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Dornsife's PhD in Health Services Research and Policy Students

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


Learn more about the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Services Research and Policy and the unique research opportunities available.