Doctoral Graduates

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

Cherie Savine Blair, PhD (2021)
Contextualizing Risk: Examining the Impact of Substance Use on HIV Transmission Dynamics Among a Cohort of Men Who Have Sex with Men"

Doctor, Infectious Diseases- UCLA Health

Eryn Piper Block, PhD (2021)
A Symphony Within: An Investigation of Positive Mental Health, Access to the Arts, and Equity for Millennials During Adolescence and Young Adulthood


Amy Gabriela Bonilla, PhD (2021)
The Role of Licensed Mental Health Staffing in Improving Patient Outcomes at Health Centers

Project Director at the Greater Los Angeles VA. 

Kaitlyn Brindle McBride, PhD (2021)
An Evaluation of Factors Affecting Child Health Outcomes in Africa

Senior Research Associate, QualiaBio

Petra Rasmussen, PhD (2021)
Understanding Consumer Health Insurance Decision-Making Under the Affordable Care Act

Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Diane Tan, PhD (2021)
Coverage Instability and Implications for Adults Living with Diabetes in the US, 2010-2016

GIS Epidemiologist in the Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology LA County Department of Public Health

Karen Woo, PhD (2021)
The Association Between Frailty and Hemodialysis Vascular Access Fistula and Graft Failure

Associate Professor, Surgery—UCLA
Vascular Surgeon, VA West LA Medical Center

Johnathan Baghdadi, PhD (2020)
Use of the Sepsis Bundle in Hospital-Onset and Community-Onset Sepsis and Effects of Lack of Insurance in Community-Onset Sepsis

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Public Health, Medicine, University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, University of Maryland, School of Medicine

Landon Gibson, PhD (2020)
Improvements to Causal Inferences in Longitudinal Data: Essays on Difference-in-Difference and Synthetic Controls

Data Scientist, Alo Yoga

Hiroshi Gotanda, PhD (2020)
The Effects of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansions on Out-of-Pocket Spending, Healthcare Utilization, and Health Outcomes

Geriatric Physician, Cedars-Sinai

Arpan Arun Patel, PhD (2020)
Advance Care Planning in Patients with Decompensated Cirrhosis at Liver Transplant Centers

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases

Claire Than, PhD (2020)
Gender Sensitivity in Primary Care: Three Studies

VA Greater Los Angeles. Health Science Specialist / Statistician at the Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy (CSHIIP).

Ayae Yamamoto, PhD (2020)
Healthcare Use and Outcomes of Homeless Patients: A Multi-State Population Based Study

Director, Healthcare Economics; UnitedHealthcare

Dahai Yue, PhD (2020)
Educational Attainment and Hospital Admissions: New Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study

Assistant Professor at University of Maryland

Boumediene, Stephanie, DrPH (2019)
Proposed Recommendations for Organizations Providing Community Integration Services to Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors

President, SAJA Health Consulting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

Siroka, Andrew, PhD (2016)
The Impact of Poverty and Social Protection on Tuberculosis

Health Economist, World Health Organization

Ziaeian, Boback, PhD (2016)
An Evaluation of National Health Failure Hospitalizations

Assistant Professor, VA Greater LA Healthcare System

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

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

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

Wolstein, Joelle, PhD (2015)
Examining Obesogenic Behavior Through the Lens of the Food Environment

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

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