Current BSSI Master's Students

Students in the Master's Program in Behavioral and Social Sciences Intervention (BSSI) come from all over the country, and all over the world. Their interests are varied and include substance use and addiction, HIV and AIDS, exercise, and health disparities, among others. Meet them here:

Sara Balestrieri
Interests: Substance use; Alcohol; Addiction; computer-based health assesments
AdvisorChris Kahler


Madeline Benz

Interests: Comorbidity of mental illness and substance abuse disorders
AdvisorDave Williams


Michael Brickley

Interests: Exercise-mental health linkage
AdvisorDave Williams

 

Graham DiGuiseppi
Interests: Substance use; Mental health; Mindfulness; mHealth
AdvisorChris Kahler

 


Laura Dionne
Interests: Exercise promotion; Nutrition; Obesity
Advisor: Dave Williams

 

Ayla Durst
Interests: Sexual risk; Mental illness; Medical anthropology
Advisor: Chris Kahler

 


Ellen Fitzharris
Interests: PTSD; Sexual trauma; Sexual risk taking; Substance use
AdvisorWilliam Rakowski


Tiffany Glynn

Interests: Impact of substance use on sexual risk in sexual minority populations with a particular interest in HIV transmission, and interventions to improve outcomes 
AdvisorDon Operario


Frederick Holloway

Interests: Minority youth populations;  Culturally appropriate interventions
AdvisorWilliam Rakowski


Hannah Jones

Interests: STI prevention and treatment
AdvisorAbigail Harrison



Elizabeth Kinnard

Interests: Substance use; HIV/AIDS
AdvisorDon Operario

 


Ashley Lowery

Interests: Alcohol; Substance use; Adolescent behavior and development
Advisor: Dave Williams


Alexandria Macmadu

Interests: Opioid use trends and overdose prevention; Rural and prisoner populations
AdvisorKate Carey

 

Steven Martinez
Interests: HIV prevention; Sexual health; Minority populations 
AdvisorDon Operario

 

Gabriela Raffucci
Interests: HIV stigma discrimination, social inequality; Spanish speaking populations
Advisor: Lynn Hernandez


Shantell Steve

Interests: Health disparities; Underserved populations
AdvisorAkilah Dulin Keita

 


Sheila Tumilty

Thesis: A Comparison of Two Health Literacy Screening Instruments in an Urban HIV Population
AdvisorKate Carey


Chong Yang

Interests: Teen pregnancy; Culturally appropriate interventions
AdvisorAkilah Dulin Keita