Alumni

Colleen Bridger, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. James Studnicki (Chair); Dr. Ahmed Arif; Dr. Larissa Huber; Dr. David Langford; Dr. John Culberth

Dissertation Title: "CORRELATES OF PARENT-CHILD CONCORDANCE IN SEXUAL ATTITUDES: DOES PARTICIPATION IN THE ‘PARENTS MATTER!’ PROGRAM IMPROVE THIS AGREEMENT?"

Past Position(s): Gaston County Health Director; Orange County Health Director; Founding Executive Director of the Institute for Child Success, Greenville, SC (2010)

Current Position: Director, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

 

Jennifer H. Bushelle-Edghill, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee:   Dr. James N. Laditka and Dr. Sarah B. Laditka (Co-Chairs), Dr. Larissa Brunner Huber, Dr. Jennifer Troyer, and Dr. Susan Johnson (Graduate School Representative) 

Dissertation Title: "HEALTH SERVICES USE FOR AMBULATORY CARE SENSITIVE CONDITIONS IN THE DEVELOPING COUNTRY OF BARBADOS”

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management Department of Management, Fayetteville State University

Keith J. Carnes, Ph.D., MHA

Dissertation Committee:

Dissertation Title: 

Current Position: Principal Investigator, UNC Charlotte

Bola Ekezue, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Sarah B. Laditka and Dr. James N. Laditka (Co-Chairs), Dr. James Studnicki, Dr. Christopher Blanchette, and Dr. Todd Steck (Graduate School Representative)

Dissertation Title: "CORONARY REVASCULARIZATION STRATEGIES AND THE EFFECTS OF DIABETES COMPLICATIONS ON POOR HEALTH” 

Current Position:  Senior Researcher at HealthCore Inc.

Tsovinar Harutyunyan, Ph.D. 

Dissertation Committee: Dr. James N. Laditka and Dr. Sarah B. Laditka (Co-Chairs), Dr. Jacek Dmochowski, Dr. Michael Thompson,  Dr. Lori Thomas (Graduate School Representative)

Dissertation Title: "SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF CHILD NUTRITIONAL STATUS IN ARMENIA:  THE ANALYSIS OF 2000 AND 2005 DEMOGRAPHIC AND HEALTH SURVEYS”

Current Position: Associate Professor, College of Health Science, American University of Armenia; Research Consultant at the Center for Health Services Research and Development

Caroline Hohensee, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Mary A. Nies (Chair), Dr. James Laditka, Dr. Larissa Huber, Dr. Meredith Troutman and Dr. Hank Harris

Dissertation Defense Date: Thursday, August 4, 2011, 12:00-2:00pm 

Dissertation Title: "THE ROLE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON BODY MASS INDEX AMONG MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL CHILDREN”

Past Position(s): Independent Research Consultant, Charlotte, NC

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Health Administration at Pfeiffer University, Charlotte, NC (since 2012)

Susan Johnson, Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: "HEALTH SERVICES USE FOR AMBULATORY CARE SENSITIVE CONDITIONS IN THE DEVELOPING COUNTRY OF BARBADOS"

Sabrina Jones Niggel, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. William Branden (Chair), Dr. A. Suzanne Boyd, Dr. David Langford (Graduate Faculty Representative), Dr. Rebecca A. Nesbit and Dr. Jennifer Troyer

Dissertation Title: "HEALTH LEGACY FOUNDATIONS AND THE PURSUIT OF CHARITABLE HEALTHCARE"

Current Position: Research Assistant Professor for the College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Clinic Director for the Ada Jenkins Center

Valerie Johnston, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. James Studnicki (Chair); Dr. Yuhua Bao; Dr. William P. Brandon; Dr. Jacek Dmochowski; Dr. Gary Rassel

Dissertation Title: "RACIAL/ETHNIC AND PAYER DIFFERENCES IN THE TIMELINESS OF EMERGENCY CARE IN U.S. EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS: CAN WE LEGISLATE EQUITY?"

Past Position(s):  Assistant Professor of Public Health, University of North Florida; Assistant Professor of Health Administration, University of Florida (2011); Assistant Professor of Health Administration, Pfeiffer University (2012)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management, Anderson University

Shital Kamble, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. James Studnicki (Chair); Dr. Jacek Dmochowski; Dr. Larissa Huber; Dr. Jennifer Troyer; Dr. Susan Sell

Dissertation Title: "EFFECT OF PROVIDERS’ PROCEDURAL VOLUME COMPLEXITY ON IN-HOSPITAL COMPLICATIONS AND LENGTH OF STAY FOR GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY"

Past Position(s): Research Fellow-HEOR at Duke Clinical Research Institute; Outcomes Research Manager at Quintiles

Current Position: Bristol Myers Squibb, Associate Director 

Sandi J. Lane, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Jackie Dienemann (Chair); Dr. Jennifer Troyer (Co-Chair); Dr. Sarah Laditka; Dr. Christopher Blanchette; Dr/ Scott Fitzgerald

Dissertation Title: "THE ASSOCIATION OF STRUCTURAL AND PROCESS FACTORS

WITH MEDICATION ERRORS FOR RESIDENTS ENTERING A NURSING HOME"

Past Position(s): Program Coordinator, Health Services Leadership and Management at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences; Program Chair, Health Services Leadership at Carolinas Healthcare System; Associate Research Scientist at Loveplace Respiratory Research Institute

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University Health Care Management, Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management

Sara Hayes LeGrand, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Teresa Scheild; Dr. Larrisa Huber; Dr. Susan Reif; Dr. James Laditka; Dr. David Langford

Dissertation Title: "HIV/AIDS KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, BEHAVIORS, AND RISK INDICATORS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE CATAWBA INDIAN NATION"

Current Position:   Assistant Research Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute and the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research

Elijah O. Onsomu, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. James Studnicki (Chair); Dr. Ahmed Arif, Dr. Judith Cornelius, Dr. James Laditka, Dr. Ayana Moore, and Dr. Noah mark.

Dissertation Title: "FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH HIGH-RISK SEXUAL BEHAVIOR AMONG KENYANS: IMPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH STRATEGIES AND POLICY IN COMBATING HIV/AIDS"

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Division of Nursing, Winston-Salem State University (Since 2013)

Comfort Z. Olorunsaiye, PhD.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Larissa R. Brunner Huber (Chair), Dr. Sarah Laditka,  Dr. A. Suzanne Boyd, Dr. Shanti Kulkarni, Dr. Akinwumi 

Ogundiran, Department of Africana Studies

Defense Title: " REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH DISPARITIES AMONG WOMEN IN WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA" 

Current Position:  Evaluation Fellow at CDC, Atlanta

 

Elizabeth Radcliff, Ph.D

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Sarah Laditka and Dr. Cynthia Cassell (Co-chairs), Dr. Eric Delmelle, Dr. Jennifer Troyer and Dr. Pamela Shue

Dissertation Title: "EFFECTS OF HYDROCEPHALUS ON HOSPITAL USE, ASSOCIATED COSTS AND ACCESS TO CARE AMONG CHILDREN WITH SPINA BIFIDA"

Current Position: Research Fellow at South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina (since 2014)

 

Simone W. Salandy, Ph.D. 

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Mary A. Nies (Chair), Dr. Larissa Huber, Dr. Sarah Laditka, Dr. Donna Kazemi, Dr. Meredith Troutman and Dr. Hank Harris

Dissertation Title: "THE EFFECTS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND NUTRITION ON STRESS MANAGEMENT, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, AND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION OF COLLEGE FRESHMEN.”

Current Position: Senior Public Health Analyst, Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

 

Elizabeth Tait, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. James Laditka (Co-Chair); Dr. Sarah Laditka (Co-Chair); Dr. Mary A. Nies; Dr. Elizabeth Racine; Dr. William Siegfried

Dissertation Title: "REASONS FOR USE OF COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE AND PRAYER FOR HEALTH BY OLDER ADULTS IN THE UNITED STATES"

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Master of Health Sciences School of Health Sciences, Western Carolina University

 

Yhenneko Taylor, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Sarah Laditka and Dr. James Laditka (Co-chairs), Dr. Larissa Brunner Huber, Dr. Elizabeth Racine, Dr. Akinwumi Ogundiran

Dissertation Title: "SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF PRENATAL CARE USE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: EXPLORING EQUITY"

Current Position: Research Scientist, Carolinas Healthcare System (since 2013)

 

Elliott Tolbert, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. A. Suzanne Boyd (Chair), Dr. Christopher Blanchette, Dr. Shanti Kulkarni, Dr. Susan McCarter, and Dr. Laura Veach

Dissertation Title: "EXAMINING MENTAL HEALTH FACTORS AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIORS ASSOCIATED WITH CYBERBULLYING AND OTHER FORMS OF ADOLESCENT VICTIMIZATION"

Current Position: Senior Research Coordinator at Johns Hopkins Hospital (since 2014)

 

Kathryn Ann Willits, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Mary Nies (chair), Dr. Elizabeth Racine, Dr. Meredith Troutman, Dr. Elena Platonova, Dr. Hank Harris
 
Dissertation Title: "EFFECTS OF MEDICAL HOME AMONG CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS"

Past Position(s): Family Nurse Practitioner, Valley Community Clinic, North Hollywood, California (until Dec. 2011)

Current Position:  Assistant Professor Nursing, Baylor University, Waco, Texas (beginning Jan. 2012) 

 

Pilar Zuber, Ph.D.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. James Studnicki, Dr. Michael Thompson, Dr. Suzanne Boyd, Dr. Donna Kazemi, Dr. Laura Talbot, Dr. Laura Veach

Dissertation Title: "ALCOHOL USE AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN FIFTH-YEAR COLLEGE STUDENTS"

Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte