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Meet the People

Sarah Bauerle Bass, PhD, MPH (she/her/hers)

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Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Biography: Dr. Sarah Bass is a Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Public Health and Director of the Risk Communication Laboratory at Temple University. Her over twenty-five years of experience focuses on health and risk communication and how public health messages are crafted for audiences. With expertise in health literacy, message development, and working with underserved and vulnerable populations, she is using new technologies to develop, target and test messages for their impact on patient/public self-efficacy, behavior intention, and behavior. Use of these technologies is are then applied to community or clinical-based interventions using mHealth, the Internet and other communication channel strategies. She has conducted research on a variety of public health topics, with emphasis on cancer, infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, HCV, smallpox, SARS-CoV-2), and emergency preparedness. With a background in communication, she has also been a state spokesperson and worked in developing state-wide media campaigns around HIV/AIDS early in the pandemic. She has provided training in risk and crisis communication and is widely published in the area of health and risk communication. She has been funded by NIH (NCI, NIBIB, NIMH, NIDA), the CDC, organizations (American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association), international NGOs (Global Alliance to Achieve Nutrition) state and local governments (PADOH, Phila DPH), and industry (Gilead, Merck). She has been named the 2021 winner of the American Public Health Association’s Everett M. Rogers Award, a national honor for outstanding contribution to public health communication

Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”  –Dr. Seuss

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Katie Singley, MPH (she/her/hers)

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Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Biography: Katie recently graduated from Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health Community Health and Prevention Program. She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland where she majored in Psychology and minored in Statistics. Her research interests include substance use, urban health, health disparities, and public health ethics. She previously worked for the Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL) where she was involved in various research projects that examine the role of harm reduction interventions in alleviating the opioid epidemic. Her goal is to conduct community-based research that can be used to empower individuals in their health-decision making and create equitable and transformative policy. 

Favorite Quote: Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” – The Talmud, 

    Research Coordinator:                      Caseem Luck, MS (he/him/his)

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Hometown: Willow Grove, PA

Biography: Caseem serves as the Research Assistant in the Risk Communication Lab. He received his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Millersville University in 2019. Thereafter, he completed an M.S. in Communication for Development and Social Change from Temple University’s Klein College of Communications in 2020. Throughout his undergraduate and graduate career, Caseem has sought to use storytelling as a way to amplify marginalized voices within his local community. Caseem’s research areas have included understanding the meaning-making practices of refugee women pursuing post-secondary education, the experiences of first-generation Latinx college students at Predominantly White Institutions, and the disparities in access to digital technologies for refugee/immigrant-serving organizations in Philadelphia during COVID-19. Caseem hopes to further use storytelling to help inform relevant health communication practices for underserved communities of color in Philadelphia. 

Favorite Quote: “The stories we live and tell provide coherence and meaning and orient our sense of purpose.”  – Sharon Daloz Parks

Doctoral Fellow:
Ariel Hoadley, MPH 

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Hometown: Acton, MA

Biography: Ariel is a doctoral student in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the College of Public Health at Temple University. She received her MPH from Brown University and completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Wheaton College (MA). Her research areas have included mechanisms of behavior change within counseling interventions for people who use alcohol and other drugs, bystander interventions for sexual violence prevention among college students, and the implementation of medications for opiate use disorders among justice-involved populations. More broadly, Ariel is interested in improving access, engagement, and satisfaction with mental health and substance use treatment among diverse and underserved populations.

Favorite Quote: “If the track is tough and the hill is rough, thinking you can just ain’t enough.”  –Shel Silverstein “The Little Blue Engine”

Doctoral Fellow:
Kirsten Paulus, MPH (she/her/hers)

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Hometown: Wayne, PA

Biography: Kirsten is a doctoral student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at the College of Public Health at Temple University. She received her MPH from the University of California at Los Angeles with certifications in Health Education and Health Promotion as well as Population and Reproductive Health. She also completed her undergraduate studies in Global Health and Environment (BA) and Medical Sociology with Honors (BA) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research areas have included the effect of implicit bias on care received and effective contraceptive use in an OBGYN clinic serving disadvantaged women in Western North Carolina, the relationship between the quality of mother-daughter communication and approval of sexual initiation in adolescence and unintended pregnancy in adulthood,  contraceptive use patterns among female entertainment workers in Cambodia, and the psychosocial factors that impact whether Asian immigrant women living in Los Angeles disclose their experiences of intimate partner violence. More broadly, Kirsten is interested in understanding how privilege and disadvantage (especially with respect to race/ethnicity, gender identity and sexuality), intersecting experiences, environments, and social identities affect health belief and perceptions, behaviors, and consequently sexual and reproductive health outcomes and status. In addition, she wants to study the social conditions that specifically foster sexual risk-taking behaviors within underserved and hidden communities that can be seen through contraceptive use, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy and how these behaviors may relate to other factors such as knowledge, resources, social networks, economic pressure, social status, stigma, as well as culture. She is committed to advocating for equity and social justice for these populations while engaging directly with communities and individuals to further support the human right to reproductive and sexual health.

Favorite Quote: “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Doctoral Student: Imani Wilson-Shabazz (she/her)

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Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Biography: Imani Wilson-Shabazz is a doctoral student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at the College of Public Health at Temple University. She is a recent graduate of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, earning an MPH in Community Health Sciences with a certificate in Population and Reproductive Health. She completed her undergraduate studies in Cognitive Science (BA) and Gender Studies and Human Sexuality (BA) with honors from the University of Southern California. Her previous research projects have focused on the negative effects of abstinence-only sex education programs on black girls in the South, BDSM community engagement as self-care practices for women of color, and unintended pregnancy prevention in trans-masculine individuals. More broadly, Imani’s research centers on transforming family planning systems and institutions to empower queer individuals of color to make informed and affirmed reproductive choices.

Favorite quote: “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” – Angela Davis


Undergraduate Student Worker:

Atharva Bidaye (he/him/his)


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Hometown: South Brunswick, New Jersey


Biography: Atharva is a second year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Drexel University. Atharva wants to practice in pediatrics someday but has also always had an interest in public health and serving underserved populations. As an undergraduate student, he pursued these interests by working with an FQHC in Philadelphia. During his time at the FQHC, he developed a particular interest in risk communication as he was a part of the COVID vaccine outreach team that worked to overcome vaccine hesitancy in Philadelphia’s communities. After graduation, Atharva hopes to use that experience as well as his time in this lab to become a healthcare provider that can empower patients and populations by meeting them where they are at.



Favorite quote: “Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.”  -Elizabeth Bibesco

Graduate Student Worker:

Eberechukwu Muoneke (she/her/hers)


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Hometown: Imo, Nigeria


Biography: Eberechukwu is a second-year master student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the College of Public Health, Temple University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Sunderland, United Kingdom. She has over 10 years of clinical experience in nursing in diverse health care settings. Her research interests are in chronic and infectious diseases in adults. Prior to Temple, she collaborated with communities in providing health education and preventive medicine especially in underserved communities in Nigeria. Her goal is to continue to leverage her clinical experience and public health knowledge to develop messages that will empower diverse patient population with the skillset they need in their health care journey.



Favorite quote: “In life, we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love” – Mother Theresa.

Graduate Student Worker: Arianna Vacio (she/her)

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Hometown: Edinburg, TX

Biography: Arianna, a graduate research assistant brings her bilingual skills to the team, enriching communication efforts and ensuring accessibility to diverse communities. Her commitment to bridging healthcare disparities underscores her dedication to improving individual patient experiences and promoting community well-being. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Saint Edward’s University in 2021, where she also served as a research assistant for the Molecular Neuroscience lab, she cultivated a passion for community work. Motivated to integrate her interests in neuroscience research and dentistry, she is pursuing a master’s degree in oral health science at the Kornberg School of Dentistry. Her current research focuses on assessing the efficacy of the Wim Hof breathing technique in alleviating anxiety among dental patients. 

Favorite Quote: “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh” -Maya Angelou

Undergraduate Student Intern:

Yuki Inuzuka (she/her)

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Hometown: Victor, New York

Biography: Yuki is a senior B.S. in Public Health student earning her degree in August. Her main interests in public health are in harm reduction and health education. She is interested in looking for ways to improve health equity and access to care. Yuki has previously worked as a Temple Owl Ambassador campus tour guide and is aspiring to continue her Public Health career in research or as a community health worker. 

Favorite Quote: “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana

Undergraduate Student Worker: Zack Dean (he/him)

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Hometown: Amherst, New Hampshire 

Biography: Zack is completing his Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Temple University. Zack became inspired to work in public health after seeing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on various communities and among vulnerable populations. Zack chose to intern at the Risk Comm Lab to pursue his interest in public health research and community outreach within Philadelphia. Zack previously worked at Jefferson Hospital as a scheduling coordinator in the Covid-19 Department, helping patients and hospital employees to schedule Sars-Cov-2 tests. Zack’s public health areas of interest include sexual health and HIV visibility, LGBTQIA+ health, substance use recovery, and community health outreach. Zack’s future plans include potentially earning an MPH or an Accelerated Bachelor’s Nursing Degree.

Favorite Quote: “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t” -John Green