Behavioral Science & Health Education

 Behavioral Science & Health Education

Joanne Amposta

Hello! My name is Joanne Amposta, and I am from Virginia Beach, VA. I am a second-year student in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department, and I am enrolled in the Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health Certificate Program. I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in May 2015. Shortly after graduation, I decided to pursue a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the VT Engage Community Partnerships Network, where I worked with university and community partners to implement the Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech. I chose to attend Rollins because the students and faculty foster a unified community that values diversity, collaboration, mentorship, and skill development. Through Rollins and its many connections, I was able to pursue my public health interests while working for the Georgia Department of Public Health and Emory University’s Office of Health Promotion. Outside of Rollins, I enjoy eating my way through Atlanta, hiking along the Chattahoochee River, and playing music. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!


Michelle Ivy

Hello! My name is Michelle Ivy. I was raised in Humble, Texas outside of Houston. I studied psychology and chemistry at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (Go Mustangs!). After my undergraduate career, I moved to Busan, South Korea where I lived for two years. I worked in a group home for teen girls where I was a teacher and social worker. I was so excited to start my graduate career at Rollins, after returning to the US. I have a passion for researching mental health and psychiatry and the BSHE department has given me so many opportunities to learn and research my own interests in addition to expanding other topics. At Rollins I am apart of the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Certificate. Through the REAL program, I am employed at the CDC as an evaluation team member at the injury center for violence prevention. Rollins has provided me amazing friendships, resources, and opportunities. I know that going back to school can be a stressful choice but I haven’t regretted it for a moment and I’m confident you won’t either.  I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your stories!


Tina Mensa-Kwao

Hello! My name is Tina and I am a first year in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department. I was born in Ghana, but grew up in New Jersey. I graduated from the University of Virginia (Wahoowa!) in May 2015. There, I double-majored in Neuroscience and Global Development Studies with a concentration in Global Public Health, and a minor in Leadership. After graduating, I completed an internship at the Clinton Global Initiative, where I helped strategize the Global Health Track’s 2016 priority areas and composed a report on women’s mental health challenges and gaps. Following this, I worked as a Program Assistant at Global Health Strategies, where I contributed to the research and writing of communications strategy documents and media materials for the Women Deliver 2016 Conference, Grand Challenges Africa, the launch of 2016 Global Nutrition Report and the AIDS 2016 Conference. I’m passionate about increasing the quality of mental health services for youth in low-income environments and that’s why I chose BSHE! Currently, I’m a graduate research assistant for Dr. Janet Cummings in the HPM department, whose work focuses on improving adolescent mental health services. I came to on Rollins because of the supportive environment, engaging community and invaluable connections! I’m looking forward to meeting and learning more about all of you!  

Jenni Song

Hey! My name is Jenni and Atlanta has been my home since I started pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Human Biology at Emory University. I found my way to public health while I was switching from the individual-focused dietetic track to wanting to make a change at the population-level.  Through the skills I gained at Rollins School of Public Health, specifically through my Behavioral Sciences and Health Education department, I have had the opportunity to utilize my public health knowledge through various opportunities such as volunteering at CDC and during my internship with ASPPH in Washington DC. I look forward to see how else I will grow professionally and personally through this program and I am excited to share my experience as a Student Ambassador with you all!


Ilyssa Tamler

Hi! My name is Ilyssa and I am a second year student in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education department. I am from Michigan, and I graduated from Boston College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Afterward, I spent one year working as a clinic assistant at an orphanage in rural Mexico, where I helped the doctor to assess patients and gave health talks to nearly 500 kids. I then spent one year working at a global health non-profit organization at a major health system in Detroit, which focused on research, training, and capacity building. My first year at Rollins, worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and I am currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Jessica Sales in the BSHE department. I chose to come to Rollins because it had everything that I was looking for in my graduate school experience, both inside and outside of the classroom setting. The skills that you gain in the courses here are unparalleled, and the students and faculty really care about one another. It is such a welcoming environment. I have absolutely loved my experience at Rollins so far, and I am really excited to share it with all of you.


Merete Tschokert

Servus! My name is Merete Tschokert and I am a second year student in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education department. I am a Fulbright student from Vienna, Austria and studied pharmacy at the University of Vienna. Before coming to Rollins I worked in a community pharmacy in Vienna. During my studies I contributed to the development of the Health Targets for Austria and the Children and Youth Health Strategy of Austria. Through this experience I decided to study public health. My public health interest is youth health and social determinants of health; therefore, I am participating in the Certificate in Maternal and Child Health and the Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health. I am your person if you have questions around being an international student at Rollins, student organizations (I’m part of a few) and about BSHE (I’m your BSHE Department Representative). In conclusion, Rollins has a tight community and we would love to welcome you.