Kara Bensley, PhD, MSc
Postdoctoral Fellow: Kara’s research focuses on barriers to receipt of alcohol-related care and disparities in alcohol-related problems among vulnerable populations, including veterans living with HIV, Latinos on the US/Mexico Border, and people living in rural areas. Kara’s mentor is Nina Mulia.
Kara is also an Associate Scientist.
Aryn Phillips, MPH
Predoctoral Fellow: Aryn’s research focuses on the role of environmental availability in driving the health behaviors most associated with the exacerbation of chronic conditions. Her dissertation uses distinct natural experiments or other unique combinations of longitudinal observational data to analyze how the availability of unhealthy foods, alcohol, and tobacco impacts their purchase, consumption, and related health outcomes, with the overall goal of informing governmental and corporate policies around the prevention of chronic conditions.
Her mentor is William C. Kerr.
Briana McGeough, MSW
Predoctoral Fellow: Briana is interested in understanding and addressing mental health disparities experienced by sexual minority populations. Her work explores modifiable risk and protective factors associated with mental health conditions, such as depression and alcohol use disorder among sexual minority populations, with a focus on factors that can be intervened upon using clinical interventions. She is also interested in the experiences and outcomes of sexual minority individuals accessing mental health and related services, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and twelve step programs.
Rachel E. Gartner, MSW
Predoctoral Fellow: Rachel’s research is built on a conceptual model positioning gender microaggressions on a sexual violence continuum. Her mixed methods dissertation study addresses a limitation in current campus sexual violence research by examining gender microaggressions as a distinct form of sexual violence and as environmental antecedents of legally actionable forms of sexual violence. Rachel’s study will examine the the role of alcohol use in gender microaggressions and sexual violence on college campuses. Rachel’s mentor is Thomas K. Greenfield.
Christina Tam, PhD, MSW
Postdoctoral Fellow: Christina’s research focuses on the socioecological context of Asian Pacific Islander immigrant adaptation as it relates to youth behavioral health and substance use; and neighborhood mechanisms associated with alcohol use and health disparities among racial/ethnic minority groups and their families. Christina’s mentor is Katherine Karriker-Jaffe.
Christina is also an Associate Scientist.
Pamela Trangenstein, PhD, MPH
Postdoctoral Fellow: Pamela’s research interests are alcohol-related harms to others, that is how drinkers’ drinking impacts others, alcohol policy, and health disparities. She is currently investigating environmental-level predictors of alcohol-related harms to others. Pamela’s mentor is Katherine Karriker-Jaffe.