Skip to main content
home
Departments/Centers
caret-down
caret-up
Faculty/Staff Resources
caret-down
caret-up
Contacts/Directory
caret-down
caret-up
times-circle
Search search
Mobile Search:

Lindsay Fernández-Rhodes, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Mailing Address: 108 Biobehavioral Health Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 1 (814) 863-0185
Email: fernandez-rhodes@psu.edu
 

LinkedIn

Education & Training:
  • 2022 Social Science Research Institute Faculty Fellow, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2019-present Adjunct Assistant Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2016-2018 Post-doctoral Scholar, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2009-2016 PhD in Epidemiology and Global Health Graduate Certificate, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2009-2011 MSPH in Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2007-2009 Post-baccalaureate Fellow, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
  • 2003-2007 BS in Biology, College of Arts & Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Courses Taught:
Publications:

 

 

Students

Person in front of yellow wall.

Margarita (Maggie) Hernandez

Maggie is a Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology program at Penn State. Her research interests include understanding how genomics, migration history, and sociocultural factors as associated with adverse health outcomes. For her dissertation, she will be working with Cuban immigrants and Cuban-Americans living in Miami, Florida with a specific focus on differences in disease outcomes among Cuban migration waves. Maggie is also passionate about education, teaching, and scientific outreach/engagement. 

Person standing in front of a brick wall.

Hridya Rao

Hridya Rao, is an international student at PSU who did her engineering in Biotechnology from VIT, India and completed her masters in Bioethics at Wake Forest University, NC. As a dual-title Biobehavioral and Clinical and Translational Science doctoral candidate, she is combining her knowledge of genetics and epidemiology to study reproductive diseases (e.g. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and to advance precision medicine initiatives. During academic year 2021-2022, she was a Translational Research (TL1) scholar with the PSU Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She can be contacted at hcr5065@psu.edu.

 

Past Trainees

Person in front of brick wall.

Hassan Bokhari

Hassan Bokhari (hmb5457@psu.edu) was an undergraduate student.

 

 

Emily Knell

Emily Knell

Emily graduated in August 2019 as a Biobehavioral Health Honors Student. Her thesis was on the environmental, social, genetic, and behavioral factors leading to the Hispanic-Latina birth paradox. This project helped her to realize an interest at taking a holistic view of health-related topics, which will help her in reaching her goal to become a pediatric occupational therapist.

Person in front of a door.

Cristin McArdle

Cristin McArdle (cem5997@psu.edu) was a postdoctoral scholar with Epi-GaPS from 2020-2022. During this time she conducted bio-socially integrated studies of maternal and child health, with a particular focus on Hispanic/Latino parents and children. She is leaving to join the 2022 class of the Epidemic Intelligence Service and work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Person in front of a brick wall and window.

Julia Mewha

Julia will graduate in the spring of 2022 with a Biobehavioral Health (BBH) major and double-minor in Psychology and Bioethics and Medical Humanities (BMH). She was an Undergraduate Teaching Intern (UGTI) for BBH 310 - Research Strategies for Studying Biobehavioral Health in the fall of 2021. Within Epi-GaPS she has had opportunities to lead journal article clubs and present her own coursework-related research. Julia hopes to pursue a career in genetic counseling. Her best advice for incoming undergraduates is to apply for research early or become an undergraduate teaching intern (UGTI).