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Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of  the following members of our SPH family!


The School of Public Health is pleased to announce the following successful PhD defenses.

Yingying Su

Congratulations Yingying! 
On April 30th, 2021, Yingying successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Exploration in the Biopsychosocial Model of Stress and Mental Health and Illness: Risk Factors, Moderators, Mediators and Impacts.” Well done!
Stress has a profound impact on the brain and body in life. Using a biopsychosocial model of common mental disorders which incorporates biological, and psychological and social attributes, Yingying explored the effects interpersonal violence during pregnancy; the mediating roles of social support and positive coping skills in the relationships between childhood maltreatment and mental health; the effect of income and change in income on self-perceived mental health; the intergenerational transmission effect of mothers’ experience of childhood maltreatment on their offspring’s mental health; the role of a broad range of in-utero and perinatal biological, psychological and social structural attributes that significantly increase the risk of depression in adulthood. Yingying’s thesis provided a better understanding of the links between social stressors and common mental disorders across the lifespan. Evident from her research is the impact of early life experiences on adult mental health. From a public health prevention perspective, it illustrates the importance of healthy pregnancies and emotionally healthy childhoods and adolescence for adult mental healthfulness.


Charlene Thompson

Congratulations Charlene!

 On June 1st, 2021, Charlene successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Promoting Success in Maternal-Child Health Programs Serving Indigenous Families: A Community-Based Participatory Research Project.” Well done!

Charlene’s PhD work was a community-based participatory research project that explored how to support the success of maternal-child health programs for Indigenous families.  Through a partnership with families, frontline workers, and administrators of a maternal-child health program, Charlene and her research partners identified barriers limiting program implementation and attributes contributing to the program’s success. 

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