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of CPHR Graduates


Brown University

Harvard Medical School

Mercer University School of Medicine

New York University Langone Medical Center

Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Viet Nam

University of Massachusetts Medical School

University of Oregon Medical School

University of Tennessee

Yale School of Medicine


Biogen Idec

HealthCore, Inc.



Department of Veterans Affairs

Food and Drug Administrations

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

North Carolina Center for Health Statistics

Non-profit/ Advocacy

Foundation for Healthy Communities New Hampshire

Featured Graduates

  • Han-Yang Chen

    Han-Yang Chen, PhD

    2015 Graduate

    Prior Education: BA in Ecomomics, National Taiwan University, MS in Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, MS in Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Research Interests: Cardiovascular disease epidemiology

    Mentor: Robert Goldberg, PhD

    Dissertation: Hospital Treatment Practices, 30-Day Hospital Readmissions, and Long-Term Prognosis in Patients Hospitalized with Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Dissertation

    Post Graduation: Dr. Chen is an Assistant Professor (Research) at UTHealth.

  • Yong Chen

    Yong Chen, PhD

    2011 Graduate

    Prior Education: MD, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; MS, Johns Hopkins University

    Research Interests: Study design and patient safety

    Mentor: Becky Briesacher, PhD

    Dissertation: Comparative Effectiveness of Alendronate and Risedronate on the Risk of Non-Vertebral Fractures in Older Women: An Instrumental Variables Approach

    Post Graduation: Dr. Chen is an Epidemiologist and Senior Scientist at Merck Corporation

  • Yendelela Cuffee

    Yendelela Cuffee, PhD

    2012 Graduate

    Prior Education: BS in Biology, Hampton University; MPH, New York Medical College

    Research Interests: Health disparities and international health

    Mentor: Jeroan Allison, MD, MScEpi

    Dissertation: "Exploring the Psychosocial and Behavioral Determinants of Medication Adherence Among African Americans with Hypertension"

    Post Graduation: Dr. Cuffee is a postdoctoral fellow at New York University Medical School's Center for Health Behavioral Change

  • Carol Curtin

    Carol Curtin, PhD

    2015 Graduate

    Prior Education: BA in Sociology and Psychology, Trinity College and an MSW in Casework and Groupwork, Boston University School of Social Work

    Research Interests: Biopsychosocial determinants of health and mental health, and in clinical interventions and public health efforts to address health disparities, health care access, health literacy, and improved health outcomes in this population

    Mentor: Eric Mick ScD
    Dissertation: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Screen Time, Physical Activity, and Diet Quality
    Post Graduation: Associate Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. Within the Shriver Center, Dr. Curtin is the Director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs.

    Dr. Curtin is currently a Research Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also a Lecturer in Pediatrics at the Tufts University School of Medicine and an Instructor at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.

  • Hongliu Ding

    Hongliu Ding, PhD

    2008 Graduate

    Prior Education: MD, Anhui Medical University of China; MPH, Shanghai Medical University

    Research Interests: Quantitative risk analysis and risk reduction interventions, clinical drug trials

    Mentor: Terry Field, PhD

    Dissertation: Bone Health and Coronary Heart Disease in Postmenopausal Women with Breast Cancer Treated with Tamoxifen

    Post Graduation: Dr. Ding holds joint appointments as a Commissioner's Fellow at the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and an epidemiologist at National Center for Food Safety and Technology, Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

  • Barbara Gandek

    Barbara Gandek, PhD

    2014 Graduate

    Prior Education: BA in Economics, Swarthmore College; MS in Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health

    Research Interests: patient-reported outcomes measurement

    Mentor: John Ware, PhD
    Dissertation: "Psychometric Evaluation of Joint-Specific Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Before and After Total Knee Replacement"
    Post Graduation: Dr. Gandek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Director of Research at John Ware Research Group

  • Lauren Gellar

    Lauren Gellar, PhD

    2011 Graduate

    Prior Education: AS in Culinary Arts & BS in Clinical Nutrition, Johnson and Wales; MS in Nutrition and Public Health & Med in Community Nutrition, Columbia University

    Thesis Advisor: Lori Pbert, PhD

    Dissertation: The Effect of Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load on Glucose Control, Lipid Profiles and Anthropometrics among Low-Income Latinos with Type 2 Diabetes

    Post Graduation: Dr. Gellar is a tenure-track assistant professor position in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Tennessee

  • Alexandra Hajduk

    Alexandra Hajduk, PhD

    2014 Graduate

    Prior Education: BS in Health Sciences, Northeastern University; MPH, University of Connecticut

    Research Interests: epidemiological methods and cognition in aging

    Mentor: Jane Saczynski, PhD
    Dissertation: "Cognitive Status and Initiation of Lifestyle Changes Following Acute Coronary Syndrome"
    Post Graduation: Dr. Hajduk is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Training Program in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology & Aging-Related Research at the Yale University School of Medicine

  • Lisa Lines

    Lisa Lines, PhD

    2014 Graduate

    Prior Education: BS in Technical Communications (Biomedical Sciences Concentration), Northeastern University; MPH, Umass Amherst

    Research Interests: health services and outcomes research

    Mentor: Arlene Ash, PhD
    Dissertation: "Outpatient Emergency Department Utilization: Measurement and Prediction"
    Post Graduation: Dr. Lines is a Health Services Researcher, RTI International and Instructor, Quantitative Health Sciences, UMassMed

  • Tanya Lord

    Tanya Lord, PhD

    2011 Graduate

    Prior Education: BS in Special Education, Boston University; MPH, University of New Hampshire

    Research Interests: Patient safety improvement and medical error prevention

    Mentor: Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH

    Dissertation: Early Detection and Treatment of Acute Clinical Decline in Hospitalized Patients: An Observational Study of ICU Transfers and an Assessment of the Effectiveness of a Rapid Response Program

    Post Graduation: Dr. Lord holds joint appointments as a Patient Safety Consultant at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and a Patient Engagement Consultant at the Foundation for Healthy Communities New Hampshire

  • Camilla Pimentel

    Camilla Pimentel, PhD

    2015 Graduate

    Prior Education: AB in Community Health, Brown University and MPH in Sociomedical Sciences - Aging and Public Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

    Research Interests: long-term care, cancer-related symptom management among older adults, person-centered care, pharmacoepidemiology

    Mentor: Kate Lapane, PhD

    Dissertation: Use of Opioids for Pain Management in Nursing Homes

    Post Graduation: Dr. Pimentel is a postdoctoral fellow in the Prevention and Control of Cancer: Training in Implementation Science (PRACCTIS) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is based at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) at the Bedford VA Medical Center.

  • Hilary Placzek

    Hilary Placzek, PhD

    2012 Graduate

    Prior Education: BA Colgate University, MPH (International Health) Boston University School of Public Health

    Research Interests: Improving healthcare, policy

    Dissertation: A Population-Based Epidemiological Description of Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Predictors of Severity Among Hospitalized H1N1 Cases in Massachusetts

    Post Graduation: Dr. Placzek is a Senior Analyst in health outcomes for WellPoint, Blue Cross Blue Shield Division of Clinical Research

  • Alan Rathbun

    Alan Rathbun, PhD

    2014 Graduate

    Prior Education: BS (Magna Cum Laude) in Biology, Rider University; MPH, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Public Health

    Research Interests: mental health in the context of chronic physical disease

    Mentor: George Reed, PhD
    Dissertation: "Depression in Rheumatoid Arthritis and an Estimation of the Bi-Directional Association of Depression and Disease Burden"
    Post Graduation: Dr. Rathbun is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Epidemiology of Aging Training Program at the University of Maryland School Medicine

  • W.W. Sanouri Ursprung

    W.W. Sanouri Ursprung, PhD

    2013 Graduate

    Prior Education: BS in International Studies with a concentration in Biochemistry, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Research Interests: addiction, health disparities, policy driven research, advocacy, and the dissemination of relevant translational research abroad

    Mentor: Joseph DiFranza, MD
    Dissertation: "Developing Three New Pathophysiologically Based Measures of Nicotine Dependence: A Dissertation"
    Post Graduation: Dr. Ursprung is a Deputy Director in the Office of Statistics and Evaluation at the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA

  • Mollie Wood

    Mollie Wood, PhD

    2015 Graduate

    Prior Education: BA in Zoology, Miami University, and an MPH in Epidemiology, Boston University

    Research Interests: Reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, treatment of chronic illnesses during pregnancy, neurodevelopmental disorders of children, and causal inference and epidemiologic methods

    Mentor: Jean Frazier, MD
    Dissertation: Causal Inference Methods for Assessing Neurodevelopment in Children Following Prenatal Exposure to Triptan Medications
    Post Graduation: Dr. Wood is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo in Norway. She spends about 5 months of the year in Oslo, and the remaining time at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her work is on safety and efficacy of medication use during pregnancy. Dr. Wood also does methodologic work related to causal inference, measurement error, and unmeasured confounding.

  • Rui Xiao

    Rui Xiao, PhD

    2015 Graduate
    Prior Education: Degree in clinical medicine from Jilin University, China; MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Research Interests: nutritional epidemiology and women’s health with a focus on psychosocial and behavioral factors leading to weight management during pregnancy and postpartum
    Mentor: Molly Waring, PhD
    Dissertation: Diet Quality And Evening Snacking In Relation To Sleep Duration And Quality Among Women With Young Children
    Post Graduation: Dr. Xiao is a research scientist at PatientsLikeMe. Prior to this position, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health examining the impact of psychosocial factors on chronic health conditions.

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