Skye Allmang is a fourth-year Social Welfare PhD student in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Prior to coming to UCLA, she obtained a Master of Public Policy degree at Brandeis University and worked for several years at a nonprofit in Southern California on social welfare issues. Her scholarly research focuses on the evaluation of youth employment programs, both nationally and internationally, with an emphasis in underserved communities. She recently completed a summer research project in Mexico City.
Amy (Yan) Chai
Amy Chai is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology department at Fielding School of Public Health. Her dissertation focuses on environmental exposure, genetic susceptibility, and lung cancer susceptibility and survival. She is also interested in Epidemiologic methodologies for causal inference and bias analysis, quantitative research methods for chronic disease, and healthcare and well-being in developing countries. Amy completed her BS in Biological Sciences at University of Missouri and MS in Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. Before coming to UCLA, she worked as a research assistant at China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. Her previous experience includes several evidence-based epidemiological research studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine, focusing on longitudinal analysis with multiple endpoints for TCM efficacy evaluation in acute ischemic stroke. Along with strong conceptual and technical training, Amy believes that the Hilton Doctoral Training Program will also bring many further career development opportunities, including database establishment, policymaking, big data utilization and more.
Adva is a doctoral student in the Epidemiology Department with research interests in global health and neglected tropical diseases. Before beginning her studies at UCLA, Adva worked on childhood nutrition interventions in Gujarat, India, and served as a regulatory toxicologist conducting risk assessments for the World Health Organization. She plans to focus her dissertation research on infectious disease transmission patterns in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is thrilled to work with the WORLD Policy Analysis Center in helping inform evidence-based public health policy around the globe.
Vahe Khachadourian is a third year PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He received his MD from the Yerevan State Medical University and his Master of Public Health degree from the American University of Armenia in 2011. He is interested in causal inference and advanced quantitative methodologies, and his main research focuses on disaster epidemiology, particularly long-term health effects of disasters. He has published his work in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his findings at international scientific conferences. As a Conrad N. Hilton Scholar with the WORLD Policy Analysis Center pursuing a training in the quantitative track, he is looking forward to learning from leading experts in the field of policy analysis and getting hands-on experience while working with and analyzing large national and international databases.
Stephanie is a third year doctoral student in Community Health Sciences at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with research interests in global childhood malnutrition. She previously managed an international study spanning 9 countries investigating birth defects in children and has completed work in the areas of stunting and malnutrition. Stephanie hopes to analyze effective policy implementation to join the effort in eradicating global poverty with the WORLD Policy Analysis Center.
Feliz Quinones is currently a fifth-year doctoral student in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies in the Human Development and Psychology division. Feliz works under the mentorship of Professor Sandra Graham on the UCLA Middle and High School Diversity Projects, where they examine the psychosocial benefits and challenges of ethnic diversity in schools. Her research examines the neighborhood and school contexts (and more specifically, the ethnic mismatch between these two) and how these influence middle school students' experiences with racial/ethnic discrimination. As a Hilton scholar, she hopes to gain greater insight on the educational policies that are currently in place and to acquire the necessary methodological skills to examine the quality of education for children on a global scale.
Veronika Rozhenkova is a Ph.D Candidate at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Prior to her doctoral studies, she received an EdM degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University, a Diploma in Philology from Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University and worked as a university faculty member in Russia. Her main research interests are in international higher education policy and reform, specifically in globalization and internationalization of higher education. Veronika has also been actively engaged in the Center for International and Development Education (UCLA) that houses development projects related to the issues of international education. She looks forward to working with the WORLD team and the other Conrad N. Hilton scholars while receiving advanced training and conducting research on the world's most pressing issues.
Pragya BhuwaniaPragya Bhuwania is a PhD student in the Health Policy and Management department at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Her research interests include assessing multilevel associations between health outcomes and their determinants and estimating causal effect of policies on health using quasi-experimental research design. Prior to joining UCLA, she worked as a Maternal and Child Health Equity (MACHEquity) fellow at the Centre for Public Policy at IIM Bangalore, India. She earned her MSc in Statistics degree from the University of Oxford, UK and BA in Economics degree from Delhi University, India. As a Hilton scholar, she is propelled towards studying the impact of socio-economic conditions and policies on global health and thereby advance the push for evidence-based policymaking.
Gabriel SuchodolskiGabriel Suchodolski is a UCLA Sociology PhD student with research interests in politics, social organization, territory, environmental change, and welfare policies. Before joining UCLA, Gabriel worked with traditional communities and social movements in the Brazilian Amazon, conducting ethnographic research and social cartography. He has an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University, an MA in Sociology from Rio de Janeiro State University, and a BA in International Relations from the University of São Paulo. He hopes to analyze the implementation of land and welfare policies, and their relation to localized social organization and politics, in comparative perspective with special interest in Brazil, India and east Africa.
Natalia WoolleyNatalia Woolley is a PhD student in the Community Health Sciences department at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Natalia's research focuses on adolescent health, particularly on the interplay between broad socioeconomic factors and adolescent risk behaviors in low and middle-income countries. Natalia has a B.A. in International Development and a M.S. in Public Health, both from UCLA. She has also worked at the UNDP and at the Brazilian government conducting policy monitoring and evaluation. As a Hilton scholar, Natalia hopes to gain translational research skills to help governments implement and evaluate evidence-based policies targeting youth health.
Kexin JinKexin is a second year PhD student in Epidemiology at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Her dissertation research projects focus on reproductive health and risk of cancer in a rural population in China. She received a BMed (MD equivalence) from Nanjing Medical University and obtained a ScM in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During the past six years, she applied causal inference and conducted quantitative data analyses for research projects on cancers, HIV/AIDS, trauma, eye diseases and so on. As a Hilton Scholar, she will gain experience in building the database for comparative policy analysis and will develop future research and career on policy and social determinants of health.