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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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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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Sara Grossman
Research Coordinator

Sara Grossman is a Research Coordinator with the Center for Health Behavior Research. She is involved in the Community Engagement and Research Core (CEAR Core) and the Prostate Cancer Community Engagement, Evaluation and Dissemination Core (Pro-CEED Core). Sara is currently enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Public Health program. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University with a concentration in global health and a minor in public health. Her previous experience includes research and programmatic work to promote health for underserved communities.

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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.

 

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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 recently 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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Manikaa Nayee

Manikaa Nayee is a Research Assistant with the Center for Health Behavior Research, while also pursuing her MPH degree at The University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. She also spent two years working for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, working with many different services in the clinical trials department. Manikaa enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling during her free time.

 

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Graceann Palmarella

Graceann Palmarella is a Research Assistant with the Center for Health Behavior Research. Graceann is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health program at The University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Maryland's School of Public Health. She is interested in Health Behavior and Health Education, especially in regards to Nutrition and Physical Activity.

 

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Zhi Pan

Zhi Pan is a Research Assistant with the Center for Health Behavior Research, and she is also pursuing a MPH degree at The University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Science in biostatistics from the School of Public Health at Columbia University. Zhi is interested in interdisciplinary research in Health Behavior, and outside of work, she enjoys music, swimming, reading and cooking.

 

 

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Abbey Roepke

Abbey Roepke is a Research Assistant with the Center for Health Behavior Research. Abbey is currently enrolled in a dual degree program at The University of Pennsylvania; pursing a Master of Public Health and a Master’s in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner. Previously, she has received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a graduate certificate in global health. She is interested in bridging her clinical practice with public health to reduce risk factors and improve health outcomes related to cardiovascular disease.

 

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.

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).

Ronac Mamtani, MD, MSCE - Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Charmaine Smith-Wright, MD - Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and an Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program. Received Harold Amos career development award (RWJF).

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; received a score of "10" (7/12).

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