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  • Stephanie Andersen
    Project Coordinator

    Stephanie is the Project Coordinator for the Best Practices User Guides project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The user guides are a series of "how-to" implementation guides for building effective and sustainable comprehensive state tobacco control programs. Stephanie oversees research, development, writing, and editing of all user guides and coordinates all day-to-day project activities, including serving as a primary contact for external partners. Stephanie previously worked on the evaluation of the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Healthy & Active Communities Initiative. Her interests include program evaluation, qualitative analysis, and the promotion of evidence-based research in policy and decision making.

    Education

    ​BA, Political Science, Truman State University, 2009
    MPA, Public Policy, University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs, 2011


  • Caren Bacon
    Project Coordinator

    Caren is the Project Coordinator for Missouri Foundation for Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative (TPCI) evaluation. Her primary role is to oversee the evaluation-related activities of TPCI which involves coordinating the day to day activities, data collection, analysis, report development, and report dissemination. Her research interests include evaluation and health policy.​

    Education

    BS, Psychology, Bradley University, 2001
    MPH, Epidemiology and Behavioral Science/Health Education, Saint Louis University, 2004​


  • Bobbi Carothers
    Senior Data Analyst

    Bobbi is a Senior Data Analyst for the Center.  Her current responsibility is to serve as the data analyst for several evaluations, including Washington University’s Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) and Project LAUNCH.  Her main tasks include development of online survey tools, analysis, as well as report and paper development.  Bobbi’s previous work includes evaluations for the National Association of County and City Health Officials; the Rippel Foundation; Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer; Communities Putting Prevention to Work; CDC National Networks for Tobacco Control and Prevention; St. Louis Children’s Hospital; Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education; and Missouri Foundation for Health.  She has served as Adjunct Faculty for the Brown School of Social Work teaching Applied Linear Modeling.  Her research interests include applying social network analysis to public health evaluation contexts. 

    Education

    ​BA, Psychology, State University of New York at Geneseo, 1997
    MA, Personality and Social Psychology, University of Rochester, 2000
    PhD, Personality and Social Psychology, University of Rochester, 2003


  • Todd Combs
    Data Analyst

    ​Todd is a Data Analyst working primarily on the Advancing Science and Policy in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) project. His responsibilities include data collection, analysis, and management, and preparation of findings. Todd has worked with non-profit organizations performing data analysis and program evaluation and conducted research on social and development policymaking both domestically and internationally. He also teaches courses in applied research for the social sciences. His interests include all aspects of the policy process, mixed-methods research, and data visualization strategies.

    Education

    ​BA, Anthropology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2002
    MA, International Relations, Webster University, 2008
    PhD, Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2014


  • Joyce Dieterly
    Research Assistant

    ​Joyce is a Research Assistant on the Expanding Coverage Initiative (ECI) evaluation. Her main responsibilities include assisting with the project’s online data collection system, conducting data management, supporting grant recipients with technical assistance, and developing dissemination materials. Previously, she has worked on a research study assessing behavioral and psychosocial interventions in persons with multiple chronic conditions.  Her research interests include program evaluation, spatial analysis, and health literacy.

    Education

    ​BS, Biology, Bowling Green State University, 2008
    MPH, Washington University in St. Louis, 2015


  • Molly Hastings
    Project Coordinator

    ​Molly is the Project Coordinator for the Sustainability Project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Molly’s responsibilities include administering the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool (sustaintool.org), facilitating workshops and webinars on sustainability assessment and planning, collecting and analyzing data related to sustainability planning and assessment, and providing technical assistance and training for sustaintool.org. Her research focuses on sustainability planning and implementation.

    Education

    ​BA, Psychology, Eastern Illinois University, 2009
    MS (Research), Experimental Psychology, Saint Louis University, 2011


  • Kim Prewitt
    Project Coordinator

    Kim is the Project Coordinator overseeing evaluation activities for Missouri’s SAMHSA-funded Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) System Transformation Evaluation and the Fathers’ Support Center’s Second Chance Act Reentry Mentoring Project. Her responsibilities include data collection, analysis, report development, and overseeing day-to-day project activities. Previously, she contributed to the evaluation of Missouri Foundation for Health’s Social Innovation for Missouri (SIM) Initiative. Kim’s research interests include qualitative methods and program evaluation.​

    Education

    ​BA, Sociology, Missouri State University, 2001


  • Amy Sorg
    Senior Data Analyst

    Amy is a Senior Data Analyst for the Center. She currently serves as an analyst for several projects, including the Tobacco Retailer Modeling study, the ReThink Health Frontiers project, the Advancing Science and Policy in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) project, and the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative (TPCI) evaluation. Her research interests include tobacco control policy, health disparities, and the application of systems science methodologies in public health.

    Education

    ​BS, Psychology, The Ohio State University, 1997
    MPH, Epidemiology, Saint Louis University, 2010


  • Isaiah Zoschke
    Research Assistant

    ​Isaiah is a Research Assistant for the Best Practices User Guides project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The user guides are a set of "how-to" implementation guides for building effective and sustainable comprehensive state tobacco control programs. Isaiah contributes to all phases of guide development, including researching, writing, and editing all user guides. Isaiah previously researched smoking cessation and quit lengths among LGBT individuals and contributed to a review of environmental and policy interventions to prevent childhood obesity. His interests include minority health disparities, qualitative analysis, environmental- and policy- based interventions, and community-based participatory research.

    Education

    BA, Anthropology, Western Michigan University, 2010
    MPH, Behavioral Science and Health Education, Saint Louis University, 2014



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