HDRS Alumni

Individuals who have graduated from the HDRS Program:

Tuyen Huynh, PhD is a Bridge to Faculty Fellow at University of South Carolina.  Dr. Huynh’s research program integrates interdisciplinary approaches drawn from contemplative science (e.g., reflective practices such as self-compassion and mindfulness) and psychology (e.g., family systems perspective). Her work identifies ways to bolster intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships that implicitly and explicitly impact child and family well-being.

Vivian Tamkin, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University School of Education and Counseling Psychology.  Dr. Tamkin’s qualitative research program systematically examines the lived experiences of racial and emotional socialization messaging in Black/African Americans across the life span.

Bikki Tran Smith, PhD, MA is an Assistant Professor at The University of Vermont in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  Dr. Tran Smith is a qualitative health services researcher whose work examines the intersection of race and ethnicity, health/health policy, and place.

Leigh Senderowicz, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Dr. Senderowicz is a public health researcher and feminist social demographer focusing on global sexual and reproductive health and rights, race, gender and coloniality.

Chenoa Allen, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri. Dr. Allen’s research focuses on how structural forces, including state and local immigration-related policies, affect health and health care access for children in immigrant families.

Jennifer Morozink Boylan, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Health and Behavioral Sciences Department at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research focuses on the biopsychosocial approach to understanding socioeconomic inequalities in health, with a focus on cardiovascular disease risk in midlife.

Sheryl Coley, DrPH is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute in the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison. Dr. Coley is providing evaluation support to health equity, clinical, and public health service missions for the WAI Milwaukee program.

Linnea Evans, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Health Equity Research in the Northern Arizona University Department of Health Sciences. Her research focuses on social exclusion processes that link racial and ethnic minoritized groups to disadvantaged health, particularly through pathways that affect the body’s physiological stress response system.

Beth Fischer, PhD is a Research Coordinator at The Center for Surgical Outcomes Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

Dana Garbarski, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Loyola University. Dr. Garbarski’s research involves the social causes and consequences of health outcomes and health disparities.

Megan E. Gilster, MSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa. Dr. Gilster is continuing her health disparities research, which focuses on how neighborhood inequalities contribute to racial and socioeconomic disparities in mental and physical health.

Marjory Givens, PhD is Deputy Director of Data & Science, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Givens has conducted public health research in laboratory and community-based settings, ranging from investigations using biomedical models to health impact assessments and evaluation of community interventions.

Carolina Gonzalez-Schlenker, MD, MPH works in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Tiffany Green, PhD is an Associate Professor in the departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Green is a health economist with a focus on topics related to health equity, racial disparities, prenatal care, and infant and child health outcomes.

Madelyne Greene, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Dr. Greene’s research examines mechanism that cause and perpetuate disparities in sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on health providers and health systems.

Nancy Greer-Williams, PhD, MPH is a business owner in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Greer’s research has focused on metabolic syndrome, obesity, and breast cancer disease in African American females and centered on understanding the difference between the pathology of the disease versus the behavior of the individual.

Erika Hagen, PhD is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Hagen is the Director of Scientific Operations for the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study and a related project, the REST study.

Nina Hasen, PhD is the Director of HIV and Tuberculosis at Population Services International (PSI). PSI is a global health organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world by focusing on serious challenges like a lack of family planning, HIV and AIDS, barriers to maternal health, and the greatest threats to children under five, including malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.

Emily Hendrick, MPH, PhD is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada Reno. Her research interests include understanding and reducing maternal, child, and adolescent health (MCAH) disparities by investigating the determinants of health behaviors and health across the life course and across generations.

Abiola Keller, PhD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Nursing at Marquette University. Dr. Keller’s research focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in women’s physical and mental health outcomes, access and utilization of health services by women with depression, and the effect of patient-provider communication on use of health services and health outcomes for minority group members.

Chioun Lee, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California-Riverside. Dr. Lee is committed to investigating the social stratification of life adversities and health disparities over the life course, with a focus on gender.

Sara Lindberg, PhD, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of Evaluation Research at the Population Health Institute. Dr. Lindberg specializes in evaluating interventions to improve maternal and child health and interventions to prevent health disparities. She is particularly interested in interventions that address psychosocial and early life factors that contribute to disparities in obesity.

Alyn McCarty, PhD is Director of Quantitative Research at Research for Action, a nonprofit education research organization based in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. McCarty’s research examines how socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in early health contribute to inequality in health and education across the life course.

Teresa Nguyen, PhD is an Academic Advisor in the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kierra Sattler, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Dr. Sattler uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the risk and resilience processes that contribute to children’s academic, social-emotional, and physical health outcomes.

Vera Tsenkova, PhD is the Director of the Office of Health Professional Student Research in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Associate Scientist in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute on Aging. She is continuing to research health disparities in diabetes from a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates psychosocial and sociodemographic influences on the impact of health behaviors and other established risk factors.

Brian Tuohy, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Urban Bioethics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. His research focuses on the interaction of healthcare and immigration reform.

Edward Vargas, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the impact of U.S. immigration policy on the health of the Latino/a community.

Fathima Wakeel, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the College of Health at Lehigh University. Her research aims to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health outcomes.

Sherry Zhang, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on the role of parent-child relationships in shaping young adult health from adolescence to adulthood, and how this varies across race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Megan Zuelsdorff, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on social-biological pathways that underlie cognitive and functional health disparities in later life.