Doctoral Graduates

Below is a partial listing of doctoral program (PhD and DrPH) graduates, their dissertation titles, and their current employment information.


Hinshaw Balgrosky, Jean A., PhD (2015)

Adoption of Electronic Health Records by Physicians for Use in Their Practices

Founder and CIO, Bootstrap Incubation; CIO, MD Revolution

Lecturer, UCLA Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Chanfreau, Catherine C., PhD (2015)

Personalized Medicine and the Role of Patient Preferences, Risk Perception and Information Exchange

Research Health Scientist, VA Informatics Computing Infrastructure (VINCI)

Garza, Jeremiah R., PhD (2015)

Stressful Social Comparisons and Daily Stressors: Examining Their Role as Psychosocial Explanations in Socioeconomic Health Disparities

Senior Advisor to Chief Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Public Health Department

Giannitrapani, Karleen F., PhD (2015)

Determinants of Interdisciplinary Healthcare Team Functioning

Associate Director, Quality Improvement Resource Center for Palliative Care

Hoffman, Geoffrey J., PhD (2015)

Risk Predictors, Outcomes, and Costs of Falls Among Older Adults Living in the Community

Assistant Professor, Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership, University of Michigan School of Nursing

Kim, Yan, PhD (2015)

Using Administrative Data to Characterize Patterns of End-of-Life Care in Diverse Settings

Physician, UCLA Health System

May, Folasade P., PhD (2015)

Black-White Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Incidence, Screening, and Outcomes

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Gastroenterologist, Division of Digestive Diseases

Villatoro, Alice P., PhD (2014)

Perceived Need for Mental Health Care among Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Non-Latino Whites in the United States

Research Scientist, Latino Research Initiative, University of Texas at Austin

Wolstein, Joelle, PhD (2015)

Examining Obesogenic Behavior Through the Lens of the Food Environment

Lecturer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; Lecturer, CSULA

Dawes, Aaron, PhD (2016)

Improving Quality Improvement in Surgery: The Role of Quality Improvement Collaboratives

Resident Physician, Department of Surgery, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dinkler, John, PhD (2016)

An Evaluation of Hypertension Control in the General Population and Patient-Reported Outcomes in a Clinical Trial of Heart Failure

Director of Quality, Hartford Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute; Cardiologist, Cardiology Associates of Central Conneticut

Gase, Lauren, PhD (2016)

Identifying Opportunities to Improve the Health of At-Risk Youth through the Education and Juvenile Justice Systems

Senior Researcher, Spark Policy Institute; Senior Evaluation Analyst, VentureWell

Narain, Kimberly, PhD (2016)

Welfare Reform & the Health of Single Mothers

Assistant Professor, Division of General and Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Parks, Ashley, DrPH (2016)

Improving the Linkage to HIV Specialty Care: Referral and Authorization Process Redesign at the AID Healthcare Foundation

Assistant Professor of Public Health Science, California Baptist University

Sacks, Greg, PhD (2016)

Surgeon Perception of Risk and Benefit in the Decision to Operate under Uncertainty

General Surgery Resident Physician, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Davis, Anna C., PhD (2017)

The Vital Few: Characterizing the Comorbidity Profiles and Spending Trajectories of Patients with High Costs in an Integrated Delivery System

Research Consultant, Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research

Friedman, Sarah, PhD (2017)

The Effects of Three Types of Insurance Benefit Design Features on Speciality Mental Health Utilization

Assistant Professor, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno

Hsuan, Charleen, PhD (2016)

Hospital Responses to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA): Noncompliance, Hospital Utilization and Readmissions, and Strategic Ambulance Diversions

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Administration, Penn State University

Liang, Di, PhD (2017)

A Natural Experiment about the Effects of Urbanization on Elders' Mental Well-Being and Chronic Disease Management: Lessons from China's Passive Urbanization

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California San Diego

Miake-Lye, Isomi M., PhD (2016)

Adoption of Evidence-Based Practices: Patterns and Positive Deviants in the National Survey of Physician Organizations

Health Science Specialist, VA HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy (CSHIIP), VA Greater LA Healthcare System

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Healthy Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Olmos, Tanya T., PhD (2017)

Delivering Preventative Health Services through Health Fairs: A Clinical-Community Partnership in Los Angeles County

Social Science/Health Services Specialist, VA Long Beach Health Care System

Siroka, Andrew, PhD (2016)

The Impact of Poverty and Social Protection on Tuberculosis

Health Economist, World Health Organization

Squitieri, Lee S. H., PhD (2017)

The Strengths and Limitations of Linking Medicare Data Across Clinical Settings to Study Elderly Patients with a Pressure Injury Diagnosis

Plastic Surgeon, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services / USC Medical Center

Ziaeian, Boback, PhD (2016)

An Evaluation of National Health Failure Hospitalizations

Assistant Professor, VA Greater LA Healthcare System

McBride, Robin F., DrPH (2018)

Applying System Science and  Simulation Modeling in Dentistry and Population Oral Health

Senior Quality Improvement Specialist in Population Health, Health Net

Garcia-Appendini, Ida C., PhD (2017)

Effects of Mexico's Seguro Popular Program on Health-Related Outcomes: Ten Years After Its Implementation

Senior Researcher/Professor, EQUIDE Universidad Iberoamericana

Leung, Lucinda, PhD (2017)

Toward Understanding the Healthcare Value of Veterans Affairs' Primary Care-Mental Health Integration

General Internal Medicine Physician/Health Services Researcher, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Palimaru, Alina, PhD (2018)

Assessing Health-Related Quality of Life and Subjective Well-Being in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury

Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corportation

Richter, Stefan, PhD (2018)

Improving Empiric Antibiotic Coverage for Gram-Negative Rod Infections Using Available Clinical Data

Internal Medicine Physician, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Schickedanz, Adam, PhD (2018)

The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Household Resources, Intergenerational Risk of Adversity, and Behavior Problem in Subsequent Generations

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Wynn, Adriane, PhD (2017)

Evaluating Routine Testing and Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections among Pregnant Women in Southern Africa

Associate Director, Policy Core, Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS Los Angeles)

Boumediene, Stephanie, DrPH (2019)

Proposed Recommendations for Organizations Providing Community Integration Services to Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors

President, SAJA Health Consulting

Brunner, Julian W. M., PhD (2018)

Clinical Decision Support: Design Strategies and Quality Outcomes in Primary Care

Health Services Researcher, VA HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy (CSHIIP), VA Greater LA Healthcare System

Buhr, Russell G., PhD (2019)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Thirty-day Rehospitalizations: An Analysis of the Nationwide Readmission Database

Clinical Instructor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Childers, Christopher, PhD (2019)

Understanding Variation of Intraoperative Disposable Supply Costs in Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

General Surgery Resident, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Keller, Michelle S., PhD (2019)

Understanding Clinical Decision-Making Around Opioid Prescribing

Research Coordinator, Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes, Research and Education

Kurz, Raluca, PhD (2019)

Uptake of BRCA Testing and Downstream Healthcare Utilization

Senior Genetic Counselor, Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Mak, Selene S. L., PhD (2019)

Mobile Health Technology Use in Vulnerable Populations

Program Manager, Evidence Synthesis Program, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Nonzee, Narissa J., PhD (2018)

Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cervical Cancer Among Ethnically Diverse and Low-Income Populations

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Sorensen, Andrea, PhD (2018)

An Evaluation of the Impact of Clinical Pharmacists on Care Transitions in a Non-Integrated Healthcare System

Manager, Global Health Economics, Amgen

Tran, Linda D., PhD (2018)

Impact of Gentrification on Adult Mental Health

Center Associate, Center for Health Policy Research, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Viana, Joseph, PhD (2018)

Self-reported Legal Status in the California Health Interview Survey: An Evaluation of Data Quality and Application towards Adolescent Mental Health

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health