Student Research Team Members

Current Research Team Members

Graduate Students

Nathanaelle “Onyi” Ibeziako 

 I am a first year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine. I received my Bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Bioethics, with a focus on reproductive ethics, from Case Western Reserve University located in Cleveland, OH in 2016. I am a new graduate research assistant and look to aid in work particularly dealing with reproductive health disparities in areas of lower socioeconomic status, as well as in developing countries, particularly Nigeria. As an aspiring physician, I hope to incorporate this research into my education in a way that allows me to actively practice in these areas and affect change. My research focus centers on the determination of factors of maternal health care with the highest priority and the highest level of feasibility. Assessing the factors that meet both of these criteria is important because of the general lack of resources designated to the population of the women of study. Hopefully, this knowledge will expose viable factors to address in order to affect the greatest amount of change in maternal-fetal health, while taking into account the environments that shape their circumstances.

Undergraduate Students

Former Research Team Members

Graduate Students

Monica Rodriguezmonica
I obtained my undergraduate degree at Montclair State University. I majored in sociology with minors in Spanish and Child Advocacy. I look forward to graduating with my Masters in Public Health in May 2017. I am currently  working on transcribing maternal health focus groups and literature reviews for grant proposals. As an experienced child caretaker, I have a strong passion for child and maternal health issues specifically nutrition and child rearing. I aspire to gain experience in program evaluation and one day develop centers nationally and internationally that promote healthy lifestyles for mothers and children by access of resources and stability.
Lauren Juliette Ramos, MPH, CHES
lauren ramos
While on the research team, Lauren learned and utilized a great deal of fundamental research skills as well as team organization skills as a project leader, skills which were used throughout data collection and analysis, also in scholarly manuscript writing and editing. Some commonly used skills included, but were not limited to, literature reviewing, manuscript writing and editing, interviewing participants, qualitative data analysis, and others. Currently, Lauren has continued in research project management at Montclair State University and hopes to secure a position as a program manager in a public health organization in the future to continue to work more closely with the local urban community. She is also currently obtaining a CPT in respect to her passion for fitness, health and overall wellness.


Rodney Hammond, MPH, CHESrodney
Rodney is a public health advisor at the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). He holds a BS in Public Health Education from William Paterson University and Master of Public Health degree from Montclair State University as well as a CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certificate. Rodney Hammond is a member of NJSOPHE and an Inductee of Eta Sigma Gamma Honor Society of Health Education (Spring 2012). During his tenure at Montclair State University Rodney got the opportunity to work on Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha’s research team on multiple projects such as Project DASH, Project THANKS and Project on traditional birth attendants in Nigeria. Being a member of the research team helped enrich Rodney’s research skills and gave him the necessary knowledge and skills required to compete for a research fellowships at a higher level. In addition, the research team offered continued training in the form of webinars and training links, which were very beneficial.


Jessica Kelly, MPH, CHESjessica
I received my undergraduate degree in Nutrition Dietetics and my Master’s in Public Health from Montclair State University. I am also a Certified Health Education Specialist. I contributed to the second Project THANKS manuscript by analyzing data collected from focus groups, assisting with the literature review and summarizing other sections of the manuscript. I also provided mentorship to students who are new to analyzing research data. In the past I have collected and analyzed data to evaluate programs and services for older adults. I have also acquired knowledge about preparing literature reviews through my coursework in graduate school. I utilized my skills in analyzing qualitative data and preparing literature reviews while assisting with the manuscript. This is my first time serving on a research team and it has been a valuable experience. I learned about all the components of a research manuscript and how to collaborate virtually with others who are also part of the research team. My background includes proving health education and programs/services mainly for older adults. I am passionate about continuing to provide health education and programs that will improve the quality of life of adults.





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