Fellow Profiles

One of the primary areas of focus for the Research Education and Training Core, under the direction of Dr. Kim Ramsey-White, is preparing students to become researchers and/or practitioners focused on the reduction of health disparities. Through partnerships with the GSU faculty mentors, the fellowship experience provides research and community-based training opportunities in health disparities for our appointed fellows.

Jessica Brown (2013—2015)

I credit the COEX Fellowship with a great deal of my success.  As a fellow, I had the honor to work closely with faculty members, including Dr. Kim Ramsey-White and Dr. Dan Whitaker.  Their mentorship inspired me to want to continue in academia. I am pursuing a PhD in Public Health a Georgia State University where I plan to continue to work in the area of health disparities, child abuse prevention and disability.

RRyanJohnsonyan Johnson (2013—2015)

The COEX fellowship was vital to my success during my time as an MPH student. The fellowship gave me the opportunity to participate in research opportunities and community outreach projects from day one in the program. The resources provided by the fellowship allowed me to attain levels of success that I thought were out of reach. From national conference research presentations to internships with Georgia Department of Public Health and the CDC, the COEX fellowship is what made these opportunities possible.
Britney Bennett

Britney Bennett (2011—2013)

As a CoEx fellow with the Health Law Partnership (HeLP), I gained invaluable public health knowledge and skills.  HeLP provides an integrated medical-legal approach to health and health care for people and populations.  Working with HeLP clients allowed me to see how social determinants actually have a real impact on health outcomes.  My experience as a fellow certainly helped to develop me into the public health practitioner I am today.  I now work at the Centers for Disease Control, Division of Community Health, Office of Policy and Partnerships as a Public Health Analyst.  In this role, I work on risk mitigation, issues management, and public health policy matters.


Madhu Ganguly (2011—2013)

CoEx fellowship had been an enriching experience for me. As a fellow, I had several opportunities to strengthen my skills as a public health personnel. I particularly enjoyed the mentorship aspect of CoEx. I had been very fortunate in having Professor John Steward as my mentor. His guidance was instrumental in my study on health disparities in the Atlanta BeltLine. The best part of being a CoEx fellow, according to me, had been the ability to participate as a presenter at the American Public Health Association’s annual meetings. I believe that the training I acquired during my fellowship, especially in literature review and research design, will help me make a positive contribution to research in the field of built environment modifications and health impacts.


Stephanie Hansard (2011—2013)

Participating in the COEX Fellowship gave me the opportunity early in my career to learn about the importance of public health research and to develop my own research agenda in the areas of mental health and health disparities. Since completing my COEX fellowship, I have earned my M.A. in sociology. My thesis research focused on the relationship between religion and mental health. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in sociology at GSU. My doctoral research will address the effects of reciprocal social support within relationships on mental health outcomes. I am very grateful for the knowledge of public health scholarship and research I learned during my time as a COEX fellow at GSU.


Sarah Roby (2011—2013)

My experience as a fellow with the CoEx directed my career path through my MPH, and continues to do so, one year after completing my fellowship. Dr. Shannon Self-Brown, Associate Director of the National SafeCare Training and Research Center, served as my mentor and continues to serve as my mentor. Through the fellowship I gained valuable research methodology and applied skill sets in the field of child maltreatment prevention and intervention. Additionally, I learned exceptional professionalism and gained insight into what it means to be an accomplished researcher and leader.  After completing my fellowship I took a research coordinator position with the National SafeCare Training and Research Center here at GSU’s School of Public Health. I coordinate a Regional Partnership Grant funded by the Administration for Children and Families. The grant’s goal is to improve the well-being of children of families in substance abuse treatment in DeKalb and Cobb Counties.


Huong Tran (2011—2013)

The COEX fellowship was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my time as a student of the School of Public Health. Through the fellowship I became familiarized with GIS techniques used techniques used in studying issues in public health, in particular the study of access to health care for minority populations. As a result, I was able to extend the work of my fellowship to my capstone project. The fellowship also gave me various opportunities to travel and connect with a larger community of public health experts and peers.




Sarah Trimmer (2011-2013)

Upon graduation I returned to my native Rocky Mountain West. I am a Grants Manager at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado; I administer a large and productive sponsored projects portfolio. I am also the Principal of a nascent firm called n:fil Design that functions as a collaborative between architects, designers, and public health professionals aimed at addressing the social, physical, and environmental determinants of health – with foci on public-private partnerships and policy-making processes. Stemming from the opportunity to attend APHA annually as a fellow, I continue to be active in the association and serve as an elected Section Counselor for the Health Administration section. While a student, I primarily worked with Dr. Kymberle Sterling on timely and emerging research related to adolescent use of alternative tobacco, such as little cigars and hookah.