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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

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

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

Sherri-Chanelle BrighthauptSherri-Chanelle Brighthaupt

Year entered: 2016

Previous degrees:
BA, Psychology; Columbia University, 2016

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

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

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; 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.

Erin GoodellErin Goodell

Year entered: 2014

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

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

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.

Calliope HolingueCalliope Holingue

Year entered: 2015

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

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, 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!

Daniel LakinDaniel Lakin

Year entered: 2015

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

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; Fudan University, 2016

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).

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

Kyle MooredKyle Moored

Year entered: 2016

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

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; 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

Jocelynn OwusuJocelynn Owusu

Year entered: 2015

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

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; 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

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; 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

Kristin SchneiderKristin Schneider

Year entered: 2015

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

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; 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

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; University of California, Berkeley, 2008
BSW, Department of Social Work; National Taiwan University, 2005

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
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