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center of Aging and Health, Johns Hopkins University

Spring 2017

Natalie Kelso Chichetto, PhD, MSW

Natalie Kelso Chichetto, PhD, MSWDissertation: Alcohol Consumption among Persons Living with HIV: Patterns and Determinants of Use and Impact on Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease
Mentor: Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Hannah Crooke, PhD, MPH

Hannah Crooke, PhD, MPHDissertation: Cannabis Use and Coronary Disease
Mentors: Catherine W. Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE
Current Position: Senior Associate, Real World Evidence and Data Analytics, Parexel International

Summer 2017

Diana Rojas Alvarez, MD, PhD

Diana Rojas, MD, PhDDissertation: Epidemiology and Transmission Dynamics of Arbovirus in Latin America
Mentor: Ira M. Longini, PhD, MS
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biostatistics, University of Florida

Martin Wegman, PhD

Martin Wegman, PhDDissertation: Comparative Effectiveness of Managed Care on Quality of Care for Medicaid Adults with Disabilities
Mentor: Elizabeth Shenkman, PhD, MSN
Current Position: Medical Resident, Emergency Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital

Fall 2017

Shivani Rajeshwori Khan, PhD

Shivani Rajeshwori Khan, PhDDissertation: Predictors of Daily Marijuana Use among a National Sample of US Youth
Mentor: Catherine W. Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE
Current Position: Health Outcomes Scientist, Magellan Rx Management