Our Staff

Marcie Berman, P.h. D.
Research Associate

Marcie Berman, Ph.D., is a mixed methods researcher and Research Associate at ICR. Marcie received her doctorate degree in Experimental Health Psychology at the University of Missouri. Her general interests include addressing healthcare disparities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender communities, with a focus on the HIV continuum of care using community-based approaches. She is currently involved in an in-depth investigation of the HIV Test & Treat (T&T) continuum of services in the Greater Hartford area aiming to understand how systemic processes affect HIV community viral load (CVL).

Emily Baert
Research Assistant

Emily Baert is a research assistant. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Audiology. Her interests are in homelessness, stigma, identity work, social theory, and research methods. Emily is the current coordinator of an evaluation of a rapid re-housing program for youth (18 to 24) experiencing homelessness. With a sociological background, Emily works to examine and understand social patterns among folks experiencing homelessness and hopes to continue working alongside diverse groups in systems change studies.

Colleen Foster-Bey, M.Ed
Intervention Coordinator

Colleen Foster-Bey, M.Ed, is a Research Associate and health educator, with a focus on the adult learner.  She has worked on research projects that address barriers to oral health that confront older adults and people with disabilities who reside in-low income and minority community senior housing.  She has worked as a community liaison in facilitating community and university research collaboration through ICR’s partnership with the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.  Colleen is currently Intervention Coordinator on the NIDCR –funded study, Good Oral Health:  A Bi-level Intervention to Improve Older Adult Oral Health.  Colleen was also a Research Trainer in ICR’s National Teen Action Research Institute.  Before working at ICR, Colleen was Assistant Director of the Center for International Community Health Studies at the University of Connecticut Health Center’s School of Medicine.

Kathy Engle-Dulac, MSW
Project Coordinator

Kathy Engle-Dulac, MSW is a community organizer focused on issues of food justice and teen leadership. She has coordinated approaches to urban agriculture in New Haven, and served one year as an Americorps VISTA in the Food Justice Youth Corps, a statewide food justice and teen leadership program. Her efforts in coordinating the Youth Food Program Alliance fostered the creation of new curricula, improved connections between food justice programs, and presentations written and offered by young leaders at regional conferences. Prior to her work in social research, Kathy taught at the high school level.

Rosie Gonzalez
Outreach/ Interviewer

Rosie Gonzalez, is an outreach interviewer. She goes out into the community to reach out to individuals on a one on one basis, and also connects and engages with community organizations. Prior to becoming an outreach interviewer she was a supportive housing case manager in Hartford. She worked with individuals that struggle with substance abuse addiction and/or mental health. Her passion is in community outreach, and engaging individuals to seek help when needed. She has six years of experience working in the substance abuse field and is a full-time student in Springfield College studying social science in human services.

Danielle Green, PhD.
Research Associate

Danielle Green, Ph.D., is a mixed methods researcher, a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), and Research Associate at ICR. Danielle received her doctorate degree in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her general interests include addressing health and healthcare disparities for the Black community, with a focus in substance abuse and HIV prevention. She has developed a study to conduct a community-based evaluation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for the Black community. She is currently involved in an in-depth investigation of the HIV Test & Treat (T&T) continuum of services in the Greater Hartford area in Connecticut aiming to understand how systemic processes affect HIV community viral load (CVL).

Matthew R. Hartman
Research Assistant

Matt Hartman is a research assistant on the Connecticut Viral Load project, where he helps to code qualitative data and is writing a data-mining algorithm for social media, as well as other tasks. Matt studied economics and anthropology at Central Connecticut State University and has a background in various qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as computer programming and API development. Before his employment at ICR, Matt was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army.

JiangHong Li, M.D., M.S.
Senior Research Associate

JiangHong Li, M.D., M.S., is a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Community Research. Dr. Li was trained in preventive medicine, health education, and community epidemiology. Her primary research interests include social, cultural, and network influences on health or risk behavior, Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS), community based multi-level or peer intervention, and integration of a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Dr. Li’s research is primarily focused on drug users, commercial sex workers, urban and rural low income and other hard to reach populations in the United States and China. Dr. Li is the PI of IDU Peer Recruitment Dynamics and Network Structure in RDS, and Sociocultural Factors on Syringe Sharing and HIV Risks among Injection Drug Users in Guangdong, China. She also served as Co-PI or Co-Investigator on five other NIH funded domestic and international HIV prevention studies that utilize interdisciplinary methods.

Emily Marble
Director of Administration and Human Resources

Emily Marble is the Director of Administration and Human Resources as well as the Research Administrator for ICR’s Institutional Review Board.  Before working at ICR, Emily was Associate Director of Institutional Giving at the Hartford Stage. She also worked as Associate Director of Institutional Resources at the Boston Architectural College and was Vice President of North American Operations at EF Foundation. Emily received a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Zahira Medina
Evaluation Field Coordinator

Zahira Medina B.A. (3 years at School of Medicine), is a committed community activist, has worked in the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Substance Abuse and Mental Health field. In addition, she was working in the Mayor’s Healthy Communities Initiative Project, to improve healthcare access for Hartford uninsured residents and their families. She has more than 20 years of experience in program development, implementation and management. In 1991 and 1999 she was nominated for Connecticut Health Commissioner’s “AIDS Leadership Award.”

Heather Mosher, Ph.D.
Research Associate

Heather Mosher, Ph.D., is a community psychologist and Research Associate at the Institute for Community Research. In her work, she aims to facilitate the development of healthy communities through rigorous multi-level research that uses cutting-edge digital media methods and innovative modes of disseminating research findings. As a mixed-method applied researcher and a professional filmmaker, she has conducted community-based research utilizing video with economically disadvantaged communities in the United States and abroad (East and Southern Africa and Latin America). She has worked with a diverse range of marginalized populations, including women, low-income, homeless, minority, youth, and LGBTQ communities. Her primary areas of research include research methods, group processes, and community development, with a particular focus on poverty, homelessness and housing.

Susan Murphy, CPA, CMA
Chief Fiscal Officer

Susan Murphy is the Chief Fiscal Officer for ICR and is responsible for all accounting and finance operations, including financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and audit.  She has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut.

Kenneth C. Plourd
Project Coordinator

Kenneth C. Plourd is the Project Coordinator for the DMHAS-funded Partnership for Success initiative, organizing the development of a social marketing campaign and building a community coalition to reduce youth prescription drug misuse in West Hartford, CT.  Ken studied Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University and has a background in various qualitative research methods, HIV Risk research and also botany research.  Before his employment at ICR, Kenneth worked as an Optician.

Kim E. Radda, R.N., M.A.
Research Associate

Kim E. Radda, R.N., M.A., an anthropologist and registered nurse, is a Research Associate at ICR. She has conducted extensive community-based research on substance abuse, HIV risk, and the health and mental health of older adults, as well as research on rural women’s social and economic roles in Mexico. She also has worked to develop and implement arts-based interventions that provide opportunities for elderly and at-risk individuals to tell their stories. She received undergraduate degrees from Greater Hartford Community College and the University of Connecticut, graduate degrees from UConn, and is a graduate of the Women’s Leadership Institute of the Hartford Seminary. She holds an appointment as Clinical Instructor in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care at the UConn School of Medicine and is a member of the UConn Health Center IRB. Currently, she is a Co-Investigator on the 5-year NIDCR-funded study, Good Oral Health: A Bi-level Intervention to Improve Oral Health among Vulnerable Older Adults, Program Coordinator for a pilot program to develop a community research alliance and forge equitable community-university research partnerships to reducing health disparities, and the Co-Chair of ICR’s IRB.

David Reyes, B.A.
Peer Advocate

David Reyes, BA  is a peer advocate for the DMHAS-funded Partnership for Success initiative, organizing the development of a social marketing campaign, creating a coalition website, and building a community coalition to reduce youth prescription drug misuse in West Hartford, CT. David studied Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University and is going on to study Social Work at the University of Connecticut. He has a background in educational anthropology and in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Luz Rohena
Outreach/ Interviewer

Luz Rohena, is an outreach interviewer. Her role is to go out into the community and connect with community residents and community organizations. She has been in the HIV/AIDS prevention field for 26 years. Prior to becoming an outreach interviewer she worked as an early intervention specialist finding those individuals that have fallen out of care with their HIV treatment. She has a passion for community outreach and HIV prevention/testing. Her goal is to reduce the number of new HIV transmissions in the Hartford area.

Apoorva Salvi, BDS, MPH
Data Manager/Analyst

Apoorva Salvi, BDS, MPH is the Data Manager/Analyst at ICR. Apoorva received her Masters in Public Health Degree in Epidemiology from Texas A&M University School of Public Health and her Bachelors in Dentistry from India. She has a background in quantitative data analysis in oral health, infectious diseases, and epidemiology. Her research areas focus around oral health, tobacco cessation and HIV to improve the health conditions through community based research. She is currently working on the data management and analysis on Good Oral Health: A Bi-level Intervention to Improve Oral Health among Vulnerable Older Adults and the HIV Test & Treat (T&T) continuum of services in the Greater Hartford area in Connecticut aiming to understand how systemic processes affect HIV community viral load (CVL).

Jean.J. Schensul, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist & Founding Director

Jean J. Schensul, Ph.D., is a medical/educational anthropologist with interdisciplinary experience in the development and implementation of collaborative and participatory research in health, culture and education. From 1978-1987, as Research Director, Hispanic Health Council, she developed its research and training infrastructure and initiated partnership research on HIV in Hartford. From 1987 – 2004, as founding director of ICR she guided the development of the organization’s collaborative research mission and blueprint for research tracks, its program of art/science fusion, the ICR gallery, cultural programs, Y-PAR program, and a diverse funding portfolio. Since 2004 she has developed her own full-time research and teaching/training program while continuing to mentor others. Her research is eclectic, shaped by community interests and has ranged from early childhood development through older adult health. Her NIH, CDC and SAMHSA grants have focused on emerging adulthood, substance abuse prevention using participatory action research, with youth, health of older adults and alcohol, tobacco and HIV in India. She is editor/co-author (with Margaret LeCompte, U.Colorado Boulder), of the Ethnographer’s Toolkit, a 7-book set outlining a mixed methods approach to community based research and intervention (1st edition 1999; 2nd edition 2010-2014), and has published more than 120 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. She  plays a national role in promoting community-initiated research partnerships with universities, building community research capacity and mentoring diverse young scholars to conduct community based participatory research. Dr. Schensul was the recipient of the 2010 Malinowski Career Award for contributions of research to solution of human problems (Society for Applied Anthropology), and the American Anthropological Association 1992 Solon Kimball Award for contributions of anthropology to policy (with Stephen Schensul) and has held elected leadership roles in both organizations. She has lived in Hartford since 1978. She is also adjunct research professor, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, and Research Affiliate, Yale University where she was a co-founder of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA).

Margaret R. Weeks, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Senior Scientist

Margaret R. Weeks, Ph.D. is a socio-cultural anthropologist, Executive Director and Senior Scientist of The Institute for Community Research in Hartford, CT. Since 1989, she has conducted community-based, applied social science research on prevention of HIV/AIDS among drug users and their partners, and evaluated AIDS prevention programs in collaboration with other community research and service organizations. Prior to this she conducted research on the changing status of urban women in the People’s Republic of China. Her research interests include women’s issues, gender, substance abuse, AIDS prevention, multi-level interventions and implementation, both in the U.S. and China.