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Students working with PIPER

One of PIPER’s goals is to train and assist professionals in public health practice applied to injury and violence prevention. As such, Colorado School of Public Health students are an integral part of the PIPER team. A number of students are employed in projects led by PIPER core faculty, and many others receive mentoring from PIPER faculty on their own projects.
Current Student Employees
Roman Ayele, MPH, Research Assistant, PhD Student—Health Services Research
AyeleR.pngRoman Ayele works with Dr. Gregory Tung to understand the collaboration between the Nurse Family Partnership and Child Protective Services and factors mediating their relationship and goals.
Research interests: maternal and child health, access to care, healthcare utilization locally/globally
Vicka Chaplin, MA, Program Assistant, MPH Student—Community and Behavioral Health
ChaplinV.pngVicka Chaplin performs administrative and research support tasks for PIPER, including public communications, grants editing, and research assistance.
Research interests: interpersonal violence and suicide prevention, military populations
Suzuho Shimasaki, MPH, Research Assistant, DrPH Student—Community and Behavioral Health
ShimasakiS.pngSuzuho Shimasaki works with Children’s Hospital Colorado on a safe sleep study as well as a study of the Nurse Family Partnership’s role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Research interests: racial equity, social justice, health equity
Norbert Soke, MD, MSPH, Research Assistant, PhD Student—Epidemiology
SokeN.pngDr. Norbert Soke works with Dr. Carolyn DiGuiseppi, leading a study comparing self-injurious behavior (SIB) in children with autism spectrum disorders to SIB in children with other neurodevelopmental disorders or typical development.
Research Interests: self-injurious behavior, autism spectrum disorder
Current Student Mentees (Faculty Mentor in Parentheses)
Talia Brown, MS – PhD student in epidemiology developing her dissertation on methods used for suicide attempts as a function of cultural influences and collaborating on a project to develop a database of child injury measurement instruments (Runyan).

Michael Frank – medical student, studying the health of former prison inmates (Binswanger).

Erin Martinez, MS – PhD student in epidemiology, doing dissertation research on the epidemiology of prescription opioid abuse (DiGuiseppi, Comstock).

Marie McKinnon – medical student, HPV vaccination in prisons (Binswanger).

Kathryn Marie Nowotny – PhD student in sociology doing dissertation research on the health and healthcare of incarcerated adults. (Binswanger).

Ken Scott, MPH – PhD student in epidemiology initiating a dissertation project to examine fall risk, falls, and fall-related disability in aging workers; Ken also completed a field methods project to design a research protocol for a systematic review assessing the use of smartphones and tablets to measure human movement, including falls. (DiGuiseppi).

Suzuho Shimisaki, MPH – DrPH student in community and behavioral health working on a dissertation project to create measures for racial inequalities (Tung).

Norbert Soke, MD, MSPH – PhD student in epidemiology doing dissertation research on trends and risk factors for self-Injurious behavior (SIB) in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (DiGuiseppi).

Livia Tsie – medical student exploring patient-centeredness and opioid use (Binswanger).

Ryan Tucker – medical student, completing a mentored research project on the relationship between homelessness and suicide among veterans (DiGuiseppi).

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