REACH Staff: Research Data Analysis Staff

Gloria Palmisano is responsible for the project's operational management, fiscal accountability, and assists the Project Director, Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, and community partners in the implementation of the Community Action Plan and with data collection, analysis and dissemination activities. Mrs. Palmisano oversees adherence to timetables and work-plans, completion of reporting requirements to NIH, staffing the REACH Steering Committee and the REACH-Out Network, supervision of REACH staff, and identification of additional sources of funding and resources for project activities.

Gloria Palmisano

Michael Spencer, PhD, MSW, is a Professor and the Associate Dean of Educational Programs the University of Michigan School of Social Work. He is the Principal Investigator of the REACH Detroit Family Intervention. His research examines disparities in physical and mental health and service use of populations of color. He teaches courses on diversity, social justice, and community organizing.

Michael Spencer

Edith (Edie) Kieffer, MPH, PhD, is Associate Professor in the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Using the community-based participatory research approach, she and her community partners have identified weight, diabetes, eating, and exercise-related beliefs and practices of Latino and African American Detroit community residents of all ages, with a particular focus on pregnant and postpartum women. This research led to several multi-level interventions in southwest and eastside Detroit.

Edie Kieffer

Melissa A. Valerio, PhD. is an Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan School of Public Health in the department of Health Behavior & Health Education. Her interests include chronic disease prevention and management; her research is focused on the design and evaluation of effective health education interventions and survey methods. She is particularly interested in functional health literacy and its implications for disease prevention, management and health disparities.

Melissa Valerio

Michele Heisler, MD, MPA is an Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and an Associate Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education at the UM School of Public Health. Her research interests are patient self-management of chronic illnesses, patient-doctor relations, disparities in processes and outcomes in chronic illnesses.

Michele Heisler

Ann-Marie Rosland, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. In 2009 she completed training in Community Based Participatory Research with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. Her research interests include quality of chronic illness care, explaining and reducing disparities in chronic illness outcomes, supporting chronic illness self-management, and family support for chronic illness care. With REACH Detroit, she has investigated the relationship between family support and diabetes intervention outcomes."

Ann-Marie Rosland

Brandy Sinco, BS, MS is the REACH Statistician, Database Programmer, and Website Technician. Ms. Sinco conducts statistical analyses that involve mixed models, categorical analysis, structural equation modeling, and complex survey data. She is interested in research involving health disparities and is also the architect of the REACH web database.

Brandy Sinco

Emily Nicklett, AA, BA, MA, MSW, PhDEmily Nicklett, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. In 2010 she completed her PhD in Sociology and in Health Service Organization and Policy (Public Health). She followed her doctoral training with a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include health disparities in chronic illness outcomes, chronic illness adherence, and how social support relates to health outcomes among populations with chronic illnesses.

Emily Nicklett

Jackie Hawkins, MSW is a PhD Student in Social Work and Social Science Rackham Merit Fellow CDC/NIDDK Diversity Fellow. As an M.S.W. student, she worked as a medical social worker in a drug treatment program for pregnant women and in an HIV/AIDS clinic. Her research interests include the examination of health behaviors in men of color with diabetes, namely risk and protective factors that contribute to negative and positive health management and, ultimately, health and mental health outcomes. Jackie plans to graduate in 2014.

Jackie Hawkins

Nick Espitia, BA, MSW , is a research assistant for the REACH Detroit Partnership, in addition to a PhD Student in Social Work and Social Science Rackham Merit Fellow. He assists with the project's analytical and writing duties, process evaluation and maintains the projects IRB website. His research interests include structural inequalities, health disparities and issues of race and ethnicity.

Nick Espitia

Alana Wooley, BA, MS is a public health doctoral student in the Health Behavior Health Education Department.
Her research interests include structural determinants of Latino health inequalities.

Alana Wooley