2018 Thesis Presentation Schedule

Students formally present the work of their MPH thesis to faculty members, mentors, colleagues, fellow students, and guests in the spring semester of their second year.

All are welcome. Please RSVP at least one week prior to the presentation date you plan to attend.

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Lunch will be provided at 12 p.m. (with the exception of February 23, when lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.).

Thesis presentations take place in the MPH Classroom #2600, Village at Vanderbilt (1500 21st Avenue South).


Friday, February 23

12:40 – 1:20 p.m.

  • Presenter: Shawna Bellew, M.D.
  • Topic: Prospective Evaluation of Indications for Obtaining Pneumococcal and Legionella Urinary Antigen Tests in Adults with Community-acquired Pneumonia
  • Primary Mentor: Wesley Self, M.D., M.P.H.

1:20 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Presenter: Cassie Oliver
  • Topic: Substance Use and Post-Partum Retention in Care among Women with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection in Prenatal Care at the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic, 1999-2016
  • Primary Mentor: April Pettit, M.D., M.P.H.

Monday, February 26

12:00 – 12:40 p.m.

  • Presenter: Justin Liberman, M.D.
  • Topic: Post-Discharge Opioid Prescriptions and Their Association with Healthcare Utilization in the VICS Cohort
  • Primary Mentor: Matthew Weinger, M.D.

12:40 – 1:20 p.m.

  • Presenter: Adoma Manful
  • Topic: Latent TB Among Refugees in Middle Tennessee
  • Primary Mentor: Yuri van der Heijden, M.D., M.P.H.

1:20 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Presenter: Erin Gillaspie, M.D.
  • Topic: Tumor Response in Patients with Advanced Stage Lung Cancer Treated with Immunotherapy 
  • Primary Mentor: Eric Grogan, M.D., M.P.H.

Friday, March 2

12:00 – 12:40 p.m.

  • Presenter: Rachel Apple, M.D.
  • Topic: Relationship Between Weight Trajectory and Health-Related Quality of Life Among a General Adult Population
  • Primary Mentor: William Heerman, M.D., M.P.H.

12:40 – 1:20 p.m.

  • Presenter: Chelsea Isom, M.D.
  • Topic: Does Increased Arachidonic Acid Levels Lead to an Increased Risk for Colorectal Adenoma?
  • Primary Mentor: Harvey Murff, M.D., M.P.H. 

1:20 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Presenter: Heather Ewing
  • Topic: Knowledge of Tuberculosis is Associated with Greater Expression of Stigma in Brazil
  • Primary Mentor: Mollie Cohen, Ph.D.

Monday, March 5

12:00 – 12:40 p.m.

  • Presenter: Mindy Pike
  • Topic: Effects of Social Support on Physical and Mental Quality of Life in Heart Failure Patients: The Vanderbilt Inpatient Cohort Study (VICS)
  • Primary Mentor: Susan Bell, M.B.B.S., M.S.C.I.

12:40 – 1:20 p.m.

  • Presenter: Lauren Sanlorenzo, M.D.
  • Topic: Identifying Severe Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Among Polysubstance Exposed Infants
  • Primary Mentor: Stephen Patrick, M.D., M.P.H.

Friday, March 9

12:00 – 12:40 p.m.

  • Presenter: Emily Castellanos, M.D.
  • Topic: Health Literacy and Healthcare Use in the Southern Community Cohort Study
  • Primary Mentor: John Graves, Ph.D.

12:40 – 1:20 p.m.

  • Presenter: Hannah Weber
  • Topic: Food Insecurity Among Older Adults
  • Primary Mentor: Sandra Simmons, Ph.D.

Monday, March 12

12:00 – 12:40 p.m.

  • Presenter: Sydney Broadhead
  • Topic: High Competition and Low Premiums—Key Components of the ACA’s Narrow Physician Networks
  • Primary Mentor: John Graves, Ph.D.

12:40 – 1:20 p.m.

  • Presenter: J.W. Randolph
  • Topic: Addressing Parenting Related Adverse Childhood Experiences ('PRACES') in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting
  • Primary Mentor: Sayeh Nikpay, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Monday, March 19

12:00 – 12:40 p.m.

  • Presenter: Beto Arriola Vigo, M.D.
  • Topic: Community Involvement in the Current Model of Care in Four Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) during Mental Health Reform in Peru
  • Primary Mentor: Carolyn Audet, Ph.D., M.Sc.

12:40 – 1:20 p.m.

  • Presenter: Juanita Prieto Garcia, M.D.
  • Topic: Determinants of Full Immunization in Children under Five Years Old in the Rongo Sub-County of Migori County, Kenya
  • Primary Mentor: Troy Moon, M.D., M.P.H.

1:20 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Presenter: Salesio Macuacua, M.D.
  • Topic: Assessment of the Determinants of Non-adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy during Pregnancy in the District of Manhiça, Mozambique
  • Primary Mentor: Troy Moon, M.D., M.P.H.

2:00 – 2:40 p.m.

  • Presenter: Joey Starnes
  • Topic: Reduction in Under-Five Mortality in the Rongo Sub-County of Migori County, Kenya: Experience of the Lwala Community Alliance 2007-2017 with Evidence from a Cross-Sectional Survey
  • Primary Mentor: Troy Moon, M.D., M.P.H.

Friday, March 23

12:00 – 12:40 p.m.

  • Presenter: Rui Wang, M.Ed.
  • Topic: Risk Factors for Depression among Women in Rural Western Kenya and Implications for Designing Future Surveys
  • Primary Mentor: Troy Moon, M.D., M.P.H.

12:40 – 1:20 p.m.

  • Presenter: Sade Arinze, M.D.
  • Topic: Immunodeficiency at the Start of Combination Antiretroviral Therapy: Data from Zambézia Province, Mozambique
  • Primary Mentor: Bill Wester, M.D., M.P.H.

1:20 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Presenter: Birdie Hutton
  • Topic: Evaluation of behavioral, environmental and genetic risk factors for gastric cancer: a population-based study in Central America
  • Primary Mentor: Douglas Morgan, M.D., M.P.H.