KIM ROLLINGS holds a PhD in Human Behavior and Design from Cornell University’s department of Design and Environmental Analysis. Dr. Rollings examines influences of the built and natural environment on physical and mental health and health behaviors. Results inform the design process, architectural programming, city planning, policy, and design guidelines to bridge gaps between research, practice, and policy and establish healthy, socially responsible, and sustainable buildings and cities. Curriculum Vitae
CURRENT RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
KENZIE ISAAC (’21) is a Sociology and Latino Studies double major from Indianapolis, IN. She is a proud resident of Lyons Hall, where she serves as Multicultural Commissioner. Beyond residential life, Kenzie sings in Gospel Choir, serves as the Undergraduate Programming Assistant for the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, and conducts research under Dr. Karen Richman through the International Scholars Program. Kenzie is interested in creating more equitable spaces for urban residents through public health programming and in-depth study of the social determinants of health, and her participation with HealthyPlacesND has helped her to realize this passion. She is elated to be with the lab for another semester!
YANCY LUCAS (’20) is a visiting doctoral candidate from the department of Psychology at the University of Sonora in Mexico. He has an M.A. in Latin American Studies, an M.S. in Planning from the University of Arizona, and has worked for several years in sustainable and conservation planning. Yancy is currently focused on the impact of the built environment on wellbeing, driver-pedestrian interactions, and pro-social behavior. Yancy enjoys the outdoors, travelling, and spending time with his family.
MICHAELA MAHON (’19) is from Long Island, New York. She’s majoring in Architecture with minors in Sustainability and Sociology. She is interested in how the built environment shapes human behaviors, particularly in the area of urban design. After graduation, she hopes to work in the field of urban development or social housing design. She is currently the Marketing Director of AIAS and a member of SAWA. She is excited to deepen her understanding of the relationships between design, mental, and physical health as a part of AHS-ND!
ALISON O’NEIL (’20) is from Pasadena, California. She’s majoring in History and Environmental Science and minoring in Public Service. A resident of Ryan Hall, she serves on the Community Engagement and Outreach Department of Student Government, writes for Scholastic and The Irish Rover, and volunteers for the Center for Social Concerns. She is excited to deepen her community involvement and explore her interest in urban planning in the AHS-ND Lab.
TAYLOR SCHMIDT (’21) is from West Dundee, Illinois and majoring in Architecture. Along with AHS-ND he also conducts research for Language Lab under Dr. Kathleen Eberhard which deals with linguistic psychology. Taylor keeps himself busy with being a part of the Residence Life department for student government as well as managing his photography business. He is excited to learn more about the correlation between psychology and the built environment and how to incorporate that into his future designs.
YIMAN WANG (’21) is from McLean, Virginia. She’s majoring in Architecture and Environmental Science and minoring in Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Design. She is interested in exploring the relationship between architecture and public health using sustainable design. Yiman is a member of Education Bridge and volunteers for the Bowman Creek Ecosystem project. She is excited to further explore how living space affects physical and mental health and deepen community engagement through AHS-ND.
FORMER RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
JOSEPH ABBAMONTE (’16) was an undergraduate architecture student. His interests were in urban design and sacred architecture. Namely, he wanted to help bring religion back into the public realm through positive urban movements which integrate sacred architecture. After graduation, he will work for an architecture firm in California.
KATIE COBIAN (’16) is from Ramona, California and majored in Biological Sciences and Sociology. After graduation, she began graduate work to become a genetic counselor. Katie worked on the CAFES project, and was especially interested in the intersection between public policy and health. In addition to working for AHS-ND, she was a tour guide for the Office of Admissions, a genetic counseling intern for Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, and a volunteer advocate for the Rape Crisis Center of St. Joseph County.
MAURA DORÉ (’17) is from Naperville, Illinois majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior, and minoring in Poverty Studies. She is planning on attending medical school after graduation. Around campus, Maura is on the Notre Dame Pom Squad, a member of the Notre Dame Dance Company, and a volunteer for the Center for Social Concerns. She is also a teacher’s assistant in the Math Department and a proud resident of Howard Hall.
ALEXIS DOYLE (’17) is majoring in Biological Sciences and Peace Studies. She is interested in preventative healthcare, public and global health, and health policy. Around campus, she is on the board of the Compassionate Care in Medicine Club and enjoys being a tutor for chemistry and calculus classes. Besides working in the AHS-ND Lab, in her free time she also enjoys volunteering at the Sister Maura Brannick Health Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital in South Bend.
CAITLIN HODGES (’17) studies social concerns in American urban environments, political science, architecture, and civil engineering in preparation for graduate level work in urban planning. She is a member of Students for New Urbanism and a Community Based Researcher for Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns. She also works for The Bridge Project, a group striving to improve ‘town and gown’ relationships, as a transportation planner for student oriented events in South Bend.
MICHAEL LANGER (’16) majored in architecture and psychology, with a concentration in historic preservation. Following graduation, he began work at an architecture firm in Wisconsin. At Notre Dame, he was interested in studying the relationship between the built environment and well-being, which may inform future design guidelines and policies. Outside of architecture, Michael was the president of the Polish Club and was a liturgical musician off-campus.
NICOLE LEITER (’15) was a graduate student in social work at IUSB. She did case management for a community mental health center. After graduation, she planned to participate in research and evaluation for social service organizations, provide therapy to adults with mental illness, and provide instructional parenting education.
RENA MULTAPUTRI (’17) is majoring in Architecture and minoring in Poverty Studies. She is interested in affordable and supportive housing, thus she wants to understand the relationship between architecture and its impact on the residents’ physical and mental health.
SAM O’MELVENY (’18), from Dana Point, California, is majoring in Civil Engineering, and minoring in International Development Studies. He is planning on attending graduate school after graduation to study sustainable development. Sam is on the Notre Dame Cycling team, a member of the Notre Dame section of ASCE, a volunteer for the Center for Social Concerns and planning to be a resident assistant on O’Neill Hall in the upcoming year. He is also an avid runner and outdoors enthusiast.
AARON SANT-MILLER (’14, ’15) pursued a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics at Notre Dame after graduating as a double major in Sociology and Applied Mathematics in May, 2014. As an undergraduate, he worked as a research assistant for the Center for the Study of Religion and Social Life, studying the interaction between nationalism, citizenship, material culture, and religion. Aaron’s senior thesis examined the social integration and social networks of Notre Dame student athletes.
MAGGIE SKOCH (’16) completed her undergraduate degrees in Theology and Pre-Medicine. She hopes to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist. Maggie worked on the Clubhouse project and was very excited to participate in her first research experience outside of class with HealthyPlacesND. Around campus, Maggie was the president of NAMI-ND, the liturgical music minister in her dorm, Breen-Phillips Hall, and a volunteer at Portage Manor and Oaklawn.
STEPHANIE WEHMEIER (’16) was a Bachelor of Architecture student. She spent a summer conducting a research study on current science facility planning standards in order to better design research labs. As a result, she was interested in pursuing collegiate design (Academic buildings, specifically Science laboratory facilities, student and recreation centers, and campus planning) after college. Stephanie was a Resident Assistant for Lewis Hall during her fourth year and in her free time participates in triathlons and intramural sports including volleyball, broomball, and flag football.