Graduate Alumni Profiles

Miesha Marzell, Ph.D.

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Dr. Marzell received her Ph.D. in biobehavioral health from Penn State in 2011 and is now an Assistant Professor at The University of Iowa, Department of Community and Behavioral Health.

Doctoral Thesis: SR01AA015737 (NIH/NIAAA) Diversity Supplement, Mentor, Miesha Marzell, The Pennsylvania State University, Examining Predictors and Mediators of Alcohol-Energy Drink Cocktail Consumption, 2010 to 2012.

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Anne Ray, Ph.D.

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Dr. Ray received her Ph.D. in biobehavioral health from Penn State in 2010 and is now a postdoctoral associate in the Center for Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University.

Doctoral Thesis: NSRA F31 AA01899 (NIH/NIAAA) Mentor, Anne Ray, The Pennsylvania State University, An Event Level Analysis of Drinking Behaviors in College Freshman, 2009-2011.

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Jerod Stapleton, Ph.D.

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Dr. Stapleton received his Ph.D. in biobehavioral health from Penn State in 2010 and is now an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Population Studies Rutgers, Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

Doctoral Thesis: NSRA F31 AA018592 (NIH/NIAAA) Mentor, Jerod Stapleton, The Pennsylvania State University, Pre-College Matriculation Risk Profiles and Freshman Drinking Trajectories.

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Lindsey Varvil-Weld, Ph.D.

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Lindsey Varvil-Weld received her Ph.D. in biobehavioral health from Penn State in 2014 and is now a Consumer Market Research Analyst at Apple, Inc. Doctoral Thesis: NRSA F31 AA021302 (NIH/NIAAA) Mentor, Lindsey Varvil-Weld, The Pennsylvania State University, Cultural Influences on Heavy Episodic Drinking Among Hispanic/Latino College Students, 2012-2013

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Oralia Garcia Dominic, Ph.D.

Oralia Garcia Dominic

Ph.D. 2008 The Pennsylvania State University, Biobehavioral Health

NIH-NIDDK Pre-doc Fellow

Minority health; health disparities; co-morbidities (intersection between diabetes and colorectal cancer); Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR); the role of social support for improving colorectal cancer screening among Latinos residing in Urban and Rural Pennsylvania; culturally appropriate interventions in health promotion

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Spring Chenoa Cooper Robbins, Ph.D.

Spring Chenoa Cooper Robbins

Ph.D. 2006, Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University

Associate Professor, CUNY School of Public Health

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Jeanette Bennett, Ph.D.

Jeanette Bennett

Ph.D. 2010, Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Health Psychology Ph.D. Program
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Jay Bream, Ph.D.

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1996 Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, and Director, Becton Dickinson Immune Function Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Melloni Cook, Ph.D.

Melloni Cook

Ph.D. 1996 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Memphis

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Jian Ding, Ph.D.

Jian Ding

Ph.D. 2010, Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University

Research Associate The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

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Andrew Morse, Ph.D.

Andrew Morse

Ph.D. 1996 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Scientist IV - Project Manager, Neuropharmacology, Helicon Therapeutics Inc., San Diego, CA

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Tamara Baker, Ph.D.

Tamara Baker

Ph.D. 2001, Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Associate Professor, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida

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Kelli Dominick, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. 2001 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Associated Research Professor, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

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Tracy L. Nelson, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. 1998 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Associate Professor, Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University

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Janine L. Pillitteri, Ph.D.

Janine L. Pillitteri

Ph.D. 1996 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Pinney Associates, Seattle, WA, Scientist and Director of Clinical Trials

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Andrew Strasser, Ph.D.

Andrew Strasser

Ph.D. 2002 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

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Rachel Ceballos, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. 2005 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health

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Christine Karshin, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. 2001 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Associate Professor, Health Education Program, College of Health and Human Services, Eastern Michigan University

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Richard J. O'Connor, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. 2004 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Member & Assistant Professor of Oncology, Department of Health Behavior, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

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Kimberly L. Henry, Ph.D.

Kimberly L. Henry

Ph.D. 2002 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Colorado State University.

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Elizabeth A Shirtcliff, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. 2003 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of New Orleans

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Titilayo A. Okoror, Ph.D.

Titilayo A. Okoror

Ph.D. 2006 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Kinesiology, Purdue University

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Cheryl Reed, Ph.D.

Cheryl Reed

Ph.D. 1998 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Senior Research Associate, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health and Science University

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J. DeWitt Webster, Ph.D.

J. DeWitt Webster

Ph.D. 2003 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Global and Community Health, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University Fairfax, VA

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Tirzah R. Spencer, Ph.D.

Tirzah R. Spencer

Ph.D. 2003 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Postdoctoral Scholar, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

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José R. Fernández, Ph.D.

Jose Fernandez

Ph.D. 1999 Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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