The 2019-2020 class of Mu Chapter inductees included 32 new members. Each Spring, eligible students are contacted by the Mu Chapter directly to apply for membership. Faculty and alumni application information is sent out through Arnold School listservs. For questions about membership criteria or applications, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Brittany Redmond and I am a native of South Carolina. I am the youngest of four girls and a football fanatic. My favorite football teams are the Gamecocks and the Packers. My pastime involves reading, traveling, spending time with family, and eating crab legs. My song that I keep on repeat is I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Many women have influenced and shaped me directly and indirectly into the woman that I am today. Some of those women include my mom, grandmother, Harriet Tubman and Michelle Obama. From personal accounts and throughout history, I have learned that these women fight with all their might for what is right. My greatest aspiration in life is to bring awareness to communities who are most at risk for prominent diseases. My passion, tenacity, and focus will be driving forces to help me be successful on my journey. I live by Ecclesiastics 3 with the notion that everything will work out in due time. I’m ecstatic to know that I will be joining such great achievers who strive for excellence. I’m even more elated to know that we will all make a difference in someone’s life; making this world a healthier place for generations to come!
Dr. Matthew Lohman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health. He holds a PhD in Epidemiology from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MHS degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Before joining the faculty at UofSC, Dr. Lohman completed a post-doctoral fellowship focused in geriatric mental health services at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Lohman currently teaches Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods for graduate epidemiology majors as well as Psychiatric Epidemiology. He is an active mentor and academic advisor to graduate and undergraduate students at UofSC. Dr. Lohman’s primary areas of research are in the epidemiology of aging and mental health disorders among older adults. Specifically, he is interested in the role of mental health disorders in the prediction and prevention of age-related adverse health outcomes, such as falls, hospitalizations, and acquired disabilities. Dr. Lohman’s other areas of research include the epidemiology of suicide among older adults receiving long-term health care services, cognitive support for individuals with early memory loss and their caregivers, and measurement of frailty and physiologic vulnerability. He is also interested in the application of epidemiologic and statistical analytic methods, such as causal mediation, longitudinal data, and latent variable analysis, toward better understanding of health and aging. He is primary and co-investigator on several internal and external NIH grant awards focused in these areas.
Melissa Nolan's research interests lie in infectious diseases and health disparities. Her work focuses on patient-oriented public health approaches to tackle diseases that disproportionately affect the impoverished. Her current projects focus on the clinical epidemiologic characterization of Chagas disease in the US, Mexico, and Central America, developing a remote sensing model for prioritizing mosquito breeding habitats for insecticide spraying in resource-limited areas, clarifying the immunologic response to polyparasitism in pediatric populations, and refining trichomoniasis patient profiles of at-risk adolescents.
Dr. Shan Qiao is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion Education and Behavior and one of core faculty members at the South Carolina SmartState Center for Health Care Quality at Arnold School of Public Health in University of South Carolina. She obtained her PhD degree in International Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2012. With a background in both social sciences and public health, Dr. Qiao has worked on behavioral change and health promotion in the context of HIV and gained extensive experiences in conducting healthcare research with bio-psychosocial-behavioral perspectives and utilizing comprehensive data from psychosocial and behavioral assessment to biomarkers of stress and aging. Her research areas include HIV-related disclosure, stigma, chronic stress, and resilience. Dr. Qiao has been working with people living with HIV and their family as well as a range of key populations including sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender women, and children affected by HIV in both domestic and global settings. Dr. Qiao has successfully secured a number of NIH grants and intramural grants as primary investigator, co-investigator, and faculty mentors. She won the David Rosenstein Award for Excellence Abstract at the annual conference of American Public Health Association (APHA) in 2012. She was awarded Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) fund for visiting scholars in 2017. In 2020, she was selected as Breakthrough Star and also nominated as Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor at University of South Carolina.
Hoa T. Nguyen achieved her Ph.D. degree in Public Health – Health Promotion, Education and Behavior in May 2019 at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Her research spans from health promotion to health services focusing on food experiences and nutrition as well as maternal and child health. She is particularly interested in applied research that supports global and local stakeholders in developing effective policies, strategies, and programs to address social and health challenges relating to food, nutrition, and health services. She conducts research in the United States and globally to learn how to improve access to food, child nutrition, health equity, and well-being. Among her expertise are big data management and analysis, food insecurity, maternal and child health services, infant and young child feeding, program implementation and management, and program monitoring and evaluation.
Adam Moore began his public health journey in high school where he earned his Certified Nursing Assistant certification. Upon entering college in 2014 at Clemson University as a Biological Sciences major, Adam knew he still wanted to make an impact in the healthcare field but wasn’t sure what direction that would be. In 2017 when Adam graduated, he took this opportunity to shadow and gain experience serving the community through volunteering at local foodbanks and interning in the city finance department. It was during all of this Adam discovered he had a passion for business and healthcare which led him to pursue his Master of Health Administration degree. Adam is a Health Services Policy and Management (HSPM) Master of Health Administration (MHA) second year student graduating in the Spring of 2020. Throughout his time in the MHA program Adam has worked as a graduate assistant in the department of Business Health with Prisma Health where the Executive Director Eddie Wiggs is his preceptor. Adam states “Eddie is a kind, compassionate, and challenging leader. He has taught me what it means to care well for those you work with while holding them to the highest standard. I am thankful for him and his guidance.” Adam’s final residency project for Prisma health focuses on Employee Health and Wellness Promotion: Determining Team Member Care Needs Through Evaluating Team Member Claims Data. He believes that no system can care well for the community if the employees aren’t taken care of. This project evaluates the level at which Prisma Health is doing so. After graduation Adam will be working for Duke Health as an Administrative Fellow in the Duke Patient Revenue Maintenance Organization (PRMO). This will allow Adam to continue his passion for population health, business, and healthcare at the next level.
I obtained my B.S. in Exercise Science from Lander University in 2004 and will be graduating with my Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior in May of 2020. Before returning to school to pursue my MPH, I spent 10 years as a registered cardiac and vascular sonographer (ultrasound) working for large hospital systems and a privately-owned cardiology practice. During my time working with patients, I saw first-hand some of the real consequence of health inequities and the resulting health disparities. These experiences fueled my desire go back to school and pursue a new career as public health professional. I applied the skills learned in my MPH coursework during my practicum experience to assist in the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. It was during this experience that I learned the significant impact that stigma has on accessing healthcare. My goal is to work with communities, local and state organizations on creating upstream solutions that address crucial social determinants of health and ultimately improve quality of life for all people, especially those that do not feel they have a voice or whose care is negatively affected by stigma. I will use the skills I have learned to reach out to and work with traditional and non-traditional public health partners to cultivate diverse and dynamic solutions to our complex public health issues. I have a deep commitment to becoming an active member in advancing the field of health promotion, education, and behavior.
Dr. Chelsea Carpenter holds a PhD in Exercise Science and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina. During her tenure at UofSC, she was a Biomedical and Behavioral Interface Program Fellow and the co-chair of the Graduate student subcommittee of the Provost Advisory Council for Women’s Issues. She also taught several undergraduate courses and was a mentor for both undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Carpenter’s primary area of research is the design, implementation and evaluation of technology-mediated behavioral interventions. Specifically, she is interested in how technology can be harnessed for physical activity promotion and sedentary behavior reduction. Dr. Carpenter’s other area of interest is the physical and mental health of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRD) caregivers and how to best intervene in this vulnerable and critical population.
Emily Loud is a second year master's student in the department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB). She will be graduating this coming August and transitioning immediately into the HPEB Doctoral program. Prior to arriving at UofSC, Emily served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda from 2016-2018 where she worked as an English teacher, health center volunteer, and focused on incorporating malaria and HIV prevention into her in and out of classroom lessons. Her exposure to public health challenges in Rwanda led her to pursue graduate studies in HPEB. Since returning to the US, Emily has focused her research interests on tobacco control and smoking cessation and works as a research assistant for Dr. Jim Thrasher. She hopes to continue learning about the complexities of public health challenges in the US and in global contexts.
Erin Van Meter is a Knoxville, Tennessee, native and a graduate student in the Master of Speech Pathology residential program at the University of South Carolina. Erin graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and minor in Environmental Studies. After graduation, she spent a summer caring for an infant with a feeding aversion and was inspired to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. While completing her degree, Erin has enjoyed working with patients of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Her practicum experiences have been in a variety of settings including elementary schools, skilled-nursing facilities, home health, and the university clinic, and she is looking forward to completing her final externship in a children’s hospital. Erin’s primary areas of interest are pediatric dysphagia, feeding disorders, and lactation counseling, as well as early language intervention for children who communicate using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. Erin is a member of the local and national chapters of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a student member of the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She enjoys volunteering at local speech-language pathology conventions and attending continuing education courses to learn more about her areas ofinterest from experts in the field. After graduation, Erin aspires to work with medically complex infants in a neonatal intensive care unit. She also plans to earn a lactation counselor certification and hopes to eventually become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her mission is to ensure children receive the specialized treatment and nutrition they need to thrive.
Jenesha Nance is a Master of Public Health Student in Health Promotion, Education and Behaviors graduating in 2020. She is also concurrently obtaining a Certificate of Graduate Study in Global Health with a focus on Food and Nutrition. Her public health interests are in Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition. Jenesha is currently a Teaching Assistant and a Graduate Assistant at UofSC’s Core for Applied Research and Evaluation. Outside of class, she enjoys cooking, reading, and writing. After graduation, she hopes to work with government agencies such as SNAP or WIC in order to reduce food insecurity among South Carolinians.
Katherine DeVivo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University in 2018 and a Master of Public Health in Physical Activity and Public Health from the University of South Carolina in 2020. She has been accepted and will begin a Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Health Aspects of Physical Activity at the University of South Carolina in the Fall of 2020. During her time so far at UofSC she has served as a Research Assistant and Study Coordinator in the Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles. She has served as a Dean's Student Advisory Council Representative and a Student Health Advisory Council Graduate Representative. Ms. DeVivo's research interests include behavioral interventions targeting physical activity, sedentary behavior and weight loss.
Melissa Stansbury, MS, ACSM-EP, is pursuing her lifelong passion of empowering individuals to lead a healthy, active lifestyle through positive behavior change. She is intrigued by technology-based interventions to increase adherence, personalize recommendations, and promote the prevention and management of chronic disease. As a research assistant in the Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (TecHealth), Stansbury is designing educational material to elevate learning and skill development for lifestyle modification. She often draws from her professional experiences as a behavioral weight control interventionist, collegiate volleyball coach, health and fitness specialist, and fitness center general manager to inform her work. Stansbury holds degrees in Exercise Science (BS) and Applied Healthy Physiology (MS) from Salisbury University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina focusing her research on enhancing adherence in technology-based lifestyle interventions. She has earned numerous certifications in teaching and fitness and was a course instructor for Psychology of Physical Activity. Additionally, Stansbury serves her campus and community as a representative of Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC), the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Initiatives, and the Salisbury University Alumni Board of Directors. She has earned distinctions as Outstanding Graduate Student, NCAA Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year, and Discover UofSC’s Best Graduate Poster. Following graduation, Stansbury plans to leverage her collective experiences to pursue a career in public health designing and delivering behavioral interventions to help more people successfully translate knowledge and intention for making healthy choices into sustainable behavioral change.
Shy’Davia Baxley (BA, Public Health) BA, Public Health, magna cum laude, 2019, University of South Carolina. Shy’Davia is a native of Elko, South Carolina and is finishing her last semester in the Epidemiology MPH program. During her time in the program, she has been employed with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s cancer registry. Further, under the guidance of Dr. Jihong Liu, she is currently assisting in conducting a formal evaluation of Midland’s Healthy Start of Prisma Health. Her research interests primarily lie in maternal and child health and racial disparities. In her free time, she enjoys reading, doing makeup, and playing with her dog Rory.
My name is Brennan Sweatt and I was born and raised in Greenville, SC. I am a senior at USC graduating this May and I majored in Exercise Science in plans of hopefully attending medical school in the following years after graduation. All of my life it has been a dream of mine to attend the University of South Carolina, as my father and sister are both alumni. You can say garnet literally runs in our blood! For as long as I can remember, medicine and the body as always fascinated me, and I have always had a dream of one day becoming a doctor. Most of my interest came from sports, as I have been playing them ever since I could walk. Playing for so long, I have witnessed and been through many injuries. I guess you could say gruesome injuries was the spark of my interest and seeing as how each person always had a full recovery. I decided to major in Exercise Science to understand more of how the body reacts to exercise, and I thought it would be a great precursor major to medical school. I hope to incorporate the public health into my career work in some aspect as the public health is the most essential part to our society (as you can see from the current Coronavirus Pandemic). I have a passion for medicine and the public health and hope to further that more from my connections in this society!
I am Elizabeth Susan Orban, currently I attend the University of South Carolina, Columbia (USC). I am presently working on my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science with Graduation with Leadership Distinction (GLD) in Research. After I graduate, my plan would be to go into graduate studies and to be accepted into Physical Therapy School (PT), to receive my Doctoral Degree at the same university. My ultimate goal is to become a pediatric physical therapist serving in the state of South Carolina and potentially opening up my own practice one day. I am a member of Tau Sigma, which is a National Honors Society for Transfer Students and a Volunteer for Sustainable Carolina, joined this semester. I was awarded the Magellan Research Grant for the spring semester 2020, but the research got postponed with the closing of the campus. However, with the reopening of my school with face-to-face classes planed for the fall semester, my research in the field of neuro- rehabilitation with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) can continue unobstructed. In addition to that, over the summer, I have been accepted to be a part of a rigorous six-week research program, the McNair Scholars Program, with the goal of better preparing me for life as a graduate student. I plan to begin research on a new and exciting complementary and alternative medicine type, called Prananadi, which originated in Tibet and is taught in Hungary, which I will use in this project. I am currently certified in the Prananadi technique and have completed five classes to date. I plan to go back to Hungary in the near future to finish learning about this fascinating technique and continue to learn new ways of applying it wherever I can to help give back something to the community.
Grace Elizabeth Carroll is a May 2020 graduating senior at the University of South Carolina pursuing a career as a speech-language pathologist. She was born and raised in the small town of Saint Matthews, South Carolina and currently works in the South Carolina Research on Language and Literacy (SCROLL) Lab under Dr. Suzanne Adlof in Communications Sciences and Disorders Department. She hopes to use background in Public Health coupled with her clinical and research experience to promote literacy and language and deliver aid to those who need it most in an effort to increase their quality of life and future success. She plans to attend the graduate school at University of South Carolina after taking a year to pursue her own research in the SCROLL Lab.
I am a May graduate from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Spanish. I graduated with a Leadership Distinction in Diversity and Social Advocacy through my work with international students, student health and wellness, and my research and study abroad experiences. My next chapter is a dual Masters degree program in Europe where I will obtain an MPH and MSc in Health Policy and Leadership in Spain, France and The Netherlands. My current research interests are in vaccine hesitancy and child abuse prevention. I hope to attend medical school and go into the field of international health.
Megan Austin is thrilled to be a new member of Delta Omega! She is a native of Rock Hill, SC and is an alumna of the University of South Carolina. Megan is very excited to be continuing her education at UofSC Arnold School of Public Health with her Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She aspires to focus on Child and Maternal Health programming while working for a governmental agency and eventually obtain her Doctorate in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. Megan looks forward to all of the opportunities the next few years and her involvement in Delta Omega will bring!
My name is Rachael Woody and I am a graduating senior from the University of South Carolina. I majored in Public Health in the Arnold School of Public Health and minored in psychology. In the Fall, I will be attending Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee to work towards my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In undergrad, once I knew that I wanted to work in the field of mental health, I intentionally decided to continue studying public health. There really is no aspect of our lives that is not affected by public health issues, and this has become even more apparent in the midst of the COVID-19pandemic. In my classes, it became very clear that mental health and public health bleed into one another, and I wanted to position myself to have purchase in both fields. Mental illness is becoming a public health issue, and as soon as I became aware of this, I knew there was no way that I could notimmerse myself into this field. I care about preventing trauma, and the best way to start in this was to become a licensed mental health counselor. As I earn my graduate degree and step into my future career, I plan to work with those affected by disasters, both natural and man-made. Being a resource tothose who face traumatic situations in the early stages of disaster can prevent future mental illness, changing the legacy of their lives. My ultimate goal is to work alongside an organization that works towards preventing human trafficking, aiding them in bringing care to survivors and awareness to thepublic.
My name is Sarah Bradley and I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Dance. I am from New York, but I will be moving to Charleston, South Carolina following graduation. I am excited to be taking a gap year to work as a medical assistant for a private orthopedic clinic in Mount Pleasant. During this time, I while be apply to medical school. No matter what my future may hold, I look forward to applying insight learned through my experiences in the Columbia community to my work. I am confident that my public health background will bring diversity to each setting I find myself in and only enhance my perspective. I am thankful for the Arnold School of Public Health for preparing me for this next step in my journey.
Sherry Price is a member of the graduating class of 2020 for the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. She exhibited diligence and perseverance by remaining on the Dean’s list for the length of her academic career and will be graduating with a BA in Public Health in addition to a minor in business. Throughout the first year of school Sherry was employed full-time at Lexington Medical Center working as a sleep technologist (RPSGT), Certified in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) and a Clinical Sleep Educator. Her presence within the community was seen through speaking engagements at health fairs, Apnea and COPD conventions, rehabilitation facilities in addition to school outreach programs aimed at educating youth in sleep hygiene. Currently Sherry is employed as a research assistant for the University of South Carolina’s department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is in the process of being certified in Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback and is researching screening methods for colorectal cancer prevention. She is a member of the Veterans Administration Research and Development team working with the Telehealth program for pain management options in Veterans. As a mother of two and a military wife, she has had to strive for excellence in both her personal, professional, and academic careers. Her passion in public health began while working as a sleep technologist for Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC and continued to grow as she witnessed increasing health disparities among her patients. Ultimately, that is what brought her to the threshold of the University of South Carolina and a future dedicated to making change for those around the world.
Sydney is a senior Exercise Science major with a minor in Psychology. After graduation, she plans to further her education to become a physical therapist. At USC, she is an undergraduate research assistant who aides in labs with the goal of creating effective technology and behavioral interventions that help adults increase their physical activity, decrease sedentary time, improve diet and weight. She also works as a kickboxing instructor and senior trainer at a wellness center where she enjoys helping people of all ages reach their fitness goals and improve their well-being. She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and helping others do the same.