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Tainayah Thomas, MPH

Tainayah Thomas, MPH, is a 4th year doctoral student at the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health in the department of Health Behavior. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and International Studies from the University of Miami and her Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding… Read more »

Deshira Wallace, MSPH

Deshira Wallace is a 4th year doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Behavior in UNC’s Gilling School of Global Public Health. Her dissertation research focuses on assessing the effects of stress on diabetes-related behaviors in a heterogeneous Latino population. More broadly, she has conducted research in the Dominican Republic aimed at exploring the how… Read more »

Kathryn Law Hale, PhD

Academic Interests My work is driven by overarching interests in the cultural, clinical, and familial management of severe mental illness, as well as interventions and policies that could improve the treatment and quality of life of psychiatric patients. I have conducted ethnographic research in both the U.S. and Mexico regarding the beliefs and practices surrounding… Read more »

Trenita Childers, PhD

Research Interests My research interests explore the connection between inequality, mental health, and public policy. I began this agenda by examining racial/ethnic differences in mental health service use.  My dissertation research continued this research trajectory. I completed an ethnographic study on depression and anxiety symptoms among Haitian immigrants living in the Dominican Republic. Specifically, I… Read more »

Esita Patel, BSN, RN

Esita Patel is a 3rd year health care systems-track doctoral student in UNC’s School of Nursing through the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation. Her research interests include healthcare workforce policy and access to high-quality and cost-effective care. For her dissertation work, she plans to examine how state-level nurse practitioner scope of practice policy changes… Read more »

Ashley Cole, MPH

Ashley Cole is a 3rd year doctoral student in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Her research interests include pharmacoepidemiology and pharmaceutical outcomes research in oncology. Her ongoing work at UNC includes investigating the impact of generic market entry on the cost of anticancer therapies, methodological considerations of observational studies… Read more »

Change in Opioid Use and Overdose After a Medicaid Lock-in Program

Prescription opioid abuse is a growing public health epidemic in the US, contributing to an estimated 15,000 deaths and more than $55 billion in societal costs per year. In response, states are increasingly managing CS abuse with Medicaid Lock in Programs (MLIP). The North Carolina (NC) Recipient Management MLIP, initiated in October of 2010, was… Read more »

Continuity of Medication Management in Medicaid

Comorbid cardiometabolic health conditions are a significant burden to the health of patients with schizophrenia representing a major source of morbidity and mortality. For patients taking medications to manage schizophrenia and comorbid health conditions, poor care coordination can result in inappropriate prescribing, duplication of medication therapy, medication non-adherence, and more aggressive health service utilization for… Read more »

Alan Kinlaw, PhD

Alan Kinlaw is an epidemiologist and health services researcher, currently serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the Sheps Center. Alan grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and attended North Carolina State University where he earned baccalaureate degrees in textile engineering and French in 2008. Following undergrad, he worked as a chemist for two years in… Read more »

Lisa Spees, PhD

Lisa Spees received her BA and MA in history from Emory University in 2009, where she wrote her master’s thesis on desegregation during the civil rights movements. Inspired by her master’s research, she received her PhD in public policy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2016, where she focused on the effect of… Read more »

Parth Shah, PharmD

Parth Shah is a pharmacist and PhD candidate in Health Behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Parth grew up in Los Angeles, CA, and received his BS in biochemistry from the University of Southern California in 2008. He received his PharmD from the USC School of Pharmacy in 2012 before beginning the… Read more »

Dalia Khoury, PhD

Research Interests My overarching interests lie in the application of the research process to an identified need or problem. To date, my research has experience has spanned substantive areas, but the underlying commonality has been populations that are vulnerable or stigmatized (e.g., foster children with mental health problems, Arab Americans with mental health problems, poor… Read more »

Leslie Adams, MPH

Leslie Adams is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. While at UNC, Leslie has worked primarily on the M.A.N.H.O.O.D.S study, which focuses on examining the relationship between neighborhood contexts and risk-taking behavior among African American men. She has also contributed to… Read more »