Current Research Projects

Folake Eniola is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology. Her research interests include improving the understanding of the social determinants of population health outcomes and health disparities, evaluating health care systems, designing interventions to support systems that enhance health. Her previous training in Health Informatics has led her to research how innovative methods, including mobile technology, may be leveraged to address public health concerns and to improve health outcomes on both a local and global scale. Her current research with the Columbia Population Research Center focuses on the use of innovative methods, such as Global Positioning System Data, to measure human mobility in an informal community setting.

Richard Teran is working towards his PhD in the Department of Epidemiology. His research interests include infectious diseases, primarily HIV antiretroviral drug resistance and pre-exposure prophylaxis. Richard is currently working with Dr. Mary Ann Chiasson on a national online randomized controlled trial (RCT) of high-risk HIV-positive men who have sex with men. The RCT follows men for 12 months to determine the efficacy of a video-based intervention at reducing condomless anal sex encounters with serodiscordant partners and increasing HIV disclosure. He plans to evaluate participant partnership behaviors, viral suppression, and engagement in HIV care.

Yanelli Núñez is Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Yanelli’s research interests include studying the role environmental contaminants, such as lead and pesticides, play on the onset of neurological and neurodevelopmental diseases; as well as studying the interplay between genetic vulnerabilities and environmental exposures. She works in Dr. Diane Re’s lab on a project that aims to assess the effects environmental stressors have on the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  

Danielle M. Crookes is a DrPH student in the Department of Epidemiology. Among her research interests are social inequality, immigrant health, Afro-Caribbean health, cancer, and chronic disease. Using longitudinal data of adolescents followed through adulthood, Danielle is currently exploring the relationship between hypertension in early adulthood and psychosocial factors, such as depression symptoms, antidepressant use, and immigrant generational status, as well as its intersection with race/ethnicity. 

Ivy Mushamiri is working towards her PhD in the Department of Epidemiology. Research interests include community-based approaches to global HIV prevention, care and treatment, health systems strengthening and implementation science. Ivy currently works on two projects: (1) an HIV PrEP Study, which is a Phase 1 Crossover Trial Evaluating the Pharmacokinetics of Tenofovir Reduced-Glycerin 1% Gel in the Rectal and Vaginal Compartments of Women in the Bronx, NY; and (2) a follow up study looking at the relationship between exposure to Health Behavior Campaigns and HIV-Risk Behaviors in participants from the Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS).

Stephanie Grilo is pursuing a PhD in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences in the sociology track. Her research interests include understanding and helping to address the sexual and reproductive health disparities that plague vulnerable populations. More specifically, she wants to examine how the processes of globalization affect birth outcomes in Black and Hispanic communities both in the United States and worldwide. Stephanie is currently doing research with Dr. John Santelli in the Department of Population and Family Health on a variety of adolescent pregnancy and reproductive health projects in the United States and Uganda.

Daniel Carrión is a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Health Science’s Climate & Health Program. Among his research interests are climate justice, GIS, health equity, air pollution, heat-related morbidity & mortality, and energy insecurity. Daniel is currently exploring the potential health equity implications of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. He is specifically working on two research projects: 1) clean cookstove transitions as air quality interventions in Ghana (with Darby Jack, PhD) and (2) the possible influences of energy insecurity on heat related morbidity and mortality (with Patrick Kinney, ScD). 

Mobolaji Ibitoye is pursuing her DrPH in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, global health, immigrant health, social determinants of health, and health disparities. She is currently examining associations between age at menarche and various sexual and reproductive health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. She is also exploring ways to address HIV risk associated with alcohol use among Tanzanian adolescents.

Lauren Broussard is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences. Her professional experience is focused on racial disparities in the domestic HIV epidemic and she plans to pursue this work during the doctoral program. Lauren specifically plans to focus on the impact of structural forms of gender and race-based discrimination upon sexual and reproductive health outcomes among women of color. She is interested in increasing utilization of quantitative research methods to explore these issues from a societal or population level perspective. Lauren is currently working with Dr. Patrick Wilson to explore attitudes regarding HIV among Black faith communities.