Behavioral Sciences & Health Education

 Behavioral Science & Health Education

Grace Doebler
Grace Doebler

Hi! My name is Grace Doebler, and I am a first-year student in the Behavioral Social Health Education Sciences (BSHES) Department. Before coming to Rollins to pursue my Masters in Public Health, I attended Christopher Newport University, where I majored in Neuroscience and minored in psychology. I was heavily involved in a Behavioral Neuroscience/Psychology Lab, which highlighted the significant gap in communication and education within the scientific community and the public. The summer before my senior year (2019-2020), I interned at the Concussion Legacy Foundation. I was able to gain hands-on experience in educating priority populations on the dangers of concussions and the long-term effects. Rollins has allowed me to expand my education and skillset in public health. I am currently serving as an intern with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities on their State Opioid Response Team. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, exploring Atlanta, and visiting the many parks Atlanta has to offer.

Janelle Gowgiel
Janelle Gowgiel

I am originally from Portland, Oregon, and recently graduated from Williams College. Ever since high school, I have been drawn to public health, health communications, and health outreach as a way to combine my passions for biology and science with writing and communicating. I was inspired by science writers and journalists and their ability to convey accurate and understandable information to people who might otherwise not have access to scientific information. I am dedicated to using my education in public health to fight for health equity and to design, implement, and evaluate health programming to accomplish this. After interning with the CDC in Atlanta, I am excited to return to the city for my MPH. Outside of my interest in public health, I am an avid runner, and was a Cross-Country and long-distance Track runner in college. I love traveling and hiking (ideally together!) around the U.S. and the world. I also managed the student run coffee shop at my college and continue to work sporadically as a barista, fueled by my love of coffee and of people.

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Leah Howard

Hey y’all! My name is Leah, and I am a second-year student pursuing an MPH in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department. I was born and raised Atlanta (Well, really Conyers), and received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Emory University with a major in Human Health and a minor in English. Immediately after graduation, I began working as a full-time ORISE Fellow at the CDC. If you’d asked me my freshman year of undergrad, I would’ve told you Medical School was my dream. That all changed when I took a Predictive Health course and learned about the incredible work of Public Health. Ever since, Public Health has been my passion. In undergrad, I worked with a group whose goal was to provide screenings for Affordable Care Act eligibility, increase student health literacy, and promote health in underserved communities. Along those lines, my interests lie in providing resources to those in underserved communities, including individuals located in food deserts or with limited to no access to health care. When I’m not in school or working, you can find me trying new food, playing tennis, or watching This is Us. I am so excited to share about my experiences at Rollins, and look forward to meeting all of you!

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Josh Kaufmann

Hi Friends! I’m Josh, and I’m a second-year MPH student in the department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Originally from Maryland, I received a BA in Psychology from Elon University in North Carolina while also studying Public Health and Women’s/Gender Studies. I was extensively involved in campus health promotion initiatives as a peer educator, where I discovered my passions for sexual and reproductive health, facilitation, and social justice. I spent the two and a half years after graduation as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Thailand collaborating with local government agencies, teachers, and community members to develop sustainable youth development programs. Now I’m here – a student at Rollins, Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow, and Graduate Assistant with the Emory’s Office of Respect and I couldn’t be happier! I’m excited to share my Rollins experience and can’t wait to see y’all on campus next year!

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Amanda Mohammed

Hi y’all! My name is Amanda and I’m a second-year BSHES student from Snellville, GA. I graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in 2018 with a BS in Rural Community Development. Currently, I’m a Graduate Research Assistant with the Emory Centers for Technical and Teaching Assistance working on a variety of projects spanning from Alzheimer’s to tobacco cessation. Recently I began working with the Georgia Dept. of Public Health as an EPI Assistant for the COVID-19 response. I am also involved with the Career Development Ambassadors (CDA), hold a position on the Student Outbreak Response Team (SORT) exec board as the Community Outreach Liaison, and served as a Graduate Mentor/Facilitator for the Emory Pipeline Program (among many other things!). My academic interests include emergency management & response, health literacy, quality improvement, the social/contextual determinants of health, and rural health. When I’m not on campus you can find me trying new restaurants, volunteering at ATL festivals, traveling, and finding any excuse to pull out my camera. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions and I look forward to sharing my Rollins experience with you!

My Nguyen
My Nguyen

Hey y’all! My name is My (me), or you can call me Mimi (she/her). I’m so excited to be one of your Rollins Student Ambassadors this year! I am a first-year BSHES student pursuing a certificate in the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). I was born and raised in Memphis, TN, and I ventured cross-country to attend Stanford University in the Bay Area and graduated in 2020 with my B.S. degree in Human Biology with a concentration in Biosocial Determinants of Global Child Health. I was actively involved in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community through staffing at an ethnic community center and serving as a student leader for multiple API organizations throughout college. My passions are in health equity, refugee/immigrant health, community advocacy, and social justice. I’m committed to do meaningful, engaging work to address health disparities and advocate for community empowerment through sharing underrepresented narratives in marginalized communities. As a first-generation, low-income student, graduating undergrad during a pandemic left me feeling completely lost, and starting my MPH also during COVID-19 has been quite the learning experience. RSPH and BSHES have given me the flexibility to explore my intersecting interests through interdisciplinary coursework, and Atlanta is a perfect city for a major foodie like me. Currently, I am a Graduate Academic Advisor for Emory undergrads, and I am also involved with the Student, Faculty, and Alumni Engagement Committee of the Career Development Ambassadors (CDA). I’m looking forward to getting to know you better and to help you make your best choice on where to start your exciting MPH journey!

Chidinma Ohanele
Chidinma Ohanele

My name is Chidinma Ohanele, and I am originally from California, and graduated from University of California, Davis in 2018 with a BS in Psychology. After graduating I worked at an after-school program at a local elementary school, then eventually became a Behavioral Therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am currently a first-year MPH student at Rollins School of Public Health in the Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences Department. My interests lie in increasing access to mental health services for marginalized and underserved populations, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) prevention and intervention strategies, and mind-body therapeutic approaches. Currently, I am an intern for Resilient Georgia, and am helping to complete a state-wide scan of behavioral health services centered on ACES and Trauma-Informed Care. When I’m not in school or working, you can find me reading a good book, drawing, enjoying the outdoors or laughing at random videos with my siblings. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and sharing my Rollins experience!

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Maggie Pustinger

Hi all, my name is Maggie Pustinger. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio but moved south to complete my undergraduate degree in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. I am a first year MPH candidate in Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences with a certificate in Social Determinants of Health. I came to Emory right after graduation with interests in social determinants of health, specifically access to health care and how the social determinants of health impact chronic disease development in later life. Outside of school I’m a huge fan of all things outdoors, cooking, and I’m always looking for a good book recommendation. On the weekends it is very likely that I am exploring trails around the greater Atlanta area with my dog, Thea!

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Kelly Quinn

Hello! I’m Kelly Quinn and I’m a second year BSHE student at Rollins School of Public Health! I spent my entire life in New York until moving to Atlanta this past August to start my MPH. I completed my undergraduate degree at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY in Political Science and Mass Communications. My capstone work in undergraduate was focused on structural systems of violence and the limitations they pose on the access of low SES populations to adequate education and infant mortality rates.  While repeatedly contemplating Law School, I continued to pursue other interests. In 2018 I completed a six month Web Development Intensive at Rutgers University, igniting my interest in Tech. I spend much of my free time learning additional coding languages (Python is my latest muse) and keeping up to date new developments in Tech. Exposure to User Experience Research and Design got my wheels turning on digital behavior and computer interactions that impact quality of life and health behavior choices.  Luckily, this lead me to begin researching programs in Public Health (Sorry news for Law School Admissions Councils everywhere, I’m sure). Ultimately, I chose Rollins because of the deeply established community Emory has to offer. Atlanta has proven to be, thus far, an incredibly vibrant and exciting place to live! In the world of non-academia and fun facts, I’ve bartended professionally for nearly a decade at some of the best cocktail bars in the world and worked for Bobby Flay for three years. I am a professionally trained actress, graduating from a two year program at the William Esper Studio in Manhattan. I am an avid fan of all things Space and traveling and am a mixed media artist.

Danielle Sargeant
Danielle Sargeant

Hello everyone! My name is Danielle Sargeant and I am a first-year MPH student in the Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences department at Rollins. I was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey before moving to Washington, DC to attend Howard University. I graduated in 2018 with a BS degree in Biology. During my undergraduate career, I served as a College Corps member through Jumpstart, a program focused on serving low-income communities through education. I also participated in the Howard University Young Africana Leadership Initiative, a service-learning experience that allowed me the opportunity to travel to Ghana and learn about the public health issues affecting Africa and the African Diaspora. My experience in Ghana developed my sense of social responsibility through engagement in local communities. Following graduation, I served as an elementary school teacher with Teach for America in rural North Carolina for two years. Currently, I work as a STEM Curriculum & Training intern within student programs and partnerships in the CDC’s Epidemiology Workforce Branch. In my free time prior to COVID-19, I enjoyed traveling. I have been to 20 countries so far and can’t wait to travel again, safely!

Ashley W
Ashley W.

Hi! I am Ashley and am a first-year in the BSHES department and the MCH certificate program from Decatur, GA. I graduated from the University of Miami with a BS in Public Health and minors in Chemistry, Psychology, and Sociology. My interests in public health include African American maternal & infant morbidity/mortality prevention, built environments: food deserts in minority communities (childhood obesity prevention and healthy food access), minority teen girls pregnancy prevention, and social innovation and entrepreneurship developments addressing MCH health disparities. I am a member of the REDI Implementation Team, the free the vaccine for covid-19 global campaign (season 2), an incoming RSGA BSHES student representative, and an incoming MCH cohort, 1st year student representative. I look forward to engaging and sharing my experiences with you!