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Degree Program - PhD

Luke AldridgeLuke Aldridge

Year entered: 2018

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

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

Anvita BhardwajAnvita Bhardwaj

Year entered: 2020

Previous degrees:
MSPH, Population Family and Reproductive Health; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2020
BS, Psychology; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015

Advisors: Sarah Murray, PhD; Joseph Gallo MD, MPH

Research interests: Global mental health, comorbidities between mental and physical health, women’s health, and gender equity Specifically I am interested in using implementation science and mixed-methods to design integrated mental health interventions into the existing health care system.

Email: abhardw5@jhmi.edu

Selected Publications:

  1. Bhardwaj A*, Subba P*, Rai S, Bhat C, Ghimire R, Jordans M, Green E, Vasudevan L, Kohrt B. Lessons learned through piloting a community-based SMS referral system for common mental health disorders used by female community health volunteers in rural Nepal. BMC research notes. 2020 Jul 1: 13(1):309.
  2. Bhardwaj A, Kohrt BA. Syndemics of HIV with mental illness and other noncommunicable diseases: a research agenda to address the gap between syndemic theory and current research practice. Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS. 2020 Jul 1;15(4):226-31.
  3. Kohrt BA, Turner EL, Rai S, Bhardwaj A, Sikkema KJ, Adelekun A, Dhakal M, Luitel NP, Lund C, Patel V, Jordans MJ. Reducing mental illness stigma in healthcare settings: Proof of concept for a social contact intervention to address what matters most for primary care providers. Social Science & Medicine. 2020 Apr 1;250:112852.
  4. Kohrt BA, Asher L*, Bhardwaj A*, Fazel M*, Jordans MJ*, Mutamba BB*, Nadkarni A*, Pedersen GA*, Singla DR*, Patel V. The role of communities in mental health care in low-and middle-income countries: a meta-review of components and competencies. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2018 Jun;15(6):1279.
  5. Bhardwaj A, Bourey C, Rai S, Adhikari RP, Worthman CM, Kohrt BA. Interpersonal violence and suicidality among former child soldiers and war-exposed civilian children in Nepal. Global Mental Health. 2018;5.

    *joint authorship

Christine BoureyChristine Bourey

Year entered: 2019

Previous degrees:
Post-Master Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Vanderbilt University, 2015
MPH, Global Health, Emory University, 2013
MSN, Nurse Midwifery, Emory University, 2013
BSN, Nursing, Emory University, 2011
BS, Individual Studies (International Community Development), Santa Clara University, 2006
BA, Religious Studies, Santa Clara University, 2006

Advisor: Judith Bass, PhD

Research interests: Global mental health; populations exposed to violence, trauma, and adversity; intersections of sexual-reproductive and mental health; methodology. In particular, I am interested in mental health in violence-affected global communities, including how we understand, model, and modify the complex landscapes of risk that impact mental health for women in humanitarian settings.

Email: cbourey1@jhmi.edu

Selected Publications:

  1. Bourey, C., Stephenson, R., Bartel. D., Rubardt, M. (2012). Pile sorting innovations: Exploring gender norms, power, and equity in sub-Saharan Africa. Global Public Health, 7(9), 995-1008. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2012.709259
  2. Bourey, C., Stephenson, R., Hindin, M. (2013). Reproduction, functional autonomy, and changing experiences of intimate partner violence within marriage in rural India. International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 39(4), 215-226. doi: 10.1363/3921513
  3. Bourey, C., Williams, W., Bernstein, E.E., Stephenson, R. (2015). Systematic review of structural interventions for intimate partner violence in low- and middle-income countries: Organizing evidence for prevention. BMC Public Health, 15(1165), 1-18. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2460-4
  4. Kohrt, B.A., & Bourey, C. (2016). Culture and comorbidity: Intimate partner violence as a common risk factor for maternal mental illness and reproductive health problems among former child soldiers. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 30(4), 515-535. doi: 10.1111/maq.12336
  5. Albertie, A., Bourey, C., Stephenson, R., & Bautista-Arredondo, S. (2017). Connectivity, prison environment, and mental health among first-time male inmates in Mexico City. Global Public Health, 12(2), 170-184. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2015.1091023
  6. Bhardwaj, A., Bourey, C., Rai, S., Adhikari, R., Worthman, C., & Kohrt, B.A. (2018). Interpersonal violence and suicidality among former child soldiers and war-exposed civilian children in Nepal. Global Mental Health, (22)5, e9. doi: 10.1017/gmh.2017.31
  7. Bourey, C., Stephenson, R., & Bautista-Arredondo, S. (2018). Syndemic vulnerability and condomless sex among incarcerated men in Mexico City: A latent class analysis. AIDS and Behavior, 22(12), 4019-4033. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2216-0

Kechna CadetKechna Cadet

Year entered: 2019

Previous degrees:
MPH, Community Health and Social Sciences; CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy, 2019
BS, Psychology (Honors); Drexel University, 2015

Advisor: Sabriya Linton, PhD

Research interests: The association between social-contextual factors (violence, poverty, housing insecurity, discrimination) and substance use within low-income communities; minority health and polysubstance use; drug misuse and relapse.

Publications:

  1. Ruglass, L. M., Espinosa, A., Fitzpatrick, S., Meyer, M. K., Cadet, K., Sokolovsky, A., ... & White, H. R. (2020). Prevalence and Correlates of Concurrent and Simultaneous Cannabis and Cigarette Use among Past-Year Cannabis-Using US College Students. Substance Use & Misuse, 55(2), 329-336.
  2. Hamilton, J. G., Garzon, M. G., Shah, I. H., Cadet, K., Shuk, E., Westerman, J. S., ... & Robson, M. E. (2020). Illustrating Cancer Risk: Patient Risk Communication Preferences and Interest regarding a Novel BRCA1/2 Genetic Risk Modifier Test. Public Health Genomics, 1-14.

Breanna CraneBreanna Crane

Year entered: 2019

Previous degrees:
BS, Physics; University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2017

Advisor: Michelle Carlson, PhD

Research interests: Cognitive aging, Alzheimer’s disease, role of mid-life modifiable risk factors in potentially preventing or delaying the onset of dementia.

Email: bcrane4@jhu.edu

Publications:

  1. Al-Hamdan, M., Crosson, W., Burrows, E., Coffield, S., Crane, B.M., & Barik, M. (2019). Development and validation of improved PM2.5 models for public health applications using remotely sensed aerosol and meteorological data. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 191, 328, doi: 10.1007/s10661-019-7414-3.

Lex CurhanLex Curhan

Year entered: 2018

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

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

Shoshanna FineShoshanna Fine

Year entered: 2016

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

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.

Luke GrosvenorLuke Grosvenor

Year entered: 2019

Previous degree:
BA cum laude, Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience concentration); Cornell University, 2014

Advisor: M. Daniele Fallin, PhD

Research interests: The intersections between genetic and environmental etiologies of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), developmental delay, and intellectual disability. Also interested in quantitative behavioral phenotyping and novel outcome measure development.

Email: lgrosve1@jhu.edu

Publications:

  1. The SPARK Consortium. (2019). Exome sequencing of 457 autism families recruited online provides evidence for autism risk genes. Genomic Medicine: 4(19), doi: 10.1038/s41525-019-0093-8.
  2. The SPARK Consortium. (2018). SPARK: A US Cohort of 50,000 Families to Accelerate Autism Research. Neuron: 97(3), 488-493.
  3. Ziats, C.A.*, Grosvenor, L.P.*, Sarasua, S.M., Thurm, A.E., Swedo, S.E., Rennert, O.M, & Ziats, M.N. (2019). Functional genomics analysis of Phelan-McDermid Syndrome 22q13 region during human neurodevelopment. PLoS One: 14(3), e0213921. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0213921. *authors contributed equally to this work.
  4. Ziats, M.N., Grosvenor, L.P., & Rennert, O.M. (2015). Functional genomics of human brain development and implications for autism spectrum disorders. Translational Psychiatry: 5, e665. doi:10.1038/tp.2015.153.

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, University of Michigan, 2011

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!

Nicole McConicoNicole McConico

Year entered: 2019

Prevous Degrees:
BA, Sociology; Howard University, 2004
J.D. Law; North Carolina Central School of Law, 2010
M.Ed, Prevention Science and Practice; Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2016

Advisor: Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD

Research interests: Child abuse prevention.

Email: nmcconi1@jh.edu

Courtney NordeckCourtney Nordeck

Year entered: 2018

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

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

Kate PerepezkoKate Perepezko

Year entered: 2018

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

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

Advisors: 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

Jake RaineyJake Rainey

Year entered: 2020

Previous degrees:
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 2020
BS, Psychology (Honors), University of Michigan, 2016

Advisors: Holly C. Wilcox, PhD and Elizabeth A. Stuart, PhD

Research interests: I am interested in utilizing health records to predict suicidal behaviors, assessing suicide bereavement on physical and mental health outcomes, and evaluating interventions for suicide prevention. My goal is to inform suicide prevention efforts, especially for sexual and gender minorities.

Email: jrainey5@jhmi.edu

Publications:

  1. Rainey, J.C., Furman, C.R., & Gearhardt, A.N. (2018). Food addiction among sexual minorities. Appetite, 120, 16-22. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2017.08.019

Kira RiehmKira Riehm

Year entered: 2017

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

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.

Katrina RodriguezKatrina Rodriguez

Year entered: 2019

Previous degrees:
Master of Health Science, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2014
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Arizona, 2011

Advisors: William W. Eaton, PhD and Gail Daumit, MD, MHS

Research interests: My research interest lies in the etiology, prevention, and treatment of serious mental illness, primarily schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I am especially interested in the connection between the immune system and the gut microbiome and the effect abnormalities in these systems may have on mental illness.

Email: Krodri11@jhu.edu

  1. Ybarra, M., Rodriguez, KM., Madison, H., & Cullen, B. (in press) Developing Texting 4 Relapse Prevention: A Salient mHealth Program for People with Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.
  2. Kelly, D.L., Demyanovich, H., Rodriguez, K., Čiháková, D., Talor, M.V., McMahon, R.R., Richardson, C.M., Vyas, G., Adams, H.A., Fasano, A., Cascella, N.G., Feldman, S.,Liu, F., Sayer, M.A., Powell, M.M., Wehring, H.J., Buchanan, R.W., Gold, J.M., Carpenter, W.T. & Eaton, W.W. (2019). Randomized controlled trial of a gluten-free diet in patients with schizophrenia positive for antigliadin antibodies (AGA IgG): a pilot feasibility study. J Psychiatry Neurosci., 44(3); 1-9.
  3. Čiháková, D., Eaton, W.W., Talor, M.V., Harkus, U.H., Demyanovich, H., Rodriguez, K., Feldman, S., & Kelly, D.L. (2019) Gut Permeability and Mimicry of the Glutamate Ionotropic Receptor NMDA type Subunit Associated with protein 1 (GRINA1) as Potential Mechanisms Related to a Subgroup of People with Schizophrenia with elevated Antigliadin Antibodies (AGA IgG). Schizophr Research, pii: S0920-9964(19)30007-6. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2019.01.007. Epub ahead of print.
  4. Kelly, D.L., Demyanovich, H., Rodriguez, K., Čiháková, D., Eaton, W.W., Talor, M.V., Gold, J., August, S., Buchanan, R., Feldman, S., Liu, F., Carpenter, W. & Eaton, W.W. (2018). T191. Randomized double-blind feasibility study of a gluten-free diet in people with schizophrenia and elevated antigliadin antibodies (AGA IGG). Schizophrenia Bulletin 44, 190.
  5. Spivak, S., Cullen, B., Eaton, W., Nugent, K., Spivak A., Fenton, A., Rodriguez, K., Mojtabai, R. (2018). Prescription opioid use among individuals with serious mental illness. Psychiatry Research Sept(267), 85-87.
  6. Spivak, S., Cullen, B., Eaton, W., Nugent, K., Rodriguez, K., Mojtabai, R. (2018). Delays in obtaining general medical services and measurable abnormalities among individuals with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Services, 1;69(4),479-482.
  7. Čiháková, D., Eaton, W.W., Talor, M.V., Harkus, U.H., Demyanovich, H., Rodriguez, K., Feldman, S., & Kelly, D.L. (2017). Gliadin related antibodies in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 195(May),585-586.
  8. Tanaka, T., Matsuda T., Hayes, L.N., Yang S., Rodriguez, K., Severance, E.G., Yolken, R.H., Sawa, A., & Eaton, W.W. (2017). Infection and inflammation in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Neuroscience Research, 115,59-63.
  9. Rowland, L.M., Demyanovich, H., Wijtenburg, S.A., Eaton, W.W., Rodriguez, K., Gaston, F., Čiháková, D., Feldman, S., Talor, M.V., Liu, F., McMahon, R.R., Hong, L.E., & Kelly, D.L. (2017.) Antigliadin antibodies (AGA IgG) are related to neurochemistry in schizophrenia. Frontiers in Psychiatry 8, 104.

Darlynn Rojo-WissarDarlynn Rojo-Wissar

Year entered: 2017

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

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

Emily SmailEmily Smail

Year entered: 2017

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

Advisor: Brion Maher, PhD

Research interests: Psychiatric genetics/genetic epidemiology in psychiatric disorders

Email: esmail1@jhu.edu