Kathleen “Kat” Peters
Research Administrive Assistant
Center for Global Safe Water
Kathleen Peters has more than 20 years of experience working in the public, private and academic sectors. She has been working in public health since 2000 and at the Rollins School of Public Health since 2007. She began working in public health at the DeKalb County Board of Health’s Center for Public Health Preparedness (2000-2006). While there, she worked with faculty and staff at the Rollins School of Public Health in the SORT program (Student Outreach and Response Team) which introduced public health students to local public health practice, including local emergency preparedness and response. The SORT program has since been adopted by RSPH and is now the Student Outbreak and Response Team. She also helped develop the DeKalb-Fulton Bioterrorism Response Plan, the “Local Heroes” public health social marketing program, assisted in the Hurricane Katrina refugee response at Dobbins AFB, and managed logistics for mock public health emergency exercises (EOCs). After leaving DCBOH, she worked with the Flour Fortification Initiative at Emory University, a global network of public, private and civic partners working to improve micronutrient malnutrition through fortification of staple foods. She currently supports the faculty and staff of the Center for Global Safe Water as the Research Administrative Assistant and serves as the main point of contact for Center and Wash Certificate Program inquiries
CGSW Fellows include the doctoral and post-doctoral trainees working with CGSW Faculty. Their biographies and research interests are listed below. There are also many undergraduate and masters students working on research projects with CGSW Faculty. For more information about CGSW students, please click here.
David Berendes received his Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from Emory University in August, 2016. He is a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Joe Brown at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he manages a study on vaccine efficacy in urban Maputo, Mozambique and investigates links between environmental improvements in sanitation and antimicrobial resistance in enteric organisms.
Bethany Caruso is a post-doctoral fellow and a Research Manager for a WASH in schools program for girls supported by a joint collaboration between Emory and UNICEF (WinS4Girls). Broadly, Bethany is interested in the intersection between Women’s Health and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in developing countries. Specifically, she hopes to focus her doctoral work on how adolescent girls manage menstruation given their social, cultural, and natural environments, and how menstrual management may influence their behaviors and developmental (educational, economic, social) outcomes.
Miranda Delahoy is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Health Department. She is interested in WASH epidemiology and pathways of fecal exposure.
Josh Garn, Ph.D. is completing a post-doctoral research project in Environmental Health. He studies the role of adherence in school-based water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions, and is currently working on projects in Kenya and Mali. His dissertation chair was Dr. Matthew Freeman.
Debbie Lee is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Health Department. She works on investigating the mechanisms of fate and transport of Salmonella in the environment and how these issues relate to produce safety and irrigation water quality in southern Georgia. Her advisor is Dr. Karen Levy.
Heather Reese is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Health Sciences Department. She currently works on assessing the impact of a combined water and sanitation intervention in rural India on diarrheal diseases, environmental enteropathy, and microbial contamination of the environment. Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Tom Clasen.
Jeticia Sistrunk is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Levy lab. She earned her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she studied enterotoxigenic E. coli genomics and transcriptomics. She is interested in incorporating microbial ecology and global epidemiology towards the development of effective interventions against diarrheal diseases.
Sheela Selin Sinharoy is a PhD student in the Nutrition and Health Sciences Program. She researches determinants of child undernutrition in low- and middle-income countries, including the effects of enteric infections on growth. Her advisor is Dr. Reynaldo Martorell.
Shanon Smith is a Public Health Program Associate in the Environmental Health Department working with Dr. Karen Levy. She received her MPH in Global Epidemiology from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She was the 2017 recipient of the Eugene J. Gangarosa Award for Outstanding Service in the International Arena with her work on diarrheal diseases and the impact of water, sanitation and hygiene in low-income countries of South America. Her interests are centered around environmental determinants of infectious diseases with a focus on climate change and enteric pathogens.
Naser Titu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He works on chemical contamination of drinking water and the impact of WASH interventions on human health.