Doctoral Students


Jean Reading, MA
Doctoral Candidate

Jean’s primary research interests concern the design and implementation of lifestyle interventions aimed to prevent and treat obesity among young men. Her dissertation is focused on determining the preliminary efficacy and feasibility of a low touch lifestyle intervention to reduce weight among young men. Jean is a predoctoral fellow in the NCI-funded T32 training program in cancer prevention and control at VCU Massey Cancer Center. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and listening to live music.


Justin Guan

Justin Guan, MS
Doctoral Student

Justin’s primary research interests revolve around the built environment and its effects on physical activity among older adults. He is interested in both objective and subjective measures of the built environment. He is also interested in longitudinal data analysis methods and is highly proficient in R. He previously examined the effects of changes in the built environment on changes in walking among older women for his master’s thesis. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, board games, and hiking.



Kristal Brown

Kristal Lyn Brown, PhD, MSPH
2020 Graduate, Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Brown's long-term career goal is to build a line of research focused on developing novel lifestyle interventions to improve health outcomes among high-risk African American women during the transition into early adulthood. Her dissertation focused on the role of race-related discrimination in obesity and cardiovascular disease risk among young African American women. She recently accepted a postdoctoral position at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in General Internal Medicine on the Hill-Briggs T32-Research Training Program in Behavioral Aspects of Heart and Vascular Diseases. She is a die-hard NY Yankees and Giants fan who enjoys traveling, sunshine and eating amazing food. 


Brandi Galloway, PhD, MSN, MDiv, WHNP-BC
2020 Graduate, Nurse Practitioner at Virginia Department of Health

Dr. Galloway's research interests include health disparities among minority women, and the development of faith and community based interventions. She also works full time as a women’s health nurse practitioner.