Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Michele Patel

Michele (“Shelley”) L. Patel, PhD is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Duke University and her clinical internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, specializing in behavioral medicine. Dr. Patel’s research focuses on utilizing digital health tools to optimize behavioral interventions for obesity. Dr. Patel also studies the impact of intervention engagement and psychosocial factors (e.g., health literacy, stress) on treatment success. She enjoys playing and watching basketball and soccer.

Kathleen Gali

Kathleen Gali, PhD is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She received her PhD in public health from the University of California, Merced. Dr. Gali is interested in how social contexts, emotions, and policies influence health decision-making and behavior. She is also interested in the psychosocial impact on health outcomes, particularly in underserved communities. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family.

Anthony Crimarco

Anthony Crimarco, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. His primary research interests include the health benefits of plant-based diets, the impact of the built environment on diet and physical activity behaviors, and the use of mHealth and eHealth in lifestyle interventions.
Outside of research, Anthony enjoys going to the gym, surfing, and spending time with friends and loved ones.

Andrea Mendoza-Vasconez

Andrea S. Mendoza-Vasconez' PhD research has primarily focused on the promotion and maintenance of physical activity among Latino populations, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Dr. Mendoza-Vasconez is interested in citizen science as a means of empowering and mobilizing underserved communities, and in the use of technology to tailor interventions in a behavioral precision medicine approach.
Outside of research, Dr. Mendoza-Vasconez loves spending time with her family (especially her baby daughter Olivia), biking, learning new and challenging things (like surfing!), and traveling to new places (which will unfortunately be done sparingly in the future in an effort to reduce her ecological footprint).

Erin Vogel

Erin Vogel, PhD, is a social psychologist and postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Funded by a fellowship award from the California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, Dr. Vogel studies social influences on health behaviors and the use of digital tools, such as social media, to improve health. Her current research projects focus on teenagers' e-cigarette use, smoking in the LGBTQ+ community, and co-occurring health risk behaviors. Outside of research, her interests include cooking, working out, reading, and exploring the beautiful Bay Area.

Sarah Elizabeth Wieten

Sarah’s research lies at the intersection of ethics, philosophy of science and epistemology in medicine. She is interested in interdisciplinary projects which examine how what we know impacts what we should do.  Her PhD work focused on the role of expertise, values and mechanisms in Evidence Based Medicine. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Durham University in 2018 and was a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 2017-2018. She was the Clinical Ethics Fellow at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics from 2018-2020. In her free time she enjoys hiking, baking and reading.

Dale Dagar Magalang

Dale Dagar Maglalang, PhD, MA, MSW is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Dr. Maglalang’s research examines the social, cultural, systemic (e.g. racism and other forms of oppression), and structural factors that influence the health behaviors (e.g. physical activity, smoking, etc.) of immigrants, care workers, and the Asian American population. He is interested in leveraging mobile health applications and community engaged research to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Dale earned his BS in Human Development and BA in Asian American Studies at the University of California Davis, MA in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, and MSW and PhD in Social Work at Boston College. In his spare time, Dale is interested in trying out different types of food and exploring hiking trails in the Bay Area.

Matthew Landry

Matthew J. Landry, PhD, RDN is a postdoctoral fellow in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Dr. Landry studies dietary quality and composition of healthful plant-forward diets on risk factors for chronic diseases and the utilization of novel, dietary interventions as conduits to promote health at the population level. He is committed to working in the advocacy of policies that will address nutrition-related health inequalities and exploring policies that provide equitable access and availability to nutritious foods. He holds a PhD in Nutritional Science from The University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Nutrition and Food Science from Louisiana State University. Dr. Landry is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Outside of research, his interests including running and exploring the Bay Area. As an avid traveler he enjoys visiting state and national parks and traveling to new cities and countries. 

Shawna Follis

Shawna Follis, PhD, MS is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She completed a PhD in epidemiology at The University of Arizona and an MS in anthropology from Purdue University. Dr. Follis is a social epidemiologist researching health disparities and social determinants of health in chronic disease prevention. Her dissertation research examined the role of the social environment in body composition among aging women. Dr. Follis was awarded the 2020 Aetna Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health from the American Public Health Association for her research evaluating race/ethnic differences in social stress associated adipose tissue patterning. Outside of research she is a passionate futbolista and former collegiate soccer player, who currently enjoys street soccer on Stanford’s campus while sheltering in place.

Van Thu Nguyen

Van completed a double doctorate degree in clinical epidemiology at Université de Paris and University of Liverpool under a fellowship funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in September 2020. Her PhD explored the application of crowdsourcing and open innovation to involve diverse stakeholders in clinical trial planning and conducting. Prior to her PhD, she worked in a clinical trial unit in Vietnam, which inspired her to start the journey of “Research on research” to reduce waste in research and increase research value. Her work at Stanford will focus on selective reporting in clinical trials and observational studies. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the kitchen testing recipes from different cuisines.

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