Lab Members

The members of the BRIE lab come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have varied research interest. Learn more about BRIE lab research members below:

Current Students

Nkechi Okpara, MS
2019, Dietetic Intern, New York-Presbyterian Dietetic Internship Program, New York, NY
2018, M.S Nutrition Education and Food Science, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
2015, B.A, Psychology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Areas of Interest:
Nutrition Education
Public Health Nutrition
Self-Esteem
Adolescence and Teenage Wellness
Physical Activity
Food Insecurity, Diet, and Environment

BRIE Lab Staff

John A. Bernhart, PhD, MPH, CHES
Postdoctoral Fellow with the NEW Soul study
2019, Ph.D., Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
2016, M.P.H, Community Health Education, Baylor University, Waco, TX
2014, B.S.Ed., Exercise Physiology, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Areas of Interest:
Community-based participatory research
Dissemination & Implementation
“For-cause” physical activity events
Physical activity
Marty Davey, MS, RD, LDN
Nutrition Interventionist for the NEW Soul study
2017, M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics, Marywood University, PA
1980, B.G.S. Theater and Modern Language, Ohio University, OH
Areas of Interest:
Whole food, plant-based diets and nutrition
Weight-loss and obesity prevention and treatment
Diabetes prevention and treatment
Childhood nutrition
Video Nutrition education
Telemedicine
Mary Wilson, MPH
Project Manager for the NEW Soul study
2009, M.P.H. Health Services, Policy, and Management, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC
2008, B.S. Chemistry, Minor in Psychology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Areas of Interest:
Policy, Systems and Environmental Strategies (not changes) to address Obesity Prevention and Food Access
Disparities in Disease Prevalence and Mortality Rates in Low-Income and Minority Populations
Community Organizing, Building, and Partnerships for Holistic Health
Capacity Building for Organizational Development and Sustainability
Nutrition and Physical Activity Lifestyle Interventions

Graduates of the BRIE Lab

Alycia Boutté Alycia K. Boutté, PhD
2019, Ph.D., Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
2013, M.P.H., Health Promotion/Behavioral Science, University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin, TX
2011, B.S., Psychology, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
Areas of Interest:
Child obesity prevention and treatment
Nutrition and obesity disparities in low-income and minority populations
Family nutrition and physical activity interventions
Food security and access
Use of mobile technology for health promotion
Anthony Crimarco, PhD
2019, Ph.D., Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
2013, M.S., Management, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
2012, M.S., Wellness Management, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
2009, B.S., Integrative Health Sciences, Stetson University, Deland, Florida
Areas of interest:
mHealth and eHealth
Built environment and physical activity
Diet and lifestyle interventions
Alicia Dahl Alicia A. Dahl, PhD
2018, Ph.D., Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
2013, M.S., Health Promotion, University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
2011, B.S., Global Health and Communications, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA.
Areas of Interest:
Nutrition and physical activity education
Obesity prevention and treatment
Technology in health education and interventions
Health behavior change theories
Adolescent health behaviors
Charis Davidson Charis Davidson, DrPH
2015, Dr.P.H., Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
2010 M.P.H., Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina
Areas of interest:
Faith & health integration
College student health
Sexual & reproductive health
The impact of gender norms on health behaviors & outcomes
Qualitative research methods
Caroline Dunn, PhD, RD
2018, Ph.D., Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
2014 Graduate Certificate Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida
2011 M.S., Nutrition, University of Alabama
2007 B.A., Journalism, Auburn University
Areas of interest:
Nutrition communication and food policy
Community nutrition
Environmental nutrition intervention and evaluation
Childhood obesity
School-based nutrition education
Sarah Hales Sarah Hales, PhD, MSW, LMSW
2015, Ph.D., Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
2008, M.S.W., Social Work, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
2005, B.A., Psychology, The University of the South, Sewanee, T.N.
Areas of Interest:
mHealth and eHealth
Obesity prevention and treatment
Nutrition education
Health communication
Danielle Schoffman, PhD
2016, Ph.D., Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
2008, B.A., Human Biology and Anthropological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Areas of Interest:
Use of mobile technologies in health behavior research
Family interventions for obesity prevention and treatment
Parent-child communication and health behaviors
Community physical activity promotion