Dr. Chia-Ching Chen obtains M.A., M.S., Ed.D., and CHES of Columbia University in New York. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College. Dr. Chen is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentialed by the National Commission for Health Education. Prior to joining the New York Medical College, Dr. Chen was an environmental health policy coordinator at the Bureau of Solid Waste Management, Environmental Protection Administration in Taiwan, where she involved in environmental health promotion and program planning. Dr. Chen’s broader research has focused on accessibility, disparities, and psychosocial determinants associated with individual level outcomes.
Email: chiaching_chen@nymc.edu
Address: Department of Epidemiology and Community Health School of Health Sciences & Practice, New York Medical College, Room #223, Valhalla, NY 10595

Matthew Miller holds a BA with honors in Economics, and is currently pursuing graduate studies in Mathematics at Rutgers University. His primary focus has been on economic topics, with special interest in fields at the intersection of politics and economics. He received an award with a Summer Research Fellowship in conjunction with Dr. Yamada to study on determinants of childhood obesity and presented the study outcomes at Rutgers University. He received the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Prize with this research. This research, coupled with outreach programs hopes to locally combat the growing issue of juvenile diabetes. His other interests include mathematics and political science, and he is going to pursue a Ph.D. program in Health Economics. He has already one journal publication with Dr. Yamada about Japanese private health insurance issues on hospitalization [“Private Health Insurance and Hospitalization under Japanese National Health Insurance,” Open Economic Journal, June 2009, Vol.2, pp.61-70].

Kirk Groomes is a Financial Management Specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service. His responsibilities at USDA Food and Nutrition Service include providing training and technical assistance for State and local agency administrators. He has taken on a project management opportunity to establish and advance the use of data analytics in the Mid-Atlantic region to support his agency’s effort to identify cost saving measures, improve performance and efficiency, and develop new strategies to enhance service delivery through analytics. He, Dr. Tetsuji Yamada (Rutgers University), and Dr. Chia-Ching Chen (New York Medical College) have published a research paper entitled “Identifying Potential Grocery Store Locations in New Jersey” in the International Journal of Health and Nutrition, in October 2010, Vol.1, No.1, pp.13-30.

Joseph R. Harris III is an Economist for the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). He works under the BLS’s Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) program, which provides annual information on the rate and number of work related injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries, and how these statistics vary by incident, industry, geography, occupation, and other characteristics. Joseph is also an Adjunct Professor for Rutgers University – Camden where he teaches introductory course in both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

In January 2010, Joseph began working as a Research Assistant for Dr. Yamada. With Dr. Yamada’s guidance, he participated at A Celebration of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity, presenting research projects on “Adolescent Sexual Risk Behaviors and Health Education”; “How Can We Raise the Retention Rate of College Students? Regional Universities in the United States” and “Influential Factors of Retention of College Students: Effects of an Increase in Tuition on Socioeconomic Costs and Retention Disparity among Students”. In 2013, he received Rutgers University – Camden Dean’s Undergraduate Research Prize for his research topic on college retention. He, Dr. Yamada, and several other professional scholars have published a research paper entitled “Access Disparity and Health Inequality of the Elderly: Unmet Needs and Delayed Healthcare” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, in February 2015, Vol. 12, Issue 2, pp. 1745-1772.

Joseph obtains a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics and Finance, along with a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University – Camden. As a research assistant, Joseph is happy to work among scholars in the Economics field

Syed W. Rizvi holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in English and a minor in Economics, with consecutive placement on Dean’s List for four semesters, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and an Associate of Liberal Arts with concentration in English literature with high honors and placement on Dean’s List from Burlington County College. He is currently a candidate for a Master’s degree in English literature at Rutgers. Syed also holds Master’s in Journalism, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Legal Laws from Karachi University, Pakistan. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society in Economics. He has extensive experience as a financial/political journalist and three years as a visiting professor of Journalism at Karachi University, Pakistan. He is bi-lingual and widely traveled across North America, Western Europe, South Asia, South-East Asia and part of Africa. His area of focus is effective communication of technical information through writing for lay press, scientific/research journals, and academic papers. 

Under the guidance of Dr. Yamada, Syed began assisting Dr. Yamada by editing his research manuscript. His interest in editing and analytical writing about health economics dealing with socioeconomic environment and its impact on people has begun to take shape. As a member of research team of Dr. Yamada, Syed is happy to see prospects for quality research opportunities in health economics.