Who We Are

Director

Dr. Chungyi (Chung-Yi) Chiu, Ph.D., CRC, LPC

Chung-Yi ChiuDr. Chung-Yi Chiu completed her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology with a minor in Educational Psychology Statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at National Taiwan University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Chang Gung University. Additionally, Dr. Chiu is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has conducted several theory/model-driven studies with three main research themes: health promotion, psychosocial adjustment to disability and chronic illness, and social participation. Her overarching research goals are to understand how people with disability and chronic illness (PwDC) live healthy, meaningful, and productive lives; to know why PwDC have barriers and challenges when pursuing physical, mental, and social well-being; and to study how to improve PwDC's well-being and quality of life.

 

Graduate Students

Alicia Jones, M.S.

Alicia JonesAlicia is a doctoral student studying Kinesiology who completed her Master’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at Eastern Illinois University with a concentration in Exercise Science. One of her research areas of interest is how exercise can improve the mental health and quality of life of those with and without disability.

Jeanna M. Campbell

Jenna M. Campbell Jeanna M. Campbell is a fourth-year PhD student with a dual assistantship in the School of Social Work and the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. Her research interests include the influence of structural factors on chronic disease incidence, prevalence, and management, and community-driven interventions to address social determinants of health. In 2021, Jeanna was awarded the Doctoral Student Policy Forum Fellowship, a national competition hosted by CSWE, SSWR, and GADE.

Madina Yerkin

Madina Yerkin Madina is a master’s student studying Community Health. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. One of her research interests is the effect of psychological flexibility on quality of life of those with disability. In her spare time, Madina loves cooking/baking, bowling, traveling, and hiking.

Vaishnavi Sridharan

Vaishnavi Sridharan I've completed my masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Loughborough University and have worked as a psychologist in India. I'm interested in using mindfulness-based techniques to combat stress leading to resilience. Thus, helping individuals to build sustainable healthy habits to enhance physical and mental health. I'm actively involved in rugby, swimming, and badminton. Currently my goal is to get a paragliding certificate!

Sauda Tonazzina

Sauda Tonazzina Tonazzina Hossain Sauda is a doctoral student studying Community Health and Preventive Medicine with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavioral Change. She is a medical graduate from Bangladesh and completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Bangladesh Medical College and Hospital. Her research interest focuses on improving the chronic health condition of individuals with neurological conditions and assisting them to lead a life with optimal health and well-being.

Mojtaba Khaliji

Mojtaba Khaliji Mojtaba is a doctoral student studying Community Health who completed his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering – Control at University of Tabriz and his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering – Telecommunications at Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic). His research interests include Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Optimization and Evolutionary Computation, Education, and Behavioral Science. His concentration is on improving quality of life for people with chronic conditions including multiple sclerosis (MS). Outside research, he enjoys good food, good company, good conversations, and good art and literature, not necessarily in this order!

Tourna Khan

Tourna Khan Tourna is a doctoral student in the department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavioral Change. Tourna earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S) from Comilla Medical College, Bangladesh and is a licensed doctor in Bangladesh. Her research interest is to help the people who are suffering from chronic health conditions especially with neurological diseases and work for the betterment of the society.

Current Undergraduates

 

Sam Stabosz

Sam Stabosz

Parth Trivedi

Parth Trivedi

Els Ou

Els Ou