2015-2016 DrPH Dissertation

Dr. Antronette (Toni) Yancey and Darlene Edgley Fellowship for Health Promotion, Physical Fitness and Community Health Education

Kimberly Coleman-Phox is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Her research focuses on racial disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes, especially among low-income women. With the additional health risks driven by the obesity epidemic, her dissertation research focuses on interventions to prevent excessive gestational weight gain and improve pregnancy outcomes. Her research aims to meet the needs of women at high risk for gaining excessive weight. Study participants include African-American and Latina women who were overweight or obese at the start of their pregnancy. The majority of study participants live in the northern California counties of San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa. In addition to implementing effective interventions to support healthier diets and increased physical activity during pregnancy, Kimberly is interested in identifying health protective psychological factors and incorporating strengths-based approaches in intervention development.

Kimberly Coleman-Phox received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Mills College and a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, she is the project director of the Maternal Adiposity, Metabolism and Stress Study (MAMAS) at the University of California, San Francisco. MAMAS is an NIH-funded trial centering on mindfulness-based, stress reduction, and healthy eating interventions to help overweight and obese, low-income women achieve a healthy weight gain during pregnancy.

2015-2016 Conference Assistance Awardees


Dr. Teri Moore, MPH, DrPH received her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The Conference Assistance Award was used to present at the Active Living Research Conference 2016 where Dr. Moore shared physical activity best practices of an elementary school in San Diego County that has increased physical activity participation among a diverse low-income group of students.


Corliss Allen Solomon, MPH, DrPH(c) is a doctoral student in the Public Health Sciences Health Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). The Conference Assistance Award was used to present at the Active Living Research Conference 2016 where Ms. Solomon presented strategies for increasing access to physical activity opportunities for African-Americans and Hispanics through joint use policies with faith-based communities.