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CHP Doctoral Student Profiles

Nishita Dsouza

Nishita Dsouza, MPH

Degrees: BS in Human Science from Georgetown University. MPH from Washington University in St. Louis. 

Nishita's Focus: Nishita's goal is to work in academia as a public health researcher and leader.

Research Interests:

  • Urban Health
  • Health Disparities Elimination
  • Migration and Health
  • Community-Based Research

Professional Experience:

  • 2018 – present, UHC Doctoral Fellow, Drexel University
  • 2017 – 2018, Commissioner's Fellow in Public Health, TN Department of Health
  • 2015 – 2017, Masters Research Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2012 – 2015, Student Health Team Leader, Webmaster, Georgetown University Health Education Services

Tiffany Eaton

Tiffany M. Eaton, MPH

Degrees: BS in Biology from Spelman College. MPH from SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health.

Tiffany's Focus: Ultimately, my goal is to be a public health practitioner at a state or local health department, where I would focus on the monitoring/evaluation of health programs and developing initiatives to improve health outcomes among minorities. In this capacity, I would continue to conduct research that will help address and reduce health disparities in obesity prevalence, while also working to implement and evaluate effective strategies to achieve health equity.

Research Interests:

  • Obesity
  • Obesity in Black Women
  • Impact of culture/sociocultural factors on health outcomes
  • Health Disparities/Health Equity
  • Food insecurity

Professional Experience:

  • 2017 - Present, Research Assistant for the Council on Black Health (CBH) - Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • 2013 - 2017, Clinical Research Assistant, Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • 2012 - 2013, Volunteer Research Assistant, Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Marisa Felsher

Marisa Felsher, MPH

Degrees: MPH in Population and Family Health, with a concentration in Health and Human Rights, from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

Marisa's Focus: Marisa's professional goals include identifying and implementing innovative HIV prevention strategies to decrease HIV-related health disparities among vulnerable populations. Marisa's master's research explored contraception uptake among low income adolescent girls in the Bronx, NY.

Research Interests:

  • Pre-exposure Prophylaxis
  • Social Network Analysis
  • HIV Prevention
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Health disparities

Professional Experience:

  • 2019-Present, Social Network and Health Fellow, Duke University
  • 2017-Present, Research Coordinator, Drexel University Department of Sociology
  • 2015-Present, Research Assistant, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health
  • 2014-2015, Reproductive Health Intern, Women's Refugee Commission
  • 2010-2014, Vice President, Maasai Rising

Jamile Tellez Lieberman

Jamile Tellez Lieberman, MPH

Degrees: BA in International Studies from Elon University. MPH in Community Health & Prevention from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.

Jamile's Focus: I hope to work in the industry after earning my DrPH degree, focusing on service-delivery, program/intervention development and evaluation, and community-based research in communities of color, specifically Latino immigrants. I also hope to explore the use of arts in healing and research with marginalized communities, as well as fight for immigration reform nationally to protect the well-being of immigrant families and children.

Research Interests:

  • Latino Immigrant Health
  • Art in Public Health Practice & Research
  • Community-based Research (CBPR)
  • Mixed-methods Research
  • Maternal and Child Health

Professional Experience:

  • 2018 - Present, Project Coordinator of a Binational Study, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health
  • 2016 - Present, Graduate Research Fellow for Project CRiSOL, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health
  • 2014 - 2015, Student Researcher & Program Developer for the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Childen (FIMRC)
  • 2013 - 2014, Research Assistant at Temple University’s Diabetes Prevention Study for at-risk Latinas

Udara Perera

Udara Perera, MPH

Degrees: BS in Biological Sciences, BS in Interdisciplinary Studies: Public and Community Health, and a minor in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. MPH in Global and Community Health and a graduate certificate in Public Health Leadership and Management from George Mason University.

Udara's Focus: Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, Udara worked as a Senior Program Coordinator at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services' Asian American Health Initiative where she led the Community Outreach and Hepatitis B Programs. She was responsible for the coordination of the Health Promoters Program and outreach activities in diverse communities as well as planning, coordinating, and evaluating health events. Udara has also interned at the National STD/AIDS Control Programme at the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka where she provided technical assistance to the national program to aid in the development of its first monitoring and evaluation framework. During her time at George Mason University, she helped found the Gamma Tau Chapter of Delta Omega, National Honorary Society in Public Health.

Research Interests:

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Health Disparities. 

Valerie Raziano

Valerie Raziano, MPH

Degrees: BS in Microbiology from Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. MPH from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health.

Valerie's Focus: My current dissertation ideas center around my desire to understand the health-seeking behaviors of families regarding immunizations for themselves and for their children. In exploring the communication pathways of women and families who are hesitant toward vaccinations for themselves and young children, it is my hope that we may improve our ability to protect public health from infectious diseases as social circumstances and influences continue to evolve.

My professional goals include pursuing experiences that advance my ability to lead and manage team-based projects, to produce high-quality written and oral communications, and to teach and mentor others. I look forward to pursuing opportunities that improve public health through the prevention of infectious diseases and am interested in using epidemiologic and mixed-methods evidence to achieve this goal.

Research Interests:

  • Vaccines
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Mixed-Methods Research
  • Implementation Science
  • Science Communication

Professional Experience:

  • 2018 – Present, Research Assistant for Maternal & Child Health, Drexel University - Dornsife School of Public Health
  • 2016 – 2018, Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
  • 2015 – 2016, Research Assistant, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University

Megan Reed

Megan Reed, MPH

Degrees: BA in Community Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. MPH in Community Health Education from the CUNY School of Public Health.

Megan's Focus: Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Megan spent many years as a housing organizer in New York City, researched violence against LGBTQI people, and worked on harm reduction initiatives for peer-delivered syringe exchange and syringe disposal kiosks. Her research interests are overdose prevention, structural barriers to engaging in risk reduction strategies, and hyperincarceration. Megan's professional goals include working with people who use drugs to implement and evaluate interventions and influence policy.

Research Interests:

  • Substance Use Harm Reduction
  • Hyperincarceration
  • Program Evaluation
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Risk Communication

Professional Experience:

  • 2017-present, Principal Investigator – Addressing Overdose Risk among Recently Incarcerated People Living with HIV/AIDS (R36DA043393 - PI: Reed), Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • 2018 - present, Research Assistant – Piloting a naloxone intervention in an emergency response community to reduce opioid overdoses in Philadelphia, R34DA044758 (PI: Lankenau), Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • 2017-2019, Producer – Opioid Overdose PSA for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, Philadelphia Department of Prisons and Prevention Point Philadelphia
  • 2014-2018, Research Assistant – Medical Marijuana, Emerging Adults, & Community: Connecting Health and Policy, R01 DA0340672015 (PI: Lankenau), Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • 2012-2013, Research Associate – Strength in Numbers Consulting Group
  • 2011-2012, Fellow – CUNY Institute for Health Equity, CUNY School of Public Health
  • 2011, Intern – Health Research Training Program, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene"

Idris Robinson

Idris Robinson, MPH

Degrees: BS in Health Education with a Psychology minor from Virginia State University. MPH in Health Management & Policy from Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.

Research Interests:

  • Global Health
  • Black Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Men's Health

Professional Experience:

  • 2014 - present, Associate Director of Global Programs, Drexel University Office of Global Engagement
  • 2015 - 2016, Global Leadership Fellow, World Affairs Council
  • 2013 - 2014, Healing Hurt People, Drexel University Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
  • 2013 - 2014, Getting People in Sync Prediabetes Prevention Program, Drexel University
  • 2011 - 2012, Research Assistant, Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center, Drexel University
  • 2011, Administrative Intern to the COO, Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania

Caroline Voyles

Caroline Voyles, MPH

Degrees: BA in Psychology and Russian Language from Colby College. MPH in Community Health & Prevention from Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.

Caroline's Focus: Caroline's professional goals include continuing a career in academia in a teaching and/or research capacity with a focus on improving public health and social inclusion for sexual and gender minority populations.

Research Interests:

  • Sexual and Gender Minority / LGBTQ Health
  • Social Inclusion
  • Physical Activity & Sports Participation
  • Human Rights
  • Public Health Ethics

Professional Experience:

  • 2015 - present, Director of Student Placement & Partnership Development, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • 2014 - 2015, Research Assistant, Program for Public Health Ethics and History, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • 2013 - 2014, Research Assistant, Opening Doors Health Disparities Research Program, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • 2009 - 2011, LGBTQ Program Coordinator, Community Action Youth Programs
  • 2008 - 2009, Program Assistant, Community Action Youth Programs