Alumni

Past Graduate Students

Chrissy Kapelewski: Dr. Kapelewski currently works in the Office of Animal Care and Use at the University of California, Berkeley immediately following her thesis defense in 2010.

Jeanette Bennett: In May 2010, Dr. Bennett successfully defended her dissertation which investigated the effect of nicotine on the anti-viral immune response in adolescent mice. She is a post-doctoral fellow on the Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences training grant in the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Her research interest in understanding the effects of health behaviors and psychosocial factors on the immune system has led her to train with Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, one of the leaders in the psychoneuroimmunology field, at the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research in the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Bennett brings her specific research interest of how nicotine exposure and smoking affect the immune system to add a new dimension to Dr. Kiecolt-Glaser’s Stress and Health Lab.

Courtney Whetzel: Dr. Whetzel is now a Research Associate and Lab Coordinator of the Behavioral Neuroimmodulation Laboratory (BNIL) at Penn State University immediately following her thesis defense in 2008.

Beth Edwards: Following her final defense in 2007, Dr. Edwards is currently an evaluation coordinator at the Center for Schools and Communities/Center for Safe Schools in Harrisburg, PA.

Isabella Rodrigues: In 2005, Dr. Rodriguez graduated with her Ph.D and took a position as a post-doctoral fellow at the War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center, Department of Veterans Affairs, in New Jersey. Currently, she is working for Quintiles, the world's largest Contract Research Organization to oversee the operations of clinical trials conducted for all of the major pharmaceutical companies in various therapeutic areas, with a greater focus on oncology studies.

Rachel Ceballos: After defending her thesis in 2005, Dr. Ceballos took a position as an affiliate post-doctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Washington State, and is currently a Staff Scientist in their Program for Cancer Prevention. Her research focuses on biobehavioral aspects of stress, obesity and inflammation as a pathway for disease risk. She is currently conducting clinical and community-based research in the areas of cancer and diabetes prevention and control with special attention on minority populations.

Michele (Stine) Riggle: Following the defense of her thesis in 2004, Dr. Stine became an instructor for the Biobehavioral Health (BBH) Department at Penn State University.

Past Undergraduate Students

Name
Major
Graduation Year
Josh Mericle
Biobehavioral Health
2001
Tracy Mathe
Biobehavioral Health
2001
Lisa Maghazehe
Biobehavioral Health
2001
Jen Sinibaldi
Biobehavioral Health
2001
Rob Smay
Biobehavioral Health
2001
Katie Steinkamp
Biobehavioral Health
2001
Andrea Tavlarides
Biobehavioral Health
2001
Danielle Gallagher
Biobehavioral Health
2001
Lauren Feldsott
Biobehavioral Health
2001
Toni BonAnno
Biobehavioral Health
2001
Kyla Black
Biobehavioral Health
2001
Michelle Barnhart
Biobehavioral Health
2001
Courtney Whetzel
Biobehavioral Health
2002
Amanda Timperman
Biobehavioral Health
2002
Brian Saltsman
Biobehavioral Health
2002
Shilpa Kurpad
Biobehavioral Health
2002
Helen Kamens
Biobehavioral Health
2002
Jen Irlbacher
Biobehavioral Health
2002
Chris DeNucci
Pre-Med/Biology
2002
Sara DeCapria
Biobehavioral Health
2002
Carrie Christiansen
Biobehavioral Health
2002
Jessica Carley
Biobehavioral Health
2002
Katie Moberg
Biobehavioral Health
2003
Jen Kikla
Biobehavioral Health
2003
Kristin Dancer
Biobehavioral Health
2003
Sara Chan
Biobehavioral Health
2003
Meredith Shiels
Biobehavioral Health
2004
Donna Riker
Biobehavioral Health
2004
Renee Rak
Biobehavioral Health
2004
Marlene Lopez
Biology
2004
Joseph Bonner
Psychology
2004
Lyn Weinberg
Pre-Med/Biology
2005
Benjamin Tishman
Biobehavioral Health
2005
Michelle Gandhi
Biobehavioral Health
2005
Elisabeth Donalson
Biobehavioral Health
2006
Sandhya Kambhampati
Biobehavioral Health
2006
Meredith Leving
Biobehavioral Health
2007
Ali Endicott
Biobehavioral Health
2007
Julie Leslie
Biobehavioral Health
2007
Susanne Williams
Biobehavioral Health
2007
Betsy Donaldson
Biobehavioral Health
2007
Nick Calvin
Biobehavioral Health
2008
Erin Rauh
Biobehavioral Health
2009
Christine Pennisi
Biobehavioral Health
2009
Channing James
Biobehavioral Health
2009
Alex Falvo
Biology (Vertebrate Physiology)
2010
Suzanne Bergan
Biology (Vertebrate Physiology)
2010
Shannon Joy
Biobehavioral Health
2010