Behavioral Science & Health Education

 Behavioral Science & Health Education

Kat Adams

Hey y’all! I’m Kat Adams, a second year MPH student in the Behavioral Science and Health Education Department. I’m from Virginia Beach, VA, and graduated from the University of Virginia (Wahoowa!) in May 2013 with a BSEd in Kinesiology. During college and after graduation, I coached and judged club gymnastics; which allowed to stay involved in the sport I so dearly love, and also solidified to me the importance of physical activity as necessary, but often overlooked, part of a healthy life. I came to public health school with the goal of increasing access and improving the quality of various physical activity programs, and Rollins has allowed me to do just that. My first semester I worked at the Emory Adult Congenital Heart Center, and am currently working on getting the results of a quality improvement project published. This semester I am working at Boys and Girls Club of America (the national headquarters) with several grant teams as they develop and implement healthy out‐of‐school time (HOST) programming and curricula. I love the collaborative and supportive community at Rollins and the emphasis on the practical application of public health. I’m excited to show others what an amazing community we have here at Rollins!

Joanne Amposta

Hello! My name is Joanne Amposta, and I am from Virginia Beach, VA. I am a first-year student in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department, and I am enrolled in the Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health Certificate Program. I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in May 2015. Shortly after graduation, I decided to pursue a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the VT Engage Community Partnerships Network, where I worked with university and community partners to implement the Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech. I chose to attend Rollins because the students and faculty foster a unified community that values diversity, collaboration, mentorship, and skill development. Through Rollins and its many connections, I was able to pursue my public health interests while working for the Georgia Department of Public Health and Emory University’s Office of Health Promotion. Outside of Rollins, I enjoy eating my way through Atlanta, hiking along the Chattahoochee River, and playing music. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Shelby Barnes
Shelby Barnes

Hello! My name is Shelby Barnes and I’m a second year MPH student in Behavioral Science and Health Education. I’m an Ohio native where I received my bachelor’s degree in public health from Kent State University in 2013. I took two years off to gain experience as a surveillance and evaluation research assistant in Cleveland, Ohio before starting at Rollins. I knew I wanted to pursue an advanced degree in public health and felt that Rollins would provide ample opportunities and courses to enhance my skills. Currently, I’m a data abstractor with the Emory Adolescent & Adult Congenital Heart Defects Program as part of REAL. Moving to Atlanta has already proven to be a great experience and there is much to explore in this city. I’m excited to be a Rollins Student Ambassador and be able to share my experiences with prospective students!

My name is Omoshalewa Bamkole and I am currently a second year MPH in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education department. I graduated with a ba

Omoshalewa Bamkole

chelor’s in Psychology and certificate in Neuroscience from Princeton University, and have a second bachelor’s in Biological Sciences (Molecular Option) with a certificate in Premedical Studies from the University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee. Between my two degrees, I worked in EHR/IT at a federally qualified health center in New Jersey (my home state). Prior to starting at Rollins, I completed a service term with AmeriCorps by serving with Wisconsin Health Corps as a Community Health Coordinator for two non‐profits in Milwaukee, Fight Asthma Milwaukee (FAM) Allies and Milwaukee Area Health Education Center (AHEC). My public health interests can be collectively described as being fueled by a desire to understand how macroenvironmental forces in society operate in the lives of women, children, and families. At Rollins I am able to develop these interests through a number of academic and extracurricular endeavors including the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Certificate program and the Atlanta‐area Evaluation Association (AaEA). I have a good listening ear, lots of stories to share, and enjoy being spontaneous within reason. I look forward to sharing some of my experiences with you and answer any questions you have about Rollins, Emory, and life in Atlanta.

Farida Bana
Farida Bana

Hi everyone! I’m a 2017 Behavioral Science and Health Education MPH candidate, also enrolled in the Complex Humanitarian Emergencies certificate program. I was born and raised in the outskirts of Atlanta to Burmese and Pakistani parents. I graduated from Emory College in 2015 with a degree in Joint Anthropology and Religion. I chose Rollins not only because I love the Emory community, but also because Atlanta is the perfect place to gain practical and professional skills in public health. I highly suggest that everyone bridge outside of Rollins at least a few times to attend events or lectures around Atlanta, and at Emory’s undergraduate and other graduate business, law, theology, and humanities schools. If you’re into engineering, you can also make your way to Georgia Tech in 15‐minutes! Don’t hesitate to look me up on social media or send me an email if you have questions about Atlanta, Emory, or public health in general. Welcome to Rollins!!!

Jordan Helms
Jordan Helms

Hello! My name is Jordan Helms. I am a second year student at Rollins in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department. I am originally from Louisville, KY but I have lived in Nashville, TN for five years before coming to Atlanta to attend Rollins. While in Nashville, I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Belmont University. I am currently a Graduate Research Study Intern with the Georgia Department of Public Health examining barriers to access to healthcare among MSM living in Rural Georgia. My research interests include sexuality, HIV, southern culture/identity, black Culture/identity, and spirituality. In my spare time I like to knit, hike, play violin and do yoga.

Michelle Ivy

Hello! My name is Michelle Ivy. I was raised in Humble, Texas outside of Houston. I studied psychology and chemistry at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (Go Mustangs!). After my undergraduate career, I moved to Busan, South Korea where I lived for two years. I worked in a group home for teen girls where I was a teacher and social worker. I was so excited to start my graduate career at Rollins, after returning to the US. I have a passion for researching mental health and psychiatry and the BSHE department has given me so many opportunities to learn and research my own interests in addition to expanding other topics. At Rollins I am apart of the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Certificate. Through the REAL program, I am employed at the CDC as an evaluation team member at the injury center for violence prevention. Rollins has provided me amazing friendships, resources, and opportunities. I know that going back to school can be a stressful choice but I haven’t regretted it for a moment and I’m confident you won’t either.  I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your stories!

Chelsey Kamson
Chelsey Kamson

Hello! I’m Chelsey Kamson, I am a second year BSHE Student at Rollins. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego in 2013. After graduating, I moved back to the San Francisco Bay area and worked as a clinical research coordinator at UCSF cancer center, and a consultant at economic health consulting firm. I choose to pursue a degree in public health, because I wanted to enhance my skills, make a direct impact within the community, and broaden my public health network. I specifically choose Rollins due to the school dedication in attaining practical skills through a dynamic and comprehensive program that intertwines the community engagement and interaction with public health professionals from organizations such as the CDC, Care, and Winship Cancer Institute. Currently, my interests lie in chronic disease, health disparities, and nutrition. I am currently able to explore my interests at the American Cancer Society Behavioral Research group. I am excited to chat about my experience thus far at Rollins and answer any questions that you have.

Erika Lyles

Hi! My name is Erika Lyles and I am a first year Behavioral Science and Health Education student at Rollins. I was raised in Houston, TX (original home of Beyonce) and I graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelors’ in Media Production/Film and a minor in Studio Arts. While I was an undergraduate student, I became involved in many advocacy groups, including GLOBAL (the LGBTQIA political and social student organization), the Women’s Resource Center, the LGBT Resource Center, and Gamma Rho Lambda, an all-inclusive LGBTQIA-based sorority that I helped found and for which I served as president. My goal is to use the training I receive during my MPH to bring attention to shortcomings in physical and mental health care for underserved minority populations by assessing community health needs, developing health outreach programs, and developing preventative approaches. The diverse experiences of staff, professors and our own fellow RSPH students are irreplaceable and will encourage you to grow within your two years. No matter what your focus is, Rollins sincerely wants you to succeed and we will maximize your time here to get you where you want to be. I look forward to answering all of your questions and welcoming you into the Rollins family!


Tina Mensa-Kwao

Hello! My name is Tina and I am a first year in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department. I was born in Ghana, but grew up in New Jersey. I graduated from the University of Virginia (Wahoowa!) in May 2015. There, I double-majored in Neuroscience and Global Development Studies with a concentration in Global Public Health, and a minor in Leadership. After graduating, I completed an internship at the Clinton Global Initiative, where I helped strategize the Global Health Track’s 2016 priority areas and composed a report on women’s mental health challenges and gaps. Following this, I worked as a Program Assistant at Global Health Strategies, where I contributed to the research and writing of communications strategy documents and media materials for the Women Deliver 2016 Conference, Grand Challenges Africa, the launch of 2016 Global Nutrition Report and the AIDS 2016 Conference. I’m passionate about increasing the quality of mental health services for youth in low-income environments and that’s why I chose BSHE! Currently, I’m a graduate research assistant for Dr. Janet Cummings in the HPM department, whose work focuses on improving adolescent mental health services. I came to on Rollins because of the supportive environment, engaging community and invaluable connections! I’m looking forward to meeting and learning more about all of you!  

Aziza Mustefa

Hi everyone! My name is Aziza Mustefa and I’m a second year MPH student concentrating in Behavioral Science and Health Education. I was born and raised in Denver, CO and earned my B.S. in Public Health from Syracuse University in 2015. After graduation I decided to continue my education at the Rollins School of Public Health. I knew RSPH was the perfect school for me during my visit at Destination Public Health. Rollins has the Clarkston­Rollins Connection (ClaRC) program, phenomenal faculty, an astounding curriculum, the REAL program, an inclusive environment, and the diversity I was looking for. I knew it was a community I wanted to be part of. This was the next step for me and I hope to help others discover the Rollins community. Rollins has so much more to offer and it truly is a unique experience.

Jenni Song

Hey! My name is Jenni and Atlanta has been my home since I started pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Human Biology at Emory University. I found my way to public health while I was switching from the individual-focused dietetic track to wanting to make a change at the population-level.  Through the skills I gained at Rollins School of Public Health, specifically through my Behavioral Sciences and Health Education department, I have had the opportunity to utilize my public health knowledge through various opportunities such as volunteering at CDC and during my internship with ASPPH in Washington DC. I look forward to see how else I will grow professionally and personally through this program and I am excited to share my experience as a Student Ambassador with you all!

Tiffani Spaulding
Tiffani Spaulding

My name is Tiffani Spaulding, and I am a second year BSHE student at Rollins. I am originally from Union, NJ, and am an alumnus of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA having graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in public health. Since I was young, I have always had interests in health and medicine, with the majority of my interests being in asthma and allergy prevention. To apply those interests, I have become an Emergency Medical Technician, interned at an allergist’s office, and even aided in the development of medicine at Johnson and Johnson. Since moving to Atlanta, I have very become involved in my community and school. In my first semester alone, I have joined the Emory Pipeline program as a Mentor, became a member of the E­board for the Association of Black Public Health Students, and am thrilled to now be a part of the Rollins School of Public Health Ambassador program!

Ilyssa Tamier

Hi! My name is Ilyssa and I am a first year student in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education department. I am from Michigan, and I graduated from Boston College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Afterward, I spent one year working as a clinic assistant at an orphanage in rural Mexico, where I helped the doctor to assess patients and gave health talks to nearly 500 kids. I then spent one year working at a global health non-profit organization at a major health system in Detroit, which focused on research, training, and capacity building. I am currently working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I chose to come to Rollins because it had everything that I was looking for in my graduate school experience, both inside and outside of the classroom setting. The skills that you gain in the courses here are unparalleled, and the students and faculty really care about one another. It is such a welcoming environment. I have absolutely loved my experience at Rollins so far, and I am really excited to share it with all of you.

Merete Tschokert

Servus! My name is Merete Tschokert and I am a first year student in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education department. I am a Fulbright student from Vienna, Austria and studied pharmacy at the University of Vienna. Before coming to Rollins I worked in a community pharmacy in Vienna. During my studies I contributed to the development of the Health Targets for Austria and the Children and Youth Health Strategy of Austria. Through this experience I decided to study public health. My public health interest is youth health and social determinants of health; therefore, I am participating in the Certificate in Maternal and Child Health and the Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health. I am your person if you have questions around being an international student at Rollins, student organizations (I’m part of a few) and about BSHE (I’m your BSHE Department Representative). In conclusion, Rollins has a tight community and we would love to welcome you.