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Arnold School of Public Health

Meet Our Team



Christine Pellegrini, PhD

Dr. Pellegrini’s research focuses on the development and implementation of technology-supported behavioral interventions targeting diet, physical activity, sedentary behavior and weight loss.


Ellen Wingard, MSPH, RD, LD

Ellen is the Project Coordinator for the Technology Interventions to Improve Outcomes After Knee Replacement Study and the Healthy Living After Knee Replacement Study. Ellen obtained her BS degree in Food Science/Human Nutrition from Clemson University and is a Registered Dietition. She also obtained her MSPH from UofSC in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. Her background includes experience in clinical nutrition and research study coordination/intervention implementation.


Krystal H. Cooper, MHA

Krystal is the Project Coordinator for the Phone-Based Walk with Ease Program in Adults with Arthritis Study. Krystal obtained her BA degree in Experimental Psychology from UofSC. She also obtained her MHA from UofSC in Health Services Policy and Management. Her background includes mental health, credentialing of hospital medical staff, policy development and research study recruitment and coordination. She enjoys traveling, horseback riding and spending time with her family. 


Melissa Stansbury, PhD, ACSM-EP

Dr. Stansbury is an exercise physiologist who specializes in behavioral interventions for weight management. She has experience designing and developing interactive learning solutions and utilizing technology to facilitate sustainable healthy lifestyle changes. Dr. Stansbury earned her MS degree in Applied Health Physiology from Salisbury University and PhD in Exercise Science from UofSC. She is also a credentialed ATD Master Instructional Designer.


Kaitlyn Ramey, MS

Kaitlyn is a research specialist working on multiple projects in the Technology and Behavioral Intervention Lab. Kaitlyn obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina. Her background includes experience in childhood obesity and women's health research, with specific interests in behavioral interventions and physical activity. In her free time, Kaitlyn likes to craft, play sports (ultimate frisbee, kickball, roller skating, soccer, etc.), and play with her dogs.


Graduate Students 


Katherine DeVivo, MPH

KD is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Exercise Science.  She obtained her BS in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University and her MPH in Physical Activity and Public Health from USC. KD is interested in behavioral interventions targeting physical activity, sedentary behavior and weight loss. Her dissertation will explore factors influencing movement behaviors and affect among dog owners. KD is a Cleveland sports fanatic and dog momma to sweet Sadie Mae.


Scott T. Jamieson, MS

Scott is a doctoral student in the Department of Exercise Science. Scott comes from Geisinger Medical Center, formerly serving as the metabolic laboratory manager within the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management. His research interests include targeted lifestyle interventions for patients with obesity, osteoarthritis and other metabolic disorders.


Katty Jones

Katty is a graduate student in the MPH Physical Activity and Public Health Program. She received her BS degree in Animal Veterinary Sciences with a pre-veterinary concentration from Clemson University. She is excited to switch her focus to human healthcare with this Master's program. Her research interests include behavioral interventions that promote healthy eating and physical activity. She enjoys hiking with her golden retriever, Asher, in her free time.


Daniel Heidtke

Daniel is a graduate student in the MPH in Physical Activity and Health program at the Arnold School. He has a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from UofSC and loves South Carolina Football! His research interests primarily involve wearable technology and physical activity, community walkability, and active transportation. When not working or in school, Daniel is often hiking or traveling in different national parks across the US.


Kaitlin Milam

Kaitlin is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Exercise Science program. She obtained her BS degree in Exercise Science from Winthrop University. Her research interests include special populations, behavioral interventions, cardiovascular health, and oncology.


Undergraduate Students 


Cassandra Hett

Cassandra is a junior undergraduate student majoring in Public Health. She is hoping to obtain a career in public health and nutrition research for a major food supplier. Her research interests include behavioral interventions in relation to nutrition, obesity, surgical recovery, and sedentary behavior.


Ellen Connolly

Ellen is a Junior Biological Sciences major and Spanish minor from Cincinnati, OH. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to become a physical therapist. Ellen is also a tutor at the Student Success Center on campus. In her free time, ellen enjoys relaxing in her hammock on the Horseshoe, practicing yoga, and playing the ukulele.


Tyson Ansani

Tyson is a junior B.S. Public Health major. In the future, he would like to attend medical school and eventually become an orthopedic surgeon. His research interests include behavioral interventions in relation to sedentary behavior, as well as the effects of motor control on muscle function and disease. In his free time, he can be seen on nature walks, watching Netflix, and volunteering at the free medical clinic.


Anne Kowalski

Anne Kowalski is a Junior Public Health B.A. major from Walhalla, South Carolina. After graduation, she hopes to receive her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. In her free time, she loves to run or exercise in some way, read, and is currently learning to crochet!


Landon Borchardt

Landon is an undergraduate student at The University of South Carolina pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She will graduate in spring of 2024 and plans to pursue a career in Physical Therapy or attend an accredited nursing program. She is interested in how nutrition and activity levels impact health and chronic diseases.


Daniyal Mirza

Daniyal is a Junior B.S. Exercise Science major from Charleston, SC. In the future, he is looking to attend medical school and is aiming towards specializing in surgery. He is also interested in the research and advancement of robotic surgery. In his free time, he enjoys staying active in his fraternity, listening to music, and cheering on Seattle sports teams. Also, a huge Tame Impala fan!


Cortney Ouellette

Cortney is a Junior Exercise Science major pursuing a career as an orthopedic PA. She currently works as a medical assistant at Sandhills Pediatrics and is involved in multiple clubs on campus. Her main research interests include: the effects of behavioral interventions on surgical rehabilitation from sports-related injuries and physical activity in youth. She loves playing and watching sports, especially soccer. In her free time, she enjoys reading a book, going to the beach, or trying new coffee shops.


Katie Weaver

Katherine Weaver is from Charleston, SC. She is a senior at USC majoring in Public Health and minoring in Psychology. She is passionate about research and healthcare. She is hoping in the future to either pursue nursing or a master's in public health to possibly do more research.


Previous Students 


Cole Haralson



Abby Hall



Mahima Mhatre



Adrianna Gergley



Courtnee Harpine


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