Ph.D. Graduate Students

Beatrice Abiero

Beatrice Abiero

baa15@psu.edu

Research Interests: health disparities among minority populations and ways to incorporate spatial data in our understanding of health disparities.

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Phylicia Twumwaa Bediako

pyb5129@psu.edu

Research/Academic Interests: Rural health, rural communities, especially ethnic/immigrant communities; global health (Ghana); Health disparities, epidemiology, sexually productive health issues and care provided for those issues.

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Will Bleser

wkb10@psu.edu

Research/Academic Interests: Broadly, I am interested mostly in how preventive health policy affects health outcomes. Naturally, the dual-title PhD in HPA and Demography is a good fit. Specifically, my interests lie with many vaccination topics, such as vaccine policy, mandates, and ethics.

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Reni Elewonibi

bme5110@psu.edu

Research/Academic Interests: I am interested in the methods used to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate health system strengthening programs in developing countries. I am also interested in how population changes affect access to health care in that region.

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Jillian Harvey

Jillian Harvey

jbh221@psu.edu

Research Interests: quality improvement in health care organizations

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Katelyn Holmes

Katelyn Holmes

krh205@psu.edu

Research Interests: disparities in children’s health and children’s mental health

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Nhan La

Nhan La

ntl125@psu.edu

Research Interests: health economics, with a focus on quality-adjusted life years

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Dooyoung Lim

Dooyoung Lim

dyl5159@psu.edu

Research Interests: health insurance policies and their financial management strategies from an economic perspective

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Chris Louis

Chris Louis

cjl247@psu.edu

Research Interests: hospitals and health care organizations, organizational behavior, strategic management, and quality improvement

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Young Hee Nam

Young Hee Nam

yun105@psu.edu

Research Interests: the development of health policies that will balance efficiency and quality together with equity and social justice

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Jennifer O’Hora

Jennifer O’Hora

Research Interests: quality of care

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Geoffrey Silvera

Geoffrey Silvera

Research Interests: Electronic Medical Records and Operations Management

GeoffreySilvera@gmail.com

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Nina Verevkina

Nina Verevkina

niv101@psu.edu

Research Interests: increasing access and decreasing the cost of healthcare; quality improvement; healthcare cost; primary prevention through community; health policy development and implementation

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Nengliang Yao

Nengliang Yao

ayao@psu.edu

Research Interests: health geography and health care disparities

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Kristine Yi

kuy120@psu.edu

Research/Academic Interests: I am interested in health disparities in vulnerable populations generally. Specifically, I am interested in the Latino population in the topics of cancer disparities, cross-cultural communication, and patient-physician interactions.

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Naomi Zewde

Naomi Zewde

nbz103@psu.edu

Research Interests: health geography and health care disparities

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