Public Health & Equity Mentors

The current list of faculty members available to mentor students in the public health and equity fellowship program is provided below. The program welcomes more mentors who are to be committed in mentoring students and joining the Community of Research Scholars for research public health and equity. Students who wish to apply to the program can also reach out to other preferred mentors outside this list to seek their mentorship. Those not on the list will be asked to apply for eligibility. This will require a relevant background related to the program’s goals, a commitment to participating in and contributing to the year-long program, and a willingness to join Marquette’s Community of Research Scholars (CoRS).  The mentor application can be found here. Mentors should be actively involved in research related to health equity and/or public health and developing a research project related to COVID-19 or racial injustice.  A matching fund ($1,500) is requested from the mentor or the mentor’s academic unit at Marquette. However, projects from mentors who are unable to provide matching funds will be considered (please contact the program directors for more information).

This is an academic year-long program that expects students to make regular (approximately 10 hrs/wk) contributions during both the fall and spring semesters and to regularly participate in program activities (faculty seminars, group presentations, etc…). Mentors must be able to provide a scope of work and support that meets this expectation.

Email Dr. Joseph Byonanebye ( or Dr. Nilanjan Lodh ( for any questions or if interested in becoming a research mentor and to nominate a student. 


Current Program Mentors:

1. Dr. Daniel Pinto - Department of Physical Therapy; Dr. Pinto's research involves facilitating positive health behaviors using technology to increase access to and use of self-management support techniques.

2. Dr. Nilanjan (Nil) Lodh - Department of Medical Laboratory Science; Dr. Lodh is involved in COVID-19 projects related to Telehealth and its usage in the African American community; monitoring of pre-existing health conditions via remote devices, data collection, analysis and interpretation to determine the heath disparity among vulnerable Milwaukee community.

3. Dr. Linda Piacentine - College of Nursing; Dr. Piacentine is studying the lived experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and intimate partner violence screening in health care.

4. Dr. Sandra Hunter - Department of Physical Therapy, Director of the Athletic and Human Performance Research Center; Dr. Hunter is studying the persistent effects of COVID-19 on physical and psychological function, and the physical activity habits and mask-wearing habits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. Dr. Elizabeth Angeli - Department of English; Dr. Angeli is studying emergency medical services (EMS), how language and decision making impact patient care in populations impacted by COVID-19.

6. Dr. Kim Whitmore - College of Nursing; Dr. Whitmore's research aims to better understand the respite care experience of Latinx parents of children with special healthcare needs.

7. Dr. Praveen Madiraju - Department of Computer Science; Dr. Madiraju is involved in applying computational algorithms like cluster analysis and discovering collocation patterns composed of subsets whose instances are frequently located together. He is applying statistical tools for modeling spatial variability and prediction of attributes to the collected data. Dr. Madiraju is also involved with workshop planning and presentation, and presentation scientific meetings.

8. Dr. Aleksandra Snowden - Department of Social and Cultural Sciences; Dr. Snowden is studying the social implications of COVID-19, specifically the various health outcomes that have occurred among the African American community within the Lindsey Heights neighborhood of Milwaukee

10. Dr. John Mantsch - Department of Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Mantsch is studying the impact of COVID-19 on opioid use disorder and mental health in urban Milwaukee.

Click below to see the mentors from previous years: