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Dornsife's Community Health and Prevention Doctoral Students

Shawn Chiang, MPH

Degrees: BS in Biochemistry from University of California, San Diego. MPH in Health Communication & Marketing from George Washington University.

Shawn's Focus: Shawn's professional goals focus on reducing health disparity in cancer incidences through the lens of digital health & applied communication science. The aim of his research is to document usage of new digital technologies (e.g. mHealth, social media) for cancer prevention, to develop and evaluate evidence-based health promotion programs that make use of digital technologies, and to investigate methods of promoting uptake & dissemination of evidence-based digital interventions.

Research Interests:

  • Digital Health
  • Health Communication
  • Mixed Methods
  • Computational Social Science

Professional Experience:

  • 2019 – Present, Doctoral Research Fellow, Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University
  • 2017 – 2019, Evaluation Fellow, Division of Emergency Operations, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 2016 – 2017, Research and Data Management Associate, Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University


  • Chiang SC, Fisher HH, Bridwell ME, Trigoso SM, Rasulnia BB, Kuwabara SA. Applying the Ready, Willing, and Able Framework to Assess Agency Public Health Emergency Preparedness: The CDC Perspective. Health Security. 2020;18(2):75–82. doi:10.1089/hs.2019.0090.
  • Chiang SC, Abroms LC, Cleary SD, Pant I, Doherty L, Krishnan N. E-cigarettes and Smoking Cessation: A Prospective Study of a National Sample of Pregnant Smokers. BMC Public Health. 2019;19(1):964. doi:10.1186/s12889-019-7299-7.
  • Abroms LC, Fishman M, Vo H, Chiang SC, Somerville V, Ruggiero M, Rakhmanov L, Greenberg D. Feasibility of a Motion-Activated Videogame for Substance Use Disorder Relapse Prevention in Youth: A Pilot Randomized Trial. JMIR Serious Games. 2019;7(2):e11716. doi: 10.2196/11716.
  • Schindler-Ruwisch JM, Roess A, Robert R, Napolitano MN, Chiang SC. “Social Support for Breastfeeding in the era of mHealth: A Content Analysis” Journal of Human Lactation. 2018; Vol. 34(3): 543–555. doi:10.1177/0890334418773302.

Narshil Choi

Narshil Choi, MSc

Degrees: BSN in Nursing from Calvin College. MSc in Public Health (Health Economics stream) from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Narshil's Focus: Narshil's professional goals include forming strong collaborations with local leaders and researchers to improve access to and quality of health services. Her work focuses on decreasing health disparities, particularly in reproductive, sexual, and maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa.

Research Interests:

  • Global Health
  • Reproductive & Sexual Health
  • Adolescent Health
  • Health Services

Catalina Correa

Catalina Correa, MSc

Degrees: BS in Psychology from Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.  MSc in Psychology from Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.

Catalina's Focus: As an activist-scholar, Catalina's professional, long-term goal is to continue advancing human rights in the Global South, particularly in South America.

Research Interests:

  • Global Health
  • Human Rights
  • Structural Determinants of Health
  • Mixed Methods
  • Planetary Health

Professional Experience:

  • 2020 - 2022, Project Manager and Co-Principal Investigator of Urban Health Collaborative funded Dissertation “Crossroads in Two Colombian Cities: Urban Health Disparities and Human Rights of Venezuelan Migrant and Refugee Women”, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University. Philadelphia PA. Advisor: Dr. Ana Martínez-Donate, PhD
  • 2019 - present, Project Manager of NIH-R01 funded “Project Migrante; HIV and Access to Health Care for Mobile Populations”, Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University. Philadelphia PA. Principal Investigator: Dr. Ana Martínez-Donate, PhD.
  • 2019 – present, Invited Researcher and Co-author in “A Research Justice Collective and Writing Project Against Knowledge Extractivism” [DesAgarrando Pueblo]. Funded by the Institute of Inequality and Democracy, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Project Director: Dr. Amy E. Ritterbusch, PhD.

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

Tamara Garfield

Tamara Garfield, MA

Degrees: MA in Community Counseling from Texas State University.  BA in Psychology from Reed College.

Tamara's Focus: Tamara's professional goals include conducting research focusing on how multiple of factors, including systems and policies, impact health, mental health, and quality of life for autistic youth and adults.

Research Interests:

  • Autism
  • Mental Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

Professional Experience:

  • 2017-Present, Research Assistant, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
  • 2013-2016 Mentor and Counselor Intern, Texas State University
  • 2010-2011 Youth Program Assistant, Aspiring Youth, Inc.


  • Garfield, T., & Yudell, M. (2019). Commentary 2: Participatory Justice and Ethics in Autism Research. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics ,14 (5), 455-457.
  • Roux, A. M., Garfield, T., & Shattuck, P. T. (2019). Employment policy and autism: Analysis of state Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) implementation plans.Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 51(3), 285-298.
  • Sosnowy, C., Silverman, C., Shattuck, P., & Garfield, T. (2019). Setbacks and successes: How young adults on the autism spectrum seek friendship. Autism in Adulthood, 1(1), 44-51.
  • Roux, A. M., Rast, J. E., Anderson, K. A., Garfield, T., & Shattuck, P. T. (2020). Vocational Rehabilitation Service Utilization and Employment Outcomes Among Secondary Students on the Autism Spectrum. Journal of autism and developmental disorders.
  • Roux, A. M., Rast, J. E., Garfield, T., Anderson, K. A., & Shattuck, P. T. (2020). Prevalence and Correlates of Work Experiences Among High School Students on the Autism Spectrum. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 58(4), 273-287.
  • Shattuck, P. T., Garfield, T., Roux, A. M., Rast, J. E., Anderson, K., Hassrick, E. M., & Kuo, A. (2020). Services for Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Systems Perspective. Current Psychiatry Reports, 22(3), 13.

Kati Hinman

Kati Hinman, MA

Degrees: BA in Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California at Berkeley. MA in Social Psychology of Groups and Institutions, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana- Xochimilco

Kati's Focus: Kati is passionate about responding to violence as a public health issue, psychosocial support for survivors of violence and conflict, and working with communities and young leaders to develop programs that break the cycle of violence. She has worked in grassroots settings in the U.S., Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia, and enjoys working directly with young people. She is also interested in arts and participatory methods in qualitative research, to create stronger and more equitable collaborations with communities affected by violence, conflict, and natural disaster.

Her master’s thesis in Mexico City used participatory collage and photo-voice techniques to explore the experiences of young people transitioning out of the criminal justice system. At Dornsife she is a research assistant for the Jonathan Mann Global Health and Human Rights Initiative with her advisor Dr. Joe Amon.

Research Interests:

  • Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • Community-Based Violence Prevention
  • Psychosocial interventions with Survivors of Trauma
  • Health Disparities
  • Humanitarian Health/ Human Rights

Awards and Honors:

  • Fulbright García Robles Graduate Degree Grantee (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Davis Projects for Peace Grantee
  • John Gardner Fellow in Public Service

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. 

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

Arturo Zinny, LPC, MA

Arturo Zinny, LPC, MA

Degrees: MA in Psychology from Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR), Argentina

Arturo's Focus: Arturo's professional goals focus on the implementation of evidence-based and promising practices for trauma-impacted children, adults, and their families.

Research Interests:

  • Child Trauma & Mental Health
  • The implementation of trauma-specific evidence-based practices for trauma-impacted children and their families
  • LGBTQ youth
  • Mental health needs of racial & ethnic minority youth and families

Professional Experience:

  • 2018-Present, Program Director, Healing Hurt People, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice within the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University
  • 2013-2018, Project Director, Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services (PACTS) Community Behavioral Health (CBH)
  • 2013-2014, Adjunct Professor, Chestnut Hill College of Graduate Studies
  • 2008-2013, Director for Behavioral Health Services; Clinical Coordinator for Children Services, Congreso De Latinos Unidos
  • 2006-2008, Primary Instructional Coordinator and Mobile Therapist, Devereux
  • 2004-2005, Clinical Psychologist, Psicored, Rosario, Argentina


  • Cohen, JA, Mannarino, AP, Wilson, K & Zinny, A (2018): Trauma‚ÄźFocused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy LGBTQ Implementation Manual. Pittsburgh, PA: Allegheny Health Network.
  • Rudd, B.N., Last, B.S., Gregor, C., Jackson, K., Berkowitz, S., Zinny, A., Kratz, H.E., Cliggitt, L., Adams, D.R., Walsh L.M., & Beidas, R.S. (2019). Benchmarking treatment effectiveness of community delivered Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. American Journal of Community Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12370.
  • Lessons learned while building a trauma-informed public behavioral health system in the City of Philadelphia (2016) Beidas, R., et al. Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning 59 (2016) 21–32.

Learn more about research and learning opportunities available with Drexel Dornsife’s PhD in Community Health and Prevention.