Angela Dixon, Princeton University

Angela Dixon is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University in the Department of Sociology and Office of Population Research. Broadly, Angela is interested in race/ethnicity, colorism, stratification and inequality, and social demography. Her dissertation focuses on perceptions of class and color discrimination in Latin America and the health consequences of discrimination. Another line of research examines the relationship between race, discrimination, and labor market outcomes. Angela received her BS in Psychology and a second major in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ashley Larsen, Pennsylvania State University

Ashley Larsen is a doctoral candidate in Sociology and Demography at Pennsylvania State University. She is a social demographer with a primary focus on family, gender, and child well-being. More specifically, her research focuses on the ways men and women differ across a myriad of family domains (e.g., the realization of fertility intentions, time spent with children, caregiving behaviors) and the consequences of those differences for family processes and decision-making. Further, she examines how family processes vary and impact children differently based on the child’s gender. Her works spans across several contexts including the United States, Malawi, and India.

Christine McWilliams, University of Wisconsin

Christine McWilliams is a PhD student in Epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Her research is focused on sexual and reproductive health across the life course and intergenerational transmission of health and wellbeing. She received her Master of Public Health from Portland State University and has extensive professional experience with research and evaluation, including clinical trial coordination, health services research, and school-based public health research. She managed ancillary studies for six years at the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW). Her expertise is in design and oversight of primary data collection projects, specifically participant recruitment, biological sample collection, and Internal Review Board applications.

Danielle Gartner, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Danielle R. Gartner is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is also a Pre-doctoral Trainee with the Carolina Population Center. Her current research uses contemporary medical-claims based surveillance data to describe geographic and racial differences in hysterectomy use in the US. As an aspiring health equity researcher, she strives to use epidemiologic methods to bridge several substantive areas, including demography, and health services to advance the field of reproductive health.  Prior to graduate school she worked for environmental and food organizations in Michigan and completed a M.S. in environmental justice from the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan and double majored in medical anthropology & evolutionary biology at Case Western Reserve University.

Douglas Hopping, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Douglas Hopping is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of North Carolina and trainee at the Carolina Population Center. His research explores household vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in south Asia.

Elizabeth Cozzolino, University of Texas

Elizabeth Cozzolino is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology and Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in how family, welfare, and criminal justice policies shape inequality within and across families. Her dissertation is a multi-method study of incarceration for child support nonpayment in Texas. Her dissertation work has been supported by the National Science Foundation.

Katherine Barrett, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Katie Barrett is a Doctoral Candidate in Biological Anthropology at UNC. She studies human growth and development from an evolutionary perspective, and her work investigates how human development in modern contexts shapes our long-term health and risk of disease later in life. Her current research asks how infants interact with their caregivers during mealtimes, and how those feeding interactions shape infants’ diet and growth in ways that may have long-term impacts on health. She hopes to shed light on how social position, cultural practices, and infants themselves contribute to growth and metabolic development.

Mobolaji Ibitoye, Columbia University

Mobolaji Ibitoye is a DrPH Candidate in Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  Her substantive research interest is in sexual and reproductive health, with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS. Her research activities have primarily focused on underserved, marginalized and most-at-risk populations both domestically and globally, including low-income pregnant women; homeless, unstably housed and incarcerated HIV-positive individuals; men who have sex with men; transgender women; and refugee girls and women. Her current research explores various factors that affect the sexual and reproductive health outcomes of adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. She is the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Pre-doctoral (F31) Fellowship funded through NICHD.

Phillip Cantu, University of Texas

Phillip Cantu is a PhD Student in Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin and a trainee for the Population Research Center. His research focuses on aging populations, measurements of disability, and caregiving for aging families. The goal of his research is to contextualize the lived experience of older Americans with regards to extended lifespans compared to previous generations. Phillip asks questions regarding how the longer lives of Americans have changed the ways in which families deal with aging family members. Understanding how individuals experience health across the life course and how families respond to health will continue to guide his research moving forward. He hopes to develop a research agenda that will allow him to combine his demographic and sociology training into a body of research that will explore the consequences of demographic trends in aging. 

Rachel Donnelly, University of Texas

Rachel Donnelly is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research focuses on population health, aging, and family. She addresses questions about how the family context contributes to patterns of health disparities over the life course, with particular attention to both short-term and long-term consequences. She offers answers to these questions by analyzing family-focused data, such as diary data and dyadic data.

Seri Anderson, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Seri Anderson received her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a doctoral student at UNC in Health Policy and Management and a trainee at the Carolina Population Center. Her research is in cost-effectiveness modeling, computer simulation, and unplanned pregnancy prevention.

Tiara Willie, Yale University

Tiara C. Willie is a Ph.D. Candidate in Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and pre-doctoral fellow in the NIMH Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Program at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. She earned her B.S. in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.A. in Women's Studies at Southern Connecticut State University. Her research examines the etiology and health consequences of gender-based violence, both domestically and globally. Her dissertation focuses on the implications of intimate partner violence on women’s engagement in the HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) continuum.