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A headshot of Zaina AwadZaina Awad, M.P.H. (she/her) is the communications coordinator at ISGMH. Her prior experience includes coordinating efforts to rehabilitate schools in low-income areas of East Jerusalem; researching Mozambique’s vaccine supply chain to inform efforts to improve coverage in the country’s most remote areas; and supporting TEDMED (the health and medicine edition of TED) speakers in talk development and presentation. Zaina enjoys translating complex information into engaging and concise messaging, and crafting health communications that effectively educate and empower patients. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from Princeton University.

A headshot of Lousia BaidooLouisa Baidoo, B.A., (she/her) is a research assistant with the FAB 400 project. She earned her B.A. in sociology with a concentration in Structures of Opportunity & Inequality and a minor in bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, she wrote her honors thesis on the relationships between homelessness, mental illness, and variations in social networks among racial and ethnic groups. Through research, Louisa is interested in further exploring mental illness and social determinants of health. She plans on pursuing a career in medicine where she can work with under-served communities.

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 (she/her) is a project management associate with the Network Canvas project at ISGMH. Her prior work spans diverse project development and implementation in research and direct service environments. Kate holds a Masters of Arts in Global Politics, awarded with Distinction, from the University of Exeter, and a B.A. in Political Economy from the Evergreen State College. Prior to joining Northwestern, she helped develop and implement a legal education project for detained immigrants in the jurisdiction of the Chicago Immigration Court. Her broad professional interests include supporting projects that expand access to services, address health disparities, and promote rights of marginalized communities. After many years away from the Midwest, Kate returned to Chicago in 2013 to be closer to family.

A headshot of Emily Bettin.Emily Bettin, B.A., (she/her) is a research study coordinator for the Data Management Team, working with multiple IMPACT research projects. She received her B.A. in Political Science and The Integrated Program in Humane Studies from Kenyon College. In 2012, she completed the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Clinical Psychology certificate program from Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. Emily has previous research experience working at The Family Institute at Northwestern University as the Project Administrator for the Epstein Center for Psychotherapy Change, where she was active in the implementation, expansion, and continued evolution of the Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change (STIC©). Her clinical and research interests broadly include issues related to trauma and resilience, particularly among members of underserved and marginalized communities.

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Kitty Buehler, M.S., (she/her) is a research study coordinator for the RADAR study with the IMPACT Program. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University in 2013 and her M.S. in General Psychology from DePaul University in 2017. She started at ISGMH as an intern on RADAR and then worked as a research study assistant on FAB 400 before moving into her current role. Her past research has focused on sexual fluidity, science support programs for Latinx high school and college students, and adult support in out-of-school-time youth activities. Her current interests include multi-marginalization, intimate partner violence, and community influences on mental health, substance abuse, and risk behavior in LGBT youth.

 A headshot of Christian Castro. Christian F. Castro, M.A., (he/him) is a research project coordinator for RADAR. Christian is a nationally-recognized program director with over 13 years’ experience administering major public policy and public health programs. He is the architect of large-scale events and social movements in partnership with national organizations. He has a long history of training, teaching, and educating volunteers, students, and community leaders. He has worked previously at Center on Halsted; Latino Commission on AIDS; University of Maryland, College Park; the National Association of People with AIDS; NeighborWorks America; and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. He received his master’s in geography from University of Maryland, College Park and his bachelor’s in geography from the University of California, Los Angeles.

A headshot of Jim Carey.Jim Carey, M.P.H., (he/him) is the intervention implementation coordinator for the 2GETHER project with IMPACT. He earned his B.S. from Ohio State University and his M.P.H. from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in Community Health Sciences. Jim has previously worked at the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) as a program coordinator and training specialist where he provided clinical training and education to healthcare professionals, developed new curricula and coordinated large scale conferences. After his tenure at MATEC, Jim became the community engagement coordinator for the Chicago arm of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network at UIC. In his most recent position at the Illinois Department of Public Health, he was a training specialist and curriculum development specialist where he trained all state of Illinois employees in HIV test counseling, risk reduction, cultural competence with LGBTQ clients, and various CDC Effective Behavioral Interventions. In addition, Jim partnered with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago for the “Ready, Set, PrEP!” training series and helped various state health departments implement their new PrEP programs. Jim also guest lectures for the Physician Assistant Program at Northwestern University, the Social Work program at University of Chicago, and the Public Health Program at DePaul University. His research interests include eliminating health disparities within the LGBTQ population, primarily through prevention with positives and advances in biomedical HIV prevention. Additionally, Jim is a three time galleried artist, and studies painting and photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

A haedshot of Andres Carrion. Andrés Carrión, M.S., (he/him) is a project coordinator for the SMART Project. He received his B.A. in Clinical Psychology at Dominican University in 2014. During this time he interned at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at the Center for Applied Psychology, where he gained insight on applied-community research and on psychological assessment. Andres holds a Master’s of Science in Psychology from DePaul University. His master’s thesis examined the association between gender-role expression during childhood and psychopathology in adulthood. Andres’ research interests involve the sexual risk-taking behaviors of sexual and gender minority youth who are experiencing homelessness. Andres hopes to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology so that he can work with Community-based Organizations and evaluate current services being delivered to sexual and gender minority youth who are experiencing homelessness.

A headshot of Eric Carty-Fickes.Eric Carty-Fickes, M.S., (he/him) is a senior developer with the Research Application Design and Development (RADD) team. He earned his B.S. from Princeton University and his M.S. from Duke University, both in Electrical Engineering. He has worked as a software developer in Academic and Research Technologies, the Department of Radiology, and the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies at Northwestern. He has built applications of all types, from stereoscopic image viewers for tiled display walls, to a video processing and management platform, to dozens of mobile and web applications for mental health and behavioral interventions. When Eric isn’t at work, he enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, cooking, and singing in the Northwestern Music Academy Chorus among other things.

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Peter Cleary, B.A., (he/him) is a research study coordinator on the RADAR project. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University double majoring in Biological Sciences and Psychology. His previous research involved social and media-related determinants of body image, and his undergraduate extracurricular involvement included programming for an LGBTQ+ student community group, peer mentorship, and education for high school students on accessing health resources.


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Antonia Clifford, M.S.W., (she/her) is the project director for RADAR, a longitudinal cohort study of over 1,000 participants. She has previously been a coordinator on NHBS-Chi Guys, an adolescent pilot project extension of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance, and Project Q2, the longest running longitudinal study of LGBTQ youth. At ISGMH, Antonia has worked to actively recruit, engage, and retain youth and adult participants on several key projects. She received her B.A. in Sociology and her M.S.W. from the University of Chicago. Antonia has worked on positive youth development in community centers and residential facilities, specifically focusing on the experiences of LGBTQ youth, youth of color, and juveniles in the justice system. She recognizes the unique role of research in synthesizing, innovating, and improving the tools and programs necessary to best support the growth and health of our communities.

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Adam Conway, M.A., (he/him) is a senior research study coordinator with the 2GETHER Project. Prior to working with ISGMH, he worked as a research and evaluation coordinator with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, evaluating prevention, linkage-to-care, and supportive housing programs and coordinating peer-based linkage and retention interventions. In addition to HIV program evaluation, Adam has five years of advocacy, wellness education, and program and resource development experience with homeless youth, LGBTQ, and HIV-positive populations. Adam holds an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in History and Gender Studies from Truman State University. He is passionate about queer and feminist research and broadly interested in health disparities and social determinants of health, as well as exploring storytelling and media representation as tools for social change.

A headshot of Gates CrislerGates Crisler, M.S. (he/him) is senior project coordinator in IMPACT and the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. Gates received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining ISGMH, Gates led the initiatives of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute at Chicago’s Center on Halsted. He previously worked as Health Science Specialist at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Gates has a strong interest in applying new media and technology to learning, public health promotion, and reducing health disparities. In addition to social justice, Gates loves skiing, cooking and traveling.

A headshot of Shariell CrosbyShariell Crosby, B.A., (she/her) is a research study coordinator in the IMPACT Program’s data team, working on the HPV and the FAB 400 projects. Shariell graduated with honors from Middlebury College, where she received her B.A. in Psychology. While at Middlebury, she was involved in sexual violence awareness through the It Happens Here project. Her undergraduate research experience includes assessing pro-environmental behavior and sense of belonging in the Conservation Psychology Lab. She has experience in racial health disparities involving sleep disorders from her time at New York University. Shariell’s research interests broadly encompass psychological trauma and health disparities across race, class, gender, and sexuality. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

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Shawna Davis, B.A., (she/her) is a program assistant for ISGMH. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Shawna has experience in academic support from working for a psychology research group at the University of Pittsburgh. She has always been interested in working to help benefit the community, and she feels strongly about equal rights. She has an enthusiasm for reading and learning.


A headshot of Abby Dean. Abbey Dean, M.A., (she/her) received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Her work focused on Pedagogy and LGBTQIA Health and Education. In the past, she worked as a Youth Outreach Coordinator at the Nebraska AIDS Project, and then as a Teaching Assistant for UNO’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. In her role at ISGMH, Abbey works on the Keep It Up! 3.0 project. She loves music, trying new recipes/restaurants, animals, traveling, dancing, and mindfulness.

A headshot of Dylan FeltDylan Felt, B.A., (they/them or she/her) is a data assistant associate for the CONNECT and EDIT programs. They graduated from Brown University in 2016 with B.A.s with honors in Psychology and in Literary Arts. After graduation, they worked at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI, as a research assistant on a study testing and evaluating the impact of brief CBT intervention to improve functioning in HIV+ individuals with chronic pain and comorbid depressive symptoms. Their research interests, broadly, include stress and trauma resilience in the LGBTQ+ community as well as designing interventions to improve long-term mental and physical health outcomes among sexual and gender minority individuals. They intend to pursue these research interests via graduate study in clinical psychology in the future.

A headshot of Justin Franz.Justin A. Franz, B.A., (he/him) is the biomedical coordinator for RADAR. Justin has over 10 years’ experience conducting HIV and STI clinical trials. He has coordinated HIV and other STI vaccine studies, as well as various treatment trials. Justin has been involved in this research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and most recently at University of Illinois-Chicago, where he coordinated large-scale HIV/STI Vaccine Studies for both NIH-funded grants and pharmaceutical companies. Justin’s research interests include novel HIV prevention tools.

A headshot of Christopher Garcia. Christopher Garcia, B.S., (he/him) is a research study coordinator on the 2GETHER Project. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University double majoring in journalism and history. He previously worked as a temporary research assistant on Keep it Up! 2.0 and has additional research experience involving Victorian and early 20th century British family norms related to privacy and secrecy. His early career experience includes digital consulting and health reporting. His undergraduate career involved work with LGBTQ student affairs and mentoring. Chris hopes to combine these experiences into future careers in activism and health advocacy.

A headshot of Beth Ann Hamilton.Beth Ann Hamilton, M.S., (she/her) is the outreach and operations coordinator for ISGMH. Beth Ann has extensive experience providing crisis intervention and in-person medical advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. She has also worked as a violence prevention peer educator and as a research assistant on an evaluation of a flexible funding program for survivors of intimate partner violence. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Bioethics from Michigan State University. Beth Ann recently graduated from Northwestern University with an M.S. in Health Communication where she studied sexual health education, healthcare provider response to intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion, and public health policy. She is passionate about feminism, consent-focused sexual health promotion, and gender-based violence prevention.

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Christina Hayford, M.S., M.S.P., (she/her) is the research data analyst for the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. She received her B.A. in Sociology from University of Illinois-Chicago, and a M.S. in Demography and M.S.P. in Community Health Planning from Florida State University. She has worked in multiple areas of public health and health statistics, including vital statistics, spatial epidemiology, occupational health, built environment, and state health improvement planning at the state government level. Her graduate research was mostly focused in HIV and AIDS incidence and prevalence in Illinois, with her thesis touching on the relationship between AIDS incidence and highways in Illinois between 1995 and 2010. Her other academic interests include survey methodology, GIS, public space, urban planning, impacts of community gardening, and green urban design.

A headshot of Ricky Hill. Ricky Hill, Ph.D., (they/them) is a research associate at ISGMH directing the 2GETHER project. Prior to coming to ISGMH, Ricky worked at the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination at the University of Chicago, helping develop and launch a youth drop-in space on the South Side and working on various network-based HIV-prevention and testing initiatives. Before Chicago, they called New Mexico home, developing and implementing various HIV and LGBTQ+ behavioral health interventions across the state and southwest region. They served as a volunteer and youth group facilitator at the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico while completing their doctoral work in Health Communication through the University of New Mexico. Their dissertation project, Trans/formations: A Photovoice Assessment of Transgender People’s Wellness, utilizes Photovoice, a community-centered photography methodology, with transgender and gender nonconforming people in Albuquerque, NM, creating a visual, community-driven health and wellness assessment. Ricky also holds an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas-Austin, and a B.A. in Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe. Outside of the office, they love college (Jayhawks) and professional (Thunder) basketball, all forms of urban gardening, and spoiling their orange tabby cat, Kimchi Lox Fenton Messinger-Hill.

A headshot of Chika IkeChika Ike, B.A., (she/her) is a program assistant and the front desk receptionist for ISGMH, CHIP, CFAR, and EDW. She studied theatre and history at Indiana University, where she was active in her local chapter of Amnesty International and several theatre organizations. Prior to joining the Feinberg teams she worked at the Department of Communication Studies as a program assistant, as well as various other Northwestern University offices. Most recently, Chika finished a year in Berkeley, California as the Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow of Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

A headshot of Justin Jones. Justin Patrick Jones, M.P.H., M.P.P., M.A., (he/him) is a senior project manager with Keep It Up! 3.0. He earned his B.S. from Northwestern University, during which time he majored in theatre. Later in life, he discovered a passion for public health with a focus on sexual and gender minorities. For his first master’s degree, an M.A. in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University, Justin completed an original, qualitative research study examining discrimination in healthcare among gay and lesbian young adults. In his subsequent degrees, an M.P.H. and an M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley, he worked on diverse projects ranging from designing product solutions for San Francisco, CA’s largest farmers’ market to homeless encampment policy for the city government of Oakland, CA to a policy analysis focused on mental health services for youth and young adults living in Chicago neighborhoods highly impacted by adverse childhood events. Combined, he has more than a decade of experience in HIV services, nonprofit leadership, and policy advocacy.

Kyle Jozsa, B.A., (he/him) is a research study assistant with ISGMH. Kyle is currently attending Northwestern University earning his M.A. in Clinical Psychology. Kyle earned his B.A. in English language and literature from the University of Michigan (UM) in 2013. After spending the next several years working in hospitality, he returned to UM in 2017 to prepare for a career in research by completing coursework in psychology and volunteering in Dr. Ashley Gearhardt’s Food Addiction Science and Treatment (FAST) Lab. Broadly speaking he is interested in addiction and health disparities among minority communities. Kyle plans to apply PhD programs after completing his masters, and to focus his coursework in neuropsychology while studying here at Northwestern. Outside of school, Kyle enjoys reading, movies, and spending time with his co-dependent deaf cats, Woodhouse and Dicky.

A headshot of Kai Korpak.Kai Korpak, B.A., (he/him) is a research assistant for the ASAP and Looking studies within the IMPACT Program of ISGMH. He received his bachelor’s degree from DePaul University majoring in Psychology with a minor in LGBTQ Studies. Before coming to ISGMH, Kai worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in the Chicagoland area, where he developed a passion for improving medical care for SGM individuals. Kai’s research interests include the mental health of transgender youth, public perceptions of gender nonconforming individuals, the accessibility of hormone blockers for transgender youth, and resiliency within the LGBTQ community. Kai hopes to pursue these interests in the future by completing a graduate degree in clinical or counseling psychology.

A headshot of Yamari Lewis. Yamari Lewis, B.A., (she/her) is a research assistant for the SMART project. Yamari previously interned with RADAR on Recruitment and Retention. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2018 with a major in gender and sexuality studies and minor in psychology. Yamari’s research interests include health education and health disparities, specifically chronic health conditions, across sexual and gender minorities. While attending Northwestern, she was involved in LGBTQ student groups, community service, and residential life. Also, she likes cool weather, musical theatre, playing the flute, and learning trivia.

A headshot of Peter LindemanPeter Lindeman, M.A., (he/him) is a research project coordinator for the Evaluation Center and EPIC. Peter graduated from Michigan State University with a masters in Program Evaluation. While at Michigan State, he worked on the Safer Sex Research Team, which focused on evaluating coalition-based efforts to improve HIV prevention, testing and linkage to care efforts on the community level. Directly prior to joining ISGMH, he was a research assistant at the University of Chicago Urban Health Lab where he worked on a variety projects with community based organizations and policy makers to implement and evaluate initiatives targeting marginalized populations.

A headshot of Danielle Love.Danielle Love (she/her) is a research assistant with the IMPACT Program, working with the RADAR Project on Recruitment & Retention. Danielle has worked in a variety of community settings, particularly in LGBTQ and transgender community centers. She was a consultant on the initial opening of Trans Life Center, a project of Chicago House, and worked as a House Monitor and Outreach Educator throughout the Center’s first three years. In her spare time, she conducts trainings regarding transgender and gender non-conforming issues for social service agencies and community groups. Her research and community interests include transgender health and wellness, as well as violence prevention within the transgender and gender nonconforming communities.

A headshot of Krystal Madkins.Krystal Madkins, M.P.H., (she/her) is the project manager for the txt2protect and Keep It Up! 2.0 studies within the IMPACT Program. She also provides technical support for a community based implementation of Keep It Up! in Jackson, MS. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College and her M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health. Prior to joining ISGMH, Krystal worked on a study focused on sexual risk behaviors and substance use among MSM. Krystal’s research interests include health disparities and STI prevention in overlooked populations such as queer women and older adults.

A headshot of Rachel MarroRachel Marro, B.A., (she/her) is a data assistant associate working with the YRBS project. She received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago, where she was also involved in a number of volunteer and advocacy groups around violence prevention and health. For the past several years, Rachel has worked in direct service as an outreach educator, running workshops for thousands of teens and young adults across Chicagoland on sexual and mental health. She also developed and ran LGBTQ inclusion trainings for professionals and community groups that work with youth.

A headshot of Maggie Matson.Maggie Matson, M.P.H., (she/her) is a research study coordinator working on the ASAP and SLAP-HIV studies, within the IMPACT Program. She received her M.P.H. with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Indiana University’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Human Sexuality from Indiana University in Bloomington. Her recent work experiences focused on identifying barriers to social inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and evaluating a teen dating violence prevention campaign. Her current research interests include STI/HIV prevention, specifically in underserved populations.

A headshot of Liz McConnell. Liz McConnell, M.A., (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in Clinical-Community Psychology at DePaul University and an NRSA predoctoral fellow with ISGMH. She received a B.A. from Oberlin College in English and Comparative American Studies with a concentration in Identity and Diversity. She works with Dr. Michelle Birkett in the CONNECT Program using network, geospatial, and mixed methods approaches to better understand social contextual influences on the health of YMSM, particularly racial disparities in HIV. Liz is interested in the relationships between identity, systems of inequality, and wellbeing, with a focus on racially diverse sexual and gender minorities. Her research has examined factors that promote racial justice engagement among White students, attitudes towards transgender women among cisgender lesbians, and the relationships between social support and mental health among LGBT youth.

A headshot of Joshua Melville.Joshua Melville, M.Sc., (he/him) is the lead developer of the Network Canvas project. Formerly a DPhil (PhD) student at the University of Oxford, Joshua is a sociologist by training, with interests in digital qualitative social research, social network analysis, and human computer interaction. During his time at Oxford, Joshua developed the Network Canvas tool – a framework for collecting personal network data – which was used by the RADAR project to explore complex structural factors surrounding HIV transmission. Building on this success, Joshua is now coordinating the development of the Network Canvas suite of tools. Joshua holds a B.A. in Economics and Social Studies, and an M.S. in Sociological Research Methods from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. A British national, Joshua is the first UK-based employee of ISGMH.

A headshot of Melissa MongrellaMelissa Mongrella, M.H.S., (she/her) is a project coordinator for the SMART Project. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Chicago and later earned her Master’s of Health Science in Mental Health from Johns Hopkins University. Her master’s thesis evaluated the relationship between experiences of stigma and drug overdose. Her broad research interests include adolescent sexual health and eating disorders in underserved communities.


A headshot of Lus MoralesLuis Morales, M.A., (he/him) is a research study coordinator for the SMART Project. Prior to joining ISGMH, he worked as a Bilingual Health Educator at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, one of the largest HIV/AIDS clinics in the United States. He has over 6 year of experience working in the field of preventative health and education with a primary focus on HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections. He’s worked in various settings that range from community based organizations to outpatient infectious disease clinics. He was previously a doctoral student in the School of Communication at Northwestern University, where his research focused on the way in which queer Latinx migrants use performance as an aesthetic practice for community building and political activism in Chicago. He holds an M.A. in Performance Studies From Northwestern University and a B.A. in Queer Ethnic Studies from the University of Utah.

A headshot of Kevin Moran.Kevin Moran, M.P.H., (he/him) is a data analyst for the SMART Project. He has extensive experience using wireless and wearable technologies to passively measure behaviors such as sleep, physical activity, sedentary behavior, eating, and smoking. His previous work has involved the analysis of multi-level data to assess environmental determinants of physical activity, and developing machine learning algorithms to detect smoking and eating using smartwatches. His research interests are particularly centered around eHealth/mHealth behavioral interventions. Kevin holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from San Diego University, concentrating on health behavior and epidemiology. His B.A. in psychology was earned from University of California San Diego.

A headshot of Julia NapolitanoJulia Napolitano, B.A., (she/her) is a research assistant for RADAR. In the last five years Julia has volunteered and worked at multiple community-based agencies as a HIV test counselor and sexual health educator. She is passionate about advancing “body literacy” across individuals and communities – this includes advocating for language, tools, and spaces that enable people to explore and feel at home in their intersecting embodied identities. As part of this passion, Julia also works part-time at Early to Bed, Chicago’s oldest queer feminist sex shop, and continues to stay active in Chicago’s harm reduction and needle exchange communities.

Jack Novotny, B.S.,A headshot of Jack Novotny (he/him) an associate software developer creating web applications with the Research Application Design and Development team. He graduated from DePaul University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and began at Northwestern as an intern at the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies. Aside from coding, Jack loves to play and watch hockey, enjoy the beauty of nature, and explore different genres of music.


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Elias Oseni, B.A., (he/him) is a research assistant with the IMPACT Program, working with the RADAR Project on Recruitment & Retention. Elias received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Augustana College, with a minor in Communication Studies. His recent work has focused on mental health rehabilitation, recovery, and resiliency in community settings, and has experience working with youth in a variety of settings. His research and personal interests include the role of cultural stigma and neighborhood factors on health behaviors and HIV, and helping those in need in his community. On his time off, he writes songs and records music.

Leishla Pérez-Cardona, M.P.H.E.,Perez-Cardona Leishla headshot (she/her) is a research study coordinator for the SMART project. Leishla was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She has a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico and recently completed a Master’s in Public Health Education from the University of Puerto Rico’s Medical Science Campus. She spent two years as a research assistant at the SexTEAM, affiliated to the University of Puerto Rico. This is a team of professionals dedicated to LGBT health, particularly GBMSM health and HIV prevention. With them she began collaborating on the SMART Project as part of the cultural and linguistic adaptation team.

A headshot of Michael PulteMichael Pulte, B.S. (he/him) is a research assistant/phlebotomist with the RADAR team. He recently graduated in April 2017 from the University of Michigan with a degree in Biology while minoring in History with a focus on sexual and gender identities. As an undergraduate, Michael worked as a research intern in the Department of Psychiatry on studies encompassing stress and anxiety disorders. He also was very involved in global health and education programs on campus, spending summers participating in medical relief trips while tutoring student in the Detroit Public Schools during the year.

A headshot of Emma Reidy.Emma Reidy, M.P.H., (she/her) is the research project coordinator for the Evaluation Center Extension to Evaluate PrEP Implementation and Data to Care Projects. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University in Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) and Anthropology and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Population and Family Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. While pursuing her M.P.H., she completed her practicum in Rakai, Uganda conducting a qualitative evaluation of HIV treatment delivery services, and served as a program intern at EngenderHealth. Previously, she served as the outcomes evaluator at a juvenile reentry program in East Harlem. Her research interests include HIV prevention and adolescent reproductive health.

A headshot of Dr. Thomas RembleThomas Remble, M.S., M.P.H., D.H.S., (he/him) is the director of research for the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program, and is the former project director for RADAR. Dr. Remble is a clinical sexologist and earned a Doctorate in Human Sexuality at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS) in San Francisco. Other degrees include a Master’s in Public Health from IASHS and a Master’s in Clinical & Health Psychology from University of Florida with residency training at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Prior to joining ISGMH, Dr. Remble was the research manager for the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health. Previously, he worked for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Remble’s research and areas of expertise include: reproductive health and infertility, sexual health and disorders, sexual behavior and HIV prevention, sexual and gender minority health, neurological disorders, chronic pain, interpersonal communication in healthcare settings, substance abuse, and disability and sexual health. He is a member of the American College of Sexologists.

A headshot of Dan Ryan. Dan Ryan, M.S., (he/him) is the data manager for Crew450. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Community Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a specialization in health policy. He has previous experience working at Washington University in St. Louis coordinating data management and analysis for federally funded epidemiologic and occupational safety research projects. He has had the opportunity to conduct statistical analyses for peer-reviewed journal articles, grant applications, and conference presentations as well as teach statistics while a graduate student at the University of Illinois. His interests include conducting research that strives to improve the health of communities, particularly underserved populations,with an emphasis on influencing public or health policy with evidence-based research findings.

A headshot of Rana Saber.Rana Saber, M.S., (she/her) is the director of ISGMH’s Research Application Design and Development team. Rana began working with ISGMH on the SMART, KIU 2.5, and messaging platform while she was the Director of the Behavioral Intervention Technologies Development Core Center at Northwestern. She has Master’s degrees in Immunology, Microbiology and Law (with a focus in Technology related Entrepreneurship and Regulatory Compliance). Before transferring to the health tech world, Rana worked as a basic science researcher and program manager for several years until she ultimately changed her focus to Health Tech.

A headshot of Jazz Stephens.Jazz Stephens, B.A., (she/her) is a research study coordinator with the FAB 400 study. Jazz graduated from Northwestern University with a major in psychology and a minor in gender studies. While at Northwestern, she completed an honors thesis examining sexual minority identity development. She has also worked on research projects examining prejudice and stereotyping, as well as body image and self-esteem. Jazz has been involved in sexual assault activism, as well as organizing community spaces for LBT folks. She hopes to one day attend graduate school in social psychology.

A headshot of Greg Swann. Greg Swann, M.A., (he/him) is a senior data analyst for the KIU! and FAB 400 projects. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Stanislaus, and his M.A. from Arizona State University, both in Psychology. His previous research work has been in quantitative and molecular behavioral genetics. More recently his work has focused on developmental change and health disparities in LGBTQ populations as they transition from adolescence into adulthood. He is currently working toward his M.S. in Predictive Analytics at Northwestern University.

A headshot of Jeevan Topgi.Jeevan Topgi, B.S. (he/him) is an associate software developer on the Research Application Design and Development (RADD) team. He builds web and mobile applications to support ISGMH’s research visions. Jeevan earned a BS in Biology at Loyola University Chicago. Afterwards, he worked for a cancer diagnostics company where he created programs to optimize the researchers’ workflow. He then came to the Northwestern Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies where he developed web applications and eventually joined RADD with his team.

A headshot of Roky TruongRoky Truong, B.A., (he/him) is a research coordinator on the RADAR project. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Public Health and minor in Education. Ro has been working in research with various institutions for 10 years; topics include: hematology/oncology chemotherapy regimen, HIV and MSM, education to prison pipeline, & immigrant refugee health disparities. His current interest focuses on the study of epidemiological studies of animal vectors to reduce health impacts on humans. He is currently an intern for Lincoln Park Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Society working to repopulating the endangered native Midwest turtles: Emydoidea blandingii and maintain their evolving ecosystem. You can usually find Ro at the dog beach with his pup or traveling to various ecosystems studying impact of industrialization of the modern world.

A headshot of Blair Turner.Blair Turner, M.P.H., (she/her) is the research data analyst for the EDIT Program’s Role of Alcohol Disparities in HIV Risk Among Sexual Minority Youth (SMY) Project. She received her B.S. from Ohio State University in Environmental Public with a minor in Microbiology in 2014, and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in 2016. While pursuing her M.P.H. she worked at the CDC on an epidemiology, data management, and analysis team assisting with data management for a large longitudinal study. Her research interests include health disparities and STI/HIV prevention.

A headshot of Eva Winckler.Eva Winckler, M.P.H., (she/her) is communications manager for ISGMH. She has a background in marketing and communications, creating everything from print publications and promotional pieces to digital communications and websites. Currently also outreach manager for the Center for Health Information Partnerships, Eva is interested in distilling difficult health concepts into easily understood resources and working to reduce health disparities. She holds a master’s degree in public health from University of Illinois at Chicago in community health sciences and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

A headshot of Jen Zhou.

Jen Zhou, M.B.A., (she/her) is a research and financial administrator for ISMGH. In her most recent position, she was a research administrator at the Washington University in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Siteman Cancer Center (SCC), handling operational and financial affairs relating to the shared resources/cores funded by SCC. Before working at SCC, Jen worked in the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration at St. Louis University managing post-award funding for medical sciences. Jen received her B.S. in Finance and Information Systems Management from Syracuse University and obtained her M.B.A. at the University of Buffalo. She is interested in bridging grant management processes and research schemas to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of conducting research. Outside of work, Jen enjoys watching foreign films and shows, listening to music, and exploring new recipes.

A headshot of Arielle Zimmerman Arielle Zimmerman, B.A., (she/her) is a research assistant working on the FAB 400 and 2GETHER projects. Arielle graduated from Northwestern University in June 2017 with a B.A. in Sociology. Her senior thesis examined the influence of self-tracking devices (e.g. Fitbit) on young people’s health attitudes and body image. Previously an intern on ISGMH’s FAB 400 and ASAP projects, her independent work examined LGBTQ youth’s attitudes in answering survey questions about reproductive health. Arielle’s research interests include how gender and sexuality shape young people’s health attitudes and outcomes, especially in bi+ populations. Her other interests include biking, scoping out the best desserts in Chicago, and making Spotify playlists for her friends.


Jacob Broschart, B.A. student, DePaul University
Neil Dixit, B.A. student, Northwestern University
Alexandria Dravillas, B.A. student, DePaul University
Jennifer Holtz, B.A. student, DePaul University
Peggy Tull, Ph.D. student, DePaul University