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The Team 

Salus Populi is a collaboration between the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University School of Law and the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research at Northeastern University. 

STAFF

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Wendy Parmet, JD
Faculty Director
E-mail: w.parmet@northeastern.edu

Wendy E. Parmet is the faculty director of the Center for Health Policy and Law, and Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. She is a leading expert on health, disability and public health law, directs the law school’s Center for Health Policy and Law as well as its JD/MPH programs. She also holds a joint appointment with Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in recognition of her national leadership in interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues related to health care.

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Alisa Lincoln, PhD, MPH
Faculty Director
Email: al.lincoln@northeastern.edu

Alisa K. Lincoln, Associate Dean of Research for the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and Professor of Health Sciences and Sociology at Northeastern University, is the director of the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research. Her research examines the way that social exclusion and marginalization both contributes to and is a consequence of poor health, and specifically mental health. She examines questions related to social factors and their relationships with mental health and mental health services focusing on how social disadvantage impacts people’s mental health and their experiences and outcome in mental health care.  

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Faith Khalik, JD
Senior Legal Fellow
E-mail: f.khalik@northeastern.edu

Faith Khalik is the Legal Fellow, responsible for overseeing the Public Health Law Watch, a collaborative initiative between the Center for Health Policy and Law and the George Consortium, a network of academics, scholars, and practitioners in the field of public health law. The Public Health Law Watch (PHLW) identifies potential legislative and regulatory changes that have the potential to impact public health. PHLW's main goal is to increase visibility and understanding of public health law issues and changes, identify ways to engage on these issues, and provide legal analysis and commentary. 

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Sammi Weeks, JD
Project Coordinator
E-mail: s.weeks@northeastern.edu

Sammi Weeks is the project coordinator for Salus Populi, a judicial education program aimed at educating the judiciary about the social determinants of health by engaging judges, lawyers, and the legal community in a culture of health. Salus Populi is a project in collaboration with the Center for Health Policy and Law and the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research. Prior to joining the Center, Sammi advocated and provided legal services for survivors of sexual violence as a trained Rape Crisis Counselor. Sammi also has extensive experience in nonprofit fundraising development and events. Sammi earned a JD from Suffolk University Law School and a BA in politics and government and international studies from Ohio Wesleyan University. Sammi is currently a Master of Public Health candidate at Northeastern University's Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

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Tiana Yom, Ed.D., MPH, CHES
E-mail: t.yom@northeastern.edu


Tiana Yom is the Tiana earned a bachelor's degree in Asian and American studies from Stony Brook University. Then, she earned her MPH in Health Education and Health Behavior from Michigan University and her EdD in Health Behavior Studies and Health Education from Columbia University. As the Program Director of the Northeastern University Public Evaluation Lab (NU-PEL), Dr. Yom is committed to building community-academic partnerships via evaluation research. Dr. Yom’s specialization is in teaching and developing evaluation techniques, driven by Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE) frameworks.

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Elaine Marshall, MPH, JD
Postdoctural Research Fellow
E-mail: e.marshall@northeastern.edu

Elaine Marshall, MPH, J.D. is the Salus Populi Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She is responsible for supporting the project through legal and public health research, the planning and implementation of a program evaluation, and teaching and developing the curriculum. In 2022, Elaine completed her JD from Northeastern University School of Law and her Master of Public Health from Tufts University. 

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Tibrine Da Fonseca
Research Fellow
E-mail: dafonseca.t@northeastern.edu


Tibrine da Fonseca is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Northeastern University. Her research examines community-based approaches to immigrant health equity during the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to joining the PhD program, Tibrine worked as Lead Paralegal with the Medical-Legal Partnership Boston, where she advocated on behalf of low-income individuals with medically complex health conditions and unmet legal needs, and trained health care providers to screen for the social determinants of health in the clinical setting. In 2018, Tibrine was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Anna Davis
Candidate JD, Class of 2024

Andrea Goodman
Candidate JD, Class of 2024

Danika Marzluff
Candidate JD, Class of 2024

HEALTH EQUITY INTERNS

Maya Clark
Candidate BS in Health Science, Class of 2024

Krystall Anne Abbott
Candidate BS in Health Science and Psychology, Class of 2023

Madison Haywood
Candidate BS in Health Science, Class of 2024

ALUMNI

Jenna Bourassa
Candidate MPH, Class of 2020

Alexandra Alden
Candidate PhD, Class of 2021

Larissa Brito de Senna
JD, Class of 2020

Somer Brown
JD, Class of 2021

 Emily Butcher
JD,  Class of 2021

Persia Mahdavi
Candidate JD, Class of 2022

Zoe Harris
Candidate MPH, Class of 2020

Mackenzie Darling 
Candidate JD, Class of 2022

Ada Peters
Candidate JD, Class of 2023

Kaitlyn Eri Lee
Candidate BS in Sociology, Class of 2022

Cassandra LaRose
JD/MPH, Class of 2021

Annika Skansberg
Candidate JD/MPH, Class of 2021

Sean Peters
Candidate JD, Class of 2022

Gregory Paal
JD, Class of 2021

Mahathi Vemireddy 
Candidate JD, Class of 2022

Benjamin Sephton
BA, Berkeley University, Class of 2020

Christopher Petronio
Candidate JD, Class of 2022

Mason Fitzpatrick
Candidate BS in Health Science/Business, Class of 2022

Ryan Smith
JD, Class of 2021

Bavani Sridhar
Candidate JD, Class of 2022

Migue Van Louis Darcera 
Candidate JD, Class of 2023

Vela McBride
Candidate MPH, Class of 2024

Monica Morgan
Candidate JD/MPH, Class of 2023

Lena Ransohoff
Candidate JD, Class of 2023