Doctoral Students

Wendi Da, MHS

Wendi Da, MHS, is currently a PhD student at the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Preventive Medicine from Sun Yat-sen University in China, and her Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University. Her current research in CHQ focuses on HIV disclosure and medication adherence among PLWHA in China.

Chengbo Zeng, MS

Chengbo Zeng is currently a PhD student at the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. He works under the supervision of Dr. Xiaoming Li. He earned his Master degree in Biostatistics from Sun Yat-sen University and Bachelor degree in Preventive Medicine from Guangdong Pharmaceutical University. His research interests are quantitative analytical methods and the mental health of people living with HIV (PLWH). His graduate studies were developing mobile health intervention to reduce depression among PLWH and applying advanced statistical models to examine intervention mechanisms in randomized controlled trials. His current research topic in CHQ focuses on the mechanism of HIV-related stigma underlying clinical outcomes through psycho-behavioral pathways. Chengbo’s work have been published on renowned peer-reviewed journals, such as JMIR, JMIR mHealth and uHealth, BMC Public Health, and AIDS Care.

Amandeep Kaur, MS

I am a first year Ph.D. Epidemiology student in the department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health. As a research assistant, I am working with Dr. Monique Brown on NIMH funded project focusing on the impact of childhood sexual trauma on the process of aging with HIV. My research interests are HIV, Adverse Childhood Experiences as well as Mental Health. I obtained master’s degree in Public Health from East Tennessee State University in 2018 and bachelor’s in Dental Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences in India. My past experiences include Volunteer Research Assistant (The East Tennessee State University), Field Experience focusing on “Evaluation of Pharmacogenetic Association of Tenofovir Formulation and Adverse Effects” (Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, ETSU) and Dentistry (India).

Titilayo James, MPH, MBBS(MD)

Titilayo James is currently a doctoral student in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She earned her Bachelors degree in Medicine from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria and her Masters in Public Health from East Tennessee State University. Her research interests include HIV prevention and interventions, trauma and mental health.

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