MPH in Health Management & Policy, Georgia State University, 2016
BS in Public Policy & Management, Georgia State University, 2013
Josephine Mhende joined the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences housed within the School of Public Health at Georgia State University as a Research Associate I in June 2019. Within this department, she is in charge of overseeing all aspects of a federally funded research project aimed to address tobacco-related health disparities and quitting smoking. Josephine’s current research project uses mindfulness and mobile health as a way to increase rates of smoking cessation within underserved communities.
Previously, Josephine worked at the Center for Leadership in Disability as a Research Coordinator II. In this role, she worked with several principal investigators to conduct data management and analyses for numerous projects. Her contributions to these projects and programs included the selection of research designs and evaluation methods, as well as collaborating on the writing and submission of grant proposals. During her time in this role, Josephine also developed early-identification trainings for home visitors in Georgia and trained professionals on recognizing signs and symptoms of mental health distress in youth.
Josephine has research experience teaching mindfulness-based stress reducing techniques to parents of young children and adolescents living in underserved communities. For many years she worked in the technology field and views technology as a vehicle for reaching community members. Her research interests include using contemplative practices and mindfulness to decrease mental health prevalence in communities facing increased health disparities. Her concentration in behavioral health and positive behavior supports has afforded Josephine a career where she has the opportunity to influence and improve the lives of those living in communities she serves in.