Junaed Siddiqui is a first year PhD student in the department of Behavioral and Community Health. Junaed received his BS in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2010. He also received his Master’s in Health Sciences with a concentration in Community Health and Health Administration from Towson University in 2013. He has experience in community development, training, data and evaluation as well as health policy. Junaed has worked with many diverse groups, including state and city governments, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations to conduct surveys, research, and community outreach. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, Junaed managed needs and environmental assessments, technical assistance, grants, and data requests made by health centers at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers (MACHC), an association representing all Federally Qualified Health Centers in Maryland and Delaware. Additionally, Junaed has authored numerous research articles for MACHC around social determinants of health, the Affordable Care Act, and alternative payment methodologies for health centers. Past public health experience has included serving as an intern for the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) in order to teach others how to develop competency-based health programs. Junaed also worked at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, as a part of Project SHARE (Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment), a 2 year, NLM-NIH funded project. Junaed’s research interests include resiliency factors among adolescent, at-risk youth, the effect of social support factors on health risk taking behaviors, minority health in dense urban centers, and substance abuse. Junaed currently serves as a Faculty Research Assistant at the Prevention Research Center.