Ph.D. in Health Sciences Cohort

Newest Students (2023)

The Ph.D. in Health Sciences program welcomed its ninth  cohort on August 18, 2023, at NIU’s Naperville campus.

Eight new students, numerous returning students and CHHS faculty and administrators from across the university kicked off the event with a dinner. The guest speakers were Ph.D. in Health Sciences alumni, Drs. Katie Schultz, Paris Thomas and Corey Ungaro.

Students from previous cohorts were excited to meet their fellow classmates at this in-person event. For some, it will be the last time they attend face-to-face events as they move forward in their program.

Student Biographies (2023)

Get more information and view member biographies from previous year cohorts.

Anton Bou-Sliman
Most recent degree: Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science

Current professional position: Clinical Research Coordinator

Research goals: sports nutrition, hypertrophy, and weight loss

Faculty advisor: Beth Moxley, Ph.D.
Grace Agah

Most recent degree: Masters in Public Health

Current Professional position: Full time student

Research goals: Cardiovascular health/Preventative cardiovascular medicine

Faculty Advisor: Lynn Herrmann, Ph.D.

Alyssa Harris

Most recent degree: Master of Public Health in Epidemiology

Current Professional position: Senior Research Director at Vizient, Inc.

Research goals: I am interested in looking at health disparities and vulnerable populations, especially in the area of cancer treatment and access to new cancer therapies.

Faculty Advisor: Courtney Hughes, Ph.D.

Mariah Cheyney

Most recent degree: AuD, MPH

Current Professional position: Clinical Associate Professor, AHCD

Research goals: Addressing health disparities in neonates with Cytomegalovirus

Faculty Advisor: Shondra Clay, Ph.D.

Regine Larosiliere

Most recent degree: Doctorate in Nursing Practice

Current Professional position: Director of Clinical Practice and Professional Development

Research goals: Immigration Mental and Physical Health; Health Disparities Among Racial Groups

Faculty Advisor: Shondra Clay, Ph.D.

Crystal Vasquez

Most recent degree: Master of Science in Nutritional Science: Nutrition Education

Current Professional position: Clinical Dietitian

Research goals: Acute/Critical Care, Nutrition & Wounds, Weight Stigma

Faculty Advisor: Henna Muzaffar, Ph.D.

The 2023 cohort at the August Ph.D. in Health Sciences event

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Ph.D. in Health Sciences
Wirtz Hall 323
815-753-6169 (fax)

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