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Center for Adolescent Health

Our Team 

Along with members of our advisory boards, the Center for Adolescent Health is composed of a team of faculty, staff and affiliates dedicated to improving the health and well-being of young people in urban environments. Faculty are available for interviews upon request by contacting the Bloomberg School's marketing and communications team

Tamar Mendelson Tamar Mendelson, PhD

Bloomberg Professor of American Health

Research interests: mental health, opportunity youth, urban youth, school-based prevention programs, mindfulness and yoga, mental health during pregnancy and post-partum

Beth MarshallBeth Marshall, DrPH

Associate Director
Research Core Co-Lead
Assistant Scientist

Research interests: youth risk behaviors, school-based health programs, schools and health, health education, youth development, teen pregnancy prevention

Dylan JacksonDylan Jackson, PhD

Assistant Professor
Co-Director Health Criminology Research Consortium

Research interests: child health; adolescent health; crime; violence; criminal legal system; justice-involved families; incarceration; policing; adverse childhood experiences; trauma-informed policy; mental health; social support; prevention science; life course; health equity

Katrina L. BrooksKatrina Brooks, MHS

Community Outreach Core Lead
Community Relations Director

Renee JohnsonRenee M Johnson, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Research interests: emerging adults, substance use epidemiology, vulnerable populations

Kristin MmariKristin Mmari, PhD

Research Core Co-Lead
Associate Professor

Research interests: opportunity youth, early adolescents, gender norms, monitoring and evaluation 

Melissa Davey-Rothwell Melissa Davey-Rothwell, PhD

Translation and Dissemination Core Lead
Associate Scientist 

Research interests: HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, implementation science, dissemination, urban health

Paige Wilson - no photoPaige Wilson, MPP

Communications Core Lead
Communications Specialist

Terri Powell Terri W. Powell, PhD

Associate Professor

Research interests: adolescent health prevention and promotion research, community-engaged research; implementation science, qualitative methodologies

Maria TrentMaria Trent, MD

Bloomberg Professor American Health
Director, Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Research interests: sexual and reproductive health, STIs, pregnancy prevention / contraception, health disparities, adolescent access to clinical services, school health services, impact of racism and other forms of discrimination on youth development 

Phillip J. Leaf, PhDPhilip J. Leaf, PhD

Senior Advisor
Emeritus Director

Research interests: mental health, youth violence prevention, trauma-informed practices and interventions, program implementation

Freya SonensteinFreya Sonenstein, PhD

Emeritus Director

Cheryl Alexander

Cheryl Alexander, RN, PhD (1945-2006)

Center Founding Director