Featured Graduates


Careers in Academic Settings

Camilla Benedicto

Camilla Pimentel

2015 Graduate

Prior Education: AB in Community Health, Brown University and MPH in Sociomedical Sciences - Aging and Public Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Research Interests: long-term care, cancer-related symptom management among older adults, person-centered care, pharmacoepidemiology

 Mentor  Kate Lapane, PhD
 Dissertation  Use of Opioids for Pain Management in Nursing Homes
 Post Graduation Dr. Pimentel is a postdoctoral fellow in the Prevention and Control of Cancer: Training in Implementation Science (PRACCTIS) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is based at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) at the Bedford VA Medical Center.

Joshua Chang

2015 Graduate

Prior Education: BA/MS in Engineering/Computer Science, MIT.

Research Interests: The need for engineering and computer applications in areas of medicine such as imaging, genetics research, and physiological monitoring.


David Paydarfar, MD

Dissertation "Flipping Biological Switches: Solving for Optimal Control"
Post Graduation  
Han-Yang Chen, MS

Han-Yang Chen

2015 Graduate

Prior Education: BA in Ecomomics, National Taiwan University, MS in Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, MS in Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: Cardiovascular disease epidemiology

Mentor Robert Goldberg, PhD
Dissertation Hospital Treatment Practices, 30-Day Hospital Readmissions, and Long-Term Prognosis in Patients Hospitalized with Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Dissertation
 Post Graduation Dr. Chen is a Biostatistician Senior at Aurora Research Institute 
Carol Curtain

Carol Curtin

2015 Graduate

Prior Education: BA in Sociology and Psychology, Trinity College and an MSW in Casework and Groupwork, Boston University School of Social Work

Research Interests: Biopsychosocial determinants of health and mental health, and in clinical interventions and public health efforts to address health disparities, health care access, health literacy, and improved health outcomes in this population

Mentor Eric Mick ScD
Dissertation Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Screen Time, Physical Activity, and Diet Quality
Post Graduation Associate Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center.  Within the Shriver Center,  Dr. Curtin is the Director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs.  

Dr. Curtin is currently a Research Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She is also a Lecturer in Pediatrics at the Tufts University School of Medicine and an Instructor at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.

Daniel Frendl

2015 Graduate

Prior Education: BA in Public Policy Studies, Duke University; MS in Physiology, Georgetown University.

Research Interests: 

Mentor John Ware, PhD
Dissertation Predicting Other Cause Mortality Risk for Older Men with Localized Prostate Cancer
Post Graduation  

Wei "Tiffany" Huang

2015 Graduate

Prior Education: MS in computer science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, also a degree in Computer Science from Shanghai University College of Engineering

Research Interests: Narrowing the gap between clinical trial evidence and real-world medical practice to improve health outcomes for a wide variety of diseases. In addition, applying information technology to improve patient care

Mentor Robert Goldberg, PhD
Dissertation A Population-Based Perspective on Clinically Recognized Venous Thromboembolism: Contemporary Trends in Clinical Epidemiology and Risk Assessment of Recurrent Events: A Dissertation
Post Graduation  
Christine Ulbricht, MPH

Christine Ulbricht

2015 Graduate

Prior Education: BA in Psychology, University of Maryland and an MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology, University of Maryland

Research Interests: Psychiatric epidemiology, developing personalized interventions for mental illnesses, comparative effectiveness, and clinical trials methodology

Mentor Kate Lapane, PhD
Dissertation Latent Variable Approaches for Understanding Heterogeneity in Depression
Post Graduation  

Mollie Wood

2015 Graduate

Prior Education: BA in Zoology, Miami University, and an MPH in Epidemiology, Boston University

Research Interests: Reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, treatment of chronic illnesses during pregnancy, neurodevelopmental disorders of children, and causal inference and epidemiologic methods

Mentor Jean Frazier, MD
Dissertation Causal Inference Methods for Assessing Neurodevelopment in Children Following Prenatal Exposure to Triptan Medications
Post Graduation Dr. Wood is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo in Norway. She spends about 5 months of the year in Oslo, and the remaining time at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her work is on safety and efficacy of medication use during pregnancy. Dr. Wood also does methodologic work related to causal inference, measurement error, and unmeasured confounding.
Suzanne Czerniak

Suzanne Czerniak, BA

2014 Graduate

Prior Education: BA in Biochemistry, Middlebury College

Research Interests: reproductive biology, neuroimaging research

Mentor Constance Moore, PhD
Dissertation ADHD-200 Patient Characterization and Classification Using Resting State Networks: A Dissertation
Post Graduation  

Barbara Gandek

2014 Graduate

Prior Education: BA in Economics, Swarthmore College; MS in Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health

Research Interests: patient-reported outcomes measurement

Mentor John Ware, PhD
Dissertation "Psychometric Evaluation of Joint-Specific Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Before and After Total Knee Replacement"
Post Graduation

Dr. Gandek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Director of Research at John Ware Research Group

 Alexandra Hajduk

Alexandra Hajduk

2014 Graduate

Prior Education: BS in Health Sciences, Northeastern University; MPH, University of Connecticut

Research Interests: epidemiological methods and cognition in aging

Mentor Jane Saczynski, PhD
Dissertation "Cognitive Status and Initiation of Lifestyle Changes Following Acute Coronary Syndrome"
Post Graduation Dr. Hajduk is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Training Program in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology & Aging-Related Research at the Yale University School of Medicine
 Lisa Lines  

Lisa Lines

2014 Graduate

Prior Education: BS in Technical Communications (Biomedical Sciences Concentration), Northeastern University; MPH, Umass Amherst

Research Interests: health services and outcomes research

Mentor Arlene Ash, PhD
Dissertation "Outpatient Emergency Department Utilization: Measurement and Prediction"
Post Graduation Dr. Lines is a Health Services Researcher, RTI International
 Alan Rathbun, MPH  

Alan Rathbun

2014 Graduate

Prior Education: BS (Magna Cum Laude) in Biology, Rider University; MPH, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Public Health

Research Interests: mental health in the context of chronic physical disease

Mentor George Reed, PhD
Dissertation "Depression in Rheumatoid Arthritis and an Estimation of the Bi-Directional Association of Depression and Disease Burden"
Post Graduation Dr. Rathbun is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Epidemiology of Aging Training Program at the University of Maryland School Medicine
 W.W. Sanouri Ursprung  

W.W. Sanouri Ursprung

2013 Graduate

Prior Education: BS in International Studies with a concentration in Biochemistry, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Research Interests: addiction, health disparities, policy driven research, advocacy, and the dissemination of relevant translational research abroad

Mentor  Joseph DiFranza, MD
Dissertation  "Developing Three New Pathophysiologically Based Measures of Nicotine Dependence: A Dissertation" 
Post Graduation

Dr. Ursprung is a Deputy Director in the Office of Statistics and Evaluation at the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA

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Yendelela Cuffee

2012 Graduate

Prior Education: BS in Biology, Hampton University; MPH, New York Medical College

Research Interests: Health disparities and international health


Jeroan Allison, MD, MScEpi


"Exploring the Psychosocial and Behavioral Determinants of Medication Adherence Among African Americans with Hypertension"

Post Graduation

Dr. Cuffee is a postdoctoral fellow at New York University Medical School's Center for Health Behavioral Change


Lauren Gellar

2011 Graduate

Prior Education: AS in Culinary Arts & BS in Clinical Nutrition, Johnson and Wales; MS in Nutrition and Public Health & Med in Community Nutrition, Columbia University

Thesis Advisor

Lori Pbert, PhD


The Effect of Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load on Glucose Control, Lipid Profiles and Anthropometrics among Low-Income Latinos with Type 2 Diabetes

Post Graduation

Dr. Gellar is a tenure-track assistant professor position in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Tennessee


Careers in Industry or Other Settings

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Yong Chen

2011 Graduate

Prior Education: MD, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; MS, Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests: Study design and patient safety


Becky Briesacher, PhD


Comparative Effectiveness of Alendronate and Risedronate on the Risk of Non-Vertebral Fractures in Older Women: An Instrumental Variables Approach

Post Graduation

Dr. Chen is an Epidemiologist and Senior Scientist at Merck Corporation

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Hilary Placzek

2012 Graduate

Prior Education: BA Colgate University, MPH (International Health) Boston University School of Public Health

Research Interests: Improving healthcare, policy


A Population-Based Epidemiological Description of Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Predictors of Severity Among Hospitalized H1N1 Cases in Massachusetts

Post Graduation

Dr. Placzek is a Senior Analyst in health outcomes for WellPoint, Blue Cross Blue Shield Division of Clinical Research

Tanya Lord

Tanya Lord

2011 Graduate

Prior Education: BS in Special Education, Boston University; MPH, University of New Hampshire

Research Interests: Patient safety improvement and medical error prevention


Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH


Early Detection and Treatment of Acute Clinical Decline in Hospitalized Patients: An Observational Study of ICU Transfers and an Assessment of the Effectiveness of a Rapid Response Program

Post Graduation

Dr. Lord holds joint appointments as a Patient Safety Consultant at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and a Patient Engagement Consultant at the Foundation for Healthy Communities New Hampshire


Careers in Government

Dr. Hongliu Ding

Hongliu Ding

Prior Education: MD, Anhui Medical University of China; MPH, Shanghai Medical University

Research Interests: Quantitative risk analysis and risk reduction interventions, clinical drug trials


Terry Field, PhD


Bone Health and Coronary Heart Disease in Postmenopausal Women with Breast Cancer Treated with Tamoxifen

Post Graduation

Dr. Ding holds joint appointments as a Commissioner's Fellow at the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and an epidemiologist at National Center for Food Safety and Technology, Division of Food Processing Science and Technology


Employers of Graduates


Brown University
Harvard Medical School
Mercer University School of Medicine
New York University Langone Medical Center
Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Viet Nam
University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of Oregon Medical School
University of Tennessee
Yale School of Medicine


Biogen Idec
HealthCore, Inc.

Department of Veterans Affairs
Food and Drug Administrations
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
North Carolina Center for Health Statistics


Foundation for Healthy Communities New Hampshire

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