Angela J. Beck, PhD, MPH

Director

Dr. Beck is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. She serves as Director of the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center and the Michigan Public Health Training Center. She has held research and administrative roles for several UMSPH programs since 2005. Prior to her appointment at UMSPH, she served as a Public Health Fellow at the Health Resources and Services Administration, where she worked with the national network of public health training centers. Her research interests include workforce planning, organizational performance, and delivery of public health and behavioral health services to the population. She has served as Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and Practice since 2017 and chairs the school’s accreditation efforts.

Kyle L. Grazier, Dr PH

Deputy Director

Dr. Grazier is the Richard Carl Jelinek Professor and Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Health Management and Policy, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. She serves on the Steering Committee of the UM Comprehensive Depression Center, and the leadership group of the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation (IHPI). Dr. Grazier has served on the Specialty Services Research Review Committee for the National Institute of Mental Health, and has been a member of grants review committees for AHRQ, NIMH, NIAAA, CMS, RWJF and other foundations.

Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH

Investigator

Dr. Boulton is an active public health workforce researcher and serves as Director of the University of Michigan Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies. He is Professor of Epidemiology, Health Management and Policy, and Preventive Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Professor of Internal Medicine in the Infectious Disease Division at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He currently serves as the first Senior Associate Dean for Global Public Health at the School of Public Health and Director, Office of Global Public Health, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Before coming to the University of Michigan, Dr. Boulton worked for many years in public health practice first as a local health department Medical Director and later as the governor’s Chief Medical Executive and State Epidemiologist where he was the lead physician/epidemiologist at the state health department with oversight responsibility for all state communicable disease surveillance and control, immunization programs, environmental health, vital records and health statistics, Medicaid, substance abuse, mental health, and services to the aging. Dr. Boulton’s research interests are in global public health especially in China and India, infectious disease epidemiology, vaccine preventable diseases and immunization coverage, immunization information systems, public health practice, and the public health workforce.

Lynn Videka, PhD

Investigator

Dr. Videka is the Dean, and Carol T. Mowbray Collegiate Professor of Social Work, at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Her research and teaching focus on families served by the child welfare system and persons with serious mental health disabilities, and also include peer-helping models for people facing life crises, the effectiveness of social work practice, and prevention services. Dr. Videka’s various research endeavors are funded by institutions such as the Health Resources and Services Administration, the U.S. Children’s Bureau, the National Institutes of Mental Health, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Jessie Buche, MPH, MA

Program Manager

Jessie is a 2012 graduate of University of Michigan School of Public Health and School of Education where she applied her dual degrees to study the way schools can help decrease health and education disparities by building sustainable, empowered communities. She has gained public health and education experience as a teacher, community health educator, advocate, and program evaluation manager in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and New York City. Her research interests include addressing chronic disease and mental health inequities in underserved communities.

Amanda Mauri, MPH

Doctoral Research Assistant

Amanda is a PhD student in the Health Management and Policy Department at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Amanda combines political science and health services research methods to evaluate behavioral health policies. She focuses on national and local policies related to insurance equity, opioid misuse, and the behavioral health workforce. Previously, Amanda worked as the Policy Advisor at the Kennedy Forum and the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation and as the Senior Researcher on Patrick Kennedy and Stephen Fried’s A Common Struggle.

Maria Gaiser, MPH

Research Area Specialist

Maria is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Maria’s professional experience includes cross-disciplinary training on addressing health disparities created by social, political, and physical factors through mixed-methods research. Her research interests include chronic disease prevention, social determinants of health, adolescent behavioral health and resiliency, and mental health outcome inequities in underserved communities. Maria specializes in qualitative data collection and analysis and program evaluation.

Cory Page, MPH, MPP

Research Analyst

Cory earned an MPH/MPP dual-degree in 2017 from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He aims to eliminate health disparities through a fusion of research-based policy and community engagement. His experience with policy includes non-profit advocacy work, state regulations/licensing, and first-responder services within the state of Michigan. His particular policy interests include behavioral/mental health advancement in the United States, health outcome disparities in impoverished communities, and prevention services.

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Jessica Kay, MPH

Marketing Coordinator

Jessica began her studies in public health as an undergraduate living abroad in Costa Rica, an experience that led to earning her MPH from the West Virginia University School of Public Health. Since then, Jessica has used her passion for health marketing and communications to enhance brand and service line programs for Detroit Medical Center, Tenet Healthcare hospitals, Chevrolet LMA, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, among others. Her programs put an emphasis on program strategy and measurement, using an integrated approach to increase brand recognition and improve results.

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Victoria Schoebel, MPH

Research Assistant

Victoria is a recent graduate of the Epidemiology Department at the University of Michigan School of Public health, where she earned her MPH. Victoria has worked on both qualitative and quantitative research studies with a focus on psychiatric epidemiology and health disparities among sexual and gender diverse groups. Victoria is also completing her capstone with The Group for Research on the Epidemiology of Mobility, Aging and Psychiatry (GREMAP) housed in the University of Michigan’s Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health.

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Caitlyn Wayment, MPH

Research Assistant

Caitlyn recently earned her MPH in the department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Caitlyn has worked on qualitative and quantitative research studies that focus on health disparities and access to behavioral health services. Through her education and coursework, Caitlyn has found a passion for dental health disparities, health care policy and delivery innovations, and interprofessional education and collaboration.