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.
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.
Sarah Beth Barnett, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow: Sarah Beth’s research interests are in examining the intended and unintended effects of state-level policies on adult health; and the application of quasi-experimental approaches to estimate treatment effects and conduct subgroup analyses. She is currently investigating the impact of Washington state’s privatization of liquor. Sarah Beth’s mentor is William Kerr.
Sarah Beth is also an Associate Scientist.
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.
Katie Woodruff, MPH
Predoctoral Fellow: Katie’s current research is situated within a long-term goal to understand and improve public discourse and policy environments on reproductive health topics in the U.S. Her dissertation will be a qualitative exploration of how lawmakers in selected U.S. states make reproductive health policy decisions, including how they assess and use scientific evidence when making laws regulating abortion and responding to the use of alcohol in pregnancy. Katie’s mentor is Thomas K. Greenfield.