Kelly L Ziemer, MSc, LMSW
Predoctoral Fellow: Kelly is a PhD student in Social Welfare at the University of California-Berkeley. A licensed social worker, Kelly has provided individual and group therapy to clients, in a variety of settings including drug and alcohol inpatient rehabilitation, for almost 10 years primarily in New York City and also Berkeley. She is trained in several evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness interventions. Kelly’s research blends her practice experience with research interests of positive emotions, mindfulness-based interventions, well-being, addiction and recovery. She is interested in exploring the concept of self-love and determine its efficacy and effectiveness for those in recovery.
Kelly’s mentor is Sarah E. Zemore.
Christopher Lowenstein, MPH
Predoctoral Fellow: Christopher (Chris) Lowenstein is a doctoral candidate in Health Economics in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. His research examines the effect of social safety-net and labor market policies on the health and wellbeing of children and low-income working families. Current projects include an examination of high-risk prescription opioids and labor market outcomes, effects of minimum wages on suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol-related illness, and the health effects of unpredictable and unstable work schedules. He received his MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from UC Berkeley and is a former research associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC.
His mentor is William C. Kerr.
Kira Jeter, MPH
Predoctoral Fellow: Kira is a Doctor of Public Health student at the University of California, Berkeley. She has over 10 years of experience implementing and evaluating addiction and mental health treatment programs for people experiencing homelessness and justice-involved individuals. Kira’s interests include the use of mixed-methods research to evaluate trauma interventions. Her dissertation research will examine housing and employment stability in formerly incarcerated black women with a history of substance use disorder. Kira received her MPH in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention from The George Washington University.
Her mentor is Amy Mericle.
Walter Gomez, MA, MSW
Predoctoral Fellow: Walter is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Welfare. He is originally from Puerto Rico, but has spent the last 15 years in San Francisco, where he earned a Master’s degree in Medical Sociology. He has almost two decades of experience in behavioral research focusing on sexual minority men, HIV, and substance use. His mixed methods dissertation will explore the relationship between sexual compulsivity and the methamphetamine-using behaviors of HIV+ sexual minority men. He plans on employing Syndemics, Intersectionality, and Revised Stress and Coping theories and frameworks to support his work. By centering the embodied, sensual, and sexual experiences of these men in their social, historical, and structural contexts, he hopes to contribute to intervention research aimed at curbing the methamphetamine epidemic among this population.
His mentor is Amy Mericle
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 Kerr.
Cat Munroe, PhD, MA
Postdoctoral Fellow: Cat‘s research focuses on the intersection between alcohol use and interpersonal trauma among sexual and gender minorities, especially bisexual women.