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Research Team



Letitia Bridgeman
MPH Fieldwork Student,
Glenda Garcia
Senior Research Assistant,

MPH (student) CUNY School of Public Health, NY

MA, Webster University, Jacksonville, NC

BA, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 

Letitia is working towards her MPH with the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy. For the past 15 years, she has been the Coordinator for College Now at York College/CUNY. With a focus on Community Health, she is interested in combating health disparities in the Caribbean community, both in the US and abroad, particularly tackling maternal mortality and alcohol dependency. She aspires to continue working to improve the lives of young people. 

Senior Research Associate,

MPH, Community Health, College of Global Public Health, New York University 
BS, Health Promotion Management, York College/CUNY

While studying at York College, Zakwani became interested in research and was a research assistant.  His undergraduate research project, Use of Virtual Learning in Health Professions: A state of Science led him to pursue graduate studies in community and international health. Zakwani studied at NYU London, during which he conducted a comparative policy analysis between New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and London National Health Service (NHS). In addition to London, Zakwani also studied in Ghana. As part of the NYU cross-continental cohort, where he evaluated the effectiveness of integrated health care, he also worked to apply community mobilization interventions to reduce stigma and discrimination among individuals living with various psychiatric health disorders. Zakwani also has worked as Research Assistant in Cape Town, South Africa, performing data entry, data analysis, and assessing the health outcomes of elderly living in communal housing in order to inform the development of population-based policies that address the housing crisis among low-income communities in South Africa.  Zakwani’s hobbies include playing soccer, listening to music, and reading.

Crisitan Chandler
Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow

MPH, Socio-health Science, College of Public Health, University of South Florida

BA, Sociology, University of South Florida

Cristian graduated with a master's degree in public health specializing in health disparities and social determinants. His research interests include infectious disease (specifically HIV), linkage to care for newly diagnosed individuals, community intervention and structural change as well as health disparities in LGBT and queer communities of color.   He has been a collaborator on projects with the National Medical Association in increasing sexual history collection, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in increasing participation in biomedical interventions and currently works as the community coordinator for the Connect to Protect Tampa Bay project of the Adolescent medicine Trials Network (ATN) for HIV interventions.

Lupe Silva
Community Engagement & Recruitment Coordinator

BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Texas at Dallas

Bio coming soon!

MA (Student), Psychology, City College of New York

BA, Psychology, Hunter College/CUNY

Glenda is currently working towards her master's degree in Psychology at the City College of New York. Her interests include raising awareness of mental health and increasing accessibility of mental health resources in low-income and diverse populations. Upon completion, she hopes to continue working in the field of research and eventually pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future.

David Norwood
Research Associate

BA (Student), Arts Management, CUNY

David is working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Management at CUNY.  He is also the Founding and Artistic Director for Musically Human Theater, Inc., a small, non-profit theater company that is dedicated to reimagining music theatre works for contemporary audiences by using works of the past to engage in the issues of today (  His future goals include bridging the arts and the creative process with public health initiatives, explicitly encouraging members of underserved communities to use their voices as vehicles for health promotion.  David is especially interested in evidence-informed and creative based health interventions such as PhotoVoice.

Liora Sitelman
Senior Research Associate

MS, Organizational Behavior, NYU-POLY 2010

BA, English, Bryn Mawr College

Liora is currently applying for PhD programs in social psychology and plans to be a social researcher and a university professor.

Christina Singh
UrbanHealth Lab Manager, 2015-2016

BS (Student), Social Work, York College of The City University of New York

Christina is pursuing her bachelors in Social Work. After completing, her educational goals she aspires to work in a Pediatric unit as a medical social worker. She has a passion for working with children. She also has aspirations to end child hunger through advocating and bringing awareness to this matter.

Ranjit Kaur
UrbanHealth Lab Manager, 2018-2019

Bio coming soon!

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