Jennifer Fink
Jennifer Fink, BS, Behavioral and Community Health (’14) , is the coauthor of the book The Little CHAMPS: Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel , an inspirational book for children in military families. Through this book and the nonprofit she created while an undergraduate student, Jennifer...Read more
Lindsay Wohlers
Going into her fifth Ironman World Championship in October of 2012, Lindsay Wohlers, M.S. ’09, Ph.D. ’12 , knew exactly what she’d be up against: a “boxing match” in the Pacific Ocean of swimmers punching, kicking and hitting; hours of cycling that would send shooting pains through her hip and back...Read more
Deliya earned her Ph.D. in Behavioral and Community Health from the University of Maryland School of Public Health in 2011. She is currently the senior health communication researcher at Communicate Health. To Deliya, public health means empowering people to make informed decisions about their...Read more
Dr. Sue Lin is the Quality Division Director, Office of Quality Improvement, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The profile below was written in 2014 when Dr. Lin was a doctoral candidate in the the Ph.D. program in epidemiology. Sue...Read more
Graciela Jaschek
Graciela Jascheck , MPH, Ph.D. '14, received her Ph.D. from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. A former community organizer, Graciela was drawn to the social justice aspect of public health. She is particularly passionate about addressing the health needs of vulnerable or...Read more
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Jennifer's interest in public health stems from her desire to help vulnerable populations, and her doctoral research focused on Hispanic communities with low English proficiency and their experiences with obtaining healthcare. She currently works for the National Institutes of Health Office of...Read more
Katheryne Downes
Katheryne Downes is on a mission to make childbirth safer. In the US, one in three mothers give birth by cesarean section, an overused and often unnecessary practice, Katheryne explains, which has increased by more than 60 percent since 1996. Katheryne, a doctoral candidate in the Maternal and...Read more
Eric Anson
As a physical therapist, Eric saw many elderly patients who were injured in a fall. The accidents could usually be traced to an underlying balance issue, which made Eric curious: What could be done to fix these foundational problems? Eric came to the School of Public Health in 2008. Through...Read more
Damian Waters, MS, couple and family therapy
Damian Waters completed his master's degree in couple and family therapy in 2009, and is now a doctoral candidate in the UMD School of Public Health's Family Science Department. Damian chose to become a therapist after working as a special education teacher and witnessing the effect family dynamics...Read more
Amber Wiest, MA in Kinesiology
Amber is graduating with her master's degree in kinesiology in Fall 2013 at the UMD School of Public Health. She serves as a coach for Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization designed to teach girls in grades 3-5 key mental and physical health concepts. Amber is passionate about health as a...Read more
The daughter of Egyptian refugees, Victoria Yedlin always felt a particular compassion for the international community. That’s why she leapt at the chance to travel to India as part of her studies in Behavioral and Community Health. In Northern India, Victoria shadowed a gynecologist and learned...Read more
Tawanna Sawyer, community health alumna
After 17 years, Tawanna Sawyer, ’12, decided she wanted to go back to school. And the mother of seven had a very specific goal in mind. “I wanted to be on the forefront of health issues – to be able to go out and speak with minority, underserved communities,” she says. A first generation college...Read more
Natasha Paleau, MPH '13, first became passionate about public health as an undergraduate student who assisted people living with HIV/AIDS during an alternative spring break trip, and then as a social worker in New York City, where she was a case manager for HIV-positive residents. After focusing on...Read more

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