The Johns Hopkins Adolescent Health Leadership Training Program

Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program. 

Adolescent Health Program

LEAH Fellowship Graduate Updates

The LEAH Program at Johns Hopkins University has consistently produced graduates that go on to excel in their specialty fields; bringing with them the dedication of effective, compassionate healthcare learned during their time at JHU Hospitals.

Below is a list of recent program graduates with their current positions at institutions across the nation:

Alhusen Jeanne CRNP:

Ms. Alhusen, who completed her fellowship in nursing is now a Clinical Registered Nurse Practitioner working at Maryland Primary Care Physicians in Pasadena, MD.

Elizabeth Anderson, MS, RD

Betsy Anderson Steeves recently finished her tenure as a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and  the JHU LEAH Fellow in Nutrition.  Betsy’s thesis research involves examining the impact of social relationships (including familial and peer relationships) on the health behaviors and dietary intake of urban adolescents. Betsy is a Registered Dietitian, and is a trainee with the Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Chen, Stephanie, FNP:

Stephanie Chen, FNP, who completed her training for Nursing through the LEAH Program from 2008-2009, is now serving as a Family Nurse Practicioner at thesis dissertation North East Medical Services in San Francisco, CA. She is focusing on working with the underserved Asian immigrant population, assessing the needs for reproductive health services tailored to Asian adolescents.

Crewe, Stephanie, M.D., MHS:

Dr. Stephanie Crewe is now an Assistant Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia.

Dixon, Shamieka, M.D.:

Dr. Dixon currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine in the Division of Adolescent Medicine. She serves with the Teen Health Connection, Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.

Donaldson, Abigail, M.D.:

Dr. Abigail Donaldson currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School, Brown University in Providence, RI.

Dubrov-Foreman, Robyn:

After working as the Study Coordinator for the National Institute of Health’s Challenge! Study at the U niversity of Maryland Medical School, Robyn Dubrov Foreman has continued a career in study management. She is currently working at the Batelle Memorial Institute as a Survey Specialist/Study Manager.

Evans, Evelyn, MD:

Dr. Evelyn Evans, née Simpkins, who completed her training with LEAH from 2005-2008, is the Co-Founder & Director of the Adolescent Health Clinic at Selma Pediatrics in Selma, AL.

Fanone, Kathleen:

Kathleen Fanone is now a Research Project Supervisor at Johns Hopkins University at the Center for Child and Community Health Research.

Garrett, Lisa, BSN RN:

Ms. Garrett just completed her LEAH traning in December 2013.

Ghazarian, Sharon, Ph.D.:

Dr. Ghazarian, who completed her LEAH fellowship in 2008, is now working as director of Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Data Management team as part of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Research CORES project.

Goodman, Kimberley, PhD:

Kimberly Goodman, PhD, who completed her training in Psychology through LEAH during the 2010-2011 academic year, is now a Fellow at the Society for Research in Child Development/Association for the Advancement of Science Policy. She is overseeing several national evaluations of prevention/intervention efforts that are federally mandated such a home visitation and pregnancy prevention.

Janowitz, Jessica, MSW:

Ms. Janowitz completed her fellowship in Social Work while finishing her Master’s. She plans to provide clinical services in both a local and international context in the future.

Moore, Eva, M.D.:

Dr. Moore currently serves as an Adolescent Medicine Pediatrician at the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada.

Musci, Rashelle PhD:

Dr. Musci just completed her LEAH training in December 2013. As of January 2014 she will assume a faculty position in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health.

Ogbonna, Jane:

Ms. Ogbonna successfully completed her Master’s degree in Clinical social work with a sub-specialization in Children, Adolescent, and Family Health during her LEAH fellowship.

Perry-Parish, Carisa:

Carisa Perry-Parish is now working as an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, teaching Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Child & Adolescent Psychology.

Stratford, Brandon:

Mr. Stratford finished his LEAH fellowship in Social Work. He is currently completing his PhD in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2012, he received an award from the Willian Endowment for Excellence in Science.

Taylor, Laurie:


Turetsky, Risa, CNP:

Risa Turetsky, CNP, is working at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center as a Clinical Nurse Practitioner on an HPV Study. She was named the President of the New York Regional chapter of SAHM in April of 2010, working to create an active network of adolescent health professionals.

Upadhya, Krishna, MD MPH:

Dr. Upadhya, who completed her training at Johns Hopkins from 2006-2010, is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Walker-Thomas, Colette, LCSW-C:

Ms. Colette Walker-Thomas is currently working for the Prince Georges County Department of Social Services as the Deputy Director of Child, Adult and Family Services.