PhD Alumni

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100% of our graduates have secured employment or further education or training at the time of their graduation.What are they doing?

Where are they now?

Our graduates have gone on to take jobs or pursue further education or training throughout the US and around the globe! Click the map to enlarge and view details.

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: Senior Director of Population Health, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute; Director of Research, Caruth Police Institute

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; Visiting Scholar in Cancer Health Disparities, Boston University/Boston Medical Center Cancer Center

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: Associate Research Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

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: Associate Professor, University of Texas School of Public Health

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: Associate Director, Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy; Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, University of Kentucky

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: Assistant Professor, Genomics and Bioinformatics Cluster, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Florida

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: Senior Manager, Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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 Lissåker, PhD, MPH

Claudia Lissåker, PhD, MPHDissertation: The Impact of Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticides on Overweight/Obesity
Mentor: Xiaohui Xu, MD, MPH, PhD
Current Position: Post-Doc, Unit of Occupational Medicine, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet

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: Assistant Professor, 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: Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, Baylor University

Nancy Séraphin, PhD, MPH

Nancy Séraphin, PhD, MPHDissertation: 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: Assistant Scientist, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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: Research Instructor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Hannah Crooke Kwiatkowski, PhD, MPH

Hannah Crooke, PhD, MPHDissertation: Cannabis Use and Coronary Disease
Mentors: Catherine W. Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE
Current Position: Sr. Associate Director, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Summer 2017

Diana Rojas Alvarez, MD, PhD

Diana Rojas, MD, PhDDissertation: Epidemiology and Transmission Dynamics of Arbovirus in Latin America
Mentors: Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH; 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
Mentors: Catherine W. Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE; 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

Spring 2018

Jacob D. Ball, PhD, MA

Jacob D. Ball, PhD, MADissertation: Epidemiological Models of Infectious Diseases for Clinical and Public Health Decision Support
Mentors: Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, FACE; Derek A. T. Cummings, PhD
Current Position: Statistician, Army Public Health Center; Graduate Faculty, PhD Program in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Kentucky College of Public Health; Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Vicki Leanne Osborne, PhD, MSc

Vicki Leanne Osborne, PhD, MSEDissertation: Sex Differences in Risk Factors for Prescription Opioid Non-Medical Use Among Youth
Mentor: Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE
Current Position: Principal Research Fellow, Drug Safety Research Unit; Partner Associate Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

Sheldon G. B. Waugh, PhD, MS

Sheldon G. B. Waugh, PhD, MSDissertation: Investigating Spatial Dynamics of Zoonoses between Animal and Human Populations: A One-Health Perspective
Mentors: Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH; Jason K. Blackburn, PhD
Current Position: Epidemiologist, Army Public Health Center

Summer 2018

Denny Fe G. Agana, PhD, MPH, CPH

Denny Fe G. Agana, PhD, MPH, CPHDissertation: Identifying Primary Care Relevant Risk Factors to Reduce Readmissions
Mentors: Catherine W. Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE; Peter J. Carek, MD, MS
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Preventative Medicine and Population Health, University of Texas Medical Branch

Sadaf Milani, PhD, MPH, CPH

Sadaf Milani, PhD, MPH, CPHDissertation: Improving Screening for Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia among Racial and Ethnic Minorities using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment
Mentor: Catherine W. Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE
Current Position: Postdoctoral Trainee, Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch

Fall 2018

Kai Wang, PhD, MS

Kai Wang, PhD, MSDissertation: Dynamics in Circulating Testosterone Level and Body Weight in Relation to Serum PSA and Risk of Prostate Cancer
Mentors: Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, FACE; Mattia Prosperi, MEng, PhD
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Yunan Xu, PhD, MS

Yunan Xu, PhD, MSDissertation: The Association of Cumulative Cigarette Smoking with Cardiovascular Risk among Persons Living with HIV
Mentor: Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, FACE
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University

Spring 2019

Zhaoyi Chen, PhD, MS

Zhaoyi Chen, PhD, MSDissertation: Level Analysis of Rheumatoid Arthritis via Multi-Domain Machine Learning
Mentor: Mattia Prosperi, MEng, PhD

Mirsada Serdarevic, PhD

Mirsada Serdarevic, PhDDissertation: Risk Factors for Opioid Use Patterns Assessed
through a Community Engagement Program in North Central Florida
Mentor: Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE

Yun Zhu, PhD, MS

Yun Zhu, PhD, MSDissertation: Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Depression: A Multi-Omics Approach
Mentor: Jinying Zhao, MD, PhD

Summer 2019

Jae Min, PhD

Jae Min, PhDDissertation: Self-Injury Risk Factors and Outcomes among Adults in Florida
Mentor: Mattia Prosperi, MEng, PhD