Faculty and Staff
Grad student registration, admissions, & inquiries, doctoral committee composition, grad program milestones & procedures, BBH conference room reservations for grad students, grad school policies, comprehensive dissertation proposal and final oral defense scheduling.
Hilary Bethancourt is a nutritional anthropologist and epidemiologist whose research interests revolve around identifying dietary and lifestyle approaches to preventing chronic diseases and promoting health and well-being at all stages of the life cycle.
Steven Branstetter has research interests in nicotine addiction, smoking behaviors, and individual and contextual influences on tobacco use in adults and adolescents.
Carol is the Biobehavioral Health front desk greeter and receptionist. Her primary duties consist of maintaining inventory of kitchen and printer supplies, placing E-buy orders, reserving meeting rooms, assisting with reconciling purchasing cards and preparing expense reports.
Orfeu Buxton directs the Sleep, Health & Society Collaboratory at Penn State.
Professor-in-Charge of the Undergraduate Program
Sonia Cavigelli conducts interdisciplinary research on the causes and consequences of individual differences in stress- and fear-related behavior and physiology.
Anne-Marie Chang's research involves the inter-relationships of sleep physiology and behavior, circadian rhythms, cardio-metabolic health, cognitive function and genomics.
Nicole Crowley works at the intersection of ex vivo electrophysiology, systems neuroscience and behavioral health.
Melina Czymoniewicz-Klippel's applied research focuses on understanding and addressing the determinants of health and health risks and resilience of vulnerable children and families, including refugees and asylum seekers
Beth Edwards' research interests focus on the use of harm reduction approaches to health interventions, particularly tobacco use and sexual health.
Christopher Engeland is interested in how stress, age, gender, and hormones affect immunity, inflammation, and health.
Lindsay Fernández-Rhodes is a trained epidemiologist with experience in the areas of Genetic, Epigenetic, and Social Epidemiology.
JoAnn Foley has been teaching at the college level since 1994 and has taught classes ranging in size from 5 students to 170 students.
Lisa Goldberg has research interests that include identifying genetic factors that affect susceptibility to nicotine withdrawal symptoms, as well as transgenerational inheritance of epigenetic changes associated with drug use.
The goal of Thomas Gould's research is to use genetic, pharmacological, behavioral, and molecular biological techniques to study the neurobiology of learning and memory and the effects of addiction on it.
Profesor-in-Charge of the Graduate Program
Jennifer Graham-Engeland directs the Stress & Health lab; her research emphasizes psychological and physiological mechanisms underlying stress and health connections.
Joseph Gyekis teaches undergraduate courses in the department of Biobehavioral Health, with a strong focus on research methods and applications, as well as a variety of topics related to drugs, genetics, and epidemiology.
Holly Jones is the Project Assistant for the SNAP-Ed Health Bodies Project under the Family and Child Health Study.
Helen Kamens focuses on identification of genetic and environmental mechanisms that contribute to complex behaviors with a special emphasis on alcohol and tobacco use.
As a social and behavioral scientist, Stephen Kodish is interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions aimed to improve the health and nutrition of vulnerable populations globally.
Kari Kulger's primary research interest includes the development of effective and efficient behavioral interventions targeting a wide range of health behaviors among various populations and contexts.
C. Eugene Bennett Chair in Prevention Research
Director of Edna Bennett Piece Prevention Research Center
Stephanie Lanza's career is devoted to advancing prevention research in behavioral health through the development and application of innovative quantitative methods. She focuses this work in two key areas.
Associate Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Sheree Logue directs the Biomarker Core Laboratory (BCL) which is a fee-for-service facility offering biomarker research support for all departments in the College of Health and Human Development as well as other researchers at PSU.
Heather Low is an undergraduate academic advisor for BBH students with last names A-La. She helps students with course registration, career/graduate school exploration, and graduation requirements for BBH.
Regina Lozinski is part of the Family and Child Health Project under the direction of Dr. Lori Francis.
Project and Data Manager, Healthy Bodies Project
Michelle Mannino is the Project and Data Manager for the USDA funded Healthy Bodies Project, a large-scale intervention research project focused on promoting heathy eating and physical activity in preschool children.
Teresa McGowan is an undergraduate academic advisor for BBH students with last names Le-Z. She helps students with course registration, career/graduate school exploration, and graduation requirements for BBH.
SNAP-Ed Educational Liason
Colleen Mortimer is part of the Family and Child Health Project under the direction of Dr. Lori Francis.
Kyle Murdock focuses on the neurological, biological, and behavioral pathways through which emotions and interpersonal relationships may impact health outcomes using innovative/multidisciplinary research methods.
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
As a long-time clinician, educator and administrator in international and domestic health and social service settings, Dana Naughton is strongly committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of health and global health practitioners.
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Diana serves as facilities manager (to whom you report building issues), financial coordinator (IBIS forms, funds requests, E-buy carts, grant info, invoicing), is in charge of keys/ swipe access, graduation list, AI, and annual reviews. She is also the BBH Safety Officer.
Brandi Rollins is a developmental, behavioral scientist with expertise in the influence of dysregulated eating and self-regulation processes (e.g.
Academic Director of the Survey Research Center
Joshua Rosenberger’s research focuses on the utilization of technologies as a methodological tool for the promotion of sexual health among men, speci
Director of Water, Health and Nutrition Lab
Asher Rosinger examines human response to changing nutritional and economic environments through water & dietary intake & the significance of mismatches in these relationships for short/long-term health, nutrition, and disease.
Michael Russell's research is focused on understanding the connections between stress, affect, and health behaviors in the day-to-day lives of adolescents and young adults, using advanced statistical modeling (mu
Sue Rutherford Siegel is a genetic researcher who examines interactions between the genetic and genomic basis of variation, the environmental interactions and the resulting behavioral and health outcomes of an individual.
Hannah Schreier’s lab focuses on how experiences during childhood and adolescence (e.g., growing up in poverty; child maltreatment) influence inflammatory and metabolic markers of chronic disease risk.
Consultant for the Biomarker Core Lab - Telomere Expert
The focus of Idan Shalev's research is to identify mechanisms underpinning the biological embedding of stress and its effect on biological aging.
Summer Food Service Program Coordinator
Catie Simpson is part of the Family and Child Health Project under the direction of Dr. Lori Francis.
Colby is primarily responsible for course scheduling, processing enrollment forms/grade changes, final exams, course substitutions, classroom reservations, degree audits, transcripts, & securing textbooks.
Emily Slimak performs all human resources related tasks (including but not limited to: job postings, hiring, onboarding, etc.) and maintains the BBH department website and social media accounts.
Joshua Smyth's focus is on the application of the biopsychosocial model, with particular interests in ambulatory assessment and mHealth, understanding stress, affect, behavior and health in everyday life, and innovative interventions.
Amy Snipes examines socio-behavioral factors in health. Her primary research focuses on the role of culture in understanding pesticide exposures, occupational injuries and other health disparities experienced by Latino immigrant farmworkers.
Michele Stine's background is in health education and psychopharmacology. As a member of the undergraduate faculty, her work has focused primarily on course and curriculum development. She has served as a General Education Faculty Scholar and the Faculty Ad
Rob Turrisi's research focus is in the application of behavioral decision-making to prevent underage drinking, drunk driving, and melanoma. Since coming to Penn State in 2004, Turrisi has been a PI or Co-PI on well over $20,000,000 in research funds from the National Institut
Multiplex Specialist in the Biomarker Core Lab
Matt offers expertise and guidance in the execution of ELISA, Multiplex, and MSD analysis for the BCL.
Neuroscience Faculty, The Neuroscience Institute, The Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences
David Vandenbergh's research group is interested in finding better ways to identify the genetic components of addiction-related behaviors.