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Postdoctoral Scholar

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Dr. Hilary Bethancourt, hilaryjb@psu.edu

Dr. 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. Dr. Bethancourt is a postdoctoral scholar in the Water, Health, and Nutrition Lab working on projects relating to water security, hydration status, dietary intake, nutrition transitions, stress, and health in Bolivia, Kenya, and the United States.

Graduate Students

Leslie Ford

Leslie Ford, lbf5170@psu.edu

Leslie Ford joins the Water, Health, and Nutrition Lab as a PhD student in the department of Biobehavioral Health. Leslie has a background in public health and water management with an MPH in Environmental Health from Western Kentucky University and an MSc in Water Management from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft the Netherlands. Leslie’s research interests focus on the relationship between water and health looking primarily at how environmental and social factors influence water distributions and water procuring behaviors in marginalized and underrepresented communities.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Katilyn Barnhart

Kaitlyn Barnhart, keb58@psu.edu

Kaitlyn Barnhart (Research Assistant) is a sophomore at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing a B.S. degree in Biobehavioral Health. Her interests lie in public and global health.

Jason John

Jason John, jpj5355@psu.edu

Jason John is a sophomore at Penn State University pursuing a B.S. degree in Biobehavioral Health. His interests lie in epidemiology and global health.

Alysha Kelyman

Alysha Kelyman, alk5730@psu.edu

Alysha Kelyman (Research Assistant) is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing a B.S. degree in Biobehavioral Health. She is looking forward to furthering her education by attending medical school upon graduation.

Celine Latona

Celine Latona, cel5364@psu.edu

Celine Latona (Research Assistant) is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing a B.S. degree in Biobehavioral Health. She is also in the IUG MPH program with Hershey Med and the acting lead RA for the year. She is looking forward to furthering her education in Public Health.

Lexi Tingley

Alexandra Tingley, lxt366@psu.edu

Lexi Tingley (Research Assistant) is a freshman at The Pennsylvania State University with an intended major of Biobehavioral Health. After her undergraduate studies, she hopes to attend medical school.

Lab Alums

Sara Caldana