Survey Research Team

  • Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown School of Public Health

    Dr. Clark is a Professor in the Brown University School of Public Health. She is a methodologist whose research interests integrate survey research methods with substantive areas of underserved populations and women's health. Her research explores individual, social, and environmental barriers and facilitators to health and well-being among individuals who have traditionally experienced disparities in health status and access to high quality health care. She received her Ph.D. in Public Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

  • Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Women and Infants, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Brown School of Public Health

    Dr.Werner is a Obstetrician/Gynecologist who completed her Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship at Yale University. She has published widely on cost effectiveness. Her current research focuses on diabetes in pregnancy, preeclampsia and preterm birth. She is particularly interested in the effects of pregnancy on long term health for both the mother and infant. She has several ongoing trials at Women & Infants Hospital.

  • Crystal is the staff lead for the prospective birth cohorts. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with degrees in Nursing and Biology. She is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Clinical Research Professional with over 12 years of research experience. Crystal manages all aspects of the study protocols including participant enrollment and retention. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys running, spending time at the beach and quality time with her family and friends.

  • Natacha is the study coordinator for the prospective cohorts. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with over 5 years of research experience. Natacha is responsible for all coordination with the Institutional Review Board, assures study compliance, quality control, and coordinates interdepartmental research components. Her interests include health & fitness and traveling all over the world.

  • Roberto is the research laboratory specialist for the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute. He is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a degree in biology and has previous experience working in a hospital laboratory. He is responsible for all aspects of specimen collection and transport. Outside of work, Roberto enjoys playing soccer, camping, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

  • Senior Research Analyst

    Dr. Schlichting is an epidemiologist with experience in complex data management, statistical programming, database design, and data visualization. Her primary expertise is in SAS programming to prepare data sets and conduct analyses, database design and management using Microsoft Access, and survey design and management using REDCap and Qualtrics. Dr. Schlichting's research interests include pregnancy complications, preterm birth, birth defects, perinatal exposures, and life course epidemiology.

  • Veronica is a bilingual research assistant for the prenatal and postpartum cohorts. She has over ten years of research experience and has worked on projects for Brown University, Women & Infants Hospital, Hasbro Hospital and the University of Washington. Her interests are in children’s health and their pathways to growth. In her free time, Veronica enjoys sailing across the Narragansett Bay and travelling abroad to visit family and friends. 

  • Phoebe is a research assistant for the prenatal and postpartum cohorts. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and has previous experience working as an EMT. Her interests include maternal-fetal medicine, obesity, and exercise sciences. Outside of work she enjoys baking and running.

  • Genesis is a bilingual research assistant for the prenatal and postpartum cohorts. She has previous experience working in medical office settings. She has a passion for improving child health and wellness. She enjoys traveling and considers herself a foodie.

  • Fabid Serna is a bilingual research assistant for the prenatal and postpartum cohorts. She has several years of experience in customer service. She is a mother of three beautiful children and is passionate about learning more ways to improve children’s health. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her kids and watching movies while eating ice cream. 

  • Cheryl is a research assistant for the postpartum cohort. She has a nursing degree from Rhode Island College and over 25 years of research experience. She has been involved in a variety of studies at Brown University, Women & Infants Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She enjoys walking, reading, and playing games with her nieces and nephews. 

  • Grants and Financial Specialist, Research Assistant

    Currie is a research assistant for the postpartum cohort. She also provides high-level pre-award grants management and research administration services for the Institute. She has an MPH from Boston University. Her interests are in public health and environmental issues. Currie also enjoys gardening and spending time with friends and family.