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Graduate Profile Archive

Our former doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows have gone on to accomplish great things in various professional, applied, research and academic positions.  Please take a look at the following profiles of some of our most exceptional students to get a sense of their career trajectory once graduating from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Renan Castillo, MS, PhD '08

Dr. Renan Castillo is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Injury Research and Policy in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Castillo studied in the Master of Health Science (MHS) program in Biostatistics and graduated with his PhD in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Castillo studied with Dr. Ellen McKenzie in the Center for Injury Research and Policy.

Dr. Castillo has been a project director for a number of large, multicenter studies of injury outcomes and has authored more than 25 scientific manuscripts. His primary area of expertise is the etiology and determinants of disability following injury. Dr. Castillo has extensive experience in statistical programming, analysis of longitudinal data, and structural equation modeling. He has participated in a wide range of instrument development projects, including measures of participation, risk of disability and mortality, and a variety of diagnostic tools.  

In 2003, Dr. Castillo received the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Ann Doner Vaugham Kappa Delta Award for Best Research Project as part of the LEAP research team.

Nhan Thanh Tran, MHS '04, PhD '07

Dr. Nhan Tran is a Research Scientist in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Tran focuses on international injury prevention. Dr. Tran graduated with his MHS and PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in International Health, and continued on as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of International Health.  He studied at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health under Center for Injury Research and Policy faculty member Dr. Adnan Hyder.

Dr. Tran has held several noteworthy positions including Consultant for the Office of Public Health & Science in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and consultant advisor for the Family Planning Male Training Center at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. 

Dr. Tran is a Delta Omega Honor Society Alpha Chapter Member.

Jennifer Lincoln, MS, PhD '06

"We believe we can build on past successes at reducing injuries and fatalities in Alaska's commercial fishing fleet and transfer these advances to other fishing regions in the United States."

Dr. Jennifer Lincoln is an Injury Epidemiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health and the Deputy Director of the Alaska Pacific Regional Office in Anchorage Alaska  She also leads the “Commercial Fishing Safety Research and Design Project".   

Dr. Lincoln received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University in Health Policy Management.  Dr. Lincoln studied at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health under the tutelage of Sue Baker, MPH ScD (Hon.). 

Dr. Lincoln is a strong advocate of providing science to improve safety in the work-place and specializes in commercial fishing safety research.  She strives to provide scientific information to develop palatable interventions in the form of engineering solutions, new operating procedures or new policies in concert with industry, other safety advocates and regulators.  She has authored numerous journal articles and reports related to commercial fishing safety and is regularly consulted regarding marine safety issues. 

Mariam Temitope Labinjo-Masha BDS, MPH '03

Mariam Temitope Labinjo-Masha is a Road Safety Projects Consultant for the Lagos State Government in Nigeria.  In this position, she develops school road safety programs specifically targeted at primary and secondary school students in the state; works with the Lagos State Traffic Agency to enhance the road traffic data surveillance system; and assists with the development of a road traffic safety curriculum for the drivers institute being established in the state for professional drivers.  She also worked for the World Health Organization (WHO Nigeria) as a National Coordinator for Nigeria for the Global Status of Road Traffic Injury.  

Mariam graduated from Johns Hopkins with her MPH in 2003 with concentrations in Health Systems Management and International Health.   Mariam is currently a WHO Mentor VIP Candidate.  Mariam benefited from a working relationship with Dr. Adnan Hyder during and after her time at the Center for Injury Research & Policy.

Jessica Burke, MHS, PhD '03

Jessica Burke is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Burke has an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from New York University, a masters of health sciences in international health, and a PhD in social and behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Jessica studied under the tutelage of Dr. Andrea Gielen at the Center for Injury Research & Policy.

Concentrated on the health of women and children, Dr. Burke's research interests focus on the reciprocal relationship between health, behavior, and environment. Her current research employs ethnographic and social epidemiologic techniques. She is also interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive interventions that address important women's health problems. Her work has been used to help develop a clinic-based, peer-advocate, intimate-partner, violence-intervention program for women and also demonstrates that the process by which women are able to end their abuse is consistent with the Transtheoretical (or Stages of Change) Mode.

Deborah Girasek, MPH, PhD '98

Deborah Girasek came to the Center for Injury Research & Policy as a mid-career public health practitioner. She had an MPH from the University of Michigan and considerable experience working on health communications and program development, but she wanted to strengthen her research skills and learn more about injury control.  Deborah had what she describes as the "ultimate good fortune" to work with Dr. Andrea Gielen as her thesis advisor. Together they designed a national, random-digit dial telephone survey to explore public perceptions of fatal, unintentional injuries. Did Americans view these such deaths to be preventable, and if so, how did they think fatal injuries could best be prevented? 

This work was supported by the Lowes Home Safety Council, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and with help from the Injury Center's own CDC funding.   Dr. Girasek's findings--particularly with regard to public interpretations of the word "accident"--have received considerable attention since they were published. Deborah is currently the Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Preventive Medicine & Biometrics in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Federal medical school in Bethesda, Maryland. She continues to promote needs assessment, and trains health professionals obtaining graduate degrees in public health in how to develop and evaluate behavior change programs. She also oversees a research portfolio that focuses on the psychosocial aspects of unintentional injury prevention.

Andrew Lincoln, MS, ScD '98

Dr. Lincoln is the Director of Orthopedics and Sports Research at MedStar Research Institute.   In this position, Dr. Lincoln promotes and conducts research activities focusing on orthopedic medicine, sports health, and health outcomes.  For example, Dr. Lincoln has been the principal or co-investigator for a number of epidemiological and clinical studies, including:  Prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors among active and retired professional (NFL) football players;   Epidemiology of mTBI in boys’ and girls’ high school lacrosse players;   Descriptive epidemiology of youth baseball injuries;  Trends in high school and collegiate sports-related concussions;   Epidemiology of professional indoor soccer injuries;   Evaluation of women’s protective eyewear mandate;     Deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis after arthroscopic knee surgery: current practice versus decision analysis model recommendations; and  Inflammatory and biomechanical contributors to arthritis development in a human model of joint trauma.  Dr. Lincoln also served as a Research Health Scientist with the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Lincoln studied at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy and graduated with his ScD in 1998 from Johns Hopkins University. 

Flaura K. Winston MD, PhD, FAAP (Post-Doctoral Fellow 1994-95)

"Important problems in our society require more than a multipronged approach; they demand interdisciplinary work. Without such integration, approaches to finding and implementing solutions can be fragmented and inefficient. Injury epidemiologists recognize the wide range of variability in humans and can provide accurate estimates of the magnitude of a hazard. They answer who, what, where, and when children are typically injured in this way. "

Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician, biomechanical engineer, and clinical researcher.  She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  An internationally recognized leader in pediatric trauma research, Dr. Winston is the Founder and Co-scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (formerly TraumaLink) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Winston completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Injury Research & Policy with Sue Baker, MPH, ScD (Hon.) in 1993.

Dr. Winston’s primary research focus is traffic injury.  She is the Principal Investigator for research funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Science Foundation, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and State Farm Insurance Companies®.  The work with State Farm involves a multi-year study of children in motor vehicle crashes entitled Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS), which has evolved into the largest child-specific crash surveillance system in the world.

Dr. Winston’s work has been published in medical and engineering journals and conference proceedings, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, The Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Pediatrics, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and Society of Automotive Engineers.  Some of her most notable work includes the identification of the first cases of child fatalities from airbags and the delineation of the mechanisms of injury, the importance and prevalence of sub-optimal restraint of children in motor vehicles and post-traumatic stress disorder in children and parents after traffic injuries.  For her work, Dr. Winston has received awards from many organizations including the American Philosophical Society, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Academy of of Pediatrics, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Governors’ Highway Safety Association.

Dr. Winston has served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Injury Prevention and Control; served as a member of the 2003 Child Passenger Safety Summit, spearheaded by Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety; served as organizer of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Automotive Safety professional development program, “Focus on the Child”; and served as member of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Blue Ribbon Panel on the Older Child.  Currently, Dr. Winston serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Injury Prevention and Control; International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, Secretary and Executive Board member; and the Editorial Board of Injury Prevention.