Issue 6, Summer 2009
WELCOME INCOMING DOCTORAL STUDENTS
There are approximately 40 doctoral students in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. Their research interests and undergraduate training varies from health disparities, to chronic illness self-management to health communications and from psychology, to genetic counseling to anthropology. A doctoral student organization provides students a forum in which to meet, share ideas, and generate suggestions for improvements to the program.
Graduates of the doctoral program in HBHE are currently employed as professors, research scientists and investigators, project directors for public health programs, and as liaisons between research and practice settings. They work in health care systems, governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector. Some have established independent research institutes while others work as freelance consultants.
Below is a brief introduction to a few of our new doctorate students along with their advisors and research area of interest.
Jennifer A. Hartfield
Aisha T. Langford
Advisor: Ken Resnicow
Research Area: Health communications and health disparities
Background: Public relations, adult literacy and cancer prevention. Aisha is currently the Manager of Community Outreach for the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area and obtained her B.A. from the University of Virigina. She obtained her MPH in behavioral science and epidemiology from Saint Louis University School of Public Health.
Advisor: Amy J. Shulz
Research Area: Prevention of chronic disease in developing countries. Diego hopes to gain a deep understanding about the relationship between chronic diseases with poverty, policy factors, and urban environments in developing countries.
Advisor: Cathleen Connell
Research Area: Rachel's research area is focused on Identifying social, structural, and personal factors supporting positive academic and healthcare experiences for people affected by disabilities. Other areas of interest include long term intervention planning for children and adolescents with disabilities and chronic illness as an organizing category for intervention.