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Eva Acharya Eva Sharma Acharya, Graduate Assistant

Behavioral and Community Health

1242E SPH Bldg.   esharmaa@umd.edu

(301) 405-2450



Ms. Eva Sharma is an interventionist in the Center for Health Behavior Research. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy from Kathmandu University, Nepal. She currently is a MPH student in the department of Public and Community Health. Her interest includes research in the field of public health focusing on treatment and support.

No Picture Joseph Alemany, GA for Veteran Student Life

Kinesiology

1122 Cole Field House and 0224 SPH Bldg   alemany@umd.edu

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(301) 405-9605



 

No Picture Brittany Aley, Instructor

Kinesiology

  bnaley@umd.edu



 

No Picture Alfonso Alfini, GA

Kinesiology

  aalfini@umd.edu



I am a PhD student in Cognitive Motor Neuroscience.

No Picture Sam Allen, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

1236   samhallen@gmail.com



Sam Allen is a first year student in the joint Master's/PhD program in Couple and Family Therapy and Family Science. Sam is no stranger to the University of Maryland. He graduated Cum Laude with high honors in May 2012 from the Department of Family Science where he successfully defended his departmental honors thesis titled, 'I don't want the neighbors to know:' A contextual analysis of Jewish, Orthodox gay men and their relationships with their mothers. As an undergraduate, Sam spent his time singing in an Acapella group, participating in educational activities to promote LGBT awareness and advocacy on campus, and teaching group fitness classes. During his senior year, Sam interned at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., the nation's largest human rights advocacy organization. His work focused on increasing LGBT acceptance among elementary school students. Sam hopes to pursue a career in academia, with a concentration on religious families and communities and how to better handle and accept sexuality variance among LGBT adolescents and young adults. In his spare time, Sam very much enjoys cooking, sampling new restaurants and gastropubs, eating, shopping, working at a local organic market, and teaching group fitness classes.


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No Picture Adam Amorese, GA

Kinesiology

  aamorese@umd.edu



 

No Picture Eric Anson, Teaching Assistant/David H. Clarke Fellow

Kinesiology

0222 SPH Bldg.   eanson1@umd.edu

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(301) 405-2572



I am a physical therapist and sixth year doctoral student studying with Dr. Jeka. My research interests are related to static and dynamic postural control and gaze stability in the presence of vestibular dysfunction. I am also involved in projects addressing other balance related disorders with specific focus toward development of novel rehabilitation applications for individuals with vestibular dysfunction or any balance disorder.

No Picture Logan Aronhalt, GA

Kinesiology

  laronhalt@gmail.om



 

No Picture Ryan Basen, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

  rbasen@umd.edu



I am a graduate student in the Physical Cultural Studies Program -- studying cause-related marketing, media, and sports (and their confluence with race and gender).

No Picture Brian Baum, Doctoral Student

Kinesiology

  bbaum@umd.edu

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I am a PhD student in Biomechanics under the direction of Dr. Jae Kun Shim. I am interested in all aspects of biomechanics; however, my current research interests pertain to amputee locomotion. Using a combination of motion capture, material testing, and computer modeling, I am studying the mechanical properties of running-specific prostheses and the biomechanical adaptations that occur during running with these devices.


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Max Bennett Max J. Bennett, Communications Assistant

Office of the Dean

Dean's Suite, 2242F   mbennet5@umd.edu

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607-425-8618



Max is a graduate student in the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism. He received his BA in English from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

No Picture Sam Bernstein, Doctoral Student

Kinesiology

2132 SPH Bldg.   sbernstn@umd.edu

(301) 405-2575



Sam Bernstein is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Kinesiology.

No Picture Megan Brockett, Graduate Assistant, SPH Communications

Office of the Dean

  mbrocke2@umd.edu



 

No Picture Kristen Burwell, Graduate Research Assistant

Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health

1222 School of Public Health   kburwell@umd.edu



Kristen Burwell is a PhD student in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park School of Public Health. She will be obtaining her degree in Environmental Health and Toxicology where her interests are in environmental epidemiology, cumulative risk assessment, water quality, health disparities, and environmental justice. Furthermore, she received her MPH degree in community-based health from Mercer University (MU) School of Medicine in 2008 and her BS degree in biology with a minor in public health from James Madison University (JMU) in 2006. She currently works as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Sacoby Wilson on studies that use a community-based participatory research framework to assess the inequitable distribution of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), air toxics, hazardous waste sites, and health-promoting infrastructure in communities in South Carolina and Maryland.

No Picture Jacob Bustad, Doctoral Student

Kinesiology

  jbustad@umd.edu



Jake is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Kinesiology.


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No Picture Kathryn Campbell, NIH Fellow

Kinesiology

2324 SPH Bldg.   kacampbe@umd.edu



Kathryn Campbell is a NIH Fellow in the Department of Kinesiology.

No Picture William Carter, Biostatistics Student

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  william.carter1@verizon.net

(301) 405-3575



 

Steven Champaloux Steven Champaloux, Epidemiology Ph.D. Student

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

0232 SPH Bldg   schampal@umd.edu

(301) 405-7218



Steven Champaloux earned a Bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Biology and Psychology and received his MPH from Brown University. After Brown, he worked for the National Children's Study aiding the environmental health team as well as helping with financial reporting and budget analysis. He is currently working with Dr. Shenassa on projects related to maternal smoking and with Dr. Young on projects related to physical activity in adolescent girls.

No Picture Maithreyi Chander, Graduate Assistant, IT

Office of the Dean

  mchander@umd.edu



 

No Picture Atyya Chaudhry, Graduate Assistant, Behavioral and Community Health

Behavioral and Community Health

  atyya@umd.edu



Atyya Chaudhry is a graduate student in the School of Public Policy and is providing support as a graduate assistant for the Behavioral and Community Health internship program.


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No Picture Dapeng Chen, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

  cdp@umd.edu



My PhD program is exercise physiology. I am doing my research in Dr.Chin's lab.

No Picture Qingjian Chen, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

0110C SPH Bldg   nanjing@umd.edu



I completed bachelor degree in sports medicine in Nanjing, and obtained my master degree in biomechanics in Tennessee. Now I am a doctoral student under Dr. Shim, also a teaching assistant for KNES300 LAB 105,106,107,108 sections.

No Picture Edward Chu, Research Assistant

Kinesiology

  edchux@gmail.com



 

No Picture Hyeeun Chung, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  chunghyeeun@gmail.com



Hyeeun Chung is a second year Family Science doctoral student from Korea. She earned her B.A. in Consumer and Child Studies from Seoul National University. She also earned her M.S. in Child Development and Family Studies from Seoul National University. Hyeeun has worked on a Multicultural Families Support team as a desk officer at the Headquarters of Healthy Family Support Centers. She also has worked at the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA), a government-affiliated organization, focused on low birth rate and aging. Hyeeun's Master's thesis investigated intentions of a having a second child by employment status of married women. Her current research interests include work and family, child care, family policy and fathering. In her spare time, Hyeeun enjoys working out, cooking and spending time with her husband.

No Picture Samuel Clevenger, GA

Kinesiology

  scleveng@umd.edu



 


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No Picture Bryan C. Clift, Doctoral Student/David H. Clarke Fellow

Kinesiology

0228 SPH Bldg.   bcclift@umd.edu



 

No Picture Michelle Collins, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

1228   collinsmic2013@gmail.com



Michelle Collins is a first year Couple and Family Therapy masters student from Durham, North Carolina. She earned a B.A. in both Psychology and Hispanic Studies from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She has previously interned at a group home in Cordoba, Argentina. She also has tutored middle school students, worked at summer camps, and taught ESL classes. Her current research interests include Hispanic families, parent-child relationships in African American families, and intercultural communication. In her free time she enjoys shopping, cooking and eating, and traveling (notably to Spain, Paris, and Argentina). She has played both the lion and the scarecrow in productions of the Wizard of Oz!

No Picture Stephanie Cork, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

  stephaniejcork@gmail.com



 

No Picture Kelsey Corrigan, GA

Kinesiology

  kcorrig1@umd.edu



I am a masters student interested in cardiovascular exercise physiology.

No Picture BreAnna Davis, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  bredavis.16@gmail.com



BreAnna Davis is a first year Family Science doctoral student from Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. BreAnna earned her M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland. She has worked as a grant writing intern and program planning intern, and in a sorority targeting issues of the family. Her research interests include gender roles in families, dynamics of blended families, impact of financial literacy in premarital couples, and racial and gendered socialization of children and its impact on identity. BreAnna also currently works as a therapist intern at a local non-profit. BreAnna enjoys playing the piano and singing, and she is learning to play the guitar. She also enjoys reading, going to movies, and traveling.


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No Picture Maria Demarco, Epidemiology Ph.D. Student

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  demarcom@umd.edu

(301) 405-3575



 

No Picture Alicia Derusso, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

  aderusso@umd.edu



 

No Picture Lauren Doamekpor, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  ldoamek@umd.edu



Laurén Doamekpor is a fourth year Maternal and Child Health Ph.D. candidate from Ghana. She was born in Jerusalem and grew up on the island of Cyprus. She earned her B.A. in Biology from Brandeis University in Massachusetts and her M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from The George Washington University. Laurén has always been interested in health research and has had the opportunity to work in a variety of different settings. She has worked at Brigham and Womens hospital conducting clinical research on circadian rhythms and cardiovascular health and also at the University of Ghanas Institute of Statistical, Social, and Economic Research (ISSER) on various needs assessments and program development projects. Most recently, Laurén worked with the GWU Health Policy Department on immunization policy, womens reproductive health, and implementation plans for D.C. Medicaid and sister agencies. Her current research interests include the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health, particularly with respect to decision making and autonomy. Her dissertation is focused on understanding the reasons behind immigrant health patterns in the U.S. Lauréns special interests include all reality television shows, traveling, foosball, and she is a budding master chef who enjoys cooking in her spare time.

No Picture Kathryn Downes, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  kdownes23@aol.com



Katheryn Downes is a first year Maternal and Child Health doctoral student from the Tampa Bay Area in Florida. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida. She also earned a dual M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of South Florida. She has 11 years of research experience in a wide range of topics including developmental disabilities, mental health and education. While completing her dual-master degree, she worked as a biostatistician in public health on mental/psychiatric health projects. She has also consulted as a general medicine statistician and specialized in orthopedic surgery and OBGYN research. Katheryn's current clinical interests are gestational diabetes and gestational hypertension. Some of her hobbies include karaoke, art (painting and photography), movies, dancing, and finding new restaurants to try. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising and exploring her new surroundings. During her undergraduate career, she was a hip-hop DJ at an underground radio station.

No Picture Erica Blue Doxzen, Graduate Assistant, BCH

Behavioral and Community Health

  eblue@umd.edu



 


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No Picture Yue Du, Graduate Research Assistant

Kinesiology

0222 SPH Bldg.   duyue@umd.edu

(301) 405-2572



 

No Picture Mili Duggal, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  mduggal@umd.edu



Mili Duggal is a third year Maternal and Child Health doctoral candidate. She is originally from India and graduated from Sophia College, Ajmer, India with a B.A in English Literature, Sociology, and Psychology. Mili earned her Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management from IHMR, Jaipur, India. Her thesis work was titled "Operationalization of Screening for Anemia in Pregnant Women in an Urban Primary Health Care Institution in New Delhi, India." Mili has worked as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences in AAIDU, Allahabad, India, and as a UNICEF District Mobilization Coordinator on social mobilization and advocacy in under served areas across India. Mili later came to the United States to earn her MPH in Global Maternal and Child Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. While getting her MPH she worked within the Maternal and Child Health program of the Louisiana Office of Public Health on health education communication projects. Her research interests include nutrition, gender, mental health, and MCH policy. Mili enjoys reading books and has recently started to knit. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and her dog, Olive. Mili has even done a few 1000 miles long motorcycle rides riding pillion.

Emilie Eastman Emilie Eastman, Graduate Assistant, Communications

Office of the Dean

2242E SPH Building   eeastman@umd.edu



Emilie is a graduate student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and will graduate with her M.J. in multi-platform journalism in December, 2013. She received her B.A. in English from Eastern University outside Philadelphia in 2012 and her A.A. from Anne Arundel Community College in 2010. Her focus is feature and hyper-local journalism, with a special interest in multimedia storytelling. She has worked as a freelance writer in the Annapolis area since 2012.

No Picture Shaun Edmonds, Graduate Assistant

Kinesiology

  seedmond@umd.edu



 

No Picture Farzad Ehtemam, GA

Kinesiology

  fehtemam@umd.edu



 


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No Picture Lindsey Foss, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

1228   lindsey.foss@gmail.com



Lindsey Foss is a first year Couple and Family Therapy masters student from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Global Politics and Diplomacy. She has worked at Sasha Bruce Youthbuild, at a GED and trade training program, as well as in a YWCA Adult Literacy Program. Her current research interests involve adjudicated youth and family preservation. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys jogging, dabbling in whitewater kayaking, and playing banjo. She is quite the world traveler, and has visited every continent but Australia and Antarctica.

No Picture Jared Frank, Epidemiology Student

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  jfrank19@msn.com

(301) 405-3575



 

No Picture Raphael Gaeta

Health Services Administration

  rgaeta1@umd.edu



 

No Picture Amanda Ginter, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  ginterac@gmail.com



Amanda Ginter is a third year Family Science doctoral candidate from Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Miami University for both her bachelors and master's degrees. Amanda earned a B.A in both Classical Languages and Womens Studies (with a focus on sexuality and social systems) and an M.S. in Family Studies. Her Masters Thesis examined the consequences of mothers breast cancer experiences for their adult daughters intimate relationships. Prior to attending the University of Maryland, Amanda conducted research on breast cancer and obstetric issues in a variety of academic and hospital settings. She has also conducted research with FMSC faculty on health messages for rural, low-income women as well as the relationship between smoking and postpartum depression. Amandas research interests include coping methods for breast cancer patients and their families, HPV vaccine usage, health literacy, and bioethics. She is currently working on her dissertation, a qualitative study that explores how single women navigate breast cancer diagnoses, treatment, recovery, and survivorship. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys knitting, reading, and yoga.

No Picture Alina Goldman, Graduate Assistant, Communications

Office of the Dean

  algol001@umd.edu



 


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Jay Goldstein Jay Goldstein, Doctoral Student

Kinesiology

Room 2351 School of Public Health Building   jgoldst1@umd.edu

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(301)509-5425



Jay Goldstein's research interests lie in the area of sport psychology. He examines social psychological factors related to the current youth sports environment (e.g., the interplay between athletes, coaches, and parents) by drawing upon theories and constructs from disciplines such as psychology, education and human development (socialization).

Rachel Goldstein Rachel Rosenberg Goldstein , Graduate Research Assistant, Ph.D. Candidate

Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health

  rerosenb@umd.edu

(301) 405-5509



Ms. Rosenberg's research interests focus on water quality and safe drinking water sources. Ms. Rosenberg is currently working on a study to evaluate the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus spp. (VRE), and coagulase-negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) in wastewater, reclaimed wastewater used for spray irrigation, and dermal and nasal swabs from spray irrigation workers. This study will evaluate potential inhalation and dermal exposures from reclaimed wastewater in occupational settings. To evaluate the presence of MRSA and VRE, Ms. Rosenberg is using standard membrane filtration methods, centrifugation, and direct plating techniques. Her findings will be important in assessing possible microbial risks from using reclaimed wastewater, which is likely to become a more common water source.

No Picture Laura Golojuch, Graduate Assistant

1228   lag68@georgetown.edu



Laura Golojuch is a first year Couple and Family Therapy masters student from Arlington, Virginia. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown University, with minors in English and Studio Art. She has worked as a tutor for the DC Reads program and a corps member for JumpStart, with disadvantaged youth in the District of Columbia. She also served as a research assistant with the Early Learning Project, working to assess the cognitive development of three to five year olds as well as assisting with the Baby Elmo Project, which fosters healthy relationships among incarcerated teen fathers and their infants. She is interested in families in urban areas and in poverty, and the stress this places on the family, as well as fatherhood and the absence of fathers. In her free time, Laura enjoys photography, traveling, eating all types of foods, watching and playing sports, and spending time with her family and friends.

No Picture Ashwini Gundawar

Family Science

  agundawa@umd.edu

(410) 653-3331



 

No Picture Lisa Guth, NIH Trainee Fellow

Kinesiology

0224 SPH Building   lmguth@umd.edu

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(301) 405-0448



I'm a 4th-year PhD student in Exercise Physiology.


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No Picture Dawn Hamilton, Research Graduate Assistant

Health Services Administration

3310 SPH Building   dhamilt4@umd.edu

(240) 383-8459



Dawn Hamilton is a Graduate Research Assistant and second year Master's student in the Department of Health Service Administration. Dawn is an experienced healthcare lawyer, consultant and project manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego, School of Law. Dawn was a member of the UMD School of Public Health, Health Services Administration team that researched and studied comparative health system models for the 2011-2012 Prince Georges County Public Health Impact Study, which was published in July, 2012. In her current role as Project Manager, Dawn is working with a team from the Department of Health Services Administration to conduct two Community Health Needs Assessments for Dimensions Health System facilities: Prince George's Hospital Center and Laurel Regional Hospital. Dawn will be leading an innovative project designed to increase access to healthcare services for the residents of Prince George's County, Maryland.

No Picture Vickye Hayter, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  vhayter@umd.edu



 

No Picture Jordana Hemberg, Graduate Assistant

Behavioral and Community Health

2387 SPH Bldg.   jhemberg@umd.edu

(301) 405-2463



Jordana is a graduate assistant in Behavioral and Community Health.

No Picture Melissa Inigo, GA

Kinesiology

  minigo@umd.edu



I am a doctoral student in Exercise Physiology and currently a teaching assistant for KNES 370 (Motor Development). My goal is to become successful in research and teaching, but at the same time, still enjoy life to the fullest!

No Picture Kyle Jaquess, GA

Kinesiology

  kjaquess@umd.edu



Kyle works in the Cognitive Motor Neuroscience lab under Dr. Hatfield and is interested in cognitive-motor learning and elite physical performance.


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Graciela Jaschek Graciela Jaschek, Epidemiology Ph.D. Student

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

0232 SPH Building   gjaschek@umd.edu



Graciela Jaschek, a first year doctoral student, earned her bachelor's degree in molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and her Master's in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She currently is a graduate assistant in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department working on oral health and in the Dean's Office assisting with the coordination of the School of Public Health Community-based Research and Service Plan.

No Picture Mary Young-Ah Jung, Epidemiology Graduate Assistant

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  mjung@umd.edu



 

No Picture Sherylls Kahn, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  sherylls@umd.edu



Sherylls Kahn is a second year Family Science doctoral student from Los Angeles, CA. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Pomona College and a M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her Masters Thesis explored the effectiveness of couple therapy for improving well-being in aggressive couples. Sherylls main research interests include sibling relationships and family conflict, as well as issues affecting immigrant families. She previously worked as a senior research assistant at Child Trends, a non-profit research organization focused on issues affecting children and their families. Sherylls currently works as a research assistant at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for a qualitative study investigating the impact of couple conflict on children. She also works on a project focused on improving early childhood classroom quality in the District of Columbia. In her spare time, Sherylls enjoys cooking, watching reality television, learning new things, and exploring new places with her husband and their super cute dog, Oliver.

Mariano Kanamori-Nishimur Mariano J Kanamori-Nishimur, Epidemiology Graduate Assistant

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

0232 SPH Bldg   mkanamor@umd.edu

(301) 405-7218



Mariano Kanamori is originally from Peru and has more than fourteen years of experience working in the areas of health, nutrition, micro-finance, family planning and HIV prevention. Winner of the Peruvian National Competition for young researchers organized by the Ford Foundation, the Cayetano Heredia University and the Canadian Government, he was given a fellowship to develop an adolescent social network model. In the US, he completed his pre-doctoral training at the Lombardi Cancer Control Center  Georgetown Hospital in cancer prevention and control focused on Latinos. With a fellowship from the National Council of Urban Indian Health, Mr. Kanamori performed research addressing their native cultural values, health beliefs and practices as well as distinct health disparities and their policy implications. Mr. Kanamori is currently a PhD student in Public and Community Health at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health and is working in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. As a part of this training, he is being mentored on health disparities in tobacco use by a group of eight faculty members lead by Dr. Carter-Pokras. He is a part of a team developing the logic model for the State of Maryland tobacco program and is doing research addressing the need for identifying and addressing factors influencing a relatively higher tobacco use among certain youth minority populations and youth of low socio-economic status. As a part of his PhD coursework and under Dr. Desmonds mentorship, he adapted a Hispanic Latino acculturation theory for colorectal cancer prevention and control. This model was awarded first prize at the UMD graduate research interaction day in the exploring identities category. Mariano also presented this model in a nationwide graduate competition and was selected as one of ten research winners of the 2008 American Public Health Association (APHA) student research award. Mariano is also a recipient of the 2008 Eta Sigma Gamma scholarship.

No Picture Ehsan Karim, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

  mehsankarim@gmail.com

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I am Ehsan, a first year master student. I am particularly interested in rehabilitation robotics: merging robotics and AI with bio-mechanics and neuroscience in an attempt to design smart robotic solutions for paralyzed or amputees.


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No Picture Maureen K Kayes, Doctoral Student

Kinesiology

0222 SPH Bldg.   maureenkayes@gmail.com

(301) 405-2510



I am a Doctoral student in cognitive motor neuroscience in the Department of Kinesiology.My research focuses on the effect of physical activity on cognition in aging with regards to APOE genotype.

No Picture Bradley Kerridge, Epidemiology Ph.D. Student

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

0232 SPH Bldg    bkerridge@gvpt.umd.edu

(301) 405-7218



 

No Picture Gaurav Khandelwal, Graduate Assistant, IT

Office of the Dean

  gauravk@umd.edu



 

No Picture Dovin Kiernan, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

  dkiernan@umd.edu

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No Picture Haedong Kim, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

1236   hd81504@gmail.com



HaeDong Shawn Kim is a first year Couple and Family Therapy Masters student who considers both South Korea and Ann Arbor, Michigan home. He earned his B.A. in Education from Hanyang University at Seoul, South Korea and a Master of Divinity from Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary at Seoul, South Korea. He has worked as a childrens pastor for six and seven year olds and as an English teacher and librarian in Korea. Shawn is interested in multi-cultural familes, third culture kids and how the family adapts to cultural differences between parents, children, and society. He is also interested in developing educational programs for premarital couples and for each developmental stage of the family. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys photography, drawing, basketball, jogging, and playing with his nine month old son.


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No Picture Kyung Koh, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

0228 SPH Bldg.   kyungkoh@umd.edu



I am a first-year Ph.D student in the Neuromechanics Lab.

No Picture Alissa Kregling, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

0222 SPH Bldg.   kregling@umd.edu



I am a masters student in Kinesiology, researching the biomechanics and dynamic stability of locomotion in unilateral amputees, and I am a teaching assistant for KNES300.

No Picture Prachi Kulkarni

Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health

1222 School of Public Health Building   prachik@umd.edu



Prachi Kulkami has a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston

University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to being admitted

to the School of Public Health, she was a research fellow at the Food and Drug Administration.

No Picture Rian Q Landers-Ramos, NIH Pre-doctoral Fellow

Kinesiology

0224 SPH Building   rlanders@umd.edu



I am a third year doctoral student working under Dr. Hagberg. I am interested in cardiovascular exercise physiology. Specifically, I am interested in the role of physical activity on novel risk factors for cardiovascular disease, especially circulating angiogenic cells.

No Picture Yoonjoo Lee, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  yoonjoo84@gmail.com



Yoonjoo Lee is a first year Family Science doctoral student from South Korea. She earned a B.A. in Consumer and Child Studies from Seoul National University. She also earned a masters degree in Child Development and Family Studies. She has worked as a full-time administrative assistant at Seoul National University, managing a one-year department budget and scholarships for undergraduate students, as well as assisting the department chair. She has also worked as a research specialist at Research Institute of Human Ecology at Seoul National University, preparing for projects meetings and assisting professors in conducting research. She is interested in time-use patterns of children and family, family policy, and research methodology. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, jogging, and swimming.


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No Picture Sue Lin, Epidemiology Ph.D. Student

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  sclin@mail.umd.edu

(301) 405-3575



 

Tiffani Lloyd Tiffani Stevenson Lloyd, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

1230 SPH Bldg.   tiffanidstevenson@gmailcom



Tiffani Stevenson Lloyd, a fourth year Family Science doctoral candidate, is a graduate of the CFT Masters program. She is from Fruit Heights, Utah, and she graduated with honors from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she assisted in research exploring the link between immigration and heart health, and she also conducted research for her honors thesis which investigated the theoretical implications of a theistic approach to psychotherapy. She spent 4 months in Romania conducting qualitative research and providing therapy for institutionalized children, and 18 months in Venezuela working as a missionary helping families and individuals. Tiffani currently works as a Marriage and Family Therapist in her own private practice in Rockville, Maryland and she is working towards becoming a certified AAMFT supervisor. Tiffani's disseration is on the relationship of religious beliefs and mental health, specifically for African Americans. Other research interests include the relationships, experiences, and mental health of single adults. Outside of school, Tiffani enjoys singing with the National Philharmonic Chorus, gardening and enjoying the outdoors, running and training for competitive races, and cooking and sampling new and exciting cuisine in excellent restaurants. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Li-Chuan Lo Li-Chuan Lo, Doctoral Student

Kinesiology

2307 SPH Bldg.   llo@umd.edu

(301) 405-2574



Li-Chuan is a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Kinesiology and currently working with Dr. Hatfield in the Cognitive Motor Neuroscience lab. She is interested in the emotional impacts on brain dynamics and precision motor performance by utilizing psychophysiological methods. She received her B.S. in physical education and M.S. in exercise and sport science in Taiwan and had several years of working experience with children in elementary school.

David Logan David Logan, Research Assistant

Kinesiology

2307 SPH Bldg.   dlogan@umd.edu

(301) 405-2574



David Logan is a Research Assistant in the Department of Kinesiology and is enrolled in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program.

No Picture Victor Lopes, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

  victorbritolopes@gmail.com



 


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No Picture Andrea Lystrup, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

1236   andrea.lystrup@gmail.com



Andrea Lystrup is a first year Couple and Family Therapy masters student from Las Vegas, Nevada. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland after first attending Brigham Young University for two years. She has interned at the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, where she did research on reliance factors and coping strategies for US military members and their families. She has also been a research assistant on projects dealing with food insecurity and low-income child nutrition programs, and assessment of elementary school student motivation in connection with the quality of instruction given by the classroom teacher. Andrea is currently interested in researching military families. Specifically she would like to study factors of families who cope well with deployments and have positive reintegration experiences as well as understand the factors of families that have negative deployment experiences. She is also interested in the role of fatherhood and the impact on families without a strong father figure. Andrea loves the performing arts (especially ballet), singing, making her own clothes, and playing musical instruments (the piano and the organ). She also enjoys swimming and I recently earned her SCUBA license.

No Picture Luz Mahecha, Graduate Assistant, Behavioral and Community Health

Behavioral and Community Health

  lmahecha@umd.edu



 

No Picture Julie Maier, GA

Kinesiology

  jmaier@umd.edu



 

No Picture Travis Manger, GA

Kinesiology

  mangertravis@gmail.com



 

No Picture Davi A Mazala, PhD Student

Kinesiology

  dmazala@umd.edu

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I'm a first year PhD student working in the Molecular Systems lab.


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No Picture James McBean, Doctoral Student

Kinesiology

2132   jmcbean@umd.edu



 

No Picture Lauren Messina, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  lauren.messina@gmail.com



auren Messina is a third year Family Science doctoral candidate. She is originally from New Rochelle, NY and graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in Communications. Lauren earned her M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland. She has worked as a research assistant with the Food Stamp Nutrition Education program as well as with the Fathers and Sons in Transit project. Her research interests include applied, intervention and prevention research on parenting, family health behaviors, childhood and adolescent health and mental health, and family resilience. She is involved in several projects which explore the parental processes of feeding and interacting with children about food and meals. Clinically, Lauren is interested in therapeutic systemic approaches to working with parents and children. Her dissertation is titled "Parenting Adolescents with Depression: Diagnoses, Treatment, and Resilience." Lauren has also served on the Executive Committee of the Public Health Garden, as a mentor to undergraduate students through the Graduate Student Government Mentorship program, and as the Outreach Coordinator of Maryland Council on Family Relations. In her free time, she enjoys watching documentaries, traveling to visit family and friends, gardening, and cooking.

No Picture Ron Mower, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

2132 SPH Bldg.   mower@umd.edu



I am a doctoral student in the Physical Cultural Studies program, located seamlessly within the department of Kinesiology and School of Public Health.

No Picture Ashley Munger, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  mungerale@gmail.com



Ashley Eberhart Munger is a second year Family Science doctoral student from southwestern Pennsylvania. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Grove City College and a M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland. Her masters thesis investigated the relationships among food security, health locus of control, and mental health. Ashleys research interests include family nutrition, hunger, obesity, and poverty. She currently works as a research assistant at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for a qualitative study investigating the impact of couple conflict on children. In her spare time, she enjoys literature and poetry, classic movies and documentaries, running, yoga, and traveling with her husband. She likes learning new things, going new places, and having new experiences.

No Picture Rianna Murray, Graduate Research Assistant

Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health

1222 School of Public Health   rmurray@umd.edu



Rianna Murray is a Master's of Public Health (MPH) student at the University of Maryland College Park. Her degree concentration is Environmental Health, and she is interested in issues of Environmental Justice, especially surrounding water and air quality of people from underserved populations of color. Her current work with Dr. Sacoby Wilson at the University of Maryland College Park and Dr. Janet Phoenix of the DC Environmental Health Collaborative focuses on environmental justice issues faced by underserved communities along the Anacostia River in both the District of Columbia and Maryland. The primary aims of this work are to conduct a human health impact assessment of communities near the river to investigate diseases and outcomes associated with toxic hotspots along the river, and to educate and promote healthy living among these populations using a community based participatory research framework.


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No Picture Paige Murtagh, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

1236   murtagpr@miamioh.edu



Paige Murtagh is a second year Couple and Family Therapy masters student from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She earned a B.S. in Family Studies, with a minor in Sociology, from Miami University of Ohio. She has worked as the Support Intern for the Young Parents Support Network, a division of the Center Foundation, doing case management and mentoring for young parents and pregnant teens in impoverished areas of Philadelphia. Paige has also interned, and then worked, as an after school program teacher and part time pre-school teacher at the Oxford Early Childhood Center. Additionally, she has worked as a research assistant on a study of Family Quality of Life in Breast Cancer survivors, spouses of survivors, adult children of survivors and mothers of survivors. She is interested in health related family quality of life, due to her previous research experience in the area. She is also especially interested in the impact of infidelity, outcome and development of children within families that have faced a crisis, young/teen parents, and substance abuse impacts. Paige enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as playing with her two dogs. She loves to read, watch professional baseball and attempt to cook. Paige also lived in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia for 5 months studying Social Work at the University of Queensland!

No Picture Ali Naim

Behavioral and Community Health

  anaim12@umd.edu



 

No Picture Christine Nicewonger, NIH Pre-doctoral Fellow

Kinesiology

  nice1@umd.edu



 

Ann Nothwehr Ann Nothwehr, Epidemiology Student

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  ann_nothwehr@yahoo.com



 

Allison O'Neill Allison O'Neill, Epidemiology Ph.D. Student

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

0232 SPH Bldg   ahoneill@umd.edu

(301) 405-7218



Allison is a second year doctoral student in Epidemiology. She earned a B.A. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester, and a M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Towson University. She is working with Dr. Sunmin Lee and Dr. Edmond Shenassa on a project looking at immigrant health, and also with Dr. Lee and Dr. Carolyn Voorhees on a project looking at environmental determinants of physical activity. Allison also received a Traineeship from the Maryland Population Research Center, and will receive a Certificate in Demography.


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No Picture Hyuk Oh, Graduate Research Assistant

Kinesiology

  hyukoh@umd.edu



Hyuk is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Kinesiology.

No Picture Jessica Oldham, Doctoral Student

Kinesiology

0116 SPH Bldg.   joldham@umd.edu

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No Picture Estefania Ospina, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  e.ospina18@gmail.com



Estefania Ospina is a first year Couple and Family Therapy masters student from Miami, Florida. Her entire family is from the beautiful country of Colombia where she spent most of her summers growing up. She a Colombian at heart! Estefania graduated Cum Laude with honors from The Florida State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Child Development. She successfully defended her undergraduate honors thesis titled, Factors Correlated with Teachers Response to Child-Initiated Speech. While at FSU, she had the privilege of working as a counselor for incoming freshmen and as a research assistant. Estefania has also worked as a counselor in Florida International Universitys renowned Summer Treatment Program for children and adolescents with ADHD, ODD, and CD. She is interested in learning about male roles in couples conflict, and father figures. She is also interested in improving cultural barriers affecting the Latino populations instance of seeking therapy. Estefania enjoys listening and singing along to songs, weight lifting, running outside, and dancing salsa! Now that she is in a new city, she hopes to incorporate some new hobbies into her already active lifestyle.

No Picture Elizabeth Ott, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  eott22@umd.edu



Elizabeth Ott is a second year Couple and Family Therapy masters student from Silver Spring, Maryland. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University. She has worked as a new student orientation leader at Barnard College, and has volunteered with youth in Harlem, New York. Elizabeth has also worked for the American Psychological Association. Her research and clinical interests include communication between couples, domestic violence, gender roles, young parents, and adolescent development. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys theater and the arts, outdoor activities, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her two dogs.

No Picture Natasha Paleau, Graduate Assistant, BCH

Behavioral and Community Health

  npaleau@umd.edu



 


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No Picture Woochul Park, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  sentip@umd.edu



Woochul Park is a third year Family Science Ph.D. student from South Korea. He earned his B.A. in Religious Studies from Seoul National University. He earned his M.A. in Child and Family Studies from Yonsei University. Woochul has worked as a family therapist at the Healthy Family Support Center in Seoul, a research assistant helping to develop the Korean government-funded program "Family Relationship Improvement Program for Preventing Adolescent Runaway," and as an adolescent counselor and social worker for the Youth Companion Policy in Korea. His research interests include couple relationship, body-image, self-esteem, sexuality, and North Korean refugees in America. Woochul enjoys playing piano and swimming.

No Picture Shikha Prashad, Doctoral Student

Kinesiology

  sprashad@umd.edu



I am a PhD student in the Neuroscience & Cognitive Science program and a graduate assistant in the Department of Kinesiology.

No Picture Deirdre Quinn, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  deirdre_quinn@hotmail.com



 

Greg Raspanti Greg Raspanti

Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health

2242 School of Public Health   graspant@umd.edu

(304) 405-2438



Greg Raspanti is originally from Philadelphia, PA where he earned a BS in Health Education from West Chester Univeristy of PA. He is a former US Peace Corps volunteer where he taught health education to middle school children and worked in a preventative medical unit in Moldova. Greg earned his MPH from UMD in MIAEH in May 2012 and will be working with Dr. Amir Sapkota with his Indoor Air Pollution study in Nepal. He is also a TA in the Scholar's Global Public Health program.

No Picture Kanokphan Rattanawatkul, MPH in Epidemiology Student

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  rattanawatkul@gmail.com



 


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Elise Resnick Elise Resnick, Doctoral Candidate

Family Science

1232 SPH Bldg.   elise@umd.edu



Elise Resnick is a fifth year Family Science doctoral candidate and hails from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her bachelors degree in screenwriting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1998 and her Masters in Marital and Family Therapy from UMCP in 2008. Elise worked at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC, as a Research Specialist, completing strategic research for hospitals and health systems worldwide. She also worked at the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) as the manager of their policy department at the national headquarters in Arlington, VA. She worked on federal legislation advocating for the rights of those with mental illnesses.

No Picture Oliver James Collard Rick, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

0228   orick@umd.edu



 

No Picture Kira Roerig, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  kiraroerig@gmail.com



Kira Roerig is a first year Couple and Family Therapy masters student from Oregon. She majored in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology from Brigham Young University. Kira has worked as a camp counselor at an outdoors camp for youth at-risk. She has volunteered in Spain, sharing a religious message and volunteering within the communities she lived in. She has also worked for a year training other young adults who would do the same type of service in other Spanish speaking countries. Kira has worked at a therapeutic boarding school for adolescent boys with Aspergers and worked primarily with the students in the schools transition program (getting ready to graduate from High School and move on to adult life). She has been employed as a coach, helping students learn about colleges, careers, how to cook and clean and interact with others socially and was concurrently interning as a Recreation Therapist at the same school. Kira is interested in adolescents and parenting, particularly in the transition adolescents and their families make when an adolescent returns home after being in an adolescent treatment facility. She loves to be outdoors, running, hiking, and down-hill skiing. Kira also enjoys art, culture and food.

Kathleen Ruben Kathleen Ruben, Graduate Assistant

Health Services Administration

3310 SPH Bldg.   kruben@umd.edu

(301) 520-7448



Kathleen Ruben is a doctoral student in Health Services Administration. She received a BS in Nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and a MS in Nutrition from the University of Maryland. She has held positions as the Nutritionist for the Ocean County, NJ, Nutrition Project for the Elderly, Program Specialist for the Montgomery County, Maryland, WIC Program and Director of Nutritional Services for the Brooke Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sandy Spring, Maryland. In 2005, she completed the University of Maryland Center on Aging Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program. Research interests include consumer direction and access to health care for older adults, and health disparities in minority elders.

No Picture Bartlett Russell , Graduate Research Assistant

Kinesiology

0222 SPH Bldg.   bartwork@gmail.com

301-405-2572



 


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Mark Saffer Mark Saffer, Doctoral Student

Kinesiology

2307 SPH Bldg.   msaffer@umd.edu

(301) 405-2574



Mark Saffer is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Kinesiology.

No Picture Hoda Sana, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  hodasana@umd.edu



Hoda Sana is a second year Maternal and Child Health doctoral student from Iowa. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Creighton University and M.P.H. from George Washington University, with a specific focus in Maternal and Child Health. Hoda has worked as a drug researcher at Boystown Research Hospital; a project facilitator for a smoking cessation project in Sioux City, Iowa; an executive coordinator on a project in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, to establish proper facilities to promote womens education; and a researcher on high risk patient outcomes in mobile clinics in Kabul, Afghanistan. She desires to continue her studies and research on maternal and child health in third world countries. In her spare time, Hoda enjoys reading comics, flying kites, playing sports (played Rugby during undergraduate career), traveling, and participating in other outdoor activities.

No Picture Ryan Sapp, Research Assistant

Kinesiology

  rsapp@umd.edu



 

No Picture Allison Schroeder, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  aschroeder@wr.org



Allison Shroeder is a second year Couple and Family Therapy masters student from San Antonio, Texas. She earned a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Philosophy, from the University of Texas at Austin. Allison also earned her M.S. in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. She previously worked as the Director of International Partnerships at World Relief. Prior to that position, she conducted workforce development policy research for the Abell Foundation in Baltimore. Allison's research and clinical interests include strengthen families to mitigate the consequences of poverty, the prevention and treatment of child abuse and other forms of domestic and gender-based violence, and cross-cultural communications and relationships. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, as well as singing and leading worship at her church. Allison also hopes to make her childhood dream of singing on Broadway come true.

No Picture Sheena Siddiqui, Epidemiology Student

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  sheenasidd@gmail.com

(301) 405-3575



 


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No Picture Theresa Smith, GA

Kinesiology

  tsmith27@umd.edu



 

No Picture Jocylynn Stephenson, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

1236   jocylynn.steph@gmail.com



Jocylynn Stephenson is a first year Couple and Family Therapy masters student from Groton, Connecticut. She earned her bachelors degrees in Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Virginia. As a Family Programs Coordinator at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Jocylynn provided individualized, ongoing support and encouragement as well as direct information and referral services to Army Reserve unit commands, service-members and their families and volunteer groups. Later, she acted as one of two administrative assistants to the Chief, Transition Support Services Division (TSSD), with the Family and Morale, Welfare, & Recreation Command, US Army, assisting managers of the Army Spouse Employment Partnership, Employment Readiness, Financial Readiness, Relocation Readiness, and Exceptional Family Member programs. She is interested in issues arising from geographic separation in military families and the socialization of third-culture children in both military and interracial/multicultural families. Jocylynn is an avid reader and dance enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys practicing ballet, volunteering, and biking.

No Picture Ying Ying Tan, GA

Kinesiology

  ying2@umd.edu



 

No Picture Matthew Testa, Graduate Assistant, Communications

Office of the Dean

  mtesta1@umd.edu



 

No Picture Kristi Tredway, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

0228 SPH   tredway@umd.edu



I am a doctoral student in Physical Cultural Studies. My area of research is women's sports. For my dissertation I will be focusing on women's professional tennis.


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No Picture Ana Patricia Valencia, Doctoral Student / Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

  anapvalencia@gmail.com



I am working under Dr. Espen Spangenburg to investigate the effects of ovarian hormones on adipose and hepatic tissue metabolism in female mice.

No Picture Andrew Venezia, Doctoral Student

Kinesiology

  avenezia@umd.edu



 

Eric  Walker Eric Walker, Graduate Assistant, Dean's Office

Health Services Administration | Office of the Dean

2242E SPH Building   ewalker1@umd.edu



Eric is a masters student in the Department of Health Services Administration. He currently works as a graduate assistant for the Office of the Dean in the School of Public Health. He is a proud graduate of Tuskegee University in Alabama and participated in the University of Maryland School of Public Health's Summer Training and Research (STAR) program before pursuing graduate studies.

Damian Waters Damian Waters, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  dmw23@umd.edu



Damian Waters, a fourth year Family Science doctoral candidate, is a graduate of the Couple and Family Therapy masters program. He graduated with his Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University. As an undergraduate, he worked as a hotline counselor, providing clinical support for people who were in crisis and/or feeling suicidal. After graduation, Damian pursued his interest in counseling as a New York City Teaching Fellow, in which he was able to work with emotionally disturbed high school students in the Bronx. Damian's current clinical interests focus on African American families, particularly fathers. Damian's dissertation focuses on African American fathers' interactions and involvement with their children. He hopes to use findings from this research to develop programs and initiatives that would encourage low-income fathers to become actively involved in their children's lives. Outside of school, Damian remains busy as an active member of his church, reading about early church history, teaching GED classes, cooking, and studying Brazilian Jujitsu.

No Picture Lauren Weiss, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

  lauren.rf.weiss@gmail.com



 


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No Picture Amber Lynn Wiest, Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology

  amberwiest@gmail.com



Teaching Assistant in KNES 293-History of Sport In America, KNES 287-Sport in American Society, and instructs KNES 157O-Intermediate Weight Training

No Picture Andrew Williams, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  adwilliams.ph@gmail.com



Andrew Williams is a first year Maternal and Child Health doctoral student from Watertown, South Dakota. He earned his B.S. in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He also earned his M.P.H. in Community Health at New York University. Andrew has worked at the North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences where he worked to implement a standardized prenatal alcohol screening in North Dakota. Andrew also established a partnership with a clinic in Brazzaville, Congo, screening women for alcohol and cigarette use in pregnancy. He is interested in prenatal health and early childhood development, health communication, health education, and translational research. Andrew also enjoys watching soccer and baseball, cooking, going to movies and museums with his wife.

No Picture Chu "David" Wu, "MPH in Biostatistics Student"

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  wuchudavid@gmail.com



 

No Picture Ilana Yergin, Graduate Assistant, Center on Young Adult Health and Development

Family Science

8400 Baltimore Ave, Suite 100   iyergin@umd.edu

(301) 405-9754



Ilana S. Yergin, B.A. is the Graduate Assistant for the College Life Study. She is currently seeking her M.A. in online journalism.

No Picture Jennifer Young, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  jlyoung28@gmail.com



Jennifer Young is a first year Couple and Family Therapy masters student from Madison, Wisconsin. She earned her bachelors degrees in Psychology and Chinese at the University of Wisconsin  Madison. Jennifer also earned her masters degree at The Ohio State University in East Asian Languages and Literatures with a Chinese Language Specialty. Her thesis topic was Chinese-American Couples: cultural difference and marital satisfaction. She has interned at Beijing Normal Universitys Family Therapy Center. She has also worked as the Operations Manager of the Care for Children Special Needs School and Family Services Clinic in Beijing helping children and families find the resources they need in China. She is interested in intercultural families, multilingual counseling practices, and family therapy in developing countries. Jennifer is passionate about traveling and photography. In her free time, she enjoys biking, board games, and being outdoors.


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No Picture Le Zheng, Graduate Assistant

Family Science

  cliozheng@gmail.com



Le Zheng is a first year Couple and Family Therapy masters student originally from China. She graduated from Beijing International Studies University with a B.A. in Spanish, and a minor in Management. Le has previously worked at the Mental Health Association of Connecticut as a community educator. Her current research interests include cross-cultural communications and relationships, intergenerational problems experienced by families, and adolescent development. In her spare time, Le enjoys music, movies, traveling, having new experiences, cooking, iPad games, and spending time with family and friends.

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