Fellows

The Center has an active research training program for postdoctoral fellows. Click here for information on the program and to view/complete the application. This page lists current fellows and describes their work. Click on any fellow's name to view their complete profile and contact information.

  • Eric Crosbie recently received his PhD in Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). His research is multi-disciplinary combining elements of political science, public health, law, and business to examine the regulatory environment of tobacco at the domestic and international level, including the intersection of global health and global trade governance. In particular his dissertation, titled "Constraining Government Regulatory Authority: Tobacco Industry Trade Threats and Challenges to Cigarette Package Health Warning Labels" examined how tobacco companies have been able to use trade agreements to globally preempt strong public health policies, which has caused a regulatory chill/chilling effect on implementing strong tobacco packaging policies.

  • Dr. Catherine O. Egbe holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa; MEd in Guidance and Counselling and BSc(Ed) in Biology/Education; both from the University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria. For the past two years, she held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position at UKZN working on the PRogramme for Improving Mental health CarE (PRIME), South Africa and Emerging Mental Health Systems in Low-and Middle-income countries (EMERALD) projects.  She has a special interests in Health Promotion, Tobacco Control and Health related Stigma.

  • Noah received his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. His dissertation research utilized behavioral and genetic animal models that have been well established for alcohol research to study the combined effects of nicotine and alcohol on reward and neuroadaptation, with the goal of understanding why these two drugs share such a high rate of co-abuse.

  • Yogi Hale Hendlin is an environmental philosopher and political theorist who has long worked on questions of public health policy, social and environmental justice, plant ethics, and the hermeneutics of biology. With a background in rhetoric, philosophy, and politics, Hendlin earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Kiel, Germany, after completing doctoral work at UCLA. Hendlin previously held a postdoc at the University of Vienna in the Department of Philosophy.  At the CTCRE, Hendlin works on industry marketing, counter-marketing, and trends for non-combustables.

  • Minji Kim's research interest focuses on message effects and persuasion. She is particularly interested in the effect and boundary conditions of tailored communication. Kim received a Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation examining the positive and negative role of character-audience similarity in anti-smoking campaigns using various themes.

  • Margarete C. Kulik is a postdoctoral fellow at the CTCRE. She received her PhD in Public Health from the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Her dissertation was based on her work in two European research projects which had the goal of developing and applying innovative quantification tools to assess the impact of policies and interventions on risk factor prevalence and on health inequalities across Europe.

  • Dr. Karma McKelvey graduated in 2014, with a PhD in Public Health, specializing in epidemiology.  She earned her MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics in 2011, and also completed graduate work in Anthropology and Sociology.  She achieved a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and an AA in Drama.  Prevention before treatment, holism before atomism, and an interest in addictions are central areas of focus in her work. 

  • Julia is a qualitative human and health geographer interested in relationships between people’s everyday environments and behaviors related to health and wellbeing. During her fellowship at CTCRE, Julia will research place-embedded social practices of smoking within marginalized groups, such as young LGBTQI adults, in order to better understand the persistence of smoking within these groups and inform the design and effectiveness of tobacco control efforts. Julia received a PhD in Geography from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

  • Eunice Neeley has her MD/MPH from UCSF and UC Berkeley and her BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. During her time at UCSF, she was a part of the Program for Medical Education (PRIME)- Urban Underserved, where Dr. Neeley was trained to become a leader in caring for urban underserved patients. During her time with PRIME, Dr. Neeley did  research on heart disease and prostate cancer health disparities among African-Americans, and worked with the CDC on the importance of home blood pressure monitoring to aid in hypertensives in blood pressure control.