Heather is a second year PhD student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with a minor in Anthropology in 2010 and her Master of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with graduate certificates in Public Health and Nonprofit Management and Leadership in 2012, both from the University of Florida.
Heather is a Graduate Assistant Internship Advisor who teaches and mentors students in HLTH491 under Professor Anderson-Sawyer. She is also the current President of the Association of Graduate Students in Public Health (GSPH). Before coming to Maryland, Heather lived in Peru for several years, where she worked for a large INGO in Maternal and Child Health from 2012 - 2013. From 2013 until 2016, she managed a Peruvian nonprofit organization, Help Them Hope, which increased access to post-secondary education for youth with disabilities. In 2016 Heather completed a summer Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration.
Heather's research interests include tobacco control, cancer prevention (lung cancer), behavior change communication, health communication, social marketing, and global health. You can find her current CV here.
Platter, H. (2017). Re: ‘‘Cigarette Smoking and Breast Cancer Risk in Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Women: The Breast Cancer Health Disparities Study’’ by Conner et al. (J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2016;25:299–310). Journal of Women's Health, 26(1), 91.
Platter, H. & Pokorny, S. (2017). Smoke-Free Signage in Public Parks: Impacts on Smoking Behavior. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Heather was ranked the South Eastern 9-Ball Champion for 3 consecutive years and was ranked third in the nation for collegiate billiards. Heather plays 9-ball, 8-ball, straight pool, American rotation, and professionally competes on the NAPT, JPNewt, and Action Pool Tour.