New Jersey Population Health Cohort Study

Cohort Leadership and Staff

Joel Cantor, ScD, Principal Investigator

Director, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy

Distinguished Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Planning and Policy

Email: jcantor@ifh.rutgers.edu


Dr. Cantor is published widely in the health services and policy literature on innovations in health service delivery for high-need populations and the regulation of health insurance markets. He serves frequently as an advisor on health policy matters to New Jersey state government and was the 2006 recipient of the Rutgers University President’s Award for Research in Service to New Jersey.
Paul Duberstein, PhD, Co-Investigator

Chair & Professor

Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy

Rutgers School of Public Health

Email: pd469@sph.rutgers.edu


Dr. Duberstein is a psychologist, gerontologist, and social justice advocate with expertise in geriatric mental health. His current research aims to improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers; he is particularly interested in mitigating disparities related to race, educational attainment, and poverty.
William Hu, MD, PhD, FAAN, Co-Investigator

Associate Professor and Chief of Cognitive Neurology

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Email: william.hu@rutgers.edu


Dr. Hu is a board-certified neurologist with special certification in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry. He is also a physician-scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of dementia research.
Dawne Mouzon, PhD, MPH, Co-Investigator

Associate Professor

Rutgers Department of Sociology

Email: dawne.mouzon@rutgers.edu


Dr. Mouzon engages in research that seeks to identify and explain risk and protective factors for the physical and mental health of populations of African descent. Her current research program focuses on identifying adaptive coping resources and strategies African Americans use in the face of chronic stress and racial discrimination, with a focus on gender differences in these processes.
Michael Yedidia, PhD, Co-Investigator

Professor

Rutgers Center for State Health Policy

Email: myedidia@ifh.rutgers.edu


Trained in sociology and public health, Dr. Yedidia’s research focuses on the prevention of childhood obesity, population health disparities, health professions education, care models for serving vulnerable populations, patient perspectives on health and illness, and quality improvement.
Margaret Koller, MS

Executive Director

Rutgers Center for State Health Policy

Email: mkoller@ifh.rutgers.edu


Margaret oversees the day-to-day operation of the Center as well as the development and management of the Center for State Health Policy’s research portfolio. She is a health policy expert and Co-Principal Investigator on the Center’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation core grant.
Dan Dychtwald, PhD, MPH, MS

Senior Project Manager

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research

Email: ddychtwald@ifh.rutgers.edu


A qualitative and mixed methods researcher by training, Dr. Dychtwald’s research spans the life course from pregnancy and infancy to older adulthood and end of life decisions. His current research focus is on study operations, ensuring the seamless collection of data and its integrity.
Stephanie Bergren, BA

Associate Director of Survey Research

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research

Email: sbergren@ifh.rutgers.edu


Maria Eva Dorigo

Community Navigator

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research

Email: mdorigo@ifh.rutgers.edu


Maria works to achieve institute goals of connecting diverse communities to research. She spearheads the New Jersey Population Health Cohort Study’s community engagement effort, involving engaging communities, raising awareness for health research, and partnering with community organizations to promote the study.
Dinesh Mendhe, MS

Programmer Analyst I

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research

Email: dmendhe@ifh.rutgers.edu


Dinesh leads the software development efforts for IFH’s research grants, including the New Jersey Population Health Cohort Study, and for IFH general purpose web presence. Dinesh has built statistical and scientific web applications, mobile apps, big data algorithms, custom Android OS, complex runtimes, data structures, AI/ML tools, and research databases.
Nicole Swenarton

Director of Communications

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research

Email: nswenarton@ifh.rutgers.edu


Nicole is responsible for developing and executing the communication, marketing and media strategies to grow and promote IFH’s brand. She also collaborates with IFH’s research teams to promote research studies in the community and across the region.

Research Team

Kira Bartnick

Research Coordinator

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: kbartnick@ifh.rutgers.edu


Kira Bartnick is a Research Coordinator at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Healthcare Policy and Aging Research. She is the primary coordinator for the clinical and biomarker components of the NJ Population Health Cohort Study, as well as being actively involved in study recruitment, administration, and ensuring data integrity. Prior to joining the Institute for Health, Kira was a Research Fellow at the University of Richmond, where her work utilized electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate the impact of sleep on attention. Kira received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Neuroscience from the University of Richmond.
Swati Kumar

Research Coordinator

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: skumar@ifh.rutgers.edu


After earning her MD degree, Swati built her career in Public Policy research. She worked at a national non-profit organization dealing with Government Policies in Public Health and providing literature that was presented to local government agencies. She also worked hand in hand with Physicians specializing in Geriatrics and Mental Health. After taking on a leadership role at the Institute for Health, she dedicated her efforts toward qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Currently she is involved with daily operations for one of the largest studies ever done in NJ called the NJ Population and Health Cohort Study.
Lisa Lanza

Research Coordinator

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: llanza@ifh.rutgers.edu


Dr. Lisa Lanza is a Registered Dietitian and has worked in the nutrition and public health field for 13 years. Her research has been mostly focused on infant and perinatal health. She is currently responsible for study operations and grant administration in studies related to older adult health.
Aila Altunbilek

Research Assistant

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: Ala139@sph.rutgers.edu


Aila Altunbilek received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Rutgers and is continuing her education there, working towards her Master of Public Health, concentrating in Global Health. She is currently working with the New Jersey Population Health Cohort Survey team on survey recruitment and administration.
Antoine Auguste

Research Assistant

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: Antoine.auguste@ifh.rutgers.edu


Melanie Doren

Research Assistant

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: mid29@sph.rutgers.edu


Sharon Lee

Research Assistant

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: ssl102@sph.rutgers.edu


Sharon has recently graduated from the master’s program at Rutgers School of Public Health. Her concentration was in social and behavioral health sciences. She is currently working with the New Jersey Population Health Cohort Survey team on survey recruitment and administration.
Dawn McGinnis

Research Assistant

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: dmcginnis@ifh.rutgers.edu


Andrew Morales

Research Assistant

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: axmorales@ifh.rutgers.edu


Andrew is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research with roles in healthcare and advertising sales. He is currently responsible for recruitment and administrative duties with the New Jersey Population Health Cohort Survey team.
Pooja Patel

Research Assistant, Gujarati Translator

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: ppatel@ifh.rutgers.edu


Mo Rahawi

Research Assistant

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: mrahawi@ifh.rutgers.edu


Carmen Rodriguez

Research Assistant

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: crodriguez@ifh.rutgers.edu


Johnathaniel See

Research Assistant, Tagalog Translator

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: jsee@ifh.rutgers.edu


Johnathaniel See is a research assistant at the Rutgers Institute for Health. He is currently working on the New Jersey Population Cohort Study as a recruiter and survey administrator as well as the primary Tagalog speaker and translator for the survey components. Prior to joining IFH, he recently received a B.S. in Public Health and a B.A. in Psychology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
Matthew Santiago

Research Assistant

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Email: msantiago@ifh.rutgers.edu