Ellen Schafer is a PhD student in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health within the College of Public Health. She is originally from Corfu, NY, and graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in health education (K-12) and B.A. in mathematics. She earned her Masters of Public Health degree (MPH) from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and worked in tobacco control and college health before returning to graduate school. Her research interests include the study of social network and social support systems in initiating and maintaining health behaviors, particularly with specific populations such as breastfeeding mothers, family caregivers, or students in recovery.