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Dornsife's DrPH in Health Management and Policy Students

Rachel Augustin, MPH

Degrees: BA in Psychology from Columbia University. MPH from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

Rachel's Focus: Rachel's research focuses on the architecture of healthcare systems. She is especially interested in using data informatics to analyze and map the dynamic relationships among service recipients, communities, payers, policymakers, and organizations, to improve the patient experience and effectiveness of care. She works as a Data Strategist for Community Behavioral Health in Philadelphia.

Research Interests:

  • Population health
  • Health policy and systems research (HPSR)
  • Physical and behavioral health integration
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Health equity
  • Vulnerable populations (with an emphasis on immigrants of African descent and people living with serious mental health)
  • Mixed methods
  • Dissemination and implementation research
  • Health behavior decision-making
  • Use of health information technology for assessment and intervention


Emily Brown

Emily Brown, MSW

Degrees: BA in Psychology at the College of William and Mary. MSW in Clinical Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Emily's Focus: Emily's research focuses on the impact of trauma and adversity on the health of individuals, families, and communities, as well as the creation, promotion, and evaluation of trauma-informed interventions and policies.

Research Interests:

  • Trauma
  • Mental health
  • Trauma-informed policy
  • Individual and community resilience
  • Program evaluation


Kayla Burley

Kayla Burley, MPH, LSSGB

Degrees: BS in Health Sciences with a minor in Substance Abuse Prevention from James Madison University. MPH from Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.

Kayla's Focus: Investigating ways to improve access to equitable behavioral health care for all youth.

Kayla currently works at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a Behavioral Health Operations Manager in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Research Interests:

  • Access to equitable behavioral health care
  • Youth


Amanda Marie Doty

Amanda Marie Doty, MS

Degrees: BS in Immunology and Infectious Disease and BS in Toxicology from the Pennsylvania State University. MS in Clinical Research and Translational Medicine from Temple University.

Mandy's Focus: Defining approaches that health systems can take to improve trust in the community that they serve.

Research Interests:

  • Intersection of health care and community
  • Making health care more community-focused


Kathleen Fox

Degrees: BA in Sociology and Spanish from Franklin and Marshall College. MPH from Thomas Jefferson University.

Kate's Focus: Kate is passionate about bridging gaps between public health theory and behavioral health practice. She has worked for the City of Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) since 2012. At DBHIDS, she has served in a number of different capacities, most recently working directly with the Chief Medical Officer on strategic policy and planning related to health promotion, population health, and trauma-informed systems.

Research Interests:

  • Public behavioral health
  • Behavioral health policy
  • Social determinants of behavioral health
  • Trauma as a social determinant
  • Community-based research and practice
  • Social epidemiology


Kaitlin Koffer Miller

Kaitlin Koffer Miller, MPH

Degrees: BA in Metropolitan Studies with a minor in Sociology from New York University. MPH from the Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.

Kaitlin's Focus: Her goal is to develop research that will enable policymakers to bridge the gap between policy and research.

Since 2013 she has worked at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute as a Research Associate on the Autism Services, Education, Resources, & Training Collaborative (ASERT) grant. She is interested in research related to mental health, disabilities, and autism spectrum disorder.

Research Interests:

  • Mental health
  • Disabilities
  • Autism spectrum disorder


Shanna-Kay Townsend, MPH

Degrees: BA in Health Care Management from State University of New York at Canton. MPH from State University of New York Downstate.

Shanna-Kay’s Focus: Shanna-Kay is passionate about the lived experiences of children exposed to parental incarceration as well as other Adverse Childhood Experiences. She is committed to promoting resilience among, and reducing stigma towards the children of incarcerated parents. She currently works as a Senior Quality Improvement Specialist at New Alternatives for Children.

Research Interests:

  • Children and Families affected by Incarceration
  • Child Mental Health
  • Youth Trauma
  • Violence intervention and Prevention
  • Urban Health Issues

Awards and Honors:

  • Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society

Contact: or LinkedIn

Kimberly Williams

Kimberly D. Williams, MPH

Degrees: BA from Hampshire College. MPH from Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health.

Kim's Focus: Her current work aims to develop data-driven, evidence-based solutions that can be translated into policy and practice to reduce barriers and increase access to care for opioid use disorder.

Her graduate education focused her interests towards health services and policy research leading to her current role as a Senior Research Associate with the Value Institute at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, DE.

Research Interests:

  • Substance use
  • Mental health and behavioral health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Access to care
  • Health services research
  • Mixed methods research
  • Dissemination and implementation research
  • Health policy


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