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Lindsay Fernández-Rhodes, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Mailing Address: 108 Biobehavioral Health Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 1 (814) 863-0185


Curriculum Vitae

Education & Training:
  • 2016-2018 Post-doctoral Scholar, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2009-2016 PhD in Epidemiology and Global Health Graduate Certificate, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2009-2011 MSPH in Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2007-2009 Post-baccalaureate Fellow, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
  • 2003-2007 BS in Biology, College of Arts & Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Courses Taught:





Ashmita Grewal

Ashmita Grewal is a student in the new Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Program in Biobehavioral Health and Masters of Public Health program. She is interested in the interaction of genes and the environment, epidemiology and public health surveillance, as a way of tracking the causes of health disparities and finding ways to prevent them.

Hridya Rao

Hridya Rao

Hridya Rao, is an international student at PSU who did her engineering in Biotechnology from VIT, India and procured her masters in Bioethics from Wake Forest University, NC. She finished her Masters’ thesis by recommending ethical guidelines on research using new and advanced synthetic embryos. She plans to take her research further and make a bigger impact by combining her knowledge of genetics and ethics to target various diseases in minority populations. She can be contacted at

Alexia Snape

Alexia Snape

Alexia Snape is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Biology (Vertebrate Physiology) and minoring in Women’s Studies and Bioethics and Medical Humanities. She is working with the Epi-GaPS groups to develop her honors thesis, which delves into childbirth from a biological, ethical and feministic perspective. Through a systematic review, she hopes to gain a more definitive answer about the benefits and drawbacks of vaginal birth and elective cesarean delivery.

Hassan Bokhari

Hassan Bokhari ( is an undergraduate student.



Cristin McArdle ( is a Post-Doctoral Scholar.


Past Students

Emily Knell

Emily Knell

Emily graduated in August 2019 as a Biobehavioral Health Honors Student. Her thesis was on the environmental, social, genetic, and behavioral factors leading to the Hispanic-Latina birth paradox. This project helped her to realize an interest at taking a holistic view of health-related topics, which will help her in reaching her goal to become a pediatric occupational therapist.