Meet our Scholars

Meet our Scholars

Year 2 - 2017

Tasha Golden, School of Public Health and Information Sciences

 Tasha Golden

A doctoral student in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Tasha Golden works with the Youth Violence Prevention Research Center and the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky. Golden’s community-oriented research at the intersection of art and public health is informed by her career history. As the frontwoman and songwriter for the band Ellery, her songs have been heard on the radio and in major motion pictures, TV dramas and Starbucks. Golden’s prose and poetry have been published in “Ploughshares,” “Pleaides” and “Ethos Review,” among others, and her debut book of poems, “Once You Had Hands” (Humanist Press), was a finalist for the 2016 Ohioana Book Award. Her critique of gender inequities in the juvenile justice system appears in the Spring 2017 issue of peer-reviewed journal “Reflections.” Golden’s background as artist, entrepreneur and researcher often leads to new and unique networks, and allows her to draw connections among disparate ideas and initiatives. She continues to write and record, and has led trauma-informed creative writing workshops for incarcerated teen women since 2012. 


C. John Luttrell, School of Nursing

 John Luttrell

C. John Luttrell obtained a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Murray State University in 2005, and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Louisville in 2013. While he was a student at UofL, he served as the academic affairs liaison on the Nursing Student Council, and received the Helen C. Marshall Award for Outstanding Leadership. While working as a trauma nurse at University of Louisville Hospital in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit from 2013-2016, Luttrell completed the one-year nurse residency program, often served as the charge nurse during his scheduled shifts, and served as a clinical capstone preceptor for nursing students at the UofL School of Nursing. Luttrell is a full-time Ph.D. student in the School of Nursing, where he holds a position as a graduate research assistant. His research interests focus on health disparities among homeless adolescents and engaging with community organizations to provide services to homeless youth.


Devin McBride, School of Medicine

 Devin McBride

Originally from Ithaca, N.Y., Devin McBride received a bachelor of science in economics from Syracuse University in 2008. She graduated with a degree of distinction after completing a thesis project on the impact of mega-multi mall development on local communities. While earning a second bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering, she was involved in multiple research projects including biomedical research, which first sparked her interest in medicine. After moving to Louisville in 2012, McBride began working in the emergency room as a scribe and volunteered with the Kentucky Waterway Alliance. She has been involved in numerous other research projects in Louisville, and presented posters at the Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting and Research!Louisville. Currently, McBride is a student director at the Family Community Clinic, is co-president of the student LGBTQ group HSC Pride, and is involved in health-care politics as a member of Students for a National Health Plan. She plans to research health disparities in the LGBTQ community.


Morgan Pearson, School of Dentistry

 Morgan Pearson

A native of Louisville, Morgan D. Pearson is a second-year student in the School of Dentistry. As a child, Pearson experienced a traumatic injury, resulting from an automobile accident that required her to have multiple surgeries. Because of the expert and compassionate care she received, she decided early on that she wanted a career in the health sciences field, ultimately choosing dentistry. Pearson is a 2015 graduate of Murray State University, where she earned a bachelor of science in biology with minors in music and chemistry. She attended UofL’s Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) and MCAT/DAT workshop before deciding on a career in dentistry over medicine. Pearson has had a heart for service since she was a child. From age 11 through 17, she volunteered at the VA Medical Center in various capacities. After going away to college, she volunteered at the VA during summer breaks. At Murray State University, Pearson mentored and tutored incoming freshmen to ensure their success. As a dentist, Pearson will focus on community dentistry, continuing to serve those who are disadvantaged because of their inability to pay or to access care.

Year 1 - 2016

Ashton Green, School of Dentistry

Ashton was born in Indianapolis, Indiana where she has lived most of her life. She is a proud alumna of Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Throughout her high school career she was an athlete, a member of the National Honor Society, spent three years serving as a freshmen mentor, and  also attended Lead America Medicine and Healthcare high school conferences. She graduated high school in the spring of 2010 and enrolled at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in the fall, majoring in biology. While at Xavier, she was a four-year member of the women’s Division 1 soccer team. This experience provided her with a platform to continue mentoring youth, being a community role model, and participating in and organizing many community service events. After graduating from Xavier in the spring of 2014, she dedicated the following year to serving within the Indianapolis community. She established a junior youth spiritual empowerment group, with a vision to make a positive impact in the lives of young people within the community. The goal was to mentor junior youth between the ages of 12-15, from diverse backgrounds, in developing a sense of responsibility to create positive change within their community through acts of service. She is currently pursuing her dental education at the University of Louisville.


Mallika Sabharwal, School of Medicine

As an undergraduate student at the University of Florida, Mallika Sabharwal volunteered at the Equal Access Clinic, as student-run free clinic that provided medical care to underinsured communities in North Florida. Patients were often uninsured, homeless, or undocumented immigrants. Learning how the clinic addresses non-medical barriers she designed a social services resource manual for volunteers to refer to patients, like local GED classes and federal aid program enrollment. Before starting medical school, she worked at the Chicago Department of Public Health through the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program. In Chicago, Mallika worked in the school-based sexually transmitted disease program which educated and tested high school students on the south and west sides of the city, which are areas of high morbidity that also lacked health care professionals. Additionally, she improved awareness of STDs and access to preventative resources by coordinating the Condom Availability Program in conjunction with Chicago Public Schools. She worked with health education teachers and students to design condom dispensers for high schools throughout Chicago.

Now as a medical student at the University of Louisville, Mallika serves as the Public Health Coordinator for the national American Medical Student Association. As coordinator, she facilitates webinars on different aspects of public health (epidemiology, environmental health, etc.) for a cohort of 30 premedical and medical students. She is also a member of her school’s chapter of Students for a National Health Program, participating in education and community outreach events to promote the benefits of a universal health care system.


Jade Montanez, School of Nursing

Jade graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honors from the University of Louisville School of Nursing. While completing her BSN she was involved in a research study about the relationship of sociodemographic characteristics with depression, anxiety, and stress in African American adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Since completing her BSN, Jade has worked for our nation’s best as a Veteran’s Affairs nurse and with people at their most vulnerable moments as a Palliative care nurse. Jade’s interest in doctoral studies is firmly grounded in the belief that research and scholarship will afford her the necessary tools to critically think within complex, changing healthcare and education systems. She has a passion for continued research and development of interventions to assist underserved populations with management of chronic illnesses. Additionally, she has an interest in researching the barriers to matriculation and retention of nursing students, but specifically minority nursing students. Jade is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program at the University of Louisville.


Diana Kuo, School of Public Health and Information Sciences

Born in Taiwan, Diana immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of three, and lived in New Jersey during her formative years, until she left to study pathobiology at the University of Connecticut. In addition to having a Master in Public Health, Diana has also completed a post-baccalaureate degree in clinical laboratory sciences at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Prior to starting the PhD program at University of Louisville, not only did she work for the private sector in the Research Triangle Park, she also was employed for the State of North Carolina as a medical laboratory technologist at UNC Healthcare and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services performing microbiological, immunological, and molecular testing for both zoonotic and human diseases. Additionally, she has years of experience working for an international health non-profit in Connecticut, where she focused on development activities for the organization in order to provide funding for medical and social services for special needs Chinese orphans. In her spare time, she enjoys sports and fitness exercises as well as travel (both domestic and international).