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Edson PhD Program Faculty Mentors

Every PhD student is supported and mentored by our diverse team of faculty who are well-prepared to help guide your projects and provide ongoing feedback and advice on your research. Explore our team of faculty experts and their areas of research below.

Every PhD student is supported and mentored by our diverse team of faculty who are well-prepared to help guide your projects and provide ongoing feedback and advice on your research. Explore our team of faculty experts and their areas of research below.

  Mentor Details Expertise Area
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DeAnnah Byrd
DeAnnah.Byrd@asu.edu
Studies the effects of chronic conditions, psychosocial stressors and coping behaviors on memory and cognitive changes in older Blacks, with a focus on reducing dementia among minority aging populations. Byrd is the recipient of multiple early career awards from the Alzheimer’s Association and American Public Health Association.
Aging/Cognitive Science
Health Disparities
Mobile Health
Resilience/Wellness
Women’s Health
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Fiorella Carlos Chavez
Fiorella.Carlos.Chavez@asu.edu
She applies qualitative and mixed-methodologies to understand the implications of culture, family and work-life related stressors on Latino migrant youth’ well-being. In 2020, Chavez received a COVID-19 Needs Assessment grant from the National Urban League; she’s focusing on the effects of stress and household food insecurity on Latinx youth and essential workers’ mental health.
Mixed Methods
Resilience/Wellness
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Felipe Castro
Felipe.Castro@asu.edu
602-496-1720
Resilient coping with stressful life events: Promoting post-traumatic growth. Psychosocial factors in diabetes prevention and management in Latino/Hispanic populations. Application of mixed Methods research designs in the cultural adaptation of prevention and treatment interventions.
Cardiometabolic Diseases/Conditions
Mixed Methods
Resilience/Wellness
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Angela Chen
Angela.CCChen@asu.edu
Health promotion (mental health, HPV vaccination) and prevention interventions (HIV/STI, substance use) targeting ethnic minority youth and young adults. Immigrant family coping and adaptations; cross cultural research; qualitative and quantitative methodologies, instrument development and testing.
Health Disparities
Health Promotion & Communication
Maternal/Pediatric Health
Mixed Methods
Sexual Health
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David Coon
David.W.Coon@asu.edu
602-496-0763
Design, evaluation, and translation of effective psychosocial interventions for midlife & older adults facing chronic illness (e.g., dementia, chronic depression, HIV/AIDS, cancer) and their family caregivers.
Aging/Cognitive Science
Caregiving
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Joseph Daniels
Joseph.A.Daniels@asu.edu
His research focuses on developing interventions to improve HIV, TB and cancer treatment outcomes for MSM and men globally. He has expertise in implementation science, global health, mHealth and community-based participatory research methods.
Cancer
Mobile Health
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Kelly Davis
Kelly.Cue.Davis@asu.edu
602-496-3217
Gender-based violence including sexual violence and intimate partner violence; sexual and reproductive health; sexual risk behavior; substance use and addictions; trauma. Current research focuses on theory development and expansion, mixed methods approaches, and intervention development and implementation.
Gender-based Violence
Mixed Methods
Sexual Health
Substance Use/Abuse
Trauma
Women’s Health
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Julie Fleury
Julie.Fleury@asu.edu
602-496-0773
Motivational determinates of primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease; particular emphasis on community building for prevention in vulnerable populations; theory testing; model generation.
Cardiometabolic Diseases/Conditions
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Hannah Giasson
Hannah.Giasson@asu.edu
Her research considers the complex interplay between views of aging and individuals’ health and well-being as they grow older. Specifically, her work focuses on (1) factors that shape attitudes, biases, and beliefs about aging at the individual, interpersonal, and societal levels, and (2) how views of aging impact people's decisions, behaviors, and, ultimately, their health and well-being. Her most recent research investigates potential interventions for improving views of aging across the life span.
Aging/Cognitive Science
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Aaron Guest
Aaron.Guest@asu.edu
602-496-0782
Socio-Environmental Gerontologist who works at the intersection of the social and built environment. Research focuses on the influence of aging individuals’ ego-centric networks on health, identity, and social isolation and the development, implementation, and evaluation of tailored and scalable interventions from this understanding.
Aging/Cognitive Science
Health Disparities
Health Promotion & Communication
Mixed Methods
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Debra Hagler
DEBRA.HAGLER@asu.edu
602-496-0802
Clinical research interests include assessment of health professionals’ continuing competence, situational/workplace learning, and clinical discourse/decision making. Educational research interests include investigating effective teaching strategies and integrating technologies such as human patient simulation into academic programs
Nursing & Interprofessional Education
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Rick Hall
rick.hall@asu.edu
Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Leadership, Management, Health Technology, Nutrition, Economic Empowerment.
Health Innovation and Technology
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Seungyong Han
shan32@asu.edu
Theory-based statistical analysis of public health in diverse context by using primary and secondary data, including demographic and longitudinal analysis, in addition to survey building with REDCap and Qualtrics.
Biostatistics
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Rodney Joseph
Rodney.Joseph@asu.edu
602-496-0772
Development, implementation, and evaluation of theory-based, culturally relevant behavioral interventions to promote physical activity and reduce cardiometabolic disease risk among racial/ethnic minority women, with a particular focus on the use of innovative technologies (i.e. smartphone applications, text messaging, social media) to deliver these interventions.
Cardiometabolic Diseases/Conditions
Health Disparities
Physical Activity/Exercise
Women’s Health
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Sunny Kim
Sunny.Kim@asu.edu
602-496-6789
Developing and testing the efficacy of narrative-based storytelling as a therapeutic communication/coping tool that can address deeper layers of psychosocial emotional challenges in cancer patients and caregivers. Investigating social and supportive care needs and quality of life & Heart Rate Variability (HRV) rhythms as an objective and neurophysiological assessment.
Cancer
Caregiving
Health Promotion & Communication
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Rachel Koffer
Rachel.Koffer@asu.edu
Rachel uses innovative methodologies to link stress (e.g., everyday hassles, major life events) to health and well-being across adulthood and aging. Her doctoral training at Penn State included a National Science Foundation Big Data Social Science IGERT and an NIA Pathways to Successful Aging T32. Her postdoctoral work was supported by a NHLBI Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine T32 at the University of Pittsburgh.
Aging/Cognitive Science
Cardiometabolic Diseases/Conditions
Health Disparities
Health Innovation and Technology
Mobile Health
Women’s Health
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Pauline Komnenich
paulina@asu.edu
602-496-0861
Family caregiving of older adults cross culturally, characteristics of caregiver dyads, end of life issues, nursing education and interprofessional education internationally specifically in the Balkans.
Caregiving
Nursing & Interprofessional Education
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Shelby Langer
Shelby.Langer@asu.edu
602-496-0823
Dyadic communication, coping and emotion regulation in the context of chronic illness; cancer survivorship and caregiving; pediatric pain; and social determinants of obesity. Methodological approaches span subjective, objective and physiological assessments, and observational and experimental/ interventional designs.
Cardiometabolic Diseases/Conditions
Caregiving
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Linda Larkey
Linda.Larkey@asu.edu
602-496-0740
Testing theory-based methods of communicating health promotion messages (including the emotional impact of Storytelling) to underserved/low-income populations, community-based participatory research practices, and examining mind-body methods (tai Chi, Qigong, Heart-focused Meditation) of alleviating emotional distress and symptoms in cancer patients and survivors.
Cancer
Health Promotion & Communication
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Rebecca Lee
Rebecca.E.Lee@asu.edu
Implementing and disseminating innovative interventions to increase physical activity and improve dietary habits and related outcomes in Hispanic women and children in the US and Mexico using mobile and digital health strategies. Using community-based participatory research approaches and mixed methodologies (quantitative and qualitative) to guide research, policy implementation and state-of-the science best practices.
Health Disparities
Health Policy
Hispanic Health
Mixed Methods
Mobile Health
Nutrition
Physical Activity/Exercise
Sexual Health
Women’s Health
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Molly Maxfield
Molly.Maxfield@asu.edu
602-496-2311
Dementia-related anxiety among middle-aged and older adults, differences between subjective and objective memory functioning, and long-term effects of childhood maltreatment among older adults.
Aging/Cognitive Science
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Barret Michalec
Barret.Michalec@asu.edu
Health Occupations Education; Interactions in the Healthcare Setting; Disparities in Health and Healthcare; Experiences of Health and Illness; Empathy; Processes of Prosocial Behavior; Emotions
Health Disparities
Nursing & Interprofessional Education
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Chung Jung Mun
ChungJung.Mun@asu.edu
602-496-0809
He directs the Biobehavioral Pain, Addiction, Sleep, and Momentary Experience (Bi-PAS ME) Research Laboratory. His program of research includes investigating (1) biopsychosocial individual differences and momentary dynamics of pain processing and coping; (2) the role of sleep/circadian disturbances and cannabis/cannabinoid intake in pain and opioid use; and (3) technology-based intervention programs for chronic pain and addiction.
Mobile Health
Sleep and Circadian Science
Substance Use/Abuse
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Ted K.S. Ng
ted.ng@asu.edu
Translational gerontologist and neuroscientist examining 1) the interconnections amongst biomarkers, indicators of loneliness and social connectedness/isolation and cognitive impairment in older adults and aging models, e.g. long-COVID. 2) the feasibility, efficacies and mechanisms of non-pharmacological interventions, e.g., mindfulness and nature-based interventions, on these measures.
Aging/Cognitive Science
Interventions
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Janet O'Brien
jeobrien@asu.edu
602-496-1415
Research and educational interests include simulation-based learning and assessment; competency-based assessment of health care professionals; simulation design and implementation utilizing standardized patients, manikins, and hybrid modalities; curriculum development; measurement; and quantitative analysis.
Simulation-based education
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Alexandra Peckham
Allie.Peckham@asu.edu
602-496-1333
Research aims to understand health system design, change, and impact on caregivers and other complex populations including those living with chronic conditions. Methodological approaches include qualitative and comparative health policy approaches.
Aging/Cognitive Science
Caregiving
Health Policy
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Megan Petrov
Megan.Petrov@asu.edu
602-496-2297
Sleep health inequities across various sociodemographic/economic/age groups. The role sleep plays in the etiology of chronic disease particularly cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic pain, cancer, and metabolic conditions. Adapting and developing sleep-related interventions that improve sleep, reduce health inequities, and prevent chronic disease. Mental health issues (mood and anxiety disorders, coping with chronic illness).
Aging/Cognitive Science
Cardiometabolic Diseases/Conditions
Health Disparities
Maternal/Pediatric Health
Microbiologic and Omics approaches
Sleep and Circadian Science
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Teri Pipe
Teri.Pipe@asu.edu
602-496-1579
Resilience in professional and clinical populations, health promotion/wellness, positive coping and stress management, oncology and gerontology.
Health Promotion & Communication
Resilience/Wellness
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Keenan Pituch
Keenan.Pituch@asu.edu
602-496-2480
Statistical methods particularly those used in intervention studies, including multivariate statistics, linear mixed modeling, missing data analysis, intensive longitudinal modeling, and structural equation modeling.
Biostatistics
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Janet Pohl
janet.pohl@asu.edu
602-496-0749
The health implications of family-caregiver and older adult social isolation. The role of technology use across generations of family-caregivers. The conceptual definition and measurement of the social isolation construct for research and clinical assessment – intervention development to decrease social isolation.
Aging/Cognitive Science
Caregiving
Nursing & Interprofessional Education
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Elizabeth Reifsnider
Elizabeth.Reifsnider@asu.edu
602-496-1394
Growth, development, nutrition, and health of low-income women and children including interventions to reduce growth stunting in children, obesity in women and children, increase breastfeeding, and supporting care coordination for children with medical complexity. Interventions focus on Community-based participatory research (CBPR) in partnership with community. Additional interests are how breastfeeding influences the gut microbiome and subsequent child growth. A new area of focus is the impact of caring for COVID-19 patients on nursing staff.
Cardiometabolic Diseases/Conditions
Maternal/Pediatric Health
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Alyssa Robillard
Alyssa.Robillard@asu.edu
602-496-1498
Health education and promotion (and disease prevention) using community-engaged approaches. Health disparities/health equity in marginalized communities. Development, implementation, and evaluation of theoretically based interventions. Qualitative research. Areas of interest: HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment; narratives in public health, HIV workforce; incarceration and health.
Health Disparities
Health Promotion & Communication
Sexual Health
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Gabriel Shaibi
Gabriel.Shaibi@asu.edu
602-496-0909
Cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk in overweight populations; fitness and disease risk and the impact of exercise on the physiologic health status of overweight youth.
Cardiometabolic Diseases/Conditions
Maternal/Pediatric Health
Physical Activity/Exercise
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Komal Singh
Komal.Singh@asu.edu
602-496-2285
My overarching research interest is to improve oncology patients’ treatment outcomes by evaluating underlying biological mechanisms associated with their symptom experience so that targeted interventions can be developed. I use “omics” (e.g., transcriptomics, metabolomics, microbiomics) approach to examine underlying mechanisms. In addition, I use a variety of biostatistical analytical methods to uncover novel phenotypic factors associated with patient symptom experience.
Biostatistics
Cancer
Microbiologic and Omics approaches
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Michael Todd
mike.todd@asu.edu
602-496-0917
Quantitative methods, especially as they apply to multilevel research questions, including intensive longitudinal designs (e.g., daily diary, ecological momentary assessment) and cluster randomized trials. Substantive interests include stress, affect, coping, substance use, physical activity, and health behavior models.
Biostatistics
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Johannah Uriri-Glover
Johannah.Uriri-Glover@asu.edu
602-496-0769
Gerontology; nursing interventions which will address problems associated with activities of daily living in persons with dementia cared for by family members or nursing assistants.
Aging/Cognitive Science
Caregiving
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Shawn Youngstedt
Shawn.Youngstedt@asu.edu
602-496-0242
Current research is funded by the DoD. We are examining ways to accelerate adjustment to simulated jet lag in the laboratory. We are also proposing to examine whether improvements in circadian synchronization and sleep can help cancer patients.
Sleep and Circadian Science
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Fang Yu
Fang.Yu.2@asu.edu
602-496-0969
Fang Yu is a leading scientist in developing and testing exercise interventions to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Her vision is to improve function and quality of life for older adults with dementia and their family caregivers. Since 2005, she has been testing the effects and mechanisms of aerobic exercise alone and in combination with other interventions such as iPad-based or computerized cognitive training on cognition, while using blood and imaging biomarkers to study mechanisms.
Aging/Cognitive Science
Caregiving
Physical Activity/Exercise