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Obesity, Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health, Nutrition, Weight Management

Work Philosophy

  • People have a right to a high quality of life.
  • Good physical health is a key factor in broadening capabilities.
  • Many chronic diseases can be prevented through lifestyle changes.
  • Individuals should play an integral role in designing a tailored program to improve their life.


Karlene Graham is a staff member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as the Project Coordinator of Healthy Bodies, Healthy Souls, a diabetes prevention research intervention. She completed her bachelors’ degree in 2010 at Johns Hopkins University and she is currently enrolled in a Master of Health Science program, with a concentration in Human Nutrition.  Karlene is pursuing a Registered Dietitian license and ultimately a career in the field of Public Health Nutrition.


Joseph Colon

Stuart "Bill" Leslie

Amber Summers

Joel Gittelsohn


Work experience

Dec 2010Present

Project Coordinator of Healthy Bodies Healthy Souls

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Human Nutrition

Coordinated and conducted interviews of African-American church-goers in Baltimore City about their eating and

shopping habits. Recruited churches and participants from in churches to participate in project. Administered

informed consent forms. Responsible for data collection coordination for data collection team. Screened and

scheduled interviews for eligible volunteers. Trained data collectors to conduct interviews with respondents.

Coordinated planning sessions with church groups. Oriented staff and participants to the purpose and activities of the study. Managed church intervention with various venues, intervention materials development, etc. conducting process evaluation. Organized data collection, intervention, and process evaluation paperwork. Entered information into electronic tracking forms.

Jun 2010Dec 2010

Research Assistant for Healthy Bodies Healthy Souls

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Conducted interviews for the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Souls Project. Helped recruit churches and participants from in churches. Administered and collected signed consent forms. Screened and scheduled interviews for eligible volunteers. Managed paperwork filled out for each respondent. Data entry as required. Coordinate planning sessions with church groups.

May 2009May 2010

Peer Health Mentor for Preventative Education and Empowerment for Peers (PEEPs)

Johns Hopkins University, Center for Health Education and Wellness

Collaborated with peers to provide a setting in which students can discuss and explore health issues. Presented health information for peers on a variety of topics such as men’s/women’s health, sexual health, nutrition, stress management, and alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Designed and executed related campus-wide programs.

Jan 2004Sep 2005

Research Intern

Smithsonian Institute, Marine Station

Participated in project focusing on the ecology and long-term monitoring of the Indian River Lagoon.Research specialized on biodiversity, focused on the marine and estuarine waters of Florida’s Treasure Coast, with comparative studies throughout coastal Florida. Tasks included data entry.Classification of Invertebrate Marine Species using optical microscope and scanning electron microscope.


Sep 2006May 2010

Bachelor of Arts

Johns Hopkins University


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