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Student Profiles

Johanna Adderly

I received my B.S. in Health Science Education with a Community Health concentration at the University of Florida. In undergrad I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Alachua County Health Department under the supervision of Leroy Jackson and intern at Shands UF hospital as a lactation consultant. Currently I am working towards a MPH in SBS and have strong research interest in Maternal and Child Health and Disparity issues. I am currently a principal investigator at the Maternal and Child Health Education Research and Data Center, working on a population-based study. I am also a member of APHA, GPHA and FPHA where I hold the UF student liaison position. My future career goals are to hold a position in the Public Health workforce that allows me to tackle Maternal and Child Health and Disparity issues through research and intervention. My personal goals are to make an impact in Public Health for underrepresented groups.

Lauren Anderson

I am a first year student in the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Florida. My concentration in the MPH program is Social and Behavioral Science. I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree from UF in 2006. My professional interests include nutrition, international issues, and women’s health, and personal interests include travel and fitness. My current activities include full time studying as a MPH student and employment at Rhea and Associates as a Registered Trainee Real Estate Appraiser.

Miranda Bowers

I received a Bachelor’s degree in the science of nursing in 2005 from Florida Atlantic University. While at FAU, I was Vice President of the Student Nurse Association and a member of the Nursing Honor Society. After graduating, I worked as a Registered Nurse on the medical-surgical/oncology unit at Jupiter Medical Center in Palm Beach County. In the fall of 2006, I entered the MPH program at UF in the concentration of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I am currently working as a research assistant on the Komen Breast Health Study for Women with Physical Disabilities with Dr. Ellen Lopez in addition to working as a Registered Nurse in the area of home health. I will also be completing a practicum this summer at Shands AGH in infection control. My interests include hospital infection control and cancer research.

Julie CessnaJulie Cessna

I am a first year student in the Public Health Combined degree program. I graduated from UF in 2007 with a BS in psychology and a minor in women’s studies. I am currently a research assistant in Dr. Carolyn Tucker’s Family Health Self-Empowerment lab. Through this lab, I have gained experience conducting focus groups on the motivators and barriers to health behaviors, and performing quantitative analysis for focus group transcripts. I also presented a poster at the 2006 Psychology Undergraduate Forum. I gained clinical experience as a research assistant for Dr. Eric Storch administering assessments to children and families of children with diabetes and obesity. I am currently working on a treatment history study on children with OCD under Dr. Storch. I am also an active member of the Student Health Advisory Board, Student Alumni Association, Golden Key Honor Society, and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

My research interests include health psychology, pediatric psychology, physical activity, nutrition, coping with illnesses, culturally sensitive healthcare, spirituality and health, and women’s health. In the future, I would like to get a PhD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and work in the area of health psychology.

Kim Gokhale nee Deodhar

An international student from Nagpur, India, I did my undergraduate degree in Home Science and Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Nagpur University, India. I was awarded gold medals at both undergraduate and graduate levels for securing highest percentage of marks.

I was Joint Secretary of the local chapter of one of the largest student organizations in the country: Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, for the year 2004-05. I am currently the Vice-President for Graduate affairs, Indian Student Association at The University of Florida.

With an experiential understanding of multicultural issues, my research interests include immigrant health, international health initiatives, cultural competency, health communications, infectious diseases (tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS) and women’s health. I will graduate in May 2008 with a MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. I aspire to work in an international agency such as UNICEF, WHO, or the World Bank and plan culturally sensitive programs for underserved populations.

Katleen Jean

I graduated from the University of Florida in 2004 with a BA in Anthropology and two minors in Health Science Education and African Studies. After graduation, I became a Peace Corps Volunteer and moved to Togo, West Africa. As a Community Health and AIDS Prevention agent, I assisted a rural health clinic staff and community health workers in the overall management of their clinic, as well as raising awareness of several public health priorities such as HIV/AIDS, family planning, hygiene and sanitation, nutrition, and vaccination. In addition, I worked with a local association of People Living With AIDS to coordinate and implement programs such as home visits, nutritional workshops, HIV/AIDS education and awareness campaigns, and a pilot camp for vulnerable orphans affected by HIV/AIDS.

My interest in the specialty track of Social and Behavioral Science originates from my commitment to understanding how the impact of psychological, behavioral, and socio-cultural factors of health and health-related issues affect diverse populations and communities. Additionally, my public health interests extend to the domains of health and human rights, infectious diseases, global health, medical anthropology, vulnerable children (i.e. AIDS orphans and street children), and refugee and immigrant health. Ideally, I would like to work for an organization that focuses on international health and community development, and human rights, such as CARE, UNICEF, or the WHO. Ultimately, I would like to pursue a PhD in medical anthropology, which examines human health in relation to the role of cultural practices in shaping the understanding of and response to illness and disease, while analyzing the interaction of physiological, ecological, and social factors in determining variation in both physical and mental health.

William Lyman Jeffries IVWilliam Lyman Jeffries IV

I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) from Florida Southern College in 2002. I majored in sociology, criminology, and religion (concentration: Christian education). In 2006, I received my Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Florida. Concurrent to my enrollment as a PhD student in the University of Florida’s Department of Sociology, I am also acquiring my master of public health through the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health. My research primarily examines intersections of health and sexualities, with particular foci on men’s health and gender as well as racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities. I have articles in press for the Journal of Sex Research and the Archives of Sexual Behavior. I have written on a wide range of topics including male sexual dysfunction, the down-low phenomenon among black men, religion and spirituality in the lives of bisexual black men, racial/ethnic differences in male sexual behaviors and identities, and sexual behavior among HIV-infected men. I am a recipient of a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship and a Florida Board of Education Summer Fellowship. In addition, I was recently awarded the Excellence in Student Abstract Submissions and the David Rosenstein Scholarship from the American Public Health Association’s HIV/AIDS Section. My professional memberships include the American Public Health Association, American Sociological Association, and Southern Sociological Society. Upon completing my PhD in May 2009, I wish to work as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and health scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. My non-academic interests include serving as minister of music at the Old Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Alachua, FL and fishing.

Jessica Randi JonesJessica Randi Jones

I received my Bachelor’s in Health Science Education at the University of Florida in 2005. I currently work for Oak Hammock at the University of Florida as a waitress. Additionally, I am research assistant for the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health under Dr. Curbow. Dr. Curbow and I are currently working on projects pertaining to bone marrow transplant patients and their caregivers and the effects of toxic managers and coworkers on employee stress. Additionally, I work with Dr. Dodge assisting with his research on black, bisexuals, evaluating the risks associated with their sexual behaviors. I am also a member of the Public Health Student Association. This summer I will be interning with AHEC at the Eastside Clinic in Gainesville. Following graduation in August, I will continue to work with Dr. Curbow on research and as a teacher’s assistant. In the next year, I plan to begin a PhD program in public health where I will continue to work in the behavioral sciences area.

Melissa Lanzone

I am beginning my second year as a SBS student in the MPH program. I grew up just north of Tampa, Florida in a small town called Land O’ Lakes. After finishing high school I moved to Orlando to pursue my Bachelors degree at the University of Central Florida. There I received my Bachelors in Advertising & Public Relations as well as minors in psychology and anthropology, with a multicultural focus. While at UCF I spent a great portion of my time volunteering and doing public relations work for several public health oriented fields. I served as the Student Director of Get Carded, promoting organ and tissue donation, and I interned at Translife – Central Florida’s Organ/Tissue Donor Services. I also helped organize a campus wide effort to increase the number of blood donors through two student-run organizations, Generation Donation and Pledge for Pints. While serving four years on the board for Volunteer UCF, I also spent many hours advocating for different health issues, and volunteering time for organizations such as ACS. These organizations led me to further pursue my interests in Public Health at UF.

At UF I have continued my efforts in trying to increase organ/tissue donors by working at Southeast Tissue Alliance, offering families information on organ/tissue donation. I also serve as a Research Assistant with Dr. Lopez and the WITH~USS study. Our study focuses on the different barriers women and their health care physicians experience in trying to get breast health screenings. Given my previous experiences, I have a great passion for understanding barriers to receiving care and health disparities. I hope to continue my work in the organ donation field, yet intend to keep my doors open as new opportunities arise. In the near future I would like to continue my education with a PhD in Medical Anthropology or International Health.

Luis D. QuinteroLuis D. Quintero

I am a second year Master of Public Health student with a concentration in Social Behavioral Science. I was born in Mexico City but I have spent the majority of my academic life in Atlanta, Georgia. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in the Spring of 2005 with a major in psychology. I enhanced my education of the medical field and abnormal psychology while working at Anchor Hospital in Atlanta. There I was a Mental Health Assistant and a Utilization Review Specialist.

While at Emory, I spent several years researching in the field of mental health and have publications in two journals. My research during that time was on neurological and dermatological markers between schizophrenic patients and their first degree relatives. My other research interests include general mental health, infectious diseases and international health. My ambition is to go to medical school, after receiving my MPH, and serve the international community.
I am currently a Teacher Assistant for the College of Public Health and Health Professionals teaching courses on Therapeutic Communications and Critical Thinking. I also hold a research assistant position in the College of Dentistry working with Dr. Barbra Hastie on ethnic differences in sensory pain and third molars. I am a member of the Public Health Student Association and the American Public Health Association. I currently reside in Gainesville, Florida with my wonderful girlfriend Erin.

Amy SeloverAmy Selover

I am a second year MPH student within the Social and Behavioral Science concentration. Originally from Chicago, IL, I moved to Gainesville in November 1999. I received my BA in Sociology from UF in May 2003. My current research interests include premature birth awareness, STD prevention, and infection control. I am extremely involved with school organizations, and I am currently the secretary for the UF Public Health Student Association. I am also a member of the American Public Health Association and the Florida Public Health Association.

In addition to graduate school, I work as an administrative secretary at Shands HealthCare in the Planning Department. As with UF, I am also involved with community service campaigns at Shands, serving as a steering committee member and team captain for the Shands United Way Campaign for the past four years. I also serve on the Shands March of Dimes campaign as a steering committee member and team captain.

After graduation this December, I hope to begin a new chapter of my life by beginning a career in public health. It is possible that I may pursue a PhD. For right now, I am content with having a MPH degree and making an impact within the public health workforce. In addition, I would like to start a family with my husband Michael.

Yukari TakataYukari Takata

I am Japanese and have lived in the Unites States for the last six years. However, neither time nor geography has abated my ties with the poverty-ridden children of Indonesia and the Philippines whom I once called friends. The nature of my parents' work took our young family onto a small island tribe in Indonesia where there is still no electricity, no running water, and virtually no understanding of sanitation or proper health behaviors. What little they understood of the link between the physical world and the human body was tainted by ancient myths, religious constraints, and destructive social customs. Witnessing the vast and tragic disparity between my local friends' health outcomes and mine, I quickly gained a vision to empower vulnerable communities with knowledge necessary to heal their bodies and communities. Carrying this vision, I studied Biology at Covenant College, GA., to understand the science and mechanisms behind health, illness and the complex relationships between organisms and the earth. Upon receiving this knowledge and my B.A. in Biology, I took on the challenge of earning a Master's in Public Health to use as a tool and voice to disperse the knowledge that my friends had lacked to protect themselves. Although my time here is nearing an end, I feel as though I have just tapped into the vast knowledge, resources, commitment, and comradery that I have discovered through this program. If there is anything I have gained here, it is encouragement and hope after witnessing my colleagues and faculty and their devotion to the same cause… and of course, a deep gratitude that I am a woman- who is free. And I will continue to work until I see my fellow sisters discover the same freedom that allows me to sit here, in a classroom, at the University of Florida.

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