Current PhD Students

(This is an opt-in listing and does not include all students in the department)

Sappho Gilbert

Sappho Gilbert
Year started: 2017

E-mail: sappho.gilbert@yale.edu

Sappho Gilbert is a doctoral student in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow of the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative. Her research interests include mental wellness, community health, food security, nutrition, and climate change in the Arctic. Through her work in these areas, she aims to also address salient issues of humanitarian health, human rights, indigenous rights, and ethics. Prior to her studies at Yale, Sappho worked at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics on multi-year NIH and Wellcome Trust grants mapping the safe, ethical inclusion of pregnant women in the HIV/AIDS and Zika clinical research pipelines. Before that, she was a Lombard '53 Fellow at Dartmouth College based in Nunavut, Canada and partnered with a local suicide prevention organization exploring mental health practices in three communities. Sappho earned her Master’s in Public Health from Dartmouth and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in political science.


Margaret Mayer

Magge Mayer
Year started: 2016

E-mail: margaret.mayer@yale.edu

Margaret (Maggie) Mayer, MPH, is a doctoral student in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research aims to characterize the association between tobacco use and food insecurity by evaluating the relationship at the individual, household, and environmental (policy) level. In addition, Maggie works with the Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, investigating patterns of emerging tobacco product use among adolescents. More broadly, she is interested in cancer prevention and control. She earned her MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health in 2016, and her BS in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut in 2014. Her mentor is Dr. Marney White.

Margaret S. Pichardo

Margaret S. Pichardo

Year started: 2017

E-mail: margaret.pichardo@yale.edu

Margaret S. Pichardo, MPH is a doctoral student in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Her research interests are in translational public health in the areas of obesity, cancer and racial/ethnic health disparities. Through her studies and research work in these areas, Margaret aims to identify behavioral strategies to reduce the obesity burden in racial/ethnic minorities that predisposes them to cancer. In her prior research work, Margaret was a summer visiting fellow at the National Cancer Institute, NIH where she studied the association between Body Mass Index and Prostate Cancer in African American men. Margaret is also an MD candidate at Howard University College of Medicine. She obtained an MPH from Stony Brook University (SUNY) in 2013 and her BA in Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture from New York University in 2011. Her mentor is Dr. Melinda Irwin.

Phoebe Tran

Phoebe Tran
Year started: 2016

E-mail: phoebe.tran@yale.edu

Phoebe Tran, M.Sc. is a doctoral student in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research interests are exploring the impact of socioeconomic inequalities on health knowledge disparities in cardiovascular health outcomes using spatial methods and creating culturally appropriate interventions for communities who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Phoebe earned her M.Sc. in Epidemiology from Harvard and her BA in Biology with a minor in Mathematics from Emory University. 

Publications: 

  • Tran, Lam & Tran, Phoebe. (2017) Bootstrapping – a Second Line of Evidence for Statistical Inference in Environmental Epidemiological Studies. Environmental Research (accepted with minor revision). 
  • Tran, Phoebe & Mittleman, Murray. (2016). Assessing the Associations Between Awareness of Myocardial Infarction Symptoms, Socioeconomic Factors, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Through Regression Models. Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities. 

Cenjing Zhu

Cenjing Zhu

Year started: 2018

E-mail: Cenjing.zhu@yale.edu

Research interest:
Cenjing Zhu is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. Her current research interests are risk factors and preventive interventions for cardiovascular diseases, biomarkers and interventions for cognitive impairment, and smartphone-based interventions for pregnancy and postpartum weight management. Cenjing obtained her undergraduate degree with honor in Preventive Medicine from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2018.

Selected publications:

  • Cen-Jing Zhu, Guo-Xin Jiang, Jin-Mei Chen, Zhi-Ming Zhou, Qi Cheng. Serum Haptoglobin in Chinese patients with Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment: a case-control study. Brain Research Bulletin. 2018;137:301-305 
  • Cen-Jing Zhu, Shi-Wen Jing, Min Zhang, Dan-Ni Lu, Lin Zhang, Zhi-Jie Zheng. Smoking prevalence and awareness of smoking hazards in a community-based elderly population in Shanghai. Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Medical Science). 2017, 37(10): 1422-.

Cheryl K Zogg, MSPH, MHS

Cheryl Zogg
Year started: 2018 (MD-PhD 2016)

E-mail: cheryl.zogg@yale.edu

Research interest:

Cheryl Zogg is an M.D.-Ph.D. candidate at Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health where she is working on her Ph.D. in health services research through the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology. She is a research fellow with the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School and the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests lie in the intersection of health policy and quality as it pertains to outcomes of surgical patients and differential access to care. She is a grant-funded researcher with more than 80 peer-reviewed papers. In 2018, she was recognized in Forbes 30Under30 for her research in healthcare.

Selected publications:

  • Zogg CK, Schuster KM, Maung AA, Davis KA. Insurance Status Biases Trauma-System Utilization and Appropriate Inter-Facility Transfer: National and Longitudinal Results of Adult, Pediatric, and Older Adult Patients. Ann Surg 2018;268(4):681-689. 
  • Zogg CK, Jiang W, Ottesen TD, Shafi S, Schuster K, Becher R, Davis KA, Haider AH. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Longer-term Outcomes Among Emergency General Surgery Patients: The Unique Experience of Universally-Insured Older Adults. Ann Surg 2017 [Epub ahead of print].
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