Florida Prevention Research Center


Graduate Assistants & Volunteers

Aldenise is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health. She joined the Florida Prevention Research Center as a graduate assistant in December 2014 and has been involved with numerous research projects related to colorectal cancer prevention and screening interventions.  Aldenise takes interest in social justice issues and eliminating health inequities through community-engaged research and social marketing.  She received her Masters of Public Health from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education (2011).  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in Spanish and Medicine, Health and Society (2009).
Laura Okoli is a graduate student working on obtaining her Master's degree in Epidemiology at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health. She trained as a physician in Nigeria. Currently, Laura is a Graduate Research Assistant with USF's Florida Research Prevention Center, where she focuses on quantitative data analysis, data management, assisting in research projects including social media management for disseminating research projects, although she started out as a volunteer. Laura's research interests include: Chronic & infectious diseases, cancer epidemiology, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and health inequities.
Vijay Prajapati is a graduate research assistant at the Florida Prevention Research Center. As an assigned graduate assistant to Dr. Claudia Parvanta, Director, FPRC, his duties include project management at the FPRC as well as the Chiles Center. It includes evaluation and dissemination for center’s research projects, site visits, qualitative and quantitative data assessment, program management and social media marketing. He is a first year Masters in public health student studying epidemiology at College of Public health at University of South Florida. He acquired his bachelor’s in dental surgery from Gujarat University, India in 2016. His focus of interests lie in the field of health disparities, cancer screening surveillance, infant mortality, oral and maxillofacial disorders and chronic infectious diseases.
Virginia Liddell is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Health program at the University of South Florida, concentrating in Social Marketing. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and International Affairs from Florida State University (2013). She began working with the FPRC in Fall 2016 as a volunteer and has recently started as a Graduate Research Assistant. She has currently been working with qualitative data analysis and assisting with current research projects. Her areas of interests are LGBTQ health disparties, substance abuse, and social marketing programs.
Silvia Sommariva is a doctoral student in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. She has an MPA from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, State University of New York and a MSc from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). At the FPRC, she is a research assistant for the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Social Marketing and Social Change, working on social marketing training development and research. Her research interests are immigrant and minority health disparities, social marketing and health communication.
Abdullahi Adamu is a Master's student studying Epidemiology and Global Communicable Disease at the University of South Florida. He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from Nigeria. Currently, he serves as a graduate research assistant at the Florida Prevention Research Center, his duties include but not limited to quantitative data analysis, data management and field visits related to colorectal cancer core research. His research interests are on breastfeeding education, maternal drug exposure, infectious diseases and cancer prevention.

The College of Public Health at the University of South Florida is the parent organization for the Florida Prevention Research Center and is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement number 1-U48-DP-005024.