Samantha Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | College of Health & Wellness | Providence Campus

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Samantha worked on pharmaceutical and vaccine development as a chemical engineer, and developing novel medical devices and prostheses as a biomedical engineer. During her studies, she received the Global Health Scholarship and Foreign Studies Fellowship from Brown University and traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, to conduct both qualitative research in the local townships and data analysis examining the associations between alcohol misuse and risks for HIV infection (published in  AIDS Care). 

Samantha is currently involved in multiple research topics, including how climate change influences emerging infectious disease spread, how social media like Facebook puts young adults at risk for depression and substance use, and generally how epidemiology can be used to shape health policy and research and intervene in the progression of disease. She works with the local state departments and legislators, conducting research and teaching on various public health topics ranging from HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental illness, injury and violence, emerging infectious disease, and the intersection of social media and health.

Ph.D., Epidemiology, Brown University
MPH, Brown University
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University


  • epidemiology; behavioral health; infectious disease; injury and violence

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