Doctoral Students


Tianyue Mi, MS

tianyuem@email.sc.edu

Tianyue Mi is currently a Ph.D. student at the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Xiaoming Li, focusing on health behaviors and the mental health of people living with HIV. Tianyue earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology from Peking University.


Amandeep Kaur, MS

akaur@email.sc.edu

I am a Ph.D. 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@email.sc.edu

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.

 


Ran Zhang, MSW

rz1@email.sc.edu

Ran Zhang is a PhD student in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Shan Qiao. She earned her master’s degree in Social Work (macro concentration) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in 2017. Prior to joining UofSC, she worked as a Program Officer for China Global Philanthropy Institute, where she developed a series of courses for philanthropists and NGO executives. Ran’s research interests include HIV prevention, behavioral intervention, and evaluation. She hopes to gain a better understanding of the challenges in connecting policy and practice in public health system so that both ends can work together to achieve the best outcomes.


Pallavi Jayadev, MBBS (MD)

PJAYADEV@email.sc.edu

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. I will be working under the supervision of Dr. Xiaoming Li. My research interests are Interventions for HIV prevention and control, teenage pregnancy and underprivileged communities. I received a Master of Public health degree from Johns Hopkins University and a medical degree from Mysore University, India. My Past experiences: (1) Graduate Research Assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS research; (2) Graduate Research Assistant at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; (3) Senior House Officer (Primary care physician) at the Department of Public Health, Nassau, Bahamas; (4) Teaching Assistant in the Department of Anatomy at the Shimoga Institute of Medical Sciences, Karnataka, India; (5) Lady Medical Officer (Primary care Physician) at the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Shimoga, Government of Karnataka, India.


Fanghui Shi

fshi@email.sc.edu

Fanghui Shi is currently a PHD student at the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. And she is working under the supervision of Dr. Xiaoming Li. She earned her bachelor degree in Preventive medicine from Shanghai JiaoTong University. Her research interest is health behavior and the mental health of people living with HIV. Her undergraduate studies were investigating the prevalence and determinants of e-cigarette use and conventional cigarette smoking among school personnel and adolescents. Besides, she also did some researches about the influence of new media on adolescents’ smoking behavior.


Camryn Garrett, MPH

camrynmg@email.sc.edu

Camryn Garrett is a current Ph.D. student in the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Shan Qiao on two studies. One study is related to the mental health impacts of Covid-19 on people living with HIV (PLWH) in South Carolina. The second study is related to the experiences of people diagnosed with Covid-19 and long haulers. She obtained her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Virginia in 2021. Camryn’s research interests include social media, social health, community health, sexual health, HIV prevention and support, as well as, a focus on rural areas.


Abhishek Aggarwal

aggarwa@email.sc.edu

Abhishek is currently a Ph.D. student at the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior. He has initiated various projects to design and implement interventions to promote adolescent mental health across different states in India. Through such experiences, he serves as the international leader from India at the School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange (SMHILE). His current project is to test the use of immersive gaming technologies for developing real-life resilience in adolescents. The topic “technology for mental health” really excites him.”


Gazi Sakir Mohammad Pritom

gspritom@email.sc.edu


Atefeh Aghaei, Ph.D.

aaghaei@email.sc.edu