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Degree Program - PhD

Luke AldridgeLuke Aldridge

Year entered: 2018

Previous degrees:
MSc, Global Mental Health; 2015; The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine | King’s College London
BA, Psychology; 2013; Western Kentucky University

Advisor: Judy Bass, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Strengthening and evaluating the delivery of mental health services in low- and middle-income countries. Specifically, I’m interested in leveraging health information technology to effectively scale evidence-based treatments and evaluating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of scaled approaches.

Email: laldrid3@JHMI.edu

Sherri-Chanelle BrighthauptSherri-Chanelle Brighthaupt

Year entered: 2016

Previous degrees:
BA, Psychology; 2016; Columbia University

Advisor: Rashelle Musci, PhD

Research interests: Broadly interested in illicit substance use, more specifically risk and protective factors for problematic substance use and development of innovative and culturally-specific drug abuse prevention programming.

Email: sbright5@jhu.edu

Lex CurhanLex Curhan

Year entered: 2018

Previous degrees:
MPH, Social and Behavioral Sciences; 2018; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
BA, Psychology; 2015,;Vanderbilt University

Advisor: Heather Volk, PhD

Research interests: Autism spectrum disorder, mood disorders, child and adolescent mental health, neurodevelopment/neuroimaging, digital mental health, prevention.

Email: Lex.Curhan@jhu.edu

Kenneth FederKenneth Feder

Year entered: 2015

Previous degree:
BA, Physics and Psychology; Wesleyan University

Advisor: Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD

Research interests: Abuse, neglect, and other traumas in childhood are associated with serious mental and physical illness over the life course. I am interested in policies and programs that can prevent childhood victimization and trauma.

Publications (White Papers and Testimony):

  1. Feder, K. (2014). “Connecticut’s invisible opportunity gap: Academic challenges facing children and youth in foster care.” Connecticut Voices for Children. Available at http://www.ctvoices.org/publications/connecticuts-invisible-opportunity-gap-academic-challenges-facing-children-and-youth-fo.
  2. Feder, K. (2015). “Testimony regarding DCF services to prepare youth aging out of State care.” Connecticut Voices for Children. Testimony before the Committee on Program Review and Investigation Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly, Oct. 3rd, 2013. Availabe at http://www.ctvoices.org/sites/default/files/100313_pric_dcfagingoutstatecare.pdf

Shoshanna FineShoshanna Fine

Year entered: 2016

Previous degree:
MPH, Global Health and Population; 2016; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
AB, English; 2010; Harvard University

Advisor: Judith Bass, PhD

Research interests: Global mental health, trauma, adolescent development, conflict and post-conflict populations.

Email: slfine@jhu.edu

Publications:

  1. Sharma, M., Fine, S.L., Brennan, R.T., Betancourt, T.S. Mental Health Outcomes among Sierra Leonean War-affected Youth: Results from a Longitudinal Study. Development and Psychopathology. Forthcoming.

Erin GoodellErin Goodell

Year entered: 2014

Previous degrees:
SM, Epidemiology; 2014; Harvard University
BS, Public Health; 2007; University of North Carolina

Advisor: Renee M. Johnson, PhD

Research interests: Risk and protective factors for substance use and intimate partner violence in U.S. military populations, focusing on active duty and reserve component personnel as well as their families and social groups.

Email: eander60@jhu.edu

Calliope HolingueCalliope Holingue

Year entered: 2015

Previous degrees:
MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics; 2015; UC Berkeley
BA, Public Health and Molecular and Cell Biology; 2013; UC Berkeley

Advisor: M. Daniele Fallin, PhD and Peter Zandi, PhD

Research interests: Connection between the immune system, gastrointestinal health and the incidence of psychiatric disorders.

Email: choling1@jhu.edu

Alison HuangAlison Huang

Year entered: 2018

Previous degrees:
MPH, 2014; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Certificate in Survey Methodology, 2016; University of Maryland Joint Program in Survey Methodology
BS, Neuroscience, 2011; University of Michigan

Advisor: George Rebok, PhD

Research interests: I am interested in social and behavioral approaches to delay and/or prevent dementia, and to preserve cognitive and physical functioning in older adults. Particularly, I aim to study modifiable risk factors of age-related cognitive decline and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that target these risk factors.

Email: ahuang31@jhmi.edu

Maegan IngramMaegan (Maggie) Ingram

Year entered: 2017

Previous degrees:
MHS, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
BA, Psychology, St. Edward's University (Austin, TX)

Advisor: Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD

Research interests: I'm interested in understanding the mental health needs of individuals with attraction to children and researching and developing treatment interventions to address these needs. I'm also passionate about understanding and preventing child sexual abuse through primary prevention strategies.

Email: maggie.ingram@jhu.edu

Publications: Coming soon!

Daniel LakinDaniel Lakin

Year entered: 2015

Previous degrees:
MA, Clinical Psychology; 2014; Columbia University
BA, Psychology; 2010; Kenyon College

Advisor: Judith Bass, PhD

Research interests: Global mental health, low-intensity psychotherapy in humanitarian crises and low-income settings, treatment development and implementation in developing countries, reverse innovation.

Email: dlakin2@jhu.edu

Yian LinYian Lin

Year entered: 2016

Previous Degrees:
BS, Biological Sciences; 2016; Fudan University

Advisor: Peter P. Zandi, PhD

Research interests: Relationships between genetic backgrounds of patients with psychiatric disorders and responses to pharmacological treatments.

Email: yian_lin@jhu.edu

Publications:

  1. Sun, Z. C., Ge, J. L., Guo, B., Guo, J., Hao, M., Wu, Y. C., Lin, Y. A., La, T., Yao, P. T., Mei, Y. A., Feng, Y. & Xue, L. Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields Facilitate Vesicle Endocytosis by Increasing Presynaptic Calcium Channel Expression at a Central Synapse. Sci. Rep. 6, 21774; doi: 10.1038/srep21774 (2016).

Kyle MooredKyle Moored

Year entered: 2016

Previous degree(s):
BS, Psychology; 2014; University of Michigan

Advisor: Michelle Carlson, PhD

Research interests: Broadly interested in healthy aging and how community interventions can be used to prevent aging-related physical and cognitive declines. I am also interested in the connection between stress and neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s).

Email: kmoored1@jhu.edu

Publications:

  1. Kim, E. S., Moored, K. D., Giasson, H. L., & Smith, J. (2014). Satisfaction with aging and use of preventive health services. Preventive medicine, 69, 176-180.

Courtney NordeckCourtney Nordeck

Year entered: 2018

Previous degree:
BA, Psychology; 2012; New York University

Advisor: Johannes Thrul, PhD

Research interests: Substance use disorders and treatment access within marginalized populations, and how substance use disorders and associated factors (e.g., socioeconomic factors, mental health, medical diagnoses) influence healthcare service utilization.

Email: cnordec1@jhu.edu

Jocelynn OwusuJocelynn Owusu

Year entered: 2015

Previous degrees:
MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education; 2012; University of Michigan
BA, Psychology; 2009; University of Michigan

Advisor: Adam Spira, PhD and Tamar Mendelson, PhD

Research interests: The role of sleep disturbances in mental and physical health disparities, particularly among older adults.

Email: jowusu1@jhu.edu

Selected Publications:

  1. Owusu JT, Anderson FJ, Coleman J, Oppong S, Seffah JD, Aikins A, O’Brien LM. Association between maternal sleep practices, pre-eclampsia, low birth weight, and stillbirth in Ghanaian women. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 2013 121 (3) 261-5.
  2. O’Brien LM, Owusu JT, Swanson LM. Habitual snoring and depressive symptoms during pregnancy. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2013 13 (113).
  3. O’Brien LM, Bullough AS, Owusu JT, Tremblay KA, Brincat, CA, Chames MC, Kalbfleisch JD, Chervin RD. Snoring during pregnancy and delivery outcomes: A cohort study. Sleep 2013 36(11) 1625-32.
  4. O’Brien LM, Bullough AS, Owusu JT, Tremblay KA, Brincat, CA, Chames MC, Kalbfleisch JD, Chervin RD. Pregnancy-onset habitual snoring, gestational hypertension, and preeclampsia: prospective cohort study. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2012 207 (6) 487.e1-487.e9.
  5. O’Brien LM, Koo J, Fan L, Owusu JT, Chotinaiwattarakul W, Felt BT, Chervin RD. Iron stores, periodic leg movements, and sleepiness in obstructive sleep apnea. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 2009 5 (6) 525-531.

Kate PerepezkoKate Perepezko

Year entered: 2018

Previous degrees:
MSPH, Social and Behavioral Interventions; 2015; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
BA, Psychology; 2012; New York University

Advisor: Joseph Gallo, MD, MPH

Research interests: Parkinson’s disease, psychiatric symptoms, cognitive impairment, developing interventions to improve quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease and the general aging population;  caregiver burden.

Email: kperepe1@jhu.edu

Ohemaa PokuOhemaa Poku

Year entered: 2018

Previous degrees:
MPH, Global Health and Research Methods, Boston University, 2018
BA, History and International Development, Mount Holyoke College, 2013

Advisor: Judith Bass, PhD and Sarah Murray, PhD

Research interests: How stigma impacts access to psychosocial care, particularly for Black American and African populations; designing and employing cross-cultural measurements to determine the burden of mental illness and then translating these measures into capacity-building and program design.

Email: opoku1@jhmi.edu

Kira RiehmKira Riehm

Year entered: 2017

Previous degrees:
MSc, Psychiatry; 2017, McGill University
BA, Psychology (Honors); 2015, McGill University

Advisor: Ramin Mojtabai, MD

Research interests: Mental health services for adolescents; depression screening; inequalities in access to mental health care.

Publications:

  1. Thombs BD, Saadat N, Riehm KE, Karter JM, Vaswani A, Andrews BK, Simons P, Cosgrove L (2017). Does Screening for Presently Experienced Health Problems or Symptom-based Syndromes Using Self-Report Questionnaires Improve Health Outcomes? A Review of Randomized Controlled Trials Included in Prominent Screening Recommendations. BMC Medicine. In Press.
  2. Roseman M, Saadat N, Riehm KE, Kloda LA, Boruff J, Ickowicz A, Baltzer F, Katz LY, Patten SB, Rousseau C, Thombs BD (2017). Depression Screening and Health Outcomes in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. In Press.
  3. Thombs BD, Kwakkenbos L, Riehm KE, Saadat N, Fedoruk C (2017). Comparison of Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Disease Between Patients with Systemic Sclerosis and Other Chronic Conditions: A Systematic Review. Rheumatology International, 37(2), 281-292.
  4. Roseman M, Kloda LA, Saadat N, Riehm KE, Ickowicz A, Baltzer F, Katz LY, Patten SB, Rousseau C, Thombs BD (2016). Accuracy of Depression Screening Tools to Detect Major Depression in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 61(12), 746-57.
  5. Riehm KE, Kwakkenbos L, Carrier ME, Bartlett SJ, Malcarne VL, Mouthon L, Nielson WR, Poiraudeau S, Nielsen K, Baron M, Frech T, Hudson M, Pope J, Sauve M, Suarez-Almazor ME, Wigley FM, Thombs BD (2015). Validation of the Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Disease (SEMCD) Scale: A Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) cohort study. Arthritis Care & Research, 68(8), 1195-1200.
  6. Thombs BD, Benedetti A, Kloda LA, Levis B, Azar M, Riehm KE, Saadat N, Cuijpers P, Gilbody S, Ioannidis JPA, McMillian D, Patten SB, Shrier I, Steele RJ, Ziegelstein RC, Loiselle CG, Henry M, Ismail Z, Mitchell N, Tonelli M (2016). The Diagnostic Accuracy of the Depression Subscale of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS-D) for Detecting Major Depression: Protocol for a Systematic Review and Individual Patient Data Meta-analyses. BMJ Open, 6, e011913.
  7. Azar M, Riehm KE, McKay D, Thombs BD (2015). Transparency of outcome reporting and trial registration of randomized controlled trials published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. PLOS ONE, 10(11), e0142894.
  8. Thombs BD, Benedetti A, Kloda LA, Levis B, Riehm KE, Azar M, Cuijpers P, Gilbody S, Ioannidis JPA, McMillian D, Patten SB, Shrier I, Steele RJ, Ziegelstein RC, Tonelli M, Mitchell N, Comeau L, Schinazi J, Vigod S (2015). The diagnostic accuracy of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) for detecting major depression in pregnant and postnatal women: Protocol for a systematic review and individual patient data meta-analyses. BMJ Open, 5, e009742.
  9. Riehm KE, Azar M, Thombs BD (2015). Transparency of outcome reporting and trial registration of randomized controlled trials in top psychosomatic and behavioral health journals: A 5-year follow-up. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79(1), 1-12.

Darlynn Rojo-WissarDarlynn Rojo-Wissar

Year entered: 2017

Previous degrees:
MPH, Maternal and Child Health; 2017, University of Arizona
BA, Psychology, minor in Family Studies and Human Development; 2014, University of Arizona

Advisor: Adam Spira, PhD

Research interests: Exposure to cumulative early life trauma, mental and physical health, health disparities, sleep health, sleep research methodology.

Email: drojowi1@jhu.edu

Kristin SchneiderKristin Schneider

Year entered: 2015

Previous degree:
BA, Psychology and Sociology; 2013; New York University

Advisor: Renee M. Johnson, PhD

Research interests: Adolescent substance use and violence; health disparities, community level intervention, and resiliency for youth in low-income urban settings.

Email: kschne18@jhu.edu

Emily SmailEmily Smail

Year entered: 2017

Previous degrees:
BS, Genetics; 2017, Clemson University
BS, Psychology; 2017, Clemson University

Advisor: Brion Maher, PhD

Research interests: Psychiatric genetics/genetic epidemiology in psychiatric disorders

Email: esmail1@jhu.edu

Lydia StewartLydia Stewart

Year entered: 2014

Previous degrees:
MHS, Mental Health Johns Hopkins
BSPH, Health Policy and Management University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Advisor: M. Daniele Fallin, PhD

Research interests: Research interests: Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan and in low-resource settings globally

Email: Lstewa25@jhu.edu

Kayla TormohlenKayla Tormohlen

Year entered: 2016

Previous degrees:
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2016
BA, Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, 2013

Advisor: Tamar Mendelson, PhD

Research interests: Co-occurrence of substance use and mental health problems and the factors that decrease the likelihood of receiving and completing treatment, particularly in urban populations.

Email: ktormoh1@jhu.edu

Publications:

  1. Footer, K. H., Silberzahn, B. E., Tormohlen, K. N., & Sherman, S. G. (2016). Policing practices as a structural determinant for HIV among sex workers: a systematic review of empirical findings. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 19(4Suppl 3).
  2. Phillips, K. T., Phillips, M. M., Lalonde, T. L., & Tormohlen, K. N. (2015). Marijuana use, craving, and academic motivation and performance among college students: An in-the-moment study. Addictive behaviors, 47, 42-47.
  3. Stuppy-Sullivan, A. M., Tormohlen, K. N., & Yi, R. (2016). Exchanging the liquidity hypothesis: Delay discounting of money and self-relevant non-money rewards. Behavioural processes, 122, 16-20.

Marian TzuangYuan (Marian) Tzuang

Year entered: 2015

Previous degrees:
MSW, Gerontology Concentration, School of Social Welfare; 2008; University of California, Berkeley
BSW, Department of Social Work; 2005; National Taiwan University

Advisor: Adam Spira, PhD and George Rebok, PhD

Research interests: My research interest lies in the prevention of cognitive decline as well as developing intervention models that enhance cognitive functioning in older adults. I am also interested in “scaling-up” existing evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies through the use of technology to actively manage modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline at the population level.

Email: ytzuang1@jhu.edu

Publications:

  1. Gallagher-Thompson, D., Tzuang, M., Valverde, I., Alvarez, P., Nevarez, J., Chen, N., …Thompson, L.W. (2015). Effectiveness of a fotonovela for reducing depression and stress in Latino dementia family caregivers. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, 29(2), 146-153.
  2. Tzuang, M., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2014). Caring for caregivers of a person with dementia. In Pachana, N.A., & Laidlaw, K (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology: International Perspectives (797-836). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  3. Gallagher-Thompson, D., Tzuang, Y.M., Au, A., Brodaty, H., Charlesworth, G., Gupta, R.,…Shyu, Y-I. (2012). International perspectives on non-pharmacological best practices for dementia family caregivers: A review. Clinical Gerontologist, 35(4), 316-355.
  4. Gallagher-Thompson, D., Tzuang, Y. M., Au, A., Wang, D., Tsien, T. B. K., & Wang, P. C. (2011). Challenges (and costs) of dealing With Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias: Insights from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. In Eggleston, K. N. (Ed.), Aging in Asia: The Economic and Social Implications of Rapid Demographic Change in China, Japan, and South Korea. Stanford, CA: The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

Lindsey WebbLindsey Webb

Year entered: 2016

Previous degrees:
MHS, Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2016
MS, Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, 2012
BS, Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), 2009

Advisor: Tamar Mendelson, PhD

Research interests: Prevention programs for children and youth, specifically mindfulness-based programs in urban school and community settings. Additionally, I'm interested in researching effective implementation methods and the mechanisms through which mindfulness improves mental health.

Email: lwebb7@jhmi.edu; lindsey.rochelle.webb@gmail.com

Publications:

  1. Webb, L., Stegall, S., Mirabile, S., Zeman, J., Shields, A., & Perry-Parrish, C. (2016) The management and expression of pride: Age and gender effects across adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 52, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.06.009
  2. Perry-Parrish, C., Copeland-Linder, N., Webb, L., Shields, A., & Sibinga, E. (in press) Improving self-regulation in adolescents: Current evidence for the role of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics.
  3. Perry-Parrish, C., Copeland-Linder, N., Webb, L., & Sibinga, E.M.S. (2016). Mindfulness-based approaches for children and youth. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care,46, 172-178. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2015.12.006
  4. Sibinga, E., Webb, L., Ghazarian, S., & Ellen, J. (2016). Primary prevention for Baltimore youth through school-based mindfulness instruction: An RCT. Pediatrics, 137(1), 1-8. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-2532
  5. Weiss-Laxer, N., Platt, R., Osborne, L., Kimmel, M., Solomon, B., Mendelson, T., Webb, L., & Riley, A. (2015). Beyond screening: A review of pediatric primary care models to address maternal depression. Pediatric Research, online printing, 1-8. doi: 10.1038/pr.2015.214
  6. Perry-Parrish, C., Webb, L., Zeman, J., Spencer, S., Malone, C., Reynolds, E., Hankinson, J., Specht, M., & Ostrander, R. (2015). Anger regulation and social acceptance in early adolescence: Associations with gender and ethnicity. Journal of Early Adolescence, online printing, 1-27. doi: 10.1177/0272431615611255