Health Behavior Alumni News and Updates, Fall 2016

Health behavior alumni are everywhere. This page introduces Becky Bowden and Rachel Shelton, describes recent professional awards, shows photos of social events and compiles alumni updates received from August through October. The Department of Health Behavior invites alumni to send us an email when they have professional news or a personal update to share.

Featured Alumni

Photo:Dr. Rachel Shelton
Rachel Shelton

Dr. Rachel Shelton

Dr. Rachel Shelton (MPH, 2004), was recently selected program chair for the 2018 Society of Behavioral Medicine’s annual meeting, building on her present role as program co-chair. She is an associate editor at “Health Education & Behavior,” and with Michelle Kegler and Derek Griffith, will be guest editing a theme issue entitled “Advancing the Science of Qualitative Research to Promote Health Equity.” The publication will focus on how researchers can use qualitative research methodologies and analytic approaches to advance research and practice in ways that address health disparities.   Read more about Shelton’s work

Becky Bowdon

Becky Bowden, health behavior alumna, poses beside her Carolina Blue Caddie.

Becky Bowden, 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. Among her many honors are the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, awarded by the governor for exemplary service to the state that has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina, and the Eunice N. Tyler Award for Excellence in Public Health Education Practice and the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education. Read More.

Professional Awards

photo, Dr. Vic Schoenbach

Dr. Victor Schoenbach

Photo: Dr. Paul Fleming

Dr. Paul Fleming

Paul Fleming (PhD, 2016) received an APHA award based on his dissertation research. The title of Fleming’s presentation was “Reasons for choosing to participate in a circumcision for HIV prevention intervention in the Dominican Republic: A mixed methods study. The award is the HIV/AIDS Section 2016 Excellence in Abstract Submissions on an International Topic Award.

Victor Schoenbach (MPH in health behavior, 1974: PhD in epidemiology 1979) associate professor of epidemiology and health behavior received the Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Read More.

2016 MPH Graduates received Outstanding Student Research Abstract Award

Photo:Joy Martin, Katie Byerly, Steffani Bangel and Joel Mercado Blanco

From left: Joy Martin, Katie Byerly, Steffani Bangel and Joel Mercado Blanco (all earned the MPH in 2016)

Joy Martin (MPH), Katie Byerly (MPH), Steffani Bangel (MPH) and Joel Mercado (MPH), all 2016 graduates, received the SHES Outstanding Student Research Abstract Award. Their presentation was entitled, “’I can see the California aspect of it as opposed to Deep South, rural North Carolina:’ Assessing the Social and Educational Context to Guide Adaptation of an Arts-Informed, School-Based Sexual Education Program for High School Students in North Carolina.”  Read More This item also is posted in the student news section.


Social Events

Photo: Health Behavior Alumni: left to right: Alexis Moore ('97), Janice Freedman ('84), Emily McMahon (2012), Hannah Prentice-Dunn (2012), Katherine Turner (1996) and far right : Lindsay Olson (2014)

Health Behavior Alumni: Front row from left to right: Alexis Moore (’97), Janice Freedman (’84), Emily McMahon (2012), Hannah Prentice-Dunn (2012), Katherine Turner (1996) and far right: Lindsay Olson (2014)

Photo: Health behavior alumni, Danielle Schenk (front) and Jessica Tufte (waving) rode in the 2016 Tour de Femme.

Health behavior alumni, Danielle Schenk (front) and Jessica Tufte (back) rode in the 2016 Tour de Femme.

Thanks to the health behavior alumni in the triangle area who came out to Umstead State Park on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Everyone had a great time catching-up and hiking in the beautiful weather.

Danielle Schenk (MPH, 2016), Jessica Tufte (MPH, 2016), rode in the annual Tour de Femme. Nidhi Sachdeva (MPH, 2007), who is not pictured, also attended and cheered them on. The annual women-only cycling event is in its eleventh year of bringing women to North Carolina from all over the country to fight cancer.


hb_apha_social_2016_34Many alumni participated in our social at APHA. See photos on he Picture Page.

If you have your own health behavior alumni get-together, send us a photo, tell us what was happening and we will post it in the next newsletter. Send them to HBNews.


Updates Received

Michael Wilson (MPH, 2014) and Sadiya Muqueeth (MPH, 2012) traveled to South Africa to speak with policy makers, practitioners, and funders about how South Africa might achieve rapid reductions in the number of cases of tuberculosis. Wilson works as Partnerships Lead for Advance Access and Delivery. Muqueeth is a doctoral student at the T.H Chan School of Public Health at Harvard.

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

Ciara Zachary (MPH, 2003) and 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.

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.

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.

They Will be Missed

Jane Brooks Carroll McCoy (MSPH 1946)  1924–2016
Longtime Berkeley resident and early civil rights advocate Jane McCoy passed away June 29, 2016. She was born in North Carolina and raised in a small town near Chapel Hill. She was committed to race relations and social justice and also interested in community and global health. Read More.

Robert I. Wakeley (MPH,1950) 1923–2016
Robert I. Wakeley was born August 5, 1923 in Waterbury, CT and died peacefully in his sleep on September 22nd at the age of 93 in La Jolla, CA. He worked with the American Cancer Society for much of his career, retiring as  executive vice president for the California Division of the American Cancer Society in 1988. Read More.


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