Tharwa Bilbesi

PhD Student

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I am concentrating on Health Communication under the advisorship of Dr. Joy Goldsmith. I am a second-year doctoral student and should be completing coursework in the fall of 2020 assuming all goes well. I am also taking courses with the public health department and hope to also complete a graduate certificate in Health Systems Leadership, with the intent to continue an MPH or an MHA in the future. I am also working with professors Appleby and Goodman to incorporate aspects of film and broadcast to integrate into my goals of outreach in public health and health communication. We are also working to design projects that can be incorporated into future study and dissertation work. I am also doing an unpaid research internship at St. Jude, working on an IRB approved longitudinal study with the Palliative Care team. Personally, I am a wife and mother of 4 amazing children (ages ranging from soon to be 20-- down to 10). I am a certified Yoga instructor, Reiki practitioner, and health coach. I even taught yoga at the U of M for a few years before returning to graduate school. I currently reside in the area and have called Memphis my home for the last 12 and a half years.


Ph.D. Candidate, University of Memphis Jan 2019- Present

Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Leadership

M.A. College of Charleston and The Citadel (Joint program), English May 2002

B.S. Eastern Michigan University, English Language and Literature May 1999

A.S. Washtenaw Community College Dec 1996