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Lab Alumni

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Sierra is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She has worked as a research assistant studying adolescent sexual health and new media as a means of health promotion. She is a skilled in project coordination, community-based participatory research, qualitative research methods, and manuscript development. 

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Shawtaabdee is class of 2022 graduate at the University of Michigan College of Literature Science and the Arts. She is a pre-health student and was a participant in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Shawtaabdee seeks to one day help disparities in dentistry or medicine. 

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Dipita Das graduated class of 2021​, with a major in Gender in Health and minor in Community Action and Social Change

She was participant in the 2019 Women & Gender Summer Research Program. 



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Maya Smith is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine. While in the DRB Lab, Maya worked on the MASCS II project. Maya is interested in gender and health and decreasing the current inequalities facing adolescents and young adults today. 

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Nia Lundkvist is a graduate

of Spelman College in Atlanta GA,

Ethel Waddel Githii Honors Program. She majored in Sociology with a minor in Comparative Women’s Studies.

Nia participated in the 2018 Women & Gender Research Opportunity Program.

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Jordan Humphrey is a graduate from the Unversity of Michigan's School of Kinesiology, pre-med major. Jordan participated in the 2019 Winter Semester for UROP




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Rico Ozuna-Harrison is a graduate of the University of Michigan College of LSA. He is a pre-med student and walk-on to the University of Michigan Men's Basketball Team. As a research assistant for Dr. Burns, Rico brings skills in scholarly writing, photography, website design as well as taking lead in focus groups.


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Salisha Baranwal is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Literature, Science, and Art. While she aspires to further her career in medicine, she has an interest in social media and its influences. Salisha also manages DRB social medias, is in charge of advertisement for MASC II, and designs for the UMICH yearbook and the DRB lab.




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Kedar Johnson is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Trained in focus group procedures and the use of our interview guide, questionnaire design, data analysis. He also assists in the development of manuscripts. He enjoys health and wellness, fitness, running and working with youth. 




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Kourtni Carty is a graduate from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. As a member of the DRB Lab, Kourtni specialized in both organizational management and social media outreach. As a passionate and virtuous member of the DRB staff, Kourtni aims to gain experience and exposure to issues related to the health and well being of underrepresented populations. 



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Keith Johnstone graduated from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with major in Business Administration and a minor in political science. Keith has a mission to make an impact in his community and assist clinics in providing underserved clientele what they need. He has led focus groups in the Detroit area. 

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Rebecca Abaddi is a graduated pediatric nurse practitioner student, doctor of nursing practice track. She works as an infectious disease nurse and enjoys her work immensely. She is excited to begin working on projects in the lab that will ultimately lead to better patient health outcomes. She helped create an organization at U of M called Future Black Healthcare Professionals which she is currently the President of.




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Alexis Paisley is a graduating senior at University of Detroit Second-Career Nursing BSN program. She will be receiving a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. Alexis has played a key role in the DRB staff by coding and aiding in logistical assessments to ongoing projects and papers. 

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Lindsay Miles is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Nursing. While in the DRB Lab she aspired to further her career in health, she has an interest in teens and young adults. Lindsay has excellent skills in managing social media sites, creating and improving surveys,  creating infographics, and conducting team literature reviews. 

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