Kerrie Leonard:Pre/Post Eval Team Kerrie graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a B.A. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She joined the lab in June 2016 as a full-time research assistant for the ABC studies. She enjoys working with children and learning about health and eating behaviors in the lab, and she hopes to incorporate this experience with her passion for body image and self-esteem in her doctoral studies. In 2018, Kerrie started work on her Ph.D. at North Dakota State University.
Anjali Nemorin: Undergraduate Assistant
Anjali worked in the lab while she was an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, majoring in Public Health and minoring in Medical Anthropology. She began in the Miller lab in the fall of 2016 and enjoyed working on an array of projects. Prior to this, she helped lead and create nutrition and hygiene programs for youth in rural Nicaraguan villages. Her aspirations include working in the field of health policy and management, with a special interest in women and children’s health.
Cordelia Fenwick: Undergraduate Assistant Cordelia worked in the lab while she was an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, majoring in Sociology and Communications and minoring in Women’s Studies. She joined the Lab June 2017 as an Undergraduate Assistant. Cordelia is passionate about women’s rights and hopes to join the Peace Corps one day to help fight for the right for all women to have access to a full education.
Catherine Robeson: Undergraduate Assistant
Catherine Robeson joined the Lumeng-Miller lab as a coding research assistant in June 2017 while she was an undergraduate student majoring in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about global health and education, and is an active member of the Global Scholars Program, an international learning community that addresses these topics.
Jasmine Rubio: Undergraduate Assistant
Jasmine worked in the lab while pursuing an MSW at the University of Michigan School of Social Work with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health. She graduated from the University of Michigan in April 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She began in the Miller lab in 2016 and worked on an array of projects. She is also an active volunteer at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan. She hopes to become a clinical social worker and to continue to be an advocate for survivors of sexual violence.
Brittany Schuler, Ph.D.
Brittany was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Research and Training Center. Brittany earned her PhD in Social Work from The University of Maryland. Brittany’s research interests focus on understanding and reducing health disparities in childhood, specifically promoting health for the prevention of obesity and chronic disease. Brittany was involved in a number of projects that examined promoting optimal growth and development in childhood, including analyzing the effects of a randomized control trial aimed at improving the nutrition and physical activity environments of low-income preschools. In 2018, Brittany joined the faculty at Temple University.
Tara Sermchaiwong: Undergraduate Assistant
Tara studied Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. She was pre-med and hoped to become a neurologist one day. One of her career goals was to further pursue research that combined her interests in psychology and neurodegenerative diseases. Outside of research, she was extremely passionate about healthcare disparities and working with underserved populations.
Lilly Fink Shapiro, MPH: Lab Manager
Lilly’s passion for equitable and sustainable food systems crosses disciplines and sectors. She has worked since 2013 to expand and strengthen the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, which has gained national recognition and spurred local collaboration. Lilly works closely with multi-disciplinary faculty across campus, engages in food systems research, and has taught locally and abroad. Lilly has conducted fieldwork in Eastern Bolivia and has led experiential education trips in Peru, Tanzania, Costa Rica, and Cuba. Lilly earned her Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan in 2015, and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2009 with High Honors in Anthropology. She speaks Spanish and French and cultivates a front yard farm.
Murphy Van Sparrentak, MPH: Pre/Post Eval Team
Murphy graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. In 2015, she received her Master of Social Work degree with a focus on interpersonal practice. She joined the lab in 2017 after working as a health-focused case manager with a local nonprofit. In the future, she hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in Public Health to study the intersections between housing, neighborhood environment,poverty, and health.
Madison Walczak: Undergraduate Assistant
Madison joined the lab in August of 2014 as a student in the UROP program and worked with the ABC Toddler Study. She graduated from the University of Michigan in April 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and plans to attend medical school one day. Working in the lab inspired her to continue her pursuit to become a physician and pursue pediatric radiology.
Amna Ali, MPH: Research Assistant
Amna received her MPH from the Health Behavior & Health Education department at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and is particularly interested in child and family health. Prior to her graduate work at the School of Public Health, she received her B.S. in Neuroscience from UM in 2015.
Lili Bentley, MPH: Research Assistant
Lili joined the lab as a summer research intern in May 2017. She received her MPH at University of Michigan in the Health Behavior Health Education Department. She graduated in 2012 from Bates College with a BA in Politics. Before returning to school, Lili worked in San Francisco at a food-tech startup. She is interested in health communication and promotion as it pertains to obesity and healthy eating.
Danielle Bohn, MPH: Research Assistant
Danielle joined the ABC Brain Games study as a research assistant in September 2016 while working on her Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior & Health Education at the University of Michigan. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, she graduated from Oakland University as a Certified Wellness Practitioner with a B.S. in Wellness, Health Promotion, & Injury Prevention.
Samantha Brown, MSW: Research Assistant
Samantha joined the lab in March 2016 as a Research Assistant for the Miller lab as well as for the Center for Human Growth and Development. She graduated in April 2016 from the University of Michigan with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with an academic minor in Crime and Justice, and completed her MSW with the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. She previously worked on two other studies at the University on substance abuse in veteran patients and integrated health, respectively, and worked with the Children and Youth Program as a playroom volunteer at SafeHouse Center, a local violence and abuse shelter located near campus.
Allie Grenon: Undergraduate Assistant
Allie joined the lab as a research assistant in September 2013. She graduated from the University of Michigan in April 2017 with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She is currently a Masters of Management student at the Ross School of Business. She enjoys learning about child development and public health. In her spare time, you will find her in the boxing ring, as she has won two collegiate national championship titles.
Elisabeth Mah: Research Associate
Elisabeth joined the Lumeng-Miller lab team in July 2016 as a research associate. She managed the visual data as well as behavioral coding projects across the ABC projects. Elisabeth completed her undergraduate education at Smith College in Northampton, MA with a B.A. in Psychology and East Asian Studies and is pursuing a Ph.D. She has research training in the areas of cross-cultural studies, authoritarianism, peer relations, and identity development.
Jennifer Proto: Research Assistant
Jennifer is a graduate student at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, where she is studying epidemiology and health behavior and health education. Jennifer worked in governmental public health settings after college, which sparked her interest in ways to address maternal and child health problems, especially breastfeeding practices. Jennifer enjoys her studies at the School of Public Health so that she can learn to make a public health impact through the integration of program planning, surveillance, and evaluation.
Elizabeth Roach, MPH
Elizabeth received her MPH in Nutritional Sciences from the UM School of Public Health. She joined the team in May 2013 and managed and worked on behavioral coding projects across the ABC and Growing Healthy Projects. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Biological Anthropology.
Sarah Domoff, Ph.D. Sarah Domoff received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Child Clinical concentration) at Bowling Green State University. She completed her post-doctoral clinical psychology training at the Mary A. Rackham Institute at the University of Michigan, prior to joining the Lumeng-Miller lab and is currently on the faculty at Central Michigan University. Dr. Domoff studies the effects of media use on children’s health and development. Her current research seeks to identify parents’ beliefs about media use, and how these beliefs associate with media parenting practices during mealtime. Sarah received a Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award through the NICHD for her project titled, “Low-income mothers’ Media Cognitions and Practices as Child Obesity Risk Factors.”
Julie Song, Ph.D. Julie received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2015, with a focus on young children’s temperament and social cognition. She joined the team in July 2015 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her current research interests focus on how children’s stress reactivity and temperament interact with family environments in predicting their abilities to regulate emotions and behaviors.
Lenwood Hayman, Ph.D. Lenwood worked with Drs. Lumeng and Miller as a postdoctoral fellow to develop a measure of parent-reported stress eating for low-income, preschool-aged children. After earning a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Social-Health Psychology, Dr. Hayman received additional training in Health Disparities, Health Behavior, and Health Education as the Paul B. Cornely Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health in the UM School of Public Health. He is now on the faculty at University of Michigan-Flint.
Christy Leung, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow. Christy joined the ABC team in September 2012 as a postdoctoral research fellow. Her primary roles included refining observational coding schemes, coding, and directly supervising research staff involved in coding the observational data (e.g., maternal sensitivity and control during a mother-child free play interaction at home as well as during a structured laboratory-based eating interaction; maternal engagement during family mealtimes at home) and narrative data (the working model of the child interview). Her research interests include parenting, young children’s development, and the role of culture. Dr. Leung is now based at the University of Chicago.