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Institute for Global Tobacco Control

Staff

Beladenta Amalia, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Lara Atella, MS, Senior Research Program Coordinator
Hannah Barker, MPH, Senior Research Program Coordinator 
Carla Clemens, BA, Grants and Contracts Analyst
Elizabeth Crespi, MPH, Senior Research Program Coordinator
Jared Earley, BA, Communications Associate
Graziele Grilo, MSc, Senior Research Program Coordinator
Preethi Kannan, BS, Research Assistant
Bekir Kaplan, MD, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Alena Madar, BS, Research Assistant
Qinghua Nian, PhD, Senior Biostatistician
Sejal Saraf, BDS, MPH, Senior Research Program Coordinator
Brian Shea, BA, Communications Associate
Joshua Sinamo, BS, Research Assistant
Tuo-Yen Tseng, PhD, Research Officer
Ashley Waith, MBA, Grants and Contracts Analyst

Beladenta Amalia, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Beladenta Amalia, PhD, is leading TPackSS data collection in Indonesia and a study of tobacco-related policy violations in Indonesian cities reported in mobile-based application. Prior to coming to IGTC, Beladenta has worked on tobacco control projects in Spain, India and Indonesia. She received her PhD from the Universitat de Barcelona and an MD from the University of Indonesia. She also has an MPH from Imperial College London.

Lara Atella, MS
Senior Research Program Coordinator

Lara Atella, MS, works with IGTC's Tobacco Leadership Program. Previously, she worked with the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Scholarly Communication with China and at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. She has worked at the Hopkins National Foreign Language Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Department of Cognitive Neurology, and at the School of Public Health on a longitudinal study of fetal and infant neurobehavioral development. She also worked at the NIH Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She has a BS in Chinese from Georgetown University and a MS in Developmental Psychology from Johns Hopkins.

Hannah Barker, MPH
Senior Research Program Coordinator

Hannah Barker, MPH, works on IGTC projects in China, Vietnam, and Indonesia. A recent graduate from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with an MPH with a concentration in Health Behavior, she also has a BA in Public Health from the University of Washington. She has done both qualitative and quantitative work on topics like mental health and excessive drinking along with web-based learning materials, including webpages that addressed equity in tobacco control.

Carla Clemens, BA
Grants and Contracts Analyst

Carla Clemens, BA, oversees the Institute’s Certificate Program in Global Tobacco Control, as well as collaborates with research and communications staff on special projects. She holds a bachelor of arts in biology, sociology, and Spanish from Goshen College, Indiana. Prior to joining IGTC, Clemens worked in the International Injuries Research Unit in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center as a Rehabilitation Technician.   

Elizabeth Crespi, MPH
Senior Research Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Crespi, MPH, currently works on a number of projects at IGTC, ranging from the TPackSS and VAPER studies to the Tobacco Control Leadership Programs. She previously worked on food security issues in Baltimore as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and as a program coordinator for the Farm Alliance of Baltimore, a local nonprofit. Crespi holds her bachelor's degree in public health and biology  and a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.   

Graziele Grilo, MSc
Senior Research Program Coordinator

Graziele Grilo, MSc, is responsible for the overall management of several studies at IGTC related to tobacco advertising and packaging, tobacco-related disparities, and policy evaluation, leading and supporting the writing of manuscripts, abstracts, factsheets, and reports. She also acts as IGTC's country lead and partner liaison for all matters related to Latin American countries. Grazi also manages the Scholars’ Program, which focuses on increasing capacity building and leadership for the implementation of tobacco control policies in low- and middle-income countries. Grilo teaches the Certificate Program Course “Leadership in Tobacco Control” and is also a facilitator of IGTC’s leadership program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from State University of Campinas, Brazil, and earned her master of science in women’s and gender studies at Towson University. Before joining the Institute, she worked on a qualitative study to identify factors contributing to gender-based violence and sexual risk (STIs/HIV) for female university undergraduate students in Ethiopia. As a graduate student, she managed the Arts Integration Institute at Towson University, helping to develop and implement a partnership with the Refugee Youth Project and Patterson High School in Baltimore City. Grilo is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Preethi Kannan, BS
Research Assistant

Preethi Kannan, BS, works on tobacco control projects in India and Bangladesh. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences, she has worked as an Epidemiological Data Analyst and Research Assistant. She also was an Undergraduate Research Mentor and a Diversity Representative with the Natural Sciences Council.

Bekir Kaplan, MD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Bekir Kaplan, MD, is currently a post-doctoral fellow at IGTC. His research at the Institute focuses on cigarette health warning labels, compliance with smoke-free legislation in Turkey and the effects of toxins from waterpipe (hookah) smoke in real-world setting. Kaplan received his medical doctorate in 2007 and a public health specialist degree from Hacettepe University in 2011. He previously worked at the Turkish Ministry of Health in Ankara between 2012 and 2015 where he was in charge of conducting several national surveys on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

Alena Madar, BS
Research Assistant

Alena Madar, BS, works on TPackSS as well as projects focused on Mexico, India and China. She previously worked as a project intern in India, helping to develop socioeconomic empowerment initiatives for rural social business collectives created by indigenous women. She also consulted for two rural social business collectives of indigenous women in southern India to expand their markets for fair trade goods. This involved writing business process manuals and developing and implementing e-commerce business platforms and activities as well as their online presence. She has a BS in Computational Biological Sciences with a minor in Global & Public Health from Cornell University.

Qinghua Nian, PhD
Senior Biostatistician

Qinghua Nian, PhD, leads and supports quantitative data management and analysis, complex study designs, and the writing of fact sheets, reports, abstracts, and manuscripts. She also acts as IGTC's country lead and partner liaison for all matters related to China. Prior to joining IGTC, she worked at Miami University as a senior statistician and data specialist where she led and oversaw research design, collection and analyses of quantitative data, and preparation of reports for a variety of state- and federally-funded projects. Nian received her doctoral degree in urban affairs and public policy and her master's in economics from University of Delaware at Newark, Delaware.

Sejal Saraf, BDS, MPH
Senior Research Program Coordinator

Sejal Saraf, BDH, MPH, manages the smokeless tobacco/bidi component of the TPackSS project, in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. As a research assistant at the Institute during her master of public health studies, she helped with development of a TPackSS codebook, coding of tobacco packs for health warning label, and preparing factsheets. Saraf previously worked as a senior dentist for various nonprofit organizations and private clinics in India. She received her dental degree from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India, and her master of public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Brian Shea, BA
Communications Associate

Brian Shea, BA, is responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies to effectively disseminate the work of the Institute through multiple channels, including the web and electronic media. He is also involved with managing IGTC's social media accounts. Shea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College.

Joshua Sinamo, BS
Research Assistant

Joshua Sinamo, BS, currently works on the VAPER study and other tobacco control projects. A recent graduate from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor with a degree in statistics, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Division of Pediatrics, with a Bipolar Research Program, and at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. He was also a member of the Michigan Data Science Team.

Ashley Waith, MBA
Grants and Contracts Analyst

Ashley Waith, MBA, is the first point of contact at IGTC and is responsible for administrative tasks that support the Institute’s staff. She is a 2012 master of business administration graduate from the University of Baltimore, and received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Stevenson University.