Our Team

Our team welcomes, values, and accommodates diversity — bringing heterogeneous but complementary perspectives to our scientific inquiry, including that of people with lived experience. We hope that our work will inform the development of new, and optimization of existing, prevention and intervention efforts for diverse populations at increased risk for problematic substance use, substance-related harms, and poor mental health.

Principal Investigator and Director:

Rachel A. Hoopsick, PhD, MS, MPH, MCHES (she/her)
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

Rachel Hoopsick

Graduate Research Assistants:

Benjamin Campbell, MA (he/him)
Community Health PhD Student
Joined team in Fall 2022

Benjamin Campbell

Sylvia Las (she/her)
MPH Candidate
Joined team in Summer 2022

Sylvia Las

Enky Mhlongo (she/her)
MPH Candidate
Joined team in Summer 2022

Mhlongo, Enky

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Daniela Hernandez (she/her)
Senior, Community Health
Joined team in Fall 2022

Daniela Hernandez

Rachel Sun (she/her)
Sophomore, Clinical/Community Psychology & Statistics
Joined team in Summer 2022

Rachel Sun


Sophia Libman (she/her)
High School Junior, Academy High
Joined team in Summer 2022

Sophia Libman

We would also like to thank our previous team members for their contributions: 

  • Jaqueline (Jackie) Carrillo (she/her), BS – Community Health, 2022
  • Nivin George (he/him), BS – Community Health, 2022
  • Michael Knipp (he/him), BS – Kinesiology, 2024
  • Susana (Susie) Lopez (she/her), BS – Human Development & Family Studies, 2022
  • Wendy Marinez (she/her), BS – Community Health, 2022
  • Ameera Samad (she/her), MPH, 2022
  • Yasmeen Scott (she/her), BS – Community Health, 2022
  • Ja’Resa Stockdale (she/her), BS – Community Health, 2022
  • Eshana Vora (she/her), BS – Community Health & Psychology, 2022