Our Team

OPEN’s researchers and staff are primarily based at The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, and Case Western Reserve University. Our team members bring a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to OPEN’s work. We collaborate across campuses and disciplines to minimize siloes and increase holistic research practices.

Our Researchers and Program Staff

Danielle Bessett, Co-Principal Investigator of OPEN

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Professor

Department of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Affiliate

University of Cincinnati

Alison Norris, Co-Principal Investigator of OPEN

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Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Division of Infectious Diseases

The Ohio State University

Sarah CM Crow

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Senior Research Communications Associate

College of Public Health

The Ohio State University

Maria Gallo

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Professor

Division of Epidemiology

The Ohio State University

Jennifer Glaser

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Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Department of English

University of Cincinnati

Priya Gursahaney

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Associate Professor

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Cincinnati

Hillary Gyuras

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Senior Research Associate

Department of Sociology

University of Cincinnati

Amanda Harvey

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Research Coordinator

College of Public Health

The Ohio State University

Sarah Hayford

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Professor

Department of Sociology

The Ohio State University

Jessie Hill

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Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law

School of Law

Case Western Reserve University

Courtney Kerestes

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Assistant Professor

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Ohio State University

Autumn Kirkendall

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Senior Research Associate

University of Cincinnati

Michelle McGowan

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Professor of Biomedical Ethics

Mayo Clinic

Stef Murawsky

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Policy and Program Director

Department of Sociology

University of Cincinnati

Abby Norris Turner

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Professor

Division of Infectious Diseases and Division of Epidemiology

The Ohio State University

Tamika Odum

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Associate Professor

Department of Behavioral Science

University of Cincinnati

Meredith Pensak

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Assistant Professor

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Cincinnati

Katherine Rivlin

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Associate Professor

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Chicago

Mikaela Smith

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Research Scientist

College of Public Health

The Ohio State University

Trainees

Kayla Alvis

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PhD student

Rural Sociology

The Ohio State University

Cynthia Beavin

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PhD Student

Department of Sociology

University of Cincinnati

Christina Bijou

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PhD Student

Department of Sociology

The Ohio State University

Aalap Bommaraju

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PhD Student

Department of Sociology

University of Cincinnati

Sarah Bostic

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PhD Student

Department of Sociology

University of Cincinnati

Jeremy Brenner-Levoy

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PhD Student

Department of Sociology

University of Cincinnati

Molly Broscoe

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Ph.D. Student

Department of Sociology

University of Cincinnati

Shibani Chettri

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PhD Student

College of Public Health

The Ohio State University

Anna Church

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PhD Student

Department of Sociology

The Ohio State University

Willa Del Negro Skeehan

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Graduate Student

College of Public Health

The Ohio State University

Maralyn Doering

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PhD Student

Department of Sociology

University of Cincinnati

Victoria El-Hayek

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MD Student

College of Medicine

The Ohio State University

Jacob Kepes

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MA/Ph.D. Student

Department of Sociology

The Ohio State University

Lydia Kotowski

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JD/MHA Student

College of Public Health

The Ohio State University

Mahboobeh Davoodifar

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Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Sociology

University of Cincinnati

Katy McFarland

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MD/MPH Student

University of Cincinnati

Zoe Muzyczka

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Ph.D. Student

Department of Sociology

University of Cincinnati

Neela Nallamothu

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MPH Student

Milken Institute School of Public Health

George Washington University

Rosa Negash

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Graduate Student

College of Public Health

The Ohio State University

Emily Neiman

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PhD student and Clinical Instructor of Practice

College of Nursing

The Ohio State University

Pragi Patel

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Medical Student

College of Medicine

The Ohio State University

Hannah Piscalko

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PhD Student

College of Public Health

The Ohio State University

Brianna Smith

PhD Student

College of Social Work

The Ohio State University

Shreekari Tadepalli

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M.D. Student

College of Medicine

Ohio State University

Taylor Tomu

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PhD Student

Department of Anthropology

The Ohio State University

Kierra Toney

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PhD Student

Department of Sociology

University of Cincinnati

Abigail Underwood

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PhD Student

College of Social Work

The Ohio State University

Evangeline Warren

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PhD Student

Department of Sociology

The Ohio State University

Affiliated Scholars

Francis Anagbonu, The Ohio State University

John Casterline, The Ohio State University

Payal Chakraborty, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute

Danielle Czarnecki, Case Western Reserve University

Cynthia Colen, The Ohio State University

Meredith P. Field, Alfred University

Claire Forrestal, The Ohio State University

Bucky Foster, The Ohio State University

Orlaith (Orla) Heymann, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Rudy Hightower II, The Ohio State University

Robert Hood, Emory University

Dana Howard, The Ohio State University

Ayaz Hyder, The Ohio State University

Elaina Johns-Wolfe, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Lisa Keder, The Ohio State University

Alex Kissling, Cerner Enviza

Emily Kim, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Chasity Knight, The Ohio State University

Kaiting Lang, NJ Department of Health

Juliana Madzia, University of Cincinnati

Annie McGhee, University of Cincinnati

Kelsey Mello, Valley Children’s Healthcare

Saira Nawaz, PATH

Carolette Norwood, Howard University

JaNelle Ricks, The Ohio State University

Sara Zandvakili, University of Cincinnati