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Past Honors Student Theses

Rebecca Brisman, The Role of Animals in the Context of Healing and Why They Play This Role. Advisor: Courtney Peterson

Katherine Carlsen, Examining Chronic Illness in College Students Through Medical Anthropology. Advisor: Celina Callahan-Kapoor

Michelle Cole, Differential Diagnosis of Eating Disorders in Adolescent Girls with Functional Nausea. Advisor: Courtney Peterson

Kyle Gavulic, The Impact of the ACA on Access to Prescription Drugs. Advisor: Gilbert Gonzales

Dara Johnson, Screening Chronic Disease Through Dentistry. Advisor: Derek Griffith

Naveen Krishnan, Healthcare Access for LGBT+ Populations in a Criminalized Context. Advisor: Jonathan Metzl

Emily O’Brian, Illness Narratives: Using Patient Stories to Inform Patient Care. Advisor: Joseph Fanning

Drew Quinto, An Analysis of the Supreme Court’s Impact on Public Health. Advisor: Martha Jones

Sachin Sanam Venkata, Filing TN Health Provider Shortages through International Medical Graduates. Advisor: Gilbert Gonzales

Thomas Tedeschi, Depression and Somatic Symptoms in Children. Advisor: Bruce Compas

Madelyn Bollig, An Ideal American Health Insurance System: A Cross Cultural Comparison. Advisor: Gilbert Gonzales

Anjeli Chapman, The Features of Post-Partum Depression. Advisor: David Schlundt

Graham Ellis, Language in the Chinese HIV Epidemic. Advisor: JuLeigh Petty

Katherine Gelfand, Case Studies of Global Health Funding in Botswana, South Africa, and Uganda. Advisor: JuLeigh Petty

Samantha Herbener, Vascular Health and Brain Aging. Advisor: Angela Jefferson and Celina Callahan-Kapoor

Breanna Herron, An Addicts Impact on the Family. Advisor: Jonathan Metzl

Lauren Jones, The Menstrual Experience: How Maternal Culture of Sanitary Products Influence Users. Advisor: Aimi Hamraie

Athena Mouros, The Manifestation of Structural Stigma in Memoirs of Mental Illness. Advisor: JuLeigh Petty

Emily Struttmann, Molecular Inequalities: The Mediating Effects of the Human Gut Microbiome on the Manifestation of Inequalities in Infectious Disease. Advisor: JuLeigh Petty

Brandon Ansbro, The Intersection of Race and Mental Health in Clinical and Police Encounters. Advisor: Jonathan Metzl

Lauren Beal, The Presence and Effects of Inadequate Psychological Counseling Resources on Vanderbilt’s Campus. Advisor: Courtney Muse

Naeha Haridasa, Radicalization of Sickle Cell Disease: Implications on Sickle Cell Disease Treatment in Nashville. Advisor: Celina Callahan-Kapoor

Ali Makhdoom, Neurogenesis and its Social Implications. Advisor: JuLeigh Petty and Bruce Carter

Araminta Ray, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Tennessee: Past, Present, and Future Directions. Advisor: Gabriel Mendes

Denise Wanyana, Implementation of First Rheumatic Heart Disease Registry in Rwanda: Martha Jones

Chantay Young, Eastern vs. Western Medicine: How Care Theory Offers a New Perspective Through Obstetric Observations. Advisor: Dan Morrison

Ezer Benaim, Eating Patterns and Incidence of Diabetes in Southern United States. Advisor: David Schlundt

Paige Kelley, Patients’ Perceptions and Experiences of Anorexia. Advisor: Tara McKay

Aiden Lee, Socioeconomic Disparities in Birthing Experiences.

Isabella Blair Ahrens, Mindfullness Mediation: Its Past, Present, and Future Implications for Medicine. Advisor: Gurjeet Birdee, MD, MPH

Anna Grace Hill, Financial Impact of Affordable Care Act on Publically Traded Hospital Management Organizations. Advisor: Martha Jones, PhD

Tara Keil, Addressing the Health Disparity Gap for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Advisor: Elisabeth Dykens, PhD

Vibhuti Krishna, Mind-body Practice in Undergraduates: User involvement in undergraduate mental healthcare setting Advisor: JuLeigh Petty, PhD

Colleen McNally, Children and Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease: An Analysis of Behavioral Problems and Possible Correlates. Advisor: Bruce Compass, PhD

Devin Morris, Politics of Opioid Use and HIV/AIDS Prevalence in the Deep South Advisor: JuLeigh Petty, PhD

Sarah Fine, A Comparative View of Adolescent Autism in the United States and Israel. Advisor: Courtney Muse, PhD

Catherine Ross, Implications in Academic Learning from Field Hockey Concussions in High School Girls: A Systematic Review. Advisor: Melissa McPheeters, PhD, MPH

Ali Byrne, Early Screening of Autism: The Role of Language Barriers in the Pediatrician-Patient Relationship. Advisor: Blythe Corbett, PhD

Jacqueline Craine, Gender inequalities of mental health in an Arab Islamic context Advisor: Dominique Behague, PhD

Elizabeth Gardner GilbertPTSD and Military Sexual Assault. Advisor: Kenneth MacLeish, PhD

Max OforiMental health and gun violence. Advisor: Jonathan Metzl, MD PhD

Hannah PackmanAnalysis of the fast food and tobacco industries. Advisor: Jamie Pope, MS, RD, LDN

Courtney Fleming, Focus Group Methodology: Through the Lens of a Type 2 Diabetes and Technology Study. Advisor: Trent Rosenbloom, MD

Brittney Johnson, The Digital Mystique. Advisor: Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD

Alyssa Moore, The Skinny on Obesogens: From Stigma to Understanding. Advisor: Beth Conklin, PhD

Kacie Steinbrecher, Framework for Childhood Obesity Intervention Programs for the Low-Income Hispanic Population: A Multifactorial Approach in a Primary-Care Setting. Advisor: Lori Catanzaro, PhD

Mark Wells, Medical Ethics in International Medicine: A Pilot Research Project on French-Speaking Africa. Advisors: Elizabeth Heitman, PhD and JuLeigh Petty, PhD

Sima Hisham BaalbakiThe Impact of the Elimination of Property Tax Exemption for Not-for-Profit  Hospitals. Advisor: Larry Van Horn, MPH, MBA, PhD

Katie GirardiAdvance Directives and Treatment Decisions for Patients Suffering From Severe Dementia: Ethical Implications. Advisor: Russell McIntire, PhD

Katherine E. GuessDo Level 1 Trauma Centers Address All Forms of Trauma Advisor:  Barbara Clinton, MSW

Deepa JoshiCharacterization of Perinatal Substance Abuse in Campbell County, Tennessee and Support Strategies for Paraprofessional. Advisor:  Barbara Clinton, MSW

Katelyn Elizabeth WoodardThe Relationships Between Numeracy, Self-Efficacy, and Medication Adherence. (2010) Advisor: Chandra Y. Osborn PhD, MPH, VUMC

Kelley CoffmanHealth Risks and Nuclear Materials (2009) Advisor: Jonathan Gilligan, PhD, A&S

Sarah DeeryEffect of Literacy and Numeracy on Renal Function in Patients with Diabetes (2008) Advisor: Russell Rothman, MD, VUMC

Adam CarlisleClinical Research of Portion Estimation (2007) Advisor: Russell Rothman, MD, VUMC

Erin DuncanRole of the Interpreter in the Hospital (2007) Advisor: Elizabeth Heitman, PhD, VUMC

Disha KumarRace & Gender Concordance between Patient and Physician (2007) Advisor: David Schlundt, PhD, A&S

Beth McKinnonPatient-Physician Relationship in the Latino Population (2007) Advisor: Elizabeth Heitman, PhD, VUMC

Brett SklawThe Narrow Approach of Acute Medicine: Diabetes as a Public Health Problem, 1930-1960 (2005) Advisor: Arleen Tuchman, PhD, A&S