Student Profiles

Emily Behar | Policy

Emily Behar, MS, currently works as a Research Study Coordinator in the Substance Use Research Unit at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, where she coordinates behavioral, pharmacologic, and programmatic interventions. Emily's research focuses on improving health outcomes for injection drug users, including reducing HIV/Hepatitis C transmission and increasing access to naloxone and overdose prevention services. Emily moved to San Francisco two years ago from New York and quickly became a convert to the California lifestyle. Back east, Emily coordinated a syringe exchange program and worked for the Open Society Foundations to increase global access to essential opioids, focusing on Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She received her Master of Science and Bachelor of Art degrees in Medical Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Emily is interested in creating policies to improve global access to harm reduction and overdose prevention services.

Emily Hall | Health Systems

Emily Hall, RN, MSN, MPH, began working in global health as a graduate student with a project promoting community building through art in post-genocide Rwanda and with demographic research in rural Malawi. In 2008, Emily joined Partners In Health, returning to Rwanda to focus on training initiatives for Rwandan nursing staff in a rural hospital. Emily then worked in post-earthquake Haiti, providing clinical and nursing staff support at the State University Hospital in Port-au-Prince. She also has practiced as a primary care family nurse practitioner in a community health center in Boston, Massachusetts, applying her knowledge of global health in a diverse immigrant community there. Currently, Emily leads a global health fellowship for advance practice nurses at the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco.

Amy Lockwood | Health Systems

Amy Lockwood, MBA, MS, is a management specialist with deep experience in global health implementation and innovation. She currently leads strategy and operations for the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, the Institute of Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy at UCSF, and the office of the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Tuberculosis. Previously, Amy was the Deputy Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University, the Executive Director of Project Healthy Children (an NGO focused on micronutrient malnutrition), and the Director of the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program and India Deputy Country Director for the Clinton Foundation. Prior to working in global health, she was a strategy consultant with a specialty in branding and communication. In addition to receiving her MBA from Stanford, Amy holds a BS and MS in Communications from Northwestern University.

Maricianah Onono | Clinical

Maricianah Onono, MS, MBChB, is a research scientist with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). She has nearly 10 years of experience in clinical practice and public health research in the field of reproductive health, focusing on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and family planning. Throughout her projects, she has used information technology and mobile phone applications as decision support tools, for monitoring and evaluation, and in commodity management. She has won several awards, including the outstanding heart of service (2005), the Family AIDS Care and Education Services meritorious award (2009), and Lenana Silver Merit award from KEMRI (2014). Maricianah received a bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi, Kenya (2005) and a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the University of Liverpool, UK (2012), and completed a fellowship in Global Health from the University of California, San Francisco (2013). She has over 30 peer-reviewed publications.

Nicholas Rubashkin | Social & Behavioral Health

Nick Rubashkin, MD, MA, completed his medical training and a master's in cultural anthropology at Stanford University, and then trained in Obstetrics & Gynecology at UCSF. During residency he participated in the first Global Health Scholars fellowship and traveled to Mexico to research post-abortion care and safe motherhood. Following residency, he worked for several years at a multi-ethnic community hospital in San Francisco, which trained his interest on human rights in childbirth. Following the first European Court on Human Rights (ECHR) ruling to concern childbirth, Ternovszky vs. Hungary, in 2014 he spent a year in Budapest as a Fulbright Research Scholar at Semmelweis University conducting a survey of women's birth experiences from a human rights perspective. In the PhD program, Nick plans to focus on using participatory methods to develop definitions of disrespect and abuse of birthing women in Central/Eastern Europe and to continue exploring the role of informal cash payments in post-Soviet maternity care.