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PhD Student Profiles

Cinthya Alberto

Cinthya Alberto, MPH

Degrees: BS in Biology at the University of Mary Washington. MPH from Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.

Cinthya's Focus: She is currently focusing on the intersectionality of maternal characteristics (e.g., citizenship status, insurance coverage, English language proficiency) and maternal-provider ethnic concordance and its influence on health care access, utilization, and receipt of family centered care for Latino youth in the US.

Research Interests:

  • Health policies that influence access to health services, utilization, health economics, and health care provider behaviors
  • Inclusive or exclusionary immigrant and health policies that impact Latino and immigrant health (e.g., chronic condition onset and management disparities)
  • Local-, state- and federal-level systems and policies that contribute to persistent racial/ethnic health disparities in the U.S.


Rosie Mae Henson

Rosie Mae Henson, MPH

Degrees: MPH from Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.

Rosie Mae's Focus: Rosie Mae Henson is interested in mixed-method approaches to policy implementation and dissemination research, particularly related to policies and systems that address health disparities.

Research Interests:

  • Social, economic, and environmental policies and systems that impact health equity
  • How to communicate and disseminate research to inform decision-making and policy development around health disparities
  • Identifying barriers and facilitators to implementation of evidence-based policies to advance health equity


Katie L. Nelson

Katie L. Nelson, MPH

Degrees: BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. MPH from Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.

Katie's Focus: Her research uses theories and methods from dissemination science, implementation science, and social science to explore the impact of local, state, and federal policy on population mental health and to understand how policymakers use research to make decisions about mental health services.

Research Interests:

  • Behavioral health
  • Evidence-based policy


Alexandra Rivera

Alexandra C. Rivera-González, MPH

Degrees: BSc in Human Biology at the University of Puerto Rico. MPH in Public Health at the University of Puerto Rico.

Ali's Focus: As a fluently bilingual health professional, Ali's goal is to absorb all that she learns and translate it into a sustainable approach that helps improve the quality of health services in Latino communities. Ali has worked as a research coordinator at Mount Sinai Hospital, focusing mainly on WTC workers, mental health (PTSD, depression, and anxiety), and chronic conditions (asthma, COPD, hypertension and diabetes). She is currently working on a Hurricane Maria project assessing mental health and governmental response in Puerto-Rico post-disaster.

Research Interests:

  • Latino health
  • Mental health
  • Post-disaster mental health
  • Chronic health conditions