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.
BA, Political Science, Truman State University, 2009
MPA, Public Policy, University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs, 2011
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.
BS, Psychology, Bradley University, 2001
MPH, Epidemiology and Behavioral Science/Health Education, Saint Louis University, 2004
Deena Brosi is a Research Assistant currently working on the Tobacco Town Minnesota project. Her responsibilities cover data collection and analysis for agent-based modeling input, literature reviews, and organization of protocols and methods for future analysis. Previous work includes assessing state and local government agencies for involvement in point-of-sale (POS) policies to address tobacco in the retail environment for the Advancing Science and Policy in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) project. Her interests include public health policy and biostatistics, specifically regarding chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
BS, Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, 2013
MPH, Washington University in St. Louis, 2016
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.
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
Veronica Linda Chaitan
Veronica is a Data Analyst working on the evaluation of the North Dakota Comprehensive Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Her responsibilities include development and analysis of databases and datasets, data management, and preparation of findings for dissemination products. Her interests include epidemiology and biostatistics.
BS, Biology & Philosoph
MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Washington University in St. Louis, 2016
y, St. John’s University, 2014
Senior Data Analyst
Todd is a Senior Data Analyst at the Center. He currently works on several Center projects, including: ASPiRE (Advancing Science and Policy in the Retail Environment), which assesses retail tobacco policy activity in the US; evaluation of the Washington University ICTS (Institute for Clinical & Translational Sciences); North Dakota Tobacco Control Program evaluation; and Tobacco Town Minnesota, which uses agent-based modeling to test the potential impact of retail tobacco policies in Minnesota. His interests include all aspects of the policy process, data visualization, and dissemination strategies. Todd has consulted for various local non-profit organizations performing data analysis and program evaluation. He has also served as Adjunct Faculty for the Brown School of Social Work, teaching courses in transdisciplinary tobacco control approaches and quantitative analysis
BA, Anthropology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2002
MA, International Relations, Webster University, 2008
PhD, Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2014
Sarah is the Research Assistant for the Sustainability Project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sarah’s contributions include Program Sustainability Assessment Tool (sustaintool.org) technical assistance and maintenance, facilitating workshops and webinars on program sustainability assessment and planning, and project communications. Her research interests include nonprofit sustainability planning and implementation.
BA, Sociology and Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2013
MSW, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2014
Senior Research Assistant
Erin is a Senior Research Assistant for the Best Practices User Guides project. The user guides are a series of "how-to" implementation guides for building effective and sustainable comprehensive state-level tobacco control programs. Erin is responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and synthesizing tobacco control literature, translating information into ‘everyday’ language for mass audiences, and editing the guides’ content and layout. Erin previously worked for a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project which adapted and applied evidence-based strategies for increasing physical activity among residents in a rural community in Iowa. Her interests include using a CBPR approach in low-income, minority communities and empowering residents to address their priority health concerns.
BS, Health Science, Truman State University, 2013
MPH, Community & Behavioral Health, The University of Iowa, 2015
Senior Research Assistant
Michelle is the Senior Research Assistant for the Expanding Coverage Initiative evaluation, funded by Missouri Foundation for Health. Her chief duties include developing and implementing data collection, management, and analysis efforts. Her interests include evaluation, quantitative methods, and behavioral science.
BA, Psychology, Saint Louis University, 2011
MS, Experimental Psychology (Social Psychology), Saint Louis Univeristy, 2013
PhD, Experimental Psychology (Social Psychology, Quantitative Methods for Behavioral Science), Saint Louis University, expected September 2016
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.
BA, Sociology, Missouri State University, 2001
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.
BS, Psychology, The Ohio State University, 1997
MPH, Epidemiology, Saint Louis University, 2010
Casey is a Research Assistant for the Expanding Coverage Initiative (ECI) evaluation, funded by Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). The goal of ECI is to reduce the uninsured rate in Missouri to less than five percent in five years. Her responsibilities include data collection, data cleaning, and providing technical assistance and training for MFH’s ECI grantees. Her interests include evaluation and public policy.
BA, Psychology, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2012
MPPA, Policy Research, University of Missouri – St. Louis, Expected 2017
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.
BA, Anthropology, Western Michigan University, 2010
MPH, Behavioral Science and Health Education, Saint Louis University, 2014