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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 »

John Duncan “Dunc” Williams, Jr.

John Duncan “Dunc” Williams, Jr. is a NRSA Pre-Doctoral Fellow assessing the financial impact of mergers on rural hospitals. Dunc is currently pursuing a PhD in health policy and management at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health, with an emphasis on health care financial management. Dunc graduated from the University of… Read more »

Aaron Mitchell, MD

Aaron Mitchell is a fellow in medical oncology at the University of North Carolina. Aaron grew up in North Carolina, and received his BS in biology from Yale University in 2005. He received his MD from New York University School of Medicine in 2011, before returning to his home state to train in internal medicine… Read more »

Mike Belden, PhD

Academic Interests I am interested in the dissemination and implementation of innovative interventions for persons with multiple morbidities – mental illness, substance abuse, and chronic physical health problems. My research interests also include disparities in access to high-quality services for mental health and substance abuse disorders in the US, and internationally.   Current Research Projects… Read more »

Sam Savitz

Sam Savitz is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. His research interests include medical decision-making, health economics, and cost-effectiveness. His dissertation focuses on how patients select among treatment alternatives when there is clinical uncertainty. At UNC, he has been… Read more »

Maria Martinez, PhD

Maria Martinez is a NRSA postdoctoral fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research whose research broadly focuses on improving access to and quality of child and family mental health services. Maria has clinical and research experience developing screening measures and interventions for families in community and clinical settings at-risk for chronic… Read more »

Nadya Belenky, MSPH

Nadya is a doctoral student in Epidemiology at UNC. Her dissertation focuses on Medicaid-Medicare dual eligibles with HIV and she is conducting a pre-post comparison to estimate changes in health outcomes associated with the transition to Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Before coming to Chapel Hill, Nadya worked as a research analyst for a… Read more »

Jacqueline Burgette, DMD

Jacqueline is excited to focus her research career as an NRSA postdoctoral fellow at the Sheps Center. She completed her third year of residency in pediatric dentistry at UNC in June 2015, and is taking time away from clinical training to focus on health services research. Her research interests include pediatric oral health services. Currently,… Read more »

Michelle Vitko

Michelle Vitko is a third year doctoral student in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is interested in policies governing healthcare and is excited to focus her dissertation research on medical utilization patterns and cost-effectiveness of generic antiepileptic drug substitution legislation in the United States. Prior… Read more »

Terence Johnson

Terence Johnson is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. While at UNC, Terence has worked on several studies that investigate factors that influence HIV related disparities among low-income and disadvantaged populations. For Terence’s dissertation research, he will assess racial disparities in… Read more »

Will Hall, MSW, PhD

Academic Interests My area of interest centers of the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth, particularly regarding internalizing psychological problems and the promotion of empowerment and resilience.  Specifically, I am interested in understanding the mental health disparities facing LGBTQ youth, identifying multilevel risk and protective factors for mental health problems… Read more »

San Juanita Garcia, MS, PhD

Academic Interests My research interests are immigration, sociology of mental health, medical sociology, Latina/o sociology, and the intersections between race, ethnicity, class, gender, and legal status. My research examines how “illegality” shapes the response to stressors and susceptibility to depressive symptoms among Mexican-origin women, across legal status and nativity. This research highlights the salience of… Read more »