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.

  • Natalie M. Alizaga, PhD received her doctorate in Applied Social Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington DC, a MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BS in Health Science from San Jose State University.  Her research interests focus on elucidating the psychosocial factors related to tobacco cessation and cancer prevention for underserved populations, including barriers and facilitators to routine health care and screening. Specifically, her research assesses factors that influence tobacco and cancer-related health cognitions and behaviors among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and racial/ethnic minorities.

  • Dharma Bhatta, PhD received his doctorate in Epidemiology from the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand in 2016. He is an epidemiologist and public health expert/researcher, with over ten years of experiences in academia and public health research in developing countries. Dr. Dharma is an Assistant Professor of Community Medicine and Public Health at Tribhuvan University, People’s Dental College, Kathmandu, Nepal where he leads a dynamic research team which conducts multidisciplinary research on non-communicable disease, infectious disease, reproductive health, statistical modeling, outcomes and health system/operations research, and tobacco epidemiology.

  • 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. From 2013 to 2015, 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. 

  • 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 earned his PhD in Environmental Philosophy at the University of Kiel, Germany, after completing doctoral work at UCLA, a Master's at the London School of Economics, and degrees at UC Berkeley. Hendlin's interests are at the intersection of public health policy, social and environmental justice, business ethics, and the philosophy of science.

  • 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.

  • 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.