Program Alumni

Program Alumni

Individuals who have graduated from the HDRS Program.

Chenoa Allen, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri. Dr. Allen’s research focuses on how structural forces, including state and local immigration-related policies, affect health and health care access for children in immigrant families.

Jennifer Morozink Boylan, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Health and Behavioral Sciences Department at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research focuses on the biopsychosocial approach to understanding socioeconomic inequalities in health, with a focus on cardiovascular disease risk in midlife.

Sheryl Coley, DrPH is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute in the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison. Dr. Coley is providing evaluation support to health equity, clinical, and public health service missions for the WAI Milwaukee program.

Beth Fischer, PhD is a Research Coordinator at The Center for Surgical Outcomes Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

Dana Garbarski, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Loyola University. Dr. Garbarski’s research involves the social causes and consequences of health outcomes and health disparities.

Megan E. Gilster, MSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa. Dr. Gilster is continuing her health disparities research, which focuses on how neighborhood inequalities contribute to racial and socioeconomic disparities in mental and physical health.

Marjory Givens, PhD is Deputy Director of Data & Science, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Givens has conducted public health research in laboratory and community-based settings, ranging from investigations using biomedical models to health impact assessments and evaluation of community interventions.

Carolina Gonzalez-Schlenker, MD, MPH works in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Tiffany Green, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Healthcare Policy Research at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also the Program Coordinator for the Research and Education Core for the VCU Center on Health Disparities, which is designated as an NIMHD Comprehensive Center of Excellence. Dr. Green’s current research focuses on childhood asthma, birth outcomes, and health assimilation, with emphases on health economics and health disparities.

Madelyne Greene, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Dr. Greene’s research examines mechanism that cause and perpetuate disparities in sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on health providers and health systems.

Nancy Greer-Williams, PhD, MPH is a business owner in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Greer’s research has focused on metabolic syndrome, obesity, and breast cancer disease in African American females and centered on understanding the difference between the pathology of the disease versus the behavior of the individual.

Erika Hagen, PhD is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Hagen is the Director of Scientific Operations for the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study and a related project, the REST study.

Nina Hasen, PhD is the Director of HIV and Tuberculosis at Population Services International (PSI). PSI is a global health organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world by focusing on serious challenges like a lack of family planning, HIV and AIDS, barriers to maternal health, and the greatest threats to children under five, including malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.

Emily Hendrick, MPH, PhD is an instructor for the Master of Public Health program at the University of Nevada-Reno. She also plans to do consulting research and evaluation work for public health-focused non-profit and governmental organizations in Northern Nevada and Northern California.

Abiola Keller, PhD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Nursing at Marquette University. Dr. Keller’s research focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in women’s physical and mental health outcomes, access and utilization of health services by women with depression, and the effect of patient-provider communication on use of health services and health outcomes for minority group members.

Chioun Lee, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California-Riverside. Dr. Lee is committed to investigating the social stratification of life adversities and health disparities over the life course, with a focus on gender.

Sara Lindberg, PhD, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of Evaluation Research at the Population Health Institute. Dr. Lindberg specializes in evaluating interventions to improve maternal and child health and interventions to prevent health disparities. She is particularly interested in interventions that address psychosocial and early life factors that contribute to disparities in obesity.

Alyn McCarty, PhD is Director of Quantitative Research at Research for Action, a nonprofit education research organization based in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. McCarty’s research examines how socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in early health contribute to inequality in health and education across the life course.

Teresa Nguyen, PhD is an Academic Advisor in the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Vera Tsenkova, PhD is the Director of the Office of Health Professional Student Research in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Associate Scientist in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute on Aging. She is continuing to research health disparities in diabetes from a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates psychosocial and sociodemographic influences on the impact of health behaviors and other established risk factors.

Edward Vargas, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the impact of U.S. immigration policy on the health of the Latino/a community.

Fathima Wakeel, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the College of Health Professions at Ferris State University. Her research focuses on maternal and child health racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes.

Megan Zuelsdorff, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on social-biological pathways that underlie cognitive and functional health disparities in later life.

Principal Investigator

Deborah Ehrenthal MD, MPH
Director, Division of Reproductive and Population Health

WARF Building, Room 658
610 Walnut St
Madison, WI 53726

Tel: (608) 265-0559


Pam Asquith, PhD
HDRS Program Administrator

WARF Building, Room 662
610 Walnut St
Madison, WI 53726

Tel: (608) 265-2643