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Margaret Clawson, MPH
Project Coordinator

Margaret Clawson is a NEMS Master Trainer and Project Coordinator for the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS) as well as co-coordinator of the Built Environment Assessment Training Institute. She received her Master's degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Education. Before attending graduate school, Margaret was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. Her interests include participatory research, minority health, obesity prevention, and translation and dissemination of research. Some of her previous work areas include HIV care, HIV prevention, youth empowerment, lay health advisors and Latino health.

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Annie Chung
Research Coordinator

Annie Chung is a Research Coordinator with the Center for Health Behavior Research and the UPenn Prevention Research Center (PRC). She is currently involved with the PRC Healthy Weigh Study, the Healthy Retail Solutions 2 Study, and the Prostate Cancer Community Engagement, Evaluation and Dissemination Core (Pro-CEED Core). Annie has a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Societies from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Public Health. With over ten years of health research experience at the UPenn Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), she has conducted research in prostate cancer intervention, bone health, and health informatics. Annie is a lifelong Philadelphia resident and enjoys rediscovering the city, pottery, and being a brand new aunt.

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Amber Cohen
Program Coordinator

Amber Cohen is a Program Coordinator with the Center for Health Behavior Research and theAdministrative and Infrastructure Core for the UPenn Prevention Research Center (UPenn PRC). Amber has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Richmond. When not in the office Amber is happy spending time with her family and her husband, Barry Isaac.

 

Brean Flynn Witmer

Brean Flynn Witmer, MA
Senior Research Coordinator

Brean is a Senior Research Coordinator with the Center for Health Behavior Reserach and is involved with research projects focusing on food environments and community nutrition. Prior to joining CHBR, Brean’s experiences included program development and implementation to promote active living to children; public health research related to youth substance use and addiction; and research with the Harvard School of Public Health on the impact of school-related nutrition policies in low income communities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bucknell University, and a joint Master of Arts in Child Development and Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Her interests include obesity prevention, community health and nutrition, and policy and program evaluation. In her spare time, Brean enjoys trips to her hometown in Maine, cooking, running and exploring new neighborhoods with her husband, Joe.

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Sarah Green, MPH
Research Project Manager

Sarah Green is a Research Project Manager with the Center for Health Behavior Research and is involved with the UPenn Prevention Research Center (UPenn PRC) and the Community Engagement and Research Core (CEAR Core) of the Penn CTSA.  Sarah earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from Emory University, with a concentration in Behavioral Science and Health Education. Some of her research interests include obesity prevention, health promotion, community health, and translation and dissemination of research. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband, Mark and her daughter, Eloise.

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Sheila Kelly, MPH
Research Project Manager

Sheila Kelly is a Research Project Manager with the Recruitment, Outcomes, and Assessment Resource (ROAR) Core at the Abramson Cancer Center. She earned a Masters in Public Health from Boston University, focusing on Social and Behavioral Sciences, and graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English. Her research interests include social epidemiology, interpersonal violence, urban health, and health disparities. Outside of work, she enjoys running, reading, and cheering for Boston sports.

 

Caroline La Rochelle

Caroline La Rochelle
Senior Research Coordinator

Caroline La Rochelle is a Senior Research Coordinator with the UPenn Prevention Research Center and is involved with the Community Engagement, Partnerships, and Technical Assistance Core and the skin cancer communications research study, Reducing UV Exposure to Prevent Skin Cancer: Message Development and Testing.  Prior to joining the UPenn PRC, Caroline served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Congreso de Latinos Unidos and as a community Outreach Manager at the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Education. She also serves as a Diabetes Lifestyle Coach at the West Philadelphia YMCA. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Allegheny College in 2009 and completed a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Penn State University in 2011.

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Donna Paulhamus Giordano, MS, RDN
Research Project Manager

Donna is a Research Project Manager with the Center for Behavior Research and is involved with studies focusing on food environments and their impact on public health.  She is a Registered Dietitian with experience providing clinical nutrition care and managing pediatric research programs.  She earned her Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Delaware and her Bachelor of Science in Applied Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University.  Before coming to CHBR, Donna worked as a Senior Research Associate at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and managed numerous pediatric research studies focusing on bone assessment methods and became a Certified Denistometry Technologist.  Prior to this, she worked as a clinical dietitian providing nutrition care to oncology and critical care patients.  Her interests include nutrition assessment methods, nutrition and health education, disease prevention and hunger and food insecurity.   

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Matthew Phillips, MPH
Research Coordinator

Matthew is a Research Coordinator at the Center for Health Behavior Research. He recently received a Masters degree in Public Health from Temple University, where he also works as a Teaching Assistant. Matthew has a Bachelors of Science in Public Health from Temple University, with a focus on nutrition and health education. Matthew enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and weekends at the beach.


 

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Victoria Worthen, MPH
Research Coordinator

Victoria Worthen is a Research Coordinator with the Center for Health Behavior Research. She completed her Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Nutrition from New York University. Victoria has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Princeton University. Her previous experience includes research projects on food insecurity and nutrition education in underserved populations. Outside of work she enjoys running, cooking, reading and trying new restaurants.

 

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Alyssa Yackle, MPA
Senior Research Coordinator

Alyssa Yackle is a Senior Research Coordinator with the Center for Health Behavior Research. She is currently involved in two CHBR projects - The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) and the skin cancer communications research study, Reducing UV Exposure to Prevent Skin Cancer: Message Development and Testing. Alyssa has a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College in Business and Spanish and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University. She also spent a year in Cuba conducting research and fieldwork to implement the socio-cultural project, Puente de Saberes (Bridge of Knowledge) focusing on the importance of preventative health and intergenerational exchange for senior citizens. Outside of work she enjoys running, crafting, and making cake pops.

Student Research Assistants

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Jessica Goldstein

Jessica Goldstein is a Research Assistant with the Center for Health Behavior Research; she is also pursuing her MPH degree at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Ithaca College. Jessica is interested in obesity prevention, nutrition, and health education.

 

 

Suzanne Grossman

Suzanne Grossman

Suzanne Grossman is a research assistant with the Center for Health Behavior Research. She is working on a community-based pilot project funded by the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) and the CTSA Community Engagement and Research Core (CEAR Core).She is also pursuing her DrPH at the Dornsife School for Public Health at Drexel University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Theater from Smith College and her Master of Science in Cultural Studies from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Suzanne is interested in improving cultural and linguistic communication between refugee and immigrant populations and their health care providers.

 

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Ryan Quinn

Ryan Quinn is a Research Assistant with the Center for Health Behavior Research. Ryan is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health program at Temple University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Rowan University. Ryan’s research interests include food access and healthcare access, among other social determinants of health.

 

 

Trainees & Mentees

 

Julia Alber, PhD, MPH - Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Health Behavior Research

Sandra Amaral, MD - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Co-Mentor with Susan Furth, MD, (primary mentor) on K23 award.

Lauren Johnson - Penn Nursing PhD Student, Hillman Scholar in Nursing Innovation (Co-Mentor with Barbara Mann Wall).

Shreya Kangovi, MD, MS - Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Lowenthal, MD, MSCE - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. (Co-mentor with Robert Gross).

Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN - Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

Senbagam Virudachalam, MD, MSHP - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Terease Waite, MSN, JD - Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Pre-Doctoral Fellow (Co-Mentor with Connie Ulrich, Marilyn Sommers, and Christine Bradway).

Beligh Yehia, MD - Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center. Co-Mentor with Josh Metlay on K23 award.

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