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2019-2020 Faculty Fellows


rjcropRenee Johnson, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health

Renee M. Johnson's research addresses the health of adolescents and emerging adults, with a focus on substance use and violence. Much of this work involves marginalized populations including people of color, LGBT youth, trauma-exposed youth, immigrants, and youth in low-income, urban areas. Dr. Johnson teaches a survey course of substance use epidemiology and also directs the Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program.



clcropCatherine Ling, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP Faculty Associate and FNP Track Coordinator, School of Nursing

Dr. Catherine Ling is a nurse scientist, family nurse practitioner, and educator focusing on improving access to quality, primary care with an emphasis on military families. She is actively involved in investigation of the structure of primary care, non-opioid pain relief strategies for use in primary care and innovative strategies to engage students. She maintains her 26-year career as a practicing FNP. Dr. Ling received her BSN from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, her Masters in Family Practice from Emory University and her PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a Fellow within the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.


llcropLaura Lucas, DNP, APRN-CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM - Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of the MSN Program, School of Nursing

Laura Lucas is an advanced practice nurse (CNS) and coordinator of the Birth Companions program that offers nursing students the opportunity to provide labor support and advocacy services to mothers from various backgrounds. She most recently worked as a clinical nurse specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital while serving as adjunct clinical faculty in the childbearing course. Lucas is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, the University of Delaware, and Chatham University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau (Nu Beta Chapter), Association of Women’s Health Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN), and the National Association for Clinical Nurse Specialists (Chesapeake Bay Chapter). Lucas is certified in inpatient obstetrics, electronic fetal monitoring, and as an advanced practice CNS in the state of Maryland.


amcropAlyssa Moran, ScD, MPH, RD Assistant Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management

Alyssa Moran's research centers on the identification and adoption of policies that promote healthy, sustainable, and equitable food systems. Prior to joining the faculty at JHU, Alyssa worked as a technical advisor in the Nutrition Strategy Program at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and for the New York Academy of Medicine’s Advancing Prevention Agenda. She frequently advises on local food policy initiatives, partnering on programs such as the New York City Food Standards, Healthy Hospital Food Initiative, and National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative. Alyssa is a registered dietitian, and completed her clinical training at the Bronx VA Medical Center. She holds degrees from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (ScD), New York University (MPH), and Washington University in St. Louis (BA).


lpcropLauren Parker, PhD, MPH Assistant Scientist, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health, Behavior and Society

Trained in health promotion and gerontology, Dr. Parker’s research interest is in understanding how social factors influences the health of marginalized populations across the life-course continuum. Broadly, her research examines the influence of interpersonal forms of acute and chronic stressors on health via behavioral and psychological processes. She has worked extensively on understanding how such factors influence the health of Black men. Currently, Dr. Parker’s research considers how sociocultural and behavioral factors along with biological process impact health and health disparities among informal caregivers for dementia patients. She recently received a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Institute on Aging. The research will examine the impact of Adult Day Services on subjective and physiological measures of stress among Black dementia family caregivers.


ewcropErin Wright, FACNM, DNP, MS, APHN-BC Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Dr. Wright is Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and continues to practice clinically as a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She has spent the past 20 years working and serving her community in the area of women’s health. In addition to her expertise as a midwife, Dr. Wright also holds a board-certification as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse. She is widely published on the topics of occupational health concerns for midwives, nurses and students and integrative medicine for stress reduction. She is a past president and vice president of the Maryland Affiliate of the American College of Nurse- Midwives (ACNM). Currently, Dr. Wright serves this organization as a legislative chair and often testifies before the state legislature regarding scope of practice issues and women’s reproductive health issues. She serves nationally on the American College of Nurse-Midwives Ethics, and Clinical and Academic Educators Committees.


2019-2020 Community Fellows


micropMariana Izraelson, PhD - Executive Director, Shepherd's Clinic

Dr. Izraelson joined Shepherd's Clinic in July 2018 as the Executive Director. Dr. Izraelson brings years of clinical and managerial experience in the medical outpatient and addiction setting. She previously worked as the Director of Outpatient Services for Ashley Addiction Treatment in Harford and Cecil County. Other professional roles include managing State Care Coordination, Maryland Recovery Net, and Women and Children programs for Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County, as the Director of Recovery Care Services for HealthCare Access Maryland.

Through her professional roles over the past ten years, Dr. Izraelson has strengthened her knowledge of professional procedures, research, and an understanding of a myriad of evidence-based treatment program deliveries. From her experience in rural Maryland to working in Baltimore City, Dr. Izraelson have been dedicated to providing high quality public health prevention and intervention services to at-risk populations. As a clinician, and program director, she developed skills in working with clients who had multiple health and social needs including substance use and mental health disorders. Serving this population provided her with direct experience addressing substance use disorders during pregnancy as well as the unique concerns that affect pregnant women while in recovery.

Dr. Izraelson has a Doctorate Degree in Psychology from Argosy University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County, is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and is a certified Project Management Professional. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Maryland Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence and the Maryland Addictions Directors Council. She is also a member of the Project Management Institute, and the Psychologists for Social Responsibility Association.


madcropMaritza Alcoreza-Dominguez, MSW Director, Living Classrooms Park House

Maritza Alcoreza-Dominguez is the Director of the Living Classrooms Park House, a health and wellness community center located in Patterson Park. As the Director, Maritza develops the after-school program, exclusively for middle school students centered around sports, nutrition and nature exploration. Maritza has also created a number of opportunities for community members to participate in health and wellness initiative in Southeast Baltimore such as the community garden, English as a Second language classes during the day time, and evening community fitness classes like yoga, karate and zumba. In this role, Maritza uses her Bachelor's in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary to oversee the operations of the Park House, which overlaps with her Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in developing health and wellness initiatives for the community. Prior to this role, Maritza co-founded the Alliance for Community Teachers and Schools in Baltimore, MD, which provided professional development to parents, teachers and principals in Baltimore City Schools. Maritza was responsible for engaging parents and teachers and developing leadership that could address priority areas in the school identified by the families and leadership. Maritza also uses her social work credentials to translate for Spanish-speaking clients in a variety of settings, including foster home placements and incarcerated individuals.


mscropMatt Skarzynski - Program Director, Baltimore SquashWise

Matt joined SquashWise in 2009 after teaching English at an Islamic boarding school in Malaysia, under a Fulbright Scholarship. He was previously an AmeriCorps Volunteer and later a full-time staff member of the Baltimore Urban Debate League. Matt has a B.A. from the University of San Diego in International Relations. As Program Director at SquashWise, Matt leads a dynamic and committed staff team, ensures program quality, and maintains strong partnerships with students, parents, and schools. Outside of work, Matt enjoys taking hikes with his wife and wonderful dogs, coaching and participating in CrossFit, and experimenting in the kitchen in an attempt to cook delicious food.