Tobacco Studies Program

Former Scholars

Graduates of the University of Washington (UW) Tobacco Studies Program (TSP) work as researchers, service providers and program administrators at various state agencies, non-profit organizations and health facilities across the US. Below is a list of TSP alumnae, their scholarship(s) awarded, graduate/doctorate program, and current position:

Beth Dadko MPH, Fellowship, 2003-04
Program: Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Current Position: Program Planning and Evaluation Analyst, County of Sonoma Department of Health Services

Gary Gant MPH, Career Development Award 2003-04
Program: Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Current Position: Acting Deputy Regional Administrator, Department of Health and Human Services

Joseph Balabis MPH, Career Development Award, 2003-04
Program: Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Current Position: Community Health Planner, County of San Mateo

Beatriz Carlini PhD, MPH, Career Development Award, 2003-04; Fellowship, 2004-05
Program: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Current Position: Research Scientist, UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI)

Gwyneth Moya MPH, Career Development Award, 2003-04
Program: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Current Position: Program Associate, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Jef St. De Lore MPH, Career Development Award, 2003-04
Program: Social & Behavioral Sciences
Current Position: Program Manager, Swedish Cancer Institute

Caleb Banta-Green PhD, MPH, MSW, Career Development Award, 2005-06
Program: Health Services
Current Position: Affiliate Associate Professor, UW Department of Health Services; Research Scientist, UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI)

Megan Fesinmeyer PhD, Career Development Award, 2005-06
Program: Public Health Genetics
Current Position: Researcher, Seattle Children’s Hospital Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development

TheAnh Nguyen PharmD, Career Development Award, 2005-06
Program: Pharmacy
Current Position: PharmD, Texas Medical Center

Sarah Ross-Viles MPH, Fellowship, 2004-06
Program: Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Current Position: Tobacco Prevention Policy and Planning Manager, Public Health – Seattle & King County

DeAnn Cromp MPH, Fellowship 2005-07
Program: Health Services (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
Current Position: Research Associate/Program Manager, Center for Community Health and Evaluation, Group Health Research Institute

Lindsey Greto MPA, Fellowship, 2006-07
Program: Public Policy
Current Position: Project Manager, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Heather Ngai MPH Career Development Award, 2005-06; Fellowship, 2006-07
Program: Health Service (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
Current Position: Public Health Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration

Mackenzie Melton MPH, Fellowship, 2006-07
Program: Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Current Position: Immunization Project Coordinator, WithinReach

Tovi Avnon MD, MPH, Fellowship, 2006-07
Program: Health Care and Population Health Research
Current Position: Adolescent Medicine Fellow, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Julia Crouch MPH, Fellowship, 2007-08
Program: Public Health Genetics
Current Position: Research Associate, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Jessica Gleckel MPH, Fellowship, 2007-08
Program: Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Current Position: Health Scientist, CDC

Joel Grossbard PhD, Career Development Award, 2008-09
Program: Clinical Psychology
Current Position: Researcher, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Sravanthi Parasa MD, MPH, Career Development Award, 2008-09
Program: Epidemiology
Current Position: Gastroenterology Fellow, University of Kansas Medical Center

Joy Hamilton Gilroy MPH, Fellowship, 2009-10
Program: Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Current Position: Senior Program Manager, Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials

Gillian Schauer PhD, MPH, Fellowship, 2008-10
Program: Health Risk Behavior
Current Position: Public Health Advisor, CDC Office of Smoking and Health; Clinical Instructor, University of Washington

Sheetal Hardikar MD, PhD, Career Development Award, 2007-08
Program: Epidemiology
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Cancer Prevention, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Robert Askew MS, Career Development Award, 2010-11
Program: Psychology
Current Position: Research Scientist, University of Washington

Rebecca Meiksin MPH, Career Development Award, 2010-11
Program: Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Current Position: Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Risa Pavia, MPA, Fellowship, 2009-10; Career Development Award, 2010-11
Program: Public Finance and Economics
Current Position: PhD Candidate, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Jordana Pickman MPH, Career Development Award, 2010-11
Program: Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Current Position: Planner, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Sarah Jaye Sanford MPH, Fellowship, 2009-10; Career Development Award, 2010-11
Program: Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Current Position: Program Coordinator, WithinReach

Geoffrey Simkins MSW, Fellowship, 2010-11
Program: Social Work
Current Position: Mental Health Counselor

J.J. Stein MSW, MC, Career Development Award, 2010-11
Program: Social Work, Communications
Current Position: Housing Case Manager, Plymouth Housing Group

Kristen Bylund Franckum RN, MPH, Fellowship, 2011-12
Program: Health Services
Current Position: Public Health Nurse, Mason County Public Health

Kate Cole MPH, Fellowship, 2011-12
Program: Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Current Position: Associate, EnviroIssues
Past Positions: ORISE Health Communications Fellow, Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products

Allison Kristman-Valente PhD, Career Development Award, 2011-12
Program: Social Work
Current Position: Research Scientist, UW Social Development Research Group

Libby Brockman MPH, Fellowship, 2012-13
Program: Maternal and Child Health
Current Position: Program Director, Jett Foundation

Jessa Kerston MSW, Career Development Award, 2011-13
Program: Social Work, Mental Health

Colin Maloney MPH, Fellowship, 2012-13
Program: Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Current Position: Program Manager, UW Tobacco Talk Smoking Cessation Program

Joseph Cerimele MD, MPH, Fellowship, 2012-14
Program: Health Services
Current Position: Acting Assistant Professor, UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Biraj Karmacharya PhD, Career Development Award, 2013-15
Program: Epidemiology

Nick Fradkin MPH, MPA, Fellowship, 2013-14; Career Development Award, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
Program: Health Services (Health Systems & Policy), Nonprofit Management
Current Position: Business Manager, EdTec

Elizabeth Medeiros MPH, Fellowship, 2014-15; Career Development Award, 2015-2016
Program: Health Services (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
Current Position: Program Coordinator, UW Tobacco Studies Program

Juliet D’Alessandro MPH, MSW, Fellowship, 2015-16
Program: Health Services, Social Work
Current Position: Healthy Communities Specialist, Snohomish Health District