Health Behavior Alumni

Chandra Ford (PhD, 2015) gave the keynote address at the 38th Minority Health Conference. She poses here with Jani Radhakrishnan (MPH, 2017) and Marisa Martini (MPH, 2017), co-chairs of the conference. Many other new graduates played important roles in the conference.

Hannah Prentice-Dunn

Hannah Prentice-Dunn

Dear alumni,

Thanks to all of you who have been in touch with the Department of Health Behavior and shared your updates!

My priority for our section is to create opportunities for our alumni to connect with each other, with students and with the department. In the North Carolina area, we can do this through social events and networking events with students.

Thank you to the 24 local alumni who volunteered and many who attended our 2017 Health Behavior Department Career and Networking Conference on February 3rd. Alumni volunteers gave invaluable guidance to students through panels on Career Paths in Health Behavior, Marketing Your HB Skills, and a speed networking session. We have planned an informal happy hour for HB alumni in Durham this spring.

To provide networking support to our alumni across the globe, I am currently working with staff in the Gillings School Office of Advancement to enhance their alumni support services. In particular, I believe it is important to connect our early career alumni with our greater alumni network, especially in graduates’ first five years out of the program.

It was so good to see the thirty or so local alumni who came out for a social in Durham. I am always struck by how much health behavior alumni enjoy each other and the productive networking that underlies our gatherings.

Do you have any suggestions on how we can build alumni mentorship opportunities and connections to support our early health behavior graduates?

If you do, please email me at any time at again for all you do, and please keep sharing your updates with us!


Hannah Prentice-Dunn

President of the Health Behavior Section of the Gillings School Alumni Association

Thank you

We are always glad to see and network with our alumni. Many of you attended the alumni socials at APHA in November 2016 and in Durham in March 2017. The energy in the room whenever our alumni gather affirms the strength of the connections among us. We look forward to other gatherings in coming months.

The Department of Health Behavior appreciates our alumni’s engagement and generous contributions of all types.  Students value the annual Career and Networking Conference in March and the many alumni mentors and preceptors who interact with practicum students and Capstone teams every year. We also appreciate those who provide financial support, whether that means supporting the global practicum opportunities, helping establish the Jo Anne Earp Professorship in Health Behavior, or giving general support to the department. You can make a donation at any time.

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Recent Profiles

Becky Bowden, MPH, who is retired, is active in the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE).  She has been recognized for her outstanding career of service.   Read More

Dr. Rachel Shelton (MPH, 2004)  is an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and associate director of research at the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Columbia University. Read More

Amy Lansky (MPH, 1991; PhD, 1996), is back at the CDC in Atlanta. Formerly she  was director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy where she serves as President Obama’s lead adviser on domestic HIV/AIDS issues.

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James Thrasher (PhD, 2005) is an associate professor of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.

Linda Ko (PhD, 2008) is director of the Health Communication Research Center at the Fred Hutchinson Center for Community Health Promotion.

Katherine Turner (MPH, 1996) works as a senior advisor and manager at Ipas.

DeVetta Holman-Nash (MPH, 1985) is the assistant director of student wellness services and coordinator of student academic success at Carolina. She was profiled by UNC in early 2016.

Ingrid Morris (MPH, 2003) is a healthcare developer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Edna Davis-Brown (MPH, 1975) consults with community groups in cities and towns across the nation from her home base in Maryland and is active in her North Carolina community as well.


Health behavior alumni at APHA in 2016

Updates for Spring 2017

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Jane Brooks Carroll McCoy (MSPH 1946) was born near Chapel Hill in 1924 and passed away in Oakland, California on June 29, 2016. Jane was a longtime Berkeley resident and an early civil rights activist. She was committed to race relations and social justice and also interested in community and global health. Read the obituary.

Robert I. Wakeley (MPH,1950) Robert I. Wakeley was born August 5, 1923 in Waterbury, Connecticut and died peacefully in his sleep on September 22, 2016 at the age of 93 in La Jolla, California. Robert worked with the American Cancer Society for much of his career. He retired as the Executive Vice President for the California Division of the American Cancer Society in 1988. Read More.

Heather D’Angelo (PhD, 2015) is the first author of a study that found that low-income students and Hispanic students are disproportionately exposed to both tobacco outlets and fast-food restaurants near their schools. Read more.

Christina Galardi (MPH,MCRP, 2016)  In August, Galardi started working as a project manager with the Department of Health and Human Services in South Carolina.

Jennifer Gierish, (MPH, 2000; PhD, ) was promoted to associate professor in the Duke Division of Internal Medicine. Read more.

Ciara Zachary (MPH, 2003) PhD from JHU works as a Policy Analyst, Health Advocacy Project at the North Carolina Justice Center and can be contacted at the center.

La Verne Reid (MPH, 1977) is a professor in the Department of Public Health Education at North Carolina Central University.

Edward F. Meehan (MPH, 1978) is the executive director of The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Hannah Prentice-Dunn (MPH, 2012) is Project Manager for Cancer Intervention Research at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sadhana W. Hall (MPH, 1986) works as the deputy director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth.  Read about Hall.

Helen Cole (MPH 2007) received a DrPH in the Community, Society and Health track from the City University of New York Graduate Center and School of Public Health in June 2016. In August, she will become a postdoctoral fellow in urban planning at the Institut de Ciencia i Tecnologia Ambientals, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Hannah Prentice-Dunn (MPH, 2012) became president of the health behavior chapter of the Gillings alumni association in July 2016.

Michele Clark (MPH, 1996) is senior consultant at John Snow, Inc. (JSI), works on several public health projects at JSI including a national HIV integrated planning technical assistance project, an evaluation of an opioid urgent care clinic pilot project in Massachusetts and a contraceptive access quality improvement project in New York City. Clark is also a DrPH candidate at Boston University. Her dissertation research investigates clinic-based strategies to prevent opioid overdose deaths, focusing on community health centers in Massachusetts. She was awarded the Dr. Beverly Brown Scholarship from the Boston University Women’s Guild.