Current and Past CPHD Student Testimonials

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Rachel Adams, MPH 

  • Rachel received her BS in Chemistry from Emory University and an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Southern California. Rachel is interested in understanding predictors of disaster preparedness behaviors in order to best motivate individuals and communities to prepare. Her research has focused on different aspects of disaster preparedness including population-level participation in preparedness activities and drills, partnerships between local health departments and community-based organization for disaster preparedness, and the promotion of evidence-based practices in emergency preparedness and response. Rachel has worked with Dr. Eisenman and Dr. Glik of CPHD on multiple projects, including their recent PERRC (Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center) project focused on training practitioners at local health departments to be able to identify, adapt, and translate evidence-based programs in emergency preparedness. Rachel has also published several papers that relate to past CPHD projects, such as the evaluation of the first Great ShakeOut campaign and results from the ADEPT (Assessment for Disaster Engagement with Partners Tool) survey of a national sample of local health departments. In 2019, Rachel joined the CONVERGE team at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Grace Kim, MPH

  • After Grace Kim graduated with MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Yale School of Public Health, she began her doctoral career at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health. She currently is engaging in research on a media content analysis of how coverage of mass trauma events (such as the Newtown shooting), can affect community healing with the CPHD as of October 2017.