Sitara Weerakoon ’17 completed a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health in May 2022. In 2019, she received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology degree. She presented her dissertation findings at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, fully funded through a travel award. She also received several other scholarships, including the Outstanding New Student Scholarship as both a master’s and doctoral student. In June 2022, she joined Yale University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Medicine NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Substance Abuse Prevention and the Yale SPH Substances and Sexual Health Lab. In her postdoctoral program, her research focuses on adolescent polysubstance use and socioenvironmental risk factors among minority youth.
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