Tobacco Studies Program

Current Scholars

copy-of-jake-delbridge-headshot Jacob Delbridge is a first-year MPH student in Health Services pursuing a concentration in health systems and policy. Jake has experience working on a variety of public health and policy issues, most recently at UC Berkeley where he engaged in analysis of California’s occupational health and safety policies. While interning at the American Lung Association in California’s Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing, Jake researched and tracked local and statewide tobacco-control initiatives as well as issuing key policy updates to public health agencies. His long-term goal is to improve tobacco policies that focus on prevention as well as health care delivery.
Katherine Garcia-Rosales is a first year MPH Epidemiology student in the School of Public Health. Katherine graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health in December 2015 from the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. Her research interest includes tobacco control and substance abuse research with a focus on global health. She recently worked at the Center for Substance Abuse Research working on the National Drug Early Warning System project that tracks emerging drug issues in the US. Currently, she is a Research Program Manager at El Centro de la Raza, developing their CBPR Community Needs Assessment project that is assessing the needs of the Latino population in Seattle and South King County, WA.

Additionally, she is currently a graduate research assistant at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute working on their Virtual Reality Second Life Two-Spirit pilot study to address substance use and HIV risk among substance-using Native American men. Her long-term goals are to research emerging tobacco issues, such as the rise in the use of electronic cigarette, and how it is disproportionately affecting different populations.

copy-of-hena-headshot Hena Parveen is a second year MPH student in Health Services- Community Oriented Public Health Practice. She spent over five years studying and practicing dentistry in India and then worked for about a year in Saudi Arabia. In her experience working with patients from low socioeconomic backgrounds, many were tobacco users and weren’t aware of the direct and indirect health effects of using tobacco products. The prognosis for many of her patients, especially in cases of oral carcinoma, was poor and the treatment she provided them felt like a band-aid solution to a much bigger issue.

After moving to the U.S., she wanted to continue her work in cancer prevention but with an upstream approach and decided to study public health. She interned at the Tobacco Prevention Program, Public Health- Seattle & King County last year and conducted formative research on youth’s perspectives on e-cigarettes. She is now doing her capstone project with them and developing a school-based curriculum and an Alternative to Suspension program on vaping for King County School Districts, specifically the Seattle Public Schools. After graduating, Hena hopes to find a job in tobacco prevention and control that would allow her to perform tasks at the policy level.

manali Manali Vora is a second year MPH student in Epidemiology. She earned her Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery from Gujarat University, India in 2014. She was sensitized to the tobacco epidemic during her training as a dentist and has since then been passionate about tobacco dependence prevention and treatment research. Currently, she is working on a systematic review of Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) literature with the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (CTCRE) at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). This project largely focuses on evaluating the tobacco industry’s role in the acceptance of the harm reduction concept in tobacco control research community. For her thesis, Manali will be working with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on assessing the difference in survival among oral cancer (a tobacco-related cancer) patients based on immune gene expressions in their tumor samples. Such research will help support the development of immunotherapy for oral cancer patients and reduce tobacco-related morbidity and mortality.

 

Read about our former scholars here.