Team Members

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Andrew Kaczynski, PhD

Dr. Kaczynski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior within the Arnold School of Public Health and is also affiliated with USC’s Prevention Research Center. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina in 2012, he was a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Co-Director of the Physical Activity and Public Health Laboratory at Kansas State University. Andy’s research focuses on the impact of community environments and policies on physical activity and obesity, with a particular emphasis on the role of parks in promoting active living and health among children and adults. His educational and professional background is in the field of parks and recreation management and he has collaborated and consulted widely with agencies in Canada and the United States on projects related to planning and health. In his free time, Andy enjoys playing a wide variety of sports with his three daughters.

email: atkaczyn@mailbox.sc.edu


Shirelle Hallum, MPH

Shirelle is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the University of Texas and Master of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. While earning her masters, she focused her studies on active transportation, and studied how to collaborate with city planners and policy makers to create a built environment that encourages physical activity. She currently serves as a graduate research assistant for numerous projects within the BEACH Lab. Shirelle enjoys hiking, eating good food, and going on as many adventures as possible. On a day off, you’ll find her walking to a local coffee shop with her husband and perfect baby girl, Nora.

email: shallum@email.sc.edu


Anna Chupak, BS

Anna is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science in neuroscience with a minor in nutrition at the University of Vermont in May 2019. Anna’s research interests stem from her experience as a research assistant at the Yale School of Medicine, coordinating clinical treatment trials for patients with Alzheimer’s disease from July 2019 to 2022. Anna is passionate about the role of the built environment in physical activity, nutrition, and health behaviors among populations with neurodegenerative conditions. She currently serves as a graduate research assistant for various projects in the BEACH Lab. Outside of work and studies, Anna enjoys hiking, skiing, listening to podcasts, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

email: alchupak@email.sc.edu


Farnaz Hesam Shariati, MEng

Farnaz is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Health, Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Architectural Engineering at the University of Kurdistan and her Master’s at the Science and Research University. Farnaz’s research interests stem from her experience as a research assistant at the University of Georgia, College of Environment and Design, researching the effect of the built environment on Parkinson’s disease from 2022 to 2023. Farnaz is passionate about the role of the built environment in mental health and physical activity among people with neurodegenerative diseases. She currently serves as a graduate research assistant for various projects in the BEACH Lab. Outside of work and studies, Farnaz enjoys nearly all sports, like kickboxing, cycling, and free diving. She also loves cooking, sketching, and traveling with friends.

email: farnaz@email.sc.edu


Erin Looney, BS

Erin is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Oklahoma State University. Erin is passionate about the interaction between public health, health behavior, and the environment. In her free time, Erin prefers to spend her time outside hiking, golfing, or scuba diving. Indoors, Erin loves to read science fiction and play with her beloved cat, Zola!

email: looneye@email.sc.edu


Caylin Eichelberger

Caylin is a senior Psychology major at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina. She is also a Social Work minor. Caylin plans to pursue a dual masters degree in Public Health and Social Work. She is passionate about reducing disparities in healthcare and providing resources to underserved communities. In her free time, Caylin enjoys watching movies, cooking and traveling with friends.

email: cayline@email.sc.edu


Isabella Young

Isabella is a senior Public Health major at the Arnold School of Public Health with a minor in Psychology. She is interested in how intentional community design can improve the health of individuals. As a student in the Honors College, she is in the process of researching green spaces on our college campus and their effect on student mental health for her Senior Thesis Project. With a love of healthcare and a drive to help others, she hopes to further her educational career by obtaining her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy. Outside of the classroom, you can find her at the gym, enjoying the local sights and eats of Columbia, and hanging out with friends.

email: izyoung@email.sc.edu


Jenna Pellizzari

Jenna is a senior Exercise Science major at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, graduating in May of 2024. She is also pursuing a Biological Sciences minor and hopes to attend medical school in the Fall of 2024. Jenna is interested in the role of exercise and lifestyle as medicine and taking preventative measures to improve health. For her Honors College Senior Thesis, she is researching the relationships between park availability and quality with various health metrics in the Columbia area. In her free time, she enjoys running, mini golf, and cooking new recipes in the kitchen!

email: pellizzj@email.sc.edu


Sarah Hobson

Sarah is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina, earning her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is in the Honors College on a pre-med track in hopes of pursuing pediatrics. Sarah enjoys serving communities and is excited to assist in research dedicated to bettering the community around her. She is specifically interested in ways to implement better resources for impoverished children and their families. Outside of school, Sarah loves to workout, travel, watch historical dramas, and go to Starbucks!

email: skhobson@email.sc.edu