CMRC Children's Memorial Research Center
Staff

, a research assistant professor at the Northwestern University Medical School, is the Director of CHDL and oversees its daily operations. Dr. Cartland is a public policy analyst with fifteen years of experience working on child and adolescent health and welfare issues. Her areas of expertise include health care financing, community-based interventions and child and adolescent injury. She also provides consultation to the Children's Memorial Research Center (CMRC) and Children's Memorial Hospital investigators involved in child health research.

is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School, is the Medical Director of CHDL. Dr. Sheehan is also the Medical Director of Children's Memorial Hospital's Injury Prevention and Research Center and the Injury Free Coalition for Kids. She is an attending physician in the Pediatric Emergency Department and also serves as the Associate Chair of Advocacy for the Department of Pediatrics. Her areas of interest are community-based injury prevention and youth development.

, a research assistant professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine/Northwestern University is the associate director of CHDL. Dr. Masonís primary responsibilities include project development and management. Her work involves research on child and adolescent injury, school-based health interventions and the relationship between community characteristics and child overweight. Additionally, Dr. Mason has over ten years of experience in policy research primarily concerning the needs of low income individuals and families.

, is the CHDL Project Director. Ms. Monahan was previously the Associate Director of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention, and provided technical assistance to community interventions for violence prevention in seven Chicago communities. Currently, Ms. Monahan is responsible for administering multi-site evaluation projects in Chicago public schools as well as public schools throughout Illinois.

, is the Data Coordinator for CHDL. Ms. Meleedy-Rey is an epidemiologist with five years of experience in the area of children's health. Her current responsibilities include summarizing and analyzing the child and adolescent injury data for the state of Illinois and Chicago.

has several years of experience and training in data collection and analysis, with a criminal justice background. She came from the Epidemiology Program at the Chicago Department of Public Health, where she primarily did analysis and dissemination of vital records data. Before that, she worked on the Chicago Homicide Dataset Project at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. She joined CHDL in March, 2005 to work on the IVDRS project. Her current responsibilities include collecting, summarizing and analyzing the IVDRS violent death data for the state of Illinois and Chicago.

, is an epidemiologist at CHDL.  She joined CHDL in September 2006. She has several years experience and training in diabetes research at the University of Chicago.  She is responsible for summarizing and analyzing the child and adolescent injury data for the state of Illinois and Chicago.  Ms. Smith is also working on a study to determine the feasibility of an Illinois Health Survey.

, is the Project Coordinator at CHDL and a Research Associate for CLOCC. She joined CHDL in November, 2004. Currently, Ms. Vinaja is responsible for coordinating and administering multi-site evaluation projects in Chicago public schools as well as public schools throughout Illinois. She is working on the Safe Schools Healthy Students project and the Built Environment and Child Obesity Pilot Project. Her current responsibilities include updating and maintaining the CHDL website.

is an epidemiologist at CHDL. She joined CHDL in April 2006 and is pursuing her doctorate in Research Methodology. Ms Whimper has an extensive background in survey research and data analysis. In her position at CHDL, she is responsible for study design, database design and management, data analysis, study implementation and grant writing. Currently, Ms. Whimper is working on the Safe Schools Healthy Students and Wayne County Illinois projects/studies.

, has extensive experience and training in applied research. Dr. Ruch-Ross is an experienced evaluator, and has worked extensively with youth-serving programs and program staff. She has worked on several projects in the public schools, including a study of risk-taking behaviors among high school students. Currently, Dr. Ruch-Ross is a consultant and/or a Co-Principal Investigator on several CHDL projects.

, joined CHDL in February, 2004 as an Administrative Assistant. Ms. Kay's background includes providing administrative support in a wide range of fields, including health care and fundraising.