Kathy Engle-Dulac, MSW
Coordinator – CT Youth Food Program Alliance
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 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.
Tasha Jackson is the Fiscal Officer. She is responsible for all finance and accounting operations; including financial and grant reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and audit oversight. She has over fifteen years of senior level experience in the financial arena where she directed Finance, Information Technology and Human Resources. She has a B.S. in Finance and Insurance from the University of Hartford and an MBA from Post University.
Joy Larson, MA
Community Research Alliance Coordinator
Joy Larson, MA is the coordinator for the Community Research Alliance. She has experience in monitoring and evaluation for both international and national organizations including the United States Agency for International Development and the World Health Organization having worked in India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Southern Sudan. As a program evaluator, she has worked with local communities and coalitions on a range of issues including the prevention of child abuse, early childhood development, and the prevention of underage drinking. She has also managed grant-funded research and capacity development projects at UConn including a higher-education partnership between Addis Ababa University and UConn’s School of Engineering with a focus on water, health, and environmental resource management. She has an interest in collaborative research, implementation research, and participatory evaluation approaches.
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.
Danielle Montaque, PhD.
Danielle Montaque, 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 was previously involved in an in-depth investigation of the HIV Test and 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). She is currently the coordinator for a five-year, three-state study to understand how laws and policies are currently implemented to reduce opioid diversion and transition to injection drug use.
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.
Heather Mosher, Ph.D.
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.
Health educator/Community outreach interviewer
Eduardo Robles is a health educator and community outreach interviewer. For over twenty years, his work has focused on community research in HIV/AIDS, substance abuse prevention, and mental health in marginalized populations in the cities of Hartford and New Haven, as well as throughout Fairfield County. Eduardo was also an interventionist on the NIDCR-funded study “Good oral health: A bi-level intervention to improve older adult oral health”. Eduardo is currently working as an outreach interviewer on the NIDA-funded study “LEAD (Laws to eliminate abuse and diversion)”. The purpose of this project is to examine the effects of state laws designed to avoid opioid diversion and misuse on the transition to injection drug use.
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.
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.