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Jaclyn Alexander-Molloy, MS
Assistant Project Director
Jaclyn earned a BA in Communication from the University of New Hampshire and an MS in Health Communication with a concentration in Applied Communication Research from Boston University. While completing her master’s degree, Jackie spent a semester as a student researcher at the Brigham and Women’s STRATUS Center, focusing on product penetration. Prior to becoming part of the Viswanath Lab, she was a Data Specialist at Forrester Research, where she extracted and analyzed survey data for clients in the healthcare and financial services sectors. Her focus is to aid in the growth of public health education and disease prevention, and she looks forward to continually increasing her knowledge of these areas at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

 
Carmenza Bruff, BS
Community Health Educator
Carmenza received a BS in Human Services/Community Organizing from Springfield College and is enrolled in the MA in Education/Integrated Studies program at Cambridge College. Carmenza joins the Viswanath Lab as a Community Health Worker in the city of Lawrence on a variety of community-based participatory research projects.
 
Carmenza stays actively involved in the community and helps people with language barriers by working as a freelance Medical Interpreter. She brings vast experience with underserved communities in Colombia, where she worked in the Prevention Against Cancer Program at the Instituto National de Cancerologia in Bogota. This knowledge was expanded through her job as a Community Health Educator for the Merrimack Valley Lead Prevention Program in Lawrence. Carmenza has also served on the Lawrence YWCA Board of Directors and on the Community Affairs Advisory Board for the city of Haverhill.
 
 

Josephine Crisostomo, MPH
Consultant
Josephine earned a MPH at Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in Psychology at CUNY - Queens College. Prior to joining the Viswanath Lab, she served as a Program Coordinator for the Boston Public Health Commission, where she specialized in coalition building and community organizing. She has also worked in communications and social marketing with both the Education Development Center, Inc.’s Higher Education Center, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Josephine has a passion for health communications and health promotion, and is specifically interested in translating health communications research into practice in the field.

 

Hope Cummings, MA, PhD
Postdoctorate Research Fellow
Hope Cummings is currently a post-doctorate research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan. She earned her M.A. in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Psychology and Communications from the University of Louisville.
 
Hope’s primary research interest focuses on the role that media and technology play in shaping human behavior and development. Her past research has focused mainly on examining the effects that exposure to problematic media has on an individual’s cognitive, social, and physical well-being. As a fellow, she hopes to start her own empirical research program that examines the role that media play in damaging and improving public health, with a particular emphasis on cancer, and develop a theory of why the mass media has such powerful short-term and long-term effects on health behaviors. She is also hopes to create media interventions that promote healthy attitudes and behaviors.
 
 
Hana Hayashi
Doctoral Student, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health
Strategic Planner, McCann Health Communications
 
Hana’s mission is to create a healthier society, so that people can better enjoy and maximize their lives. She is interested in behavior change and how to age well physically, mentally, and spiritually. Hana was born and grew up in Chiba, Japan. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Social Sciences at Waseda University, a Masters of Education from Boston University, and a Masters of Science from Harvard School of Public Health, where she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree. She has participated in a global health promotion and communications project, in both developed and developing countries, and has developed public health campaigns at McCann Health Communications, a global advertising company. 
 
Hana’s areas of focus are health communications, community intervention, and social epidemiology. While at Harvard, Hana was a scholar of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program. She is also interested in a holistic approach to health, through food (cooking), movement (yoga), and thought (meditation). She is the author of “No Matter What, Keep Going--What Harvard Taught Me for Life” (in Japanese). She loves writing, cooking, and nature. 
 
 
Nancy Klockson
Administrative Assistant
Nancy Klockson provides overall support to Dr. Viswanath and the team. She worked with Dr. Karen Emmons in this capacity for the previous nine years. Over the past nine years, Nancy has also supported the research of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Center for Community-Based Research (CCBR) by riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge. She rides yearly, leading a team of CCBR members to help raise funds for cancer research. Nancy received a BA in history from UMass Amherst.
 
 
Leesa Lin, MSPH
Program Coordinator
Leesa holds a MS in Global Health and Population from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She serves as the Program Coordinator for the Harvard School of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC). Her research interests focus on the assessment of public health systems’ emergency preparedness capabilities, communication during large-scale disasters, knowledge dissemination and translation, social determinants, and the development and evaluation of social interventions.
 
 
Rachel McCloud, ScD, MPH 
Research Fellow
Rachel received her doctorate in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she focused her studies on health communication in community-based settings. She also holds an MPH in Behavioral Science and Health Education from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and a BA in Sociology and an ABJ in Magazine Journalism from the University of Georgia.
 
Rachel’s dissertation work focused on health information engagement among individuals from low socioeconomic position, with an emphasis on how internet technology impacts communication inequalities. Her work continues to focus on the impact of smart phones and other devices in data gathering and disease prevention.
 
 

Sara Minsky, MPH
Assistant Director
Sara completed a BA in Economics at Emmanuel College and an MPH at Boston University. She most recently worked as a project manager for the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her experience includes managing randomized controlled trials examining residual effects of alcohol on occupational and academic performance, acute effects of transdermal scopolamine on simulated ship navigation performance, and effectiveness of condom promotion interventions on STD reduction.

 

Yudy Muneton, MA
Assistant Project Director
Yudy attended the University of Massachusetts Boston where she received a BS in Psychology and Biology and an MA in Clinical Social Work at Boston College.

Yudy has extensive experience working on community-based research studies in immigrant communities. Her research interests include cancer disparities and prevention among racial and ethnic minority populations, health promotion, disparities in access to mental health treatment, and child and adolescent behavioral health. Other areas of interest include women’s health, the treatment of anxiety disorders, and anxiety and distress associated with medical conditions. Prior to joining the Viswanath Lab, Yudy provided individual and family psychotherapy to a culturally diverse population at the Massachusetts Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC).

 

Divya Ramamurthi
Consultant
Divya received her Masters in Newspaper Journalism at Syracuse University. After graduating from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, she worked for six years as a health reporter for two of India’s largest English dailies; New Indian Express and The Hindu. As a reporter, she extensively covered the gap in access to healthcare for individuals of lower socioeconomic status. Divya focused on developing effective communication materials to promote health literacy while working as a Research Assistant at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is also pursuing her Masters in Health Communication at Emerson College.

 

Shoba Ramanadhan, ScD, MPH
Senior Scientist
Shoba is a Senior Scientist at the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a Research Scientist in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on supporting the use of evidence-based programs in community-based organizations, particularly those serving vulnerable populations. She is interested in the potential for capacity-building programs and social network development to promote the use of research evidence in community settings. Much of her work uses a community-based participatory research approach. She received her doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health, her MPH in Health Management from the Yale School of Public Health, and her BA in Biology from Cornell University.

Updated on January 13, 2017
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