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Editors of Volume 6

Susan Blake, Ph.D. - Editor In Chief

Professor Blake is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Prevention & Community Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She is a Health Psychologist and behavioral scientist by training and former NHLBI research fellow with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Minnesota Heart Health Program, a three-community cardiovascular risk prevention trial. Her primary interests lie in applying behavioral and ecological theories to prevent adverse health outcomes and disparities, and to promote health and mental health in populations. She has led efforts to design and evaluate health promotion, education and communication programs nationwide.

Previously, Dr. Blake served as Senior Research & Evaluation Officer at the Academy for Educational Development, Inc., Program Area Director for Behavioral Assessments & Interventions at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, and Research Manager of HIV/AIDS Education Evaluation at the American National Red Cross. Her research in schools, clinics and communities has focused primarily on women, children, youth and families, on parent-child communications, and on the determinants of, risk for, and interventions to prevent, HIV, STDs and pregnancy, intimate partner violence, tobacco smoke exposure, and obesity. Her publications have appeared in various journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Preventive Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Perspectives on Sexual & Reproductive Health, Maternal & Child Health, Psychology & Health, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Claire E. Boozer, MPH Candidate - Managing Editor

Claire is a first year student in the Health Policy track at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She also works part-time as the Development Coordinator for OWL-The Voice of Midlife and Older Women. Claire received a B.S. and B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, respectively, in 2008 and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology in 2009 from the University of Georgia where she also worked in both the Social and Developmental Psychology Departments. Claire was a research assistant on the Family Relationships in Late Life project, which was funded by the National Institute on Aging. She has presented posters at Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference in Geriatrics and Gerontology (2007, 2008, 2009) and the Gerontological Society of America annual conference (2010). She worked with the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia to develop a training program for emergency department medical professionals, focusing on the unique issues with treating an older patient through emergency services.

Most recently, she was Outreach Coordinator for the Athens Community Council on Aging in Athens, Ga. In this role, she oversaw the marketing, public relations, and development strategy for the agency for over two years. Claire has a passion for the older adult population and wishes to pursue a career in Health Policy and Aging after graduation.

Priya Gangolly, MPH Candidate - Managing Editor

Priya is a second year student in the Public Health Communications & Marketing track at The George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services. She has worked in many different capacities with organizations such as the United Nations Foundation for HealthUnBound, Samhita Social Ventures in Mumbai, India, the National Business Coalition on Health, the Maternal and Family Health administration at the Department of Health, American Medical Student Association, and the Center for Community Health & Education at Columbia University's School of Public Health. She also worked in New York City as a Client Services Manager for patients at Bayada and conducted research for investors in the Healthcare & Biomedical division at Gerson Lehrman Group.

Priya is a 2007 graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where she was awarded a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Healthcare-Social Issues. She has experience as Editor of an academic journal and newspapers. After graduation, she wishes to pursue her interests in the application of innovative and emerging technology in healthcare. Priya is originally from Los Angeles, CA.

Alison Hunt, MPH Candidate - Managing Editor

Alison is a second year student in the Public Health Communications and Marketing track at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She currently works as Marketing and Outreach Director for Dell, Services Federal Government on a contract for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH). During her time working with OWH, she has worked on both womenshealth.gov and girlshealth.gov to expand web traffic, media visibility, strategic partnerships, and social media presence.

Alison is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where she earned B.A. in Communications and minors in Marketing and Spanish. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in health communications in the federal government.

Shriya Kothur, MPH Candidate - Managing Editor

Shriya is a first year, full-time student at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in the Public Health Communications and Marketing track. Shriya currently works as the Graduate Student Assistant for the Communication and Marketing track in SPHHS. Previously, Shriya was Project Coordinator at THE GREEN HOUSE(R) Project, an initiative of NCB Capital Impact that is pioneering culture change while is radically transforming nursing homes around the country into small, personal and person-centered models in elder care. Before joining Green House, Shriya worked for The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization in DC, as their Communications Intern.

Shriya graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 with a B.A. in both Political Science and International Studies. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in health communication and education, with a possible focus in chronic disease prevention. Shriya is originally from Minneapolis, MN and grew up in the Midwest.

Lindsey Toler, MPH Candidate - Managing Editor

Lindsey Toler is a second year student in the Maternal and Child Health track at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Previously, she worked as an intern at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs in the Adolescent Health division where she created a Youth Document Series to distribute to State Title V/Maternal and Child Health Programs. The information included in the Series serves to help expand states' capacity to address the unique opportunities and challenges facing adolescents and help states enhance their efforts to support young people's growth, development, safety and well-being.

Lindsey is a 2010 graduate of Wellesley College where she earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Africana Studies. After graduating, Lindsey hopes to pursue her career in public health with a focus in child and adolescent mental health. Although Lindsey has lived all over the United States, she considers Tennessee her home.

Janna Van Hoven, MPH Candidate - Managing Editor

Janna is a second year MPH Public Health Communication and Marketing student at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health and Human Services. She is a graduate intern at the International Rescue Committee conducting readability assessments on health guides and formative research for a guide to living with mental illness. Janna recently completed work with Tilly Gurman Dr. P.H on the development of a best practices guide in behavior change communication for malaria that will be disseminated by The Global Fund for use in Round 11 proposals and beyond.

Janna was awarded a BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of Michigan in 2001. After her retirement from dance in 2007, she worked in Global Marketing Strategy/Global Branding for Wm. Wrigley Jr and at the American Dental Association's Center for Evidence Based Dentistry. Janna's primary interests lie in bridging the gap between research and practice through strategic frameworks and connecting with hard to reach populations through behavior change communication; she has additional research interests in confirmation bias and stigma. Janna has lived all over the United States, but considers the Michigan's Upper Peninsula to be her home.

Lindsay Wolfe, MPH Candidate - Managing Editor

Lindsay is a second year student in the Public Health Communications and Marketing track at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She is currently a research assistant within the Center for Health Care Quality housed in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University where she works on Urgent Matters, a largely communications-based project to improve emergency department quality of care. She completed her practicum as a summer trainee within the Office of Communications at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), where she conducted beta testing for a new, text based, mobile phone service that provides access to SAMHSA's mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities data.

Lindsay holds a BA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She has served in several volunteer capacities in Public Health initiatives, specifically within women's organizations and as a research assistant for a hospital's orthopedic clinic. She hopes to unite her education with her diverse, practical work and volunteer background toward a rewarding career after graduation with a focus in mental health initiatives. Lindsay is originally from Manchester, New Hampshire.

Editors of Volume 5

Kajal Patel, MPH - Managing Editor

Kajal was a second year full time student at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. In May 2011, she graduated with a MPH in Public Health Communication and Marketing, with a certificate in Environmental Science and Policy. She is currently the Graduate Student Assistant for the Communication and Marketing track. Previously, she worked as an intern in the Center for Health Communication at the Academy for Educational Development, working on the Influenza Immunization Partnership Campaign in two capacities: building relationships with existing and new partners, and analyzing data from focus groups to contribute to the Flu Focus Group Research Report. She has co-authored a research article in the Reproductive Health journal.

Kajal graduated from The George Washington University in 2005 with a B.B.A. in International Business and Marketing, with a minor in Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in health communications and social marketing, with a focus on environmental health. Kajal is originally from Cape May, New Jersey.

Meenakshi Ahuja, MPH - Managing Editor

Meenakshi is a recent graduate of The George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services with a Master of Public Health concentrating in Public Health Communication & Marketing Program. She is presently working as a research assistant in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at GWU on a project to promote smoking cessation. During her time at GW, she has interned at the Centers on AIDS and Community Health at the Academy for Educational Development, where she worked on CDC projects for HIV prevention like Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) and Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI). She has co-authored a research article in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education and has also written for other journals including Journal of Health Communication.

Meenakshi is a physician from India, with a passion to contribute to the improvement of general health conditions of underprivileged populations in developing and developed economies.

Editors of Volume 4

Gerda Gallop-Goodman, MPH Candidate - Editor

Gerda is a third-year student at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. In May 2010, she will graduate with an MPH in Public Health Communication and Marketing. She is currently a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior writer/editor at MEE Productions Inc., which develops social marketing and public awareness campaigns for urban populations.

Prior to pursuing her MPH, Gerda worked as an editor and writer at several publications, organizations and nonprofits and was an education and outreach coordinator at Living Beyond Breast Cancer. She also founded 3G Media Inc., a communications consulting firm.

Gerda graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Editorial Journalism. After graduation, she plans to work on health communication and social marketing projects that target underserved and minority populations and focus on eliminating health disparities. She is originally from Rochester, NY.

Megan Jacobs, MPH Candidate - Editor

Megan is a second year graduate student pursuing an MPH in Public Health Communication and Marketing at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She currently works for the DC Department of Health's HIV/AIDS Administration in two capacities, producing social marketing materials and evaluating the service needs of District residents.

Megan graduated from University of Michigan in 2007 with a dual B.A. in English and French, where she worked as a Program Assistant in Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention at University Health Service's Health Promotion and Community Relations office. She has written and edited for The Michigan Daily and The Jerusalem Post, and hopes to always find ways to integrate creativity with risk reduction in future careers in health marketing. Megan is originally from Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Alexis Johnston, MPH Candidate - Editor

Alexis is a part-time student in the Public Health Communications and Marketing department at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She currently works full time as a technical writer on a health communications contract for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.

Alexis graduated from American University in 2005 with a B.A. in Public Communications. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in health communications and social marketing. Alexis is originally from Long Island, New York.

Silje Lier, MPH Candidate - Editor in Chief

Silje is a second year graduate student at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. In May 2010, she will graduate with an MPH in Public Health Communications and Marketing. She is currently working in communications and public relations for the Pappas Group, a creative design agency which builds brands for clients. She has also worked at JVR Communications in Silver Spring, MD and served as a graduate student assistant in GWU's Department of Prevention and Community Health.

Silje graduated from the University of Delaware in 2008 with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in English. After completing her MPH, she hopes to pursue a career in social marketing, focused on the creative implementation of health marketing campaigns. She is originally from Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Editors of Volume 2

Alexandra Nelson, MPH - Editor in Chief;

Alex is a second-year student in The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She is concentrating in Public Health Communication and Marketing and plans to graduate in May 2008. Alex has maintained a rigorous class schedule while working full-time at After The Fall, Inc., located in Virginia. She is currently completing her practicum at Spectrum Science Communications.

Alex graduated from George Mason University in 2005 with B.A. in Anthropology, and chose to pursue a MPH degree. After graduation (and her June wedding), Alex plans to continue working in health communications and marketing.

Lauren Sogor, MPH - Managing Editor;

Lauren is also a second-year student in the in Public Health Communication and Marketing at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. During her time at GW, Lauren has interned at Mental Health America and Hager Sharp Communications.

Lauren obtained her B.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 2006. Her experience as a sexual violence peer educator, combined with her passion for reproductive rights, led her to public health school. After graduating in May, Lauren hopes to continue working in the health communications field. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio.

Guisou Zarbalian, MS, MPH - Managing Editor;

Guisou is also a second-year student at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Guisou is completing her MPH in the Maternal and Child Health program. She currently works on the National Children's Study. Guisou has a Master's degree in Pharmacology from Georgetown University but chose to pursue a career in public health in order to better combine her science and language skills (she is learning her fourth language). After completing her MPH degree, Guisou plans to continue working on women's and children's health issues, eventually focusing her career on health issues in the Middle East. Guisou graduated from Tulane University in 2002 with a dual Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and French. She is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Editors of Volume 1

Jenna Williams-Bader, MPH - Managing Editor;

Graduated from The George Washington University in May 2007 with a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Public Health Communication & Marketing Program. During her time at GW, Jenna managed a suicide prevention grant at the University Counseling Center. She completed her practicum at the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Jenna first became interested in behavior change as a Psychology major at Duke University. Her love for public health grew from her extracurricular activities as a peer health educator. While she has many professional interests, Jenna would like to one day apply public health communication and marketing to the field of mental health.

Ellen Sowala, MPH - Editor in Chief;

Received her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Public Health Communication & Marketing Program from The George Washington University in May 2007. In addition to her coursework and responsibilities as an editor of Cases, over the course of the two-year graduate program, Ellen was a part-time program analyst in the Office of Business Transformation at the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Prior to attending graduate school, Ellen worked in the Sales Operations Department of Pfizer from 2001 to 2005. At Pfizer, she was responsible for preparing and executing a comprehensive communication strategy to educate the national sales force about their sales bonus plan. She also developed and facilitated training sessions to sales representatives, district managers and regional managers on their sales bonus. Ellen earned her BA in Economics and Sociology from Tufts University in 2001. She is originally from New York City.

Jennifer Colburn, MPH - Managing Editor;

Is a recent graduate of The George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services with a Master of Public Health concentrating in Public Health Communication & Marketing Program. During her time at GW, she also worked at the Alexandria Department of Health on a mental health anti-stigma campaign targeting youth and at the Federal Occupational Health Training Center.

Jennifer, a Certified Athletic Trainer, earned her BS in Physical Education concentrating in athletic training at the University of South Carolina. As an athletic trainer, Jennifer has worked in rehabilitation settings and with the University of South Carolina Gamecock baseball and football teams. She is originally from Nashua, New Hampshire.

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