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NRSA Fellowship Program

Current Fellows

We currently have two fellows in their second year of the program.

Karen Danna-Lynch, PhD
Karen Danna-Lynch is a mixed methods researcher who holds a PhD in Sociology from Rutgers University. Her research interests include culture and cognition, organizations, occupations, network analysis, and new media and technology. She is particularly interested in how questions of ontology and epistemology affect the roles of health providers in primary care settings. Her current research monitors the cognitive and organizational impact of change. Jesse Crosson (mentor)

Sheenu Chandwani, BDS, MPH

Sheenu Chandwani joined the postdoctoral fellowship program on March 18th,2009.  Dr. Chandwani received her Bachelor's degree in Dental Surgery from Maharshi Dayanand University, SBMN Dental College in Rohtak, India. After immigrating to the United States in 2005, she completed her MPH in Epidemiology from UMDNJ- School of Public Health. She is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Epidemiology at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Her research interests lie in understanding causes of health disparities and the relationship of primary care processes to health outcomes. Before joining our department, Dr. Chandwani completed a 2 year fellowship in Global Outcomes Research at Merck & Co., Inc. in collaboration with Rutgers University, School of Pharmacy. At Merck, she primarily worked in the areas of oncology, invasive fungal infections, and HIV, focusing her research on clinical outcomes and resource use associated with these conditions. During this fellowship program she will be working with large databases to address primary care issues in the areas of allergy and asthma among the children and adolescent population. She will also utilize her quantitative skills in addressing issues related to cancer care disparities.

Anna Rehwinkel, PsyD

Anna M. Rehwinkel joined the postdoctoral fellowship in June 14, 2010. Dr. Rehwinkel recently graduated from La Salle University with her doctorate in clinical pyschology with a concentration on health psychology. Generally, her clinical and research interest is in the field of behavioral medicine and health disparities. Before joining the department, Dr. Rehwinkel worked to provide psychological services to an underserved population in a variety of settings that include, but are not limited to: Resources for Human Development, Cooper University Hospital Cancer Institute, UMDNJ-Camden, and the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

Asia Friedman, PhD

Friedman holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University. Her prior research has focused on culture, cognition, perception, gender, sexuality, the body, and social theory. Her doctoral dissertation, Blind to Sameness: The Socio-Optical Construction of Male and Female Bodies, examined the sociology of sex attribution – the social construction of sensory perceptions of male and female bodies. Drawing on qualitative life-history interviews with 27 blind people and 41 transgender people, Dr. Friedman studied how socio-cultural expectations influence perceptions of the differences between male and female bodies. Abstracted from the particular case of seeing sexed bodies, however, this work is fundamentally a study of how perception works sociologically. In particular, Dr. Friedman highlights the centrality of socially-organized practices of selective attention and disattention in perception. It is this interest in the socio-cognitive practices underlying everyday perceptions that she brings to the study of primary care.