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
hoopsick@illinois.edu 

Headshot of Rachel Hoopsick

Graduate Research Assistants:

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

Benjamin Campbell

Farina Alam (she/her)
MPH Candidate
Joined team in Spring 2023

Marco Ciaccio (he/him)
MPH Candidate
Joined team in Spring 2023

Coming Soon

Andres Davalos (he/him)
MPH Candidate
Joined team in Spring 2023

Andres Davalos Headshot

Sahil Mali, MBBS (he/him)
MPH Candidate
Joined team in Spring 2023

Sahil Mali

Joshua Silvestre (he/him)
MPH Candidate
Joined team in Fall 2022

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Sinan Anwar (he/him)
Freshman, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Joined team in Fall 2022

Alex Kim (he/him)
Sophomore, MCB & Chemistry
Joined team in Fall 2022

Michael Knipp (he/him)
Junior, Kinesiology
Joined team in Fall 2021

Michael Knipp

Hahnbit Lee (she/her)
Sophomore, Kinesiology
Joined team in Fall 2022

Hahnbit Lee Headshot

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

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

  • Jaqueline (Jackie) Carrillo
  • Nivin George
  • Simrandeep Kaur, MPH
  • Sylvia Las, MPH
  • Sophia Libman
  • Susana (Susie) Lopez
  • Wendy Marinez
  • Enky Mhlongo, MPH
  • Alexis Reyna
  • Ameera Samad, MPH
  • Yasmeen Scott
  • Ja’Resa Stockdale
  • Eshana Vora