Past Postdoctoral Research Trainees

Karyn Stewart, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate through June 2017
Current Position: Assistant Professor, DePaul University

EDUCATION
PhD, Syracuse University, 2013

RESEARCH
Dr. Stewart's research and teaching interests primarily focus on health in the black community, giving attention to both racial and nativity disparities. Dr. Stewart has taught Introduction to Sociology as well as Sociology of Black Americans and Health in the Black Community. In her research, she examines the relationships of race, nativity, and pre-pregnancy body mass index on birth outcomes among black women. Of note, her work has identified key health factors that eliminate the significance of the foreign-born advantage in risk of low birth weight among black women in the Central New York region from 2004-2010. Her work also adds complexity to the discourse on health and body mass index by identifying being underweight as a particular risk factor for low birth weight among U.S.-born black women in this same region and during this same time period. She is interested in examining maternal child health in the black community and maternal influences on cancer risk for their children as well as themselves. She is particularly interested in the influence of BMI, nutrition, and pregnancy weight gain.


Elizabeth Odom, MD
Postdoctoral Research Associate through June 2017
Resident/Clinical Trainee, Department of Surgery

EDUCATION
Residency, Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Jewish Hospital Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2011-Present
MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 2011
BS, University of Arizona, 2006

RESEARCH
Dr. Odom is a plastic surgery resident with particular interest in breast cancer and reconstruction after breast cancer surgery. She is dedicating a year to exploring patient outcomes and satisfaction after reconstruction. She will also evaluate socioeconomic, insurance status and accessibility to this realm of care.


Rajiv Parikh, MD
Postdoctoral Research Associate through June 2017
Research Fellow, Department of Surgery

EDUCATION
MD, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, 2012
BS, Emory University

RESEARCH
Dr. Parikh's research focuses on the outcomes of autologous fat grafting in reconstructive breast surgery and outcomes following tissue expander/implant breast reconstruction.


Jung Ae Lee, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate through July 2016
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas


EDUCATION
PhD, University of Georgia, 2013
MS, University of Georgia, 2009
MA, Ewha Womans University, South Korea, 2004

RESEARCH
Dr. Lee's research interests lie in the statistical learning in heath science and policy data. Dr. Lee's expertise is high-dimensional data analysis. Specifically, Dr. Lee's doctoral work focuses on sample integrity issues in situations where the dimension is larger than the sample size. Dr. Lee's previous work on this topic includes "Covariance adjustment for batch effect in gene expression data." Another current work is "Outlier detection in high dimension, low sample size data."


Faustine Williams, PhD, MPH, MS
Postdoctoral Research Associate through June 2016
Current Position: Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University

EDUCATION
PhD, University of Missouri, 2012
MPH, University of Missouri, 2011
MS, University of Missouri, 2007

RESEARCH
Dr. Williams is a rural sociologist with a public health focus on community health. Her research interests are cancer disparities, access to health care services, survivorship, and community-based participatory research. Her doctoral research draws on combined methods like geographic information system (GIS) and quantitative and qualitative methods to understand rural-urban differences in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Currently, she is exploring the influence of social determinants on cancer to develop appropriate models to understand stages of breast cancer in the community, as well as interventions needed.


Christine Ekenga, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate through June 2016
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

EDUCATION
PhD, New York University, 2011

RESEARCH
Dr. Ekenga's research interests lie in exposure assessment methods for epidemiologic studies, and lifestyle and environmental risk factors for chronic diseases. Dr. Ekenga has studied the relationship between environmental and occupational factors and human health outcomes in a variety of populations. Current work includes (1) examining how biological, behavioral, and environmental factors interact to influence health, and 2) identifying practices that promote individual and community health and well-being.


Man Yee (Mallory) Leung, PhD, MSc
Postdoctoral Research Associate through June 2016
Current Position:


EDUCATION
PhD, University of Minnesota, 2011
MSc, London School of Economics, 2004
BA, University of Hong Kong, 2003

RESEARCH
Dr. Leung’s research interests lie in health economics, fertility choices and reproductive health technologies. She uses quantitative and econometric methods to evaluate health policy. Her current work includes (1) the estimation of a structural sex-selective model to analyze the impact of ultrasound technology and the one-child policy on the sex ratio imbalance in China, and (2) the estimation of demand for IVF to evaluate the policy impact of governmental subsidies to IVF cycles on fertility.


Lin Yang, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate through December 2015
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Medical University of  Vienna, Austria

EDUCATION
PhD, University of Cambridge, UK, 2012
MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
BS, Beijing Sport University, China, 2003

RESEARCH
Dr. Yang's research interests include understanding the role of physical activity in cancer development and survival, the influence of environmental and socioeconomic status on health outcomes, and physical activity intervention dissemination and implementation. Her previous work included examining the sociodemographics characteristics and environmental determinants of active commuting, exploring the potential of increasing physical activity through active commuting promotion in relation to the infrastructure modification in a natural experiment.


Jean Hunleth, PhD, MPH
Postdoctoral Research Associate through September 2015
Current Position: Research Scientist, Division of Public Health Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine

 

EDUCATION
PhD, Northwestern University, 2011
MPH, Northwestern University, 2011

 

RESEARCH
Dr. Hunleth is interested in addressing health inequalities in the St. Louis region and globally through community-engaged and contextually rich research. Her current work draws on community-based participatory research techniques to understand the experience of cancer screening and treatment among low-income residents of St. Louis. Her approach is informed by more than ten years of work on health-related interventions and anthropological research projects in Zambia. Dr. Hunleth's research in Zambia includes an 18-month ethnographic and participatory research project with children, in which she examined children's roles in caring for adults who suffered from TB and HIV. As both a practitioner and researcher, Dr. Hunleth has been dedicated to translating local knowledge into programmatic and policy changes to reduce barriers to diagnosis and care.

 


Ashley J. Housten, OTD, MSCI, MPA
Postdoctoral Research Associate through July 2015
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, MD Anderson Cancer Center

EDUCATION
OTD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 2014
MSCI, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 2014
MPA, George Mason University, 2007
BA, University of Washington, 2005

RESEARCH
Dr. Housten's interests include examining health education and decision-making in traditionally under-served communities. She is also interested in intervention delivery methods and assessment. Her doctoral work focused on sexual health and genetic inheritance education for youth with sickle cell disease. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, Dr. Housten developed and piloted a program to address the genetic and sexual health educational needs for these youth. Dr. Housten is also involved in community-based sickle cell trait testing and genetic education. Her work continues to explore health education and assessment methods to address health disparities. 

 

Lin Yang, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate through December 2015
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Medical University of  Vienna, Austria

EDUCATION
PhD, University of Cambridge, UK, 2012
MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
BS, Beijing Sport University, China, 2003

RESEARCH
Dr. Yang's research interests include understanding the role of physical activity in cancer development and survival, the influence of environmental and socioeconomic status on health outcomes, and physical activity intervention dissemination and implementation. Her previous work included examining the sociodemographics characteristics and environmental determinants of active commuting, exploring the potential of increasing physical activity through active commuting promotion in relation to the infrastructure modification in a natural experiment. 

Lin Yang, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate through December 2015
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Medical University of  Vienna, Austria

EDUCATION
PhD, University of Cambridge, UK, 2012
MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
BS, Beijing Sport University, China, 2003

RESEARCH
Dr. Yang's research interests include understanding the role of physical activity in cancer development and survival, the influence of environmental and socioeconomic status on health outcomes, and physical activity intervention dissemination and implementation. Her previous work included examining the sociodemographics characteristics and environmental determinants of active commuting, exploring the potential of increasing physical activity through active commuting promotion in relation to the infrastructure modification in a natural experiment.