Alumni—Trainees

Zainab Balhas completed a master’s degree in 2014 in mechanical engineering from the American University of Beirut (adviser: Alan Shihadeh). She is now an instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Beirut.

Dr. Omar El-Shahawy completed his Ph.D. in social and behavioral health from VCU (adviser: Jennifer Elston Lafata) in 2015. He is now a postdoctoral fellow at New York University School of Medicine in the Section on Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use, Department of Population Health.

Mariam Fawaz completed a master’s degree in 2015 in mechanical engineering from the American University of Beirut (adviser: Alan Shihadeh). She is now a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Carolina Ramôa completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the CSTP in 2016 (adviser: Thomas Eissenberg). She is now a pharmacologist at FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.

Dr. Alexa Lopez completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the CSTP in 2016 (adviser: Thomas Eissenberg). She then worked at Joint Base Lewis McChord, a part of the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. She is now a technical editor-writer in the Research Service at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wis.

Dr. Michael Sawdey completed his Ph.D. in epidemiology from VCU (adviser: Elizabeth Prom-Wormley) in 2017. He is now an epidemiologist working at FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.

Dr. Eric Soule completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the CSTP in 2017 (adviser: Thomas Eissenberg). He then worked as a faculty member in VCU’s Department of Psychology for one year and is now an assistant professor at Eastern Carolina University in the Department of Health Education and Promotion.

Khairallah Atwi completed a master’s degree in 2017 in mechanical engineering from the American University of Beirut (adviser: Alan Shihadeh). He is now a doctoral student at the Air Quality and Climate Research Laboratory at the University of Georgia in the School of Civil, Environmental, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering.

Maha Yazbeck completed a master’s degree in 2017 in mechanical engineering from the American University of Beirut (adviser: Alan Shihadeh). She is now a doctoral student at the College of Engineering at the Ohio State University.

Dr. Tory Spindle completed his Ph.D. in health psychology (adviser: Thomas Eissenberg) in 2018. He is now a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit.


Alumni—Staff

Kendall Pettaway was a research assistant with the CSTP from 2013-2015. She is now a compliance specialist at VCU’s Massey Cancer Center in the Clinical Trials Office.

Kathleen Osei was a research assistant with the CSTP from 2013-2015. She is now a human research protection administrator for the Department of the Navy Human Research Protection Program. She also completed a master’s in public health at East Tennessee State University.

Hannah Mayberry was a research assistant with the CSTP from 2015-2017. She is now a Ph.D. student in the brain and cognitive sciences program at Temple University.

Caroline Smith was a research assistant with the CSTP from 2015-2017. She is now a master's student in evolutionary anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University.

Ally Wolf was a research assistant with the CSTP from 2015-2017. She is now a medical student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Makeda Austin was a Research Assistant with the BHRL/CSTP from 2014 –2016. She is now a PhD student in the Personality and Health Psychology doctoral program at Northwestern University.

Megan Scott was a Research Assistant with the BHRL/CSTP from 2014 – 2016. She is now a Research Coordinator at the Virginia Research Center.

Hannah Rumsey was a Research Coordinator with the BHRL/CSTP from 2015–2016. She is now a Research Assistant at the Preventative Medicine department of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and has completed a creative writing certificate.  

Parker Webster was a Research Coordinator with the CSTP from 2015–2016. He is now in nursing school at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sanyam Patel was a Research Assistant with the CSTP from 2015–2017. He is now a MS student in the Biology program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Catherine Wall was a Research Assistant with the BHRL/CSTP from 2016 –2018. BHRL Catherine is now the Lab Manager for the Social Perception and Intergroup Inequality Lab at Cornell University.

Phoebe Brosnan was a Research Coordinator with the CSTP from 2016-2018. She is now a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at Boston University.

Jacob Graham was a Research Assistant with the CSTP from 2016–2018. He is now a Lab Research Specialist at the Virginia Commonwealth University Biobehavioral Research Lab.

Nadia Chowdhury was a Research Assistant with the CSTP from 2016–2018. She is now a Clinical Research Associate at Massey Cancer Center.

Nancy Sey was a Research Assistant with the CSTP/BHRL from 2015-2016. She is now a PhD student in the Neurobiology program at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

 

This research was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54DA036105 and the Center for Tobacco Products of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the views of the NIH or the FDA.

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