MI-LEAP is a partnership between the Wayne State University and the Michigan School Health Coordinators’ Association, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Researchers, health coordinators, school administrators, mental health professionals and teachers are working together to adapt MMH so it better meet the needs of students exposed to trauma and retain the core elements of MMH that make it effective.
Dr. Eisman is the principal investigator of the MI-LEAP study and an Assistant Professor of Community Health at Wayne State University. Her research interests center around improving adolescent health through the effective implementation of evidence-based programs in schools. This includes the development of innovative strategies to enhance intervention translation and implementation; cost and cost-effectiveness analysis of implementation strategies; research-community collaborations; and deploying implementation strategies to advance health equity.
Dr. Amy M. Kilbourne, PhD, MPH is Director of the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) and Professor and Associate Chair for Research, Department of Learning Health Sciences University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Kilbourne’s goal is to improve health outcomes through implementation science, i.e., the use of strategies to help providers scale up and spread effective practices in real-world settings. She developed the Enhanced Replicating Effective Programs (REP) and conducted the first national adaptive and sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) study to compare different implementation strategies to deploy effective practices in real-world settings. She also implemented the Life Goals Collaborative Care program, which improved physical and mental health outcomes for consumers with mental disorders. She has also led several national implementation initiatives including a national outreach program for Veterans with serious mental illness (Re-Engage), a national health disparities research agenda and a research roadmap for learning health systems.
Professor Hutton’s research is focused on using mathematical models to help inform health policy and medical decision-making. He is particularly interested in evaluating the cost-effectiveness of new public health interventions, including those with uncertain or complex outcomes. He has conducted cost-effectiveness analyses of infectious disease interventions, chronic disease interventions, and new drugs and devices, including analyses of interventions for a wide variety of policies ranging from hepatitis treatment to influenza vaccination to stroke prevention. He has worked with the CDC, WHO, and HHS to influence policy changes. Professor Hutton has prior experience working with Dr. Eisman and others on evaluating the cost-effectiveness of real-world implementation strategies.
Dr. Leslie Lundahl received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin. She completed her internship and postdoctoral training in Clinical Psychopharmacology at Harvard Medical School. Currently she is a faculty member in the Substance Abuse Research Division within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her research, which is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), focuses on understanding and treating addictive behaviors. She has been involved in many studies of behavioral and brain processes thought to underlie substance use disorders. Based on her clinical work with pregnant substance abusers, Dr. Lundahl also is involved in research designed to improve treatment outcomes for these high-risk women and their infants. Currently she is investigating new approaches for treating cannabis use disorder, as well as investigating cannabinoids as potential opioid-sparing drugs. In her clinical practice she specializes in using behavioral therapies to treat adolescents and adults with substance abuse and co-morbid psychiatric disorders. Dr. Lundahl is committed to teaching and training graduate and medical students as well as community treatment providers in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders.
Dr. Whitney Moore, PhD, CSCS*D is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Wayne State University, where she is faculty in the Division of Kinesiology, Health & Sport Studies, as well as an Affiliated Faculty member of the Education, Evaluation, & Research and member of WSU’s Biostatics, Epidemiology, and Research Design. In this role, she collaborates with faculty on their study design, data collection, analysis, and reporting. For her own research, she studies antecedents and outcomes of motivational climates in different physical activity settings, including Physical Education, sport, and exercise. For her own methodological research, Dr Moore, examines how researchers can collect high quality data with at a lower cost and burden to participants by utilizing planning missing data designs.
Christina is the Health Education Consultant for Oakland Schools and current president of the Michigan School Health Coordinator’s Association (MiSHCA). Her role is to provide technical assistance and training to local schools on delivering evidence-based health education curriculum and complementary interventions to support the health of students in Oakland County Schools. She holds a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science from Michigan State University. Christina has held many public health related positions including Public Health Educator at Oakland County Health Division, community consultant with Michigan’s Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity program, and Public Health Consultant for the Healthy Communities Initiative of the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Judy is the Regional School Health Coordinator at the Genesee Intermediate School District. She provides technical assistance, training and support to schools in Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer counties in the areas of evidence-based health education and coordinated school health supporting the whole child. While working previously in public health, her efforts focused primarily on health-promoting community collaboration , as well as prevention education and local & state level policy to reduce tobacco use. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from the University of Michigan-Flint.
Christine is the Project Coordinator for the MI-LEAP study. Her research interests include investigating effective implementation strategies to make programs more impactful and improve outcomes. Christine is developing the skills to assist in intervention design and development and is pursuing a career in research management. She holds a Master of Public Health in Health Education from the University of Michigan-Flint and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Biology from Cornerstone University. Christine is also the Volunteer Director of the Cornerstone Community Garden in Flushing, MI.
Kelly is a graduate research assistant for the MI-LEAP study and is an Ed.S student in School Psychology at Wayne State. She received her Master’s in School Psychology from the University of Delaware and her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology from the University of Maryland. She has previously investigated the effects of parental depression on child behavior and brain structure and hopes to delve deeper into research within the realm of education in the future.
Hajir is an undergraduate student at Wayne State University majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Philosophy. After earning her degree, she plans to attend medical school to become a primary care physician. She is interested in research because she wants to help build a safer and more welcoming community centered around the needs and wellness of youth.
BreAnna is an undergraduate student assistant on the MI-LEAP project. She is currently a student at Wayne State University majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Blacksmithing, with the intent to unite beautiful graphics and functionality.
Michaila is a recent graduate from Wayne State University, receiving her Bachelors of Science in Public Health with a minor in Spanish in 2021. She plans to attend medical school after a gap year. Michaila is interested in working with minority populations, researching ways to increase education and healthcare access for these populations, and finding better ways to mitigate health disparities. She has had previous research experience examining biosocial factors impacting African American women’s increased risk of delivering preterm births and aspires to help pave a way for health equity.
Mohammad is a Master of Public Health Student at Wayne State with a concentration in public health practice. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a double major in Accounting and Finance. He has previously worked with schools in Detroit that have limited resources by installing literacy programs and replenishing their libraries to help improve the education of students. He plans to continue research on community engagement with the intent to help better the quality of life in communities.
Dana Greene, MPH – Dana provided project management support to evaluations of school and community-based interventions for substance use and violence. He is an alumnus of the University of Michigan where he graduated with his bachelor’s in Sociology and his MPH in Health Behavior Health Education. Umaima Abbasi – Umaima worked with MI-LEAP as an undergraduate research assistant. She is currently working at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Umaima is passionate about centering communities with public health programming and increasing equity and sustainability in public health interventions.
David Kobel, MPH, MA – Dave worked with MI-LEAP as a graduate research assistant. He completed his MPH and MA in 2021 and plans to serve as a school principal that prioritizes student health and safety.
Samantha Miller – Samantha worked with the MI-LEAP project as a graduate research assistant. She completed her Master’s in Health and Physical Education at Wayne State University in 2021 and is pursuing a career in education.
Allison Klippel – Allison worked as an undergraduate research assistant on the MI-LEAP project from 2019 to 2021. She is interested in utilizing her degree in User Experience Research and Information Analysis in health and education settings.
Alexa Jones - Alexa worked with the MI-LEAP project in 2021 as an undergraduate student assistant. Alexa plans on pursuing a master’s degree in Epidemiology. Her passion in research is to help communities and minority populations be the best versions of themselves with the intention of having them lead the needs for their community.