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.

  • Frank Bandiera focused his postdoctoral studies on the association between tobacco smoke and mental health among children, adolescents, and adults.  He has also been involved in research among Hispanics and other minority groups.  He is in the process of figuring out what research to do during his CTCRE Fellowship, but would like to extend his previous research and examine how tobacco bans could affect the mental health of special populations.

  • Catrina Chambers, a first year fellow, received her PhD in Public Policy Analysis from Saint Louis University, her MSPH from Meharry Medical College, and her BA from Fisk University.

  • Lauren Dutra’s research interests include disparities in smoking and smoking-related disease, the targeted marketing of vulnerable populations by tobacco companies, and new tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes.  She has a Doctor of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health and is a Social Epidemiologist by training.

  • 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.

  • Jamie is interested in finding ways to use social support and social influence to aid in youth smoking cessation and prevention. Her research draws on social psychology, interpersonal and health communication, and social networks and focuses on using social science theories to design web-based and mobile experiments, surveys and mobile applications aimed at better understanding emotions, social processes, health perceptions and behavior.

  • Louisa, a first-year fellow, earned her PhD in Geography from University of Southern California. She is looking forward to implementing a population-based survey of young adult tobacco use and health disparities as part of her work at CTCRE. Louisa also hopes to study geographic disparities in tobacco use and tobacco-related disease, exposure to secondhand smoke among low income populations and biomarkers of tobacco and chronic disease.

  • Ganna (Anna) Kostygina is a third-year fellow. She received her M.A. and her Ph.D. degrees in Communication from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication. Currently, Anna’s research focuses on smokeless tobacco marketing, including marketing strategies to promote and counter smokeless tobacco use.

  • Margarete C. Kulik is a first-year postdoctoral fellow. She received her PhD in Public Health from the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Her dissertation is 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.

  • Emily Anne McDonald received her PhD in Anthropology in 2011 from Rutgers University. Her dissertation focused on transnational medical travel between the United States and Argentina, and included fifteen months of ethnographic research supported through a Fulbright Hays Dissertation Award and the National Science Foundation. After receiving her PhD, she spent a year at Princeton University offering courses on embodiment and the relationship between the human and nonhuman.