Dr. Frankel is an assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She first became interested in public health while working as an undergraduate at the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland. After college, her experience with the Teach for America program sparked both a love of instruction and an interest in studying adolescent risk behaviors, including the relationship between parenting, neighborhood predictors, and sexual health. She worked with the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs at the Pennsylvania Department of Health to complete an evaluation of the efforts to curb alcohol and prescription drug use among individuals ages 12-25 in select counties in Pennsylvania. Dr. Frankel also served as the Principal Investigator of the Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System in the city of Philadelphia and worked closely with the School District of Philadelphia to administer the study. Currently, she is the Online Program Coordinator responsible for curriculum development and implementation of the Online Masters of Public Health. Dr. Frankel is always looking for new ways to assess student mastery of public health competencies and enjoys testing out new technology, particularly in the online space.
- PhD, Public Health, Florida International University
- BS, Animal Sciences, University of Maryland – College Park