Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiative

Who We Are

Our Mission and Goals

reproductive and sexual health initiatative logo Welcome to the Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiative. The initiative is a collaborative endeavor among reproductive and sexual health scholars across Ohio University campuses and external health-related organizations.

The mission of the initiative is to advance the field of reproductive and sexual health by fostering interdisciplinary research, community outreach, education and scholarly activities by faculty at Ohio University in collaboration with academic institutions and community-based organizations from around the world.  One of our core values is to train the next generation of reproductive and sexual researchers by including and mentoring undergraduate, graduate, and junior faculty in every aspect of the research process.

Project Team

Core Faculty

Tania Basta headshot Tania Basta, PhD, MPH, CHES

Associate Professor
Department of Social and Public Health
W359 Grover Center
Athens, OH




Caroline Kingori headshot Caroline Kingori, PhD., MPH, CHES

Associate Professor
College of Health Sciences and Professions
Grover Center W347
Athens, OH


Zelalem Haile headshot Zelalem Haile, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Social Medicine
Dublin, RSHI, ITDI-Faculty
MEB1-450, Dublin Campus

Affiliate Faculty Partners

Jane Balbo headshot Jane Balbo, DO

Assistant Professor; Director, Family Medicine Associateship
Family Medicine
Campus Care
Grosvenor 333, Athens Campus



Jane Broecker headshot Jane Broecker, MD

Assistant Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Parks 107, Athens Campus



Illana Chertok headshot Illana Chertok, PhD., RN, IBCLC

Professor, Associate Director
Nursing Research & Scholarship-CHSP
Grover Center E365
Member Type: Investigator

Rebekah Crawford headshot Rebekah Crawford

M.A., Ohio University
(Fall 2013 Cohort)
RTVC 197


KayAnne Darlington headshot Kay-Anne Darlington, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
31 S. Court Street, Room 115, Athens Campus


Jody Gerome headshot Jody M. Gerome, DO

Associate Dean Curriculum; Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Academic Affairs
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Grosvenor 230, Athens Campus



Terry Koons headshot Terry Koons 

Associate Director of Health Promotion (Health Promotion, Alcohol and Other Drug Research)  
Baker University Center 355


Charlene Kopchick headshot Charlene Kopchick

Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Involvement



Shannon Nicks headshot Shannon Nicks, PhD., MPH

Assistant Professor, Community and Public Health
Grover Center W337
Member Type: Investigator

Kelly Nottingham headshot Kelly Nottingham, MPH

Executive Director, Primary Care Research Initiatives
Research and Grants
Grosvenor 247, Athens Campus


Academic Offerings

The following course(s) are offered by the Department of Social and Public Health and are affiliated with the Initiative:

Seminar Courses

Check back soon for more info on seminar courses.

Graduate Courses

HLTH 6930: Independent Study
This course offers advanced individual creative and scholarly work in health services administration and closely related fields. The 1-6-credit graduate independent study course is taught by the Master of Public Heath faculty. Email program coordinator Tania Basta ( for more information.

Contact Us

Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiative

Grover Center W347

Mailing Address:
1 Ohio University
Department of Social and Public Health, Athens, OH 45701
Office Phone: 740-593-4680
Office Fax: 740-593-5555