Maternal and Child Health Doctoral Student Profile - Yanica Faustin
Yanica Faustin, MPH
Program Initiated: 2014
Primary Advisor: Jon Hussey, PhD
Research Interests: race and health, health inequities, Black immigrant health, birth outcomes, infant mortality, the life course
Dissertation Research: Adverse birth outcome differences by nativity within the Black population, in the United States, and potential mechanisms.
Honors/Awards: Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship (2017); Cynthia H. Cassel Doctoral Dissertation Award (2017); UNC Graduate School Schrader-York Summer Research Fellowship (2017); IAAR Graduate Student Summer Research Grant (2017); SSRC Dissertation Proposal Defense Fellowship (2016); IntraHealth International Summer Fellow (2015); North Carolina Excellence Fellowship (2014)
Bio: Yanica’s research interests are centered around race and health within the Black population in the United States. Yanica graduated from Colby College in 2010 and went on to earn her MPH in Community Health Education from UNC-Greensboro in 2013. Prior to entering the doctoral program, she worked at RTI International at the Center for Global Health.
Since beginning the maternal and child health doctoral program at UNC, Yanica has worked as a research assistant with a research team in the sociology department and has collaborated with MCH professors on research related to racial health inequities. Additionally, Yanica has had the opportunity to strengthen her teaching experience, serving as a teaching assistant for MHCH 702: Foundations of Maternal and Child Health and MHCH 890: Health Inequities. She has guest lectured for MCH courses and sociology courses. Yanica also served as the student doctoral committee liaison for the past two years.
Yanica is entering her third year as a Step coach for a middle school Step dance team in Durham. When she is not stepping she enjoys reading, running, cooking, and spending time with her family.