Bina Ali 1 Curriculum Vitae
Address: School of Public Health
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
2011–present University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Doctoral Student in Behavioral and Community Health
2009 Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Master of Public Health
2006 University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Minor in Anthropology
Summa Cum Laude
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
June 2011 – University of Maryland, College Park, MD
present Department of Behavioral and Community Health
Graduate Research Assistant, Stress, Health and Addiction Research Program
• Development and execution of a study examining cortisol and DHEA in association
with distress tolerance in substance users and healthy controls.
• Execution of a study on driving practices, high-risk behaviors, and distress tolerance
among young adults.
• Conduct structured clinical interviews with clients at a residential substance use
treatment center in NE Washington D.C.
November 2010 – Spectrum Health Policy Research, Lawrenceville, Georgia
March 2011 Program Evaluator
• Conducted evaluations of qualitative and quantitative data for chronic diseases and
public health programs.
• Created technical reports and briefs for states’ health departments.
August 2008 – Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
December 2010 College of Health and Human Sciences
Research Associate/Graduate Research Assistant
• Assisted with secondary data analysis using data from the Youth Violence Survey,
Global School-Based Student Health Survey, and National Longitudinal Study of
Adolescent Health to examine risky health behaviors among high-risk youth.
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• Conducted literature review, analyzed data, prepared manuscripts, prepared
presentations and presented at conferences.
August 2009 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
August 2010 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
• Conducted a study to examine trends and disparities on driving fatality among
• Performed literature review, created project proposal, analyzed data, and prepared
August 2007 – Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia
May 2008 Patient Safety and Quality
• Assisted with compiling and analyzing data for quality assurance.
• Designed templates and charts, managed data, analyzed data, and presented findings to
August 2006 – Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
August 2007 School of Psychology
• Assisted with studies on social cognitive reasoning, attributional processes, affective
forecasting, and everyday problem solving using quantitative and qualitative data.
• Conducted literature review, collected and managed data, and managed database.
August 2005 – University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
July 2006 Department of Psychology
• Assisted with studies on well-being and models of diversity.
• Conducted literature review, collected data, developed coding schemes, managed data,
and presented findings at a conference.
Fall 2011 University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
School of Public Health
• Drug Use and Abuse
AWARDS AND HONORS
2008-2009 Elected Public Relations Coordinator, Public Health Institute Student Associate (PHISA),
Georgia State University
2006 Presidential Scholar, University of Georgia
2005 Member, Psi Chi Honors Society, University of Georgia
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2005 Dean’s List, University of Georgia
1. Swahn, M. H., Ali, B., Palmier, J., Tumwesigye, N. M., Sikazwe, G., Twa-Twa, J., & Rogers, K. (2011).
Early alcohol use and problem drinking among Students in Zambia and Uganda. Journal of Public Health in
Africa, 2(2), 83-86.
2. Swahn, M. H., Topalli, V., Ali, B., Strasser, S. M., Ashby, J. S., & Meyers, J. (2011). Pre-teen alcohol use
as a risk factor for victimization and perpetration of bullying among middle and high school students in
Georgia. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 12(3), 305-309.
3. Ali, B., Swahn, M. H., & Hamburger, M. (2011). Attitudes affecting dating violence perpetration and
victimization – findings from adolescents in a high-risk urban community. Violence and Victims, 26(5).
4. Ali, B., Swahn, M. H., & Sterling, K. (2011). Attitudes about violence and peer violence among youth –
findings from a high-risk community. Journal of Urban Health, 88(4).
5. Swahn, M., Bossarte, R., & Ali, B. (2011). Prevalence, patterns and correlates of high-risk
behaviors among urban youth. In D. E. Lynch (Ed.), Urban and Rural Schools: Problems, Solutions, and
Progress (pp. 37-68). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
6. Swahn, M. H., Ali, B., Palmier, J., Sikazwe, G., & Mayeya, J. M. (2011). Alcohol marketing, drunkenness
and problem drinking among Zambian youth: Findings from the 2004 Global School-Based Student Health
Survey. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2011, 1-8.
7. Williams, A. F., Ali, B., & Shults, R. A. (2010). Proportion of fatal crashes of 16-and 17-year old drivers
with teen passengers, 2004–2008. Traffic Injury Prevention, 11, 567-572.
8. Shults, R. A., & Ali, B. (2010). Drivers aged 16 or 17 years involved in fatal crashes—United States, 2004–
2008. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 59(41), 1329-1334.
9. Swahn, M. H., Ali, B., Bossarte, R. M., van Dulmen, M., Crosby, A., Strine, T., et al. (2010). Self-harm and
its link to peer and dating violence among adolescents in a high-risk urban community. Suicidology Online,
1. Gorka, S. M., Ali, B., & Daughters, S. B. The role of distress tolerance in the relationship between
depressive symptoms and problematic alcohol use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS
1. Swahn, M. H., Ali, B., Palmer, J., Sikazwe, G., & Mayeya, J. M. (2010, November). Associations between
alcohol marketing on alcohol use among Zambian youth: Opportunities for policy level interventions. Paper
presented at the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.
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2. Swahn, M., Ali, B., Palmier, J., Sikazwe, G., Twa-Twa, J., Tumwesigye, N. M., & Rogers, K. (2010,
November). Early alcohol use initiation and problem drinking: An examination of students in Zambia and
Uganda. Paper presented at the Alcohol Epidemiology and Policy Conference. Kampala, Uganda.
3. Swahn, M. H., Ali, B., Bossarte, R. M., & van Dulmen, M. (2010, April). Shared and unique risk and
protective factors: Examining the overlap between self-harm and suicide attempts. Paper presented at the
American Association of Suicidology 43rd Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
4. Swahn, M. H., McCarty, F., Bossarte, R. M., van Dulmen, M., Borowsky, I., & Ali, B. (2010, March).
Suicide attempts among adopted adolescents: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent
Health. Paper presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA.
5. Ali, B. (2010, February). Trend in fatal crash rates involving novice drivers from 2004–2008. Brown Bag
presentation, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, Atlanta, GA.
6. Ali, B., & Swahn, M. H. (2009, November). Urban boys and girls: Linking attitudes to dating violence
perpetration and victimization. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA.
7. Ali, B., Swahn, M. H., & Sterling, K. (2009, November). Linking attitudes to peer violence perpetration and
victimization in high-risk adolescents. Poster presented at the American Society of Criminology,
8. Ali, B. (2009, October). Risk and protective factors associated with youth violence: Examining gender
differences. Talk given at Social Determinants of Public Health graduate course, Georgia State University.
9. Ali, B., & Swahn, M. H. (2009, March). The role of attitudes in dating violence perpetration and
victimization. Poster presented at the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research
Conference, Atlanta, GA.
10. Bossarte, R., Swahn, M. H., & Ali, B. (2009, March). Interactions between sexual violence victimization,
stigma and treatment for mental illness among US Adult Women, 2007. Poster presented at the BRFSS
Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
11. Ali, B., & Plaut, V. C. (2006, April). Effects of power and social position on diversity attitudes for
minorities and non-minorities. Poster presented at the Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology
Conference, Kennesaw, GA.