HPHB Doctoral student directory


Doctoral student directory

Health Promotion and Health Behavior

The following students have chosen to share their research and study interests. This directory does not represent every doctoral student in the program.

  • Geethika Koneru, MD, MPH

    Geethika is currently exploring how self-management skills and social support systems come together to promote optimum health and well-being in youth, and the role identity, culture, and communication skills have in forming the narratives young… see full profile

  • Maritza Leon Gutierrez, MPH

    Maritza's research interests focus on cancer prevention and screening among Latinas. She is analyzing data on risk perception among interval breast cancer survivors. She is currently working on two NIEHS funded studies including the Be Well Study… see full profile

  • Ashley Schuyler, MPH

    Ashley's research interests include the dissemination and implementation of sexual health interventions (e.g., HIV self-testing, PrEP), sexual violence in the military, the long-term effects of sexual trauma, and sexual health and trauma-related… see full profile


This directory does not represent every alumni from the program.

  • Eiman E. AlEissa, PhD, RDH

    Eiman's research interests focused on community-based dental/oral health programs. She assessed the translational process of school-based dental sealant programs in Oregon, emphasizing program challenges, adaptations, and problem-solving strategies.
  • Zainab Alidina, PhD, MPH '23

    Zainab's research interests focused on dissemination and implementation science, specifically within the context of HIV/AIDS. Her research investigated the implementation of an Oral Self-Implemented HIV Test among Tanzanian youth, comparing the… see full profile
  • Gulaiim Almatkyzy, PhD '23

    Gulaiim is a social and behavioral health insights researcher. She graduated with my PhD in Health Promotion and Health Behavior in June 2023. She has 5+ years of experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research, starting from… see full profile
  • Rebecca Amantia, PhD, MPH

    As a doctoral student, Rebecca's research interests focused on health and human rights. Her research examined government efforts in human trafficking prevention and protection for victims/survivors. She also investigated humanitarian crisis… see full profile
  • Chandra Char, PhD

    Chandra Char’s work focused on barriers and access to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic for people with disabilities. Her work specifically investigated experiences of adults with hearing loss utilizing health care. Chandra used her… see full profile
  • Julia Drizin, PhD '22

    Julia Drizin is a behavioral scientist and user researcher who employs mixed methods. She has demonstrated expertise in patient-centered research, usability testing, communicating insights, project management and facilitating workshops. She is… see full profile
  • Maddison Greaves, PhD, RDN

    As a doctoral student, Maddison Greaves' research focused on weight stigma and weight-based discrimination within provider-patient interactions for clinically obese individuals. She investigated how specific experiences contributed to weight-bias… see full profile
  • Sydelle N. Harrison, PhD, MPH

    As a doctoral student, Sydelle Harrison's research interests aimed to identify and address gaps in public health translation at the Tribal level in the Pacific Northwest. Her community-based research focused on investigating indigenous… see full profile
  • Ellie Smith, PhD

    As a doctoral student, Ellie Smith focused her research on reproductive justice, reproductive healthcare access and disparities for vulnerable populations, and strategic health communication. She examined the reproductive and sexual health… see full profile
  • Nina Taylor, PhD

    Nina Taylor's research focused on weight stigma and weight bias. She aimed to understand how social and cultural norms influenced weight perceptions and contributed to disordered eating behaviors, especially in adolescents. Her work also examined… see full profile