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BCTR Directory

Here is a directory of faculty and staff at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) at Cornell University's College of Human Ecology.

Administration

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Karl Pillemer

Phone: 607-255-8086
Email: kap6@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

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John Eckenrode

Phone: 607-255-0467
Email: jje1@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Associate Director,  BCTR
Director,  National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
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Elaine Wethington

Phone: 607-255-2918
Email: ew20@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Associate Director,  BCTR
P.I.,  Computer-based Measures of Psychosocial Stress Exposure
Co-P.I.,  SCALE: Small Changes and Lasting Effects
Co-P.I.,  Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life
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Christopher Wildeman

Phone: 607-255-2069
Email: cjw279@cornell.edu
Location: MVR Hall
Associate Director,  BCTR
Co-Director,  National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
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Jennifer Tiffany

Phone: 607-255-1942
Email: jst5@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Director of Outreach & Community Engagement,  BCTR
Director,  HIV Risk Reduction Research and Education Projects

Jennifer Tiffany is Director of Outreach and Community Engagement and Director of the HIV Risk Reduction and Education Projects for the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. She also serves as the Associate Director for Outreach and Extension for the College of Human Ecology. Tiffany received her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University in 2004. She joined CHE in 1989 to direct the HIV/AIDS Education Project and is the lead author of the Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS parent education curriculum. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist and educator whose work focuses on youth participation and community-based HIV/AIDS education, with a particular focus on intergenerational communication. Her HIV/AIDS related research includes a study funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine the relationships among social connectedness, highly engaged program participation, and HIV risk reduction among 13-17 year olds in New York City. Her research and outreach efforts both build upon participatory action research and community-based participatory research methods as well as participatory approaches to planning, program and resource materials design, and evaluation. Tiffany has designed, evaluated and implemented a variety of programs and is the author and co-author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and extension publications and materials.

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Peter Farley

Phone: 607-255-0848
Email: ptf2@cornell.edu
Location: MVR Hall

Director of Finance & Administration,  BCTR
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Denice Markley

Phone: 607-255-6474
Email: dmm22@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Finance Manager,  BCTR
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Carrie Chalmers

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Phone: 607-254-4336
Email: cc284@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Communications Director,  BCTR
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Lori Biechele

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Phone: 607-255-7794
Email: lb274@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
Assistant to the Director,  BCTR
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Kirstin Gasteiger

Phone: 607- 254-5330
Email: kag5@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Accounts Representative,  BCTR

Staff

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Luis Almeyda

Phone: 212-340-2992
Email: lfa3@cornell.edu
Location: New York City

Extension Support Specialist,  HIV Education Project
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Andres Arroyo

Phone: 607-255-7799
Email: aa17@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

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Jennifer Agans

Phone: 607-254-5125
Email: jpa75@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
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Jenn Bassman

Phone: 607-255-7516
Email: jlb596@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
Communications and Events Coordinator,  4-H Youth Development Program
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Amy Breese

Phone: 607-255-7736
Email: ass38@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Administrative Assistant,  ACT for Youth
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Anthony Burrow

Phone: 607-254-1247
Email: alb325@cornell.edu
Location: MVR Hall
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Ruth Campbell

Phone: 607-255-0767
Email: rbc2@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Finance and Grants Representative,  4-H Youth Development Program
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Kristen Carlison

Phone: 607-254-5440
Email: kmc16@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

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Julia Chapman

Phone: 607-255-6179
Email: jc2933@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
Research Aide,  Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery
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Eliza Cook

Email: elc96@cornell.edu
Location: MVR Hall
Extension Support Specialist ,  The Parenting in Context Initiative
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Marie Cope

Phone: 607-255-7974
Email: mtc223@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
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Adam Davis

Phone: 607-255-0896
Email: afd7@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

State Enrollment Coordinator and System Support and Training Specialist,  4-H Youth Development Program
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Elizabeth Day

Phone: 607-255-4181
Email: ead255@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
Postdoctoral Associate,  Cornell Project 2Gen
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Michael Dineen

Phone: 607-254-4760
Email: med39@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Coordinator of Technical Services,  National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
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Jutta Dotterweich

Phone: 607-255-4108
Email: jd81@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Director of Training and Technical Assistance,  ACT for Youth
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Rachel Dunifon

Phone: 607-255-6535
Email: red26@cornell.edu
Location: MVR Hall

Director,  The Role of Grandparents in the Lives of Adolescent Grandchildren
Co-director,  Cornell Project 2Gen
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Frank Edwards

Phone: 607-255-3129
Email: fre9@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
Postdoctoral Associate,  National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
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Kristen Elmore

Phone: 607-254-7292
Email: kce28@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
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Tom Endres

Phone: 607-254-2761
Email: te24@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Extension Associate,  The Residential Child Care Project
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David Filiberto

Phone: 607-255-5840
Email: dmf22@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

David Filiberto, Ph.D., is an evaluator and social scientist with expertise in research methods, particularly the design and administration of survey instruments. David’s research focuses on sustainability and the effects a changing climate has on vulnerable populations. At BCTR he is involved in research focused on aging and the environment, currently implementing and disseminating the Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE) program, which is part of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA).

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Nigel Gannon

Email: tng22@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
State Healthy Living Program Specialist,  4-H Youth Development Program
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Barbara Ganzel

Visiting Fellow,  BCTR
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Sara Birnel Henderson

Phone: 212-340-2989
Email: sb636@cornell.edu
Location: New York City

Research Support Specialist/Youth Network Co-leader, NYC ,   ACT for Youth
Research Coordinator, Complementary Strengths Project,  HIV Risk Reduction Research and Education Projects
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Martha Holden

Phone: 607-254-5337
Email: mjh19@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

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Charles Izzo

Phone: 607-255-9775
Email: cvi2@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Research Associate,  The Residential Child Care Project
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Esther Kim

Phone: 607-255-8012
Email: sk2274@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
Program Assistant,  Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement
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Kimberly Kopko

Phone: 607-254-6517
Email: kak33@cornell.edu
Location: MVR Hall
Director,  Parenting in Context Initiative
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Frank Kuhn

Email: ifk2@cornell.edu
Location: North Carolina

Senior Extension Associate,  The Residential Child Care Project
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Holly Larrabee

Phone: 607-254-4677
Email: hl332@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Support and Acquisitions Specialist,  National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
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Kristie Lockwood

Phone: 607-254-5124
Email: kap9@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Research Data Collector,   The Military Projects
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Alexa Maille

Phone: 607-254-7416
Email: ask37@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
State STEM Specialist,  4-H Youth Development Program
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Brian Maley

Phone: 607-255-4925
Email: bam292@cornell.edu
Location: Kennedy Hall
Evaluation Assistant,   ACT for Youth
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Mary Maley

Phone: 607-254-7460
Email: mm153@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
Director,  Research Synthesis Project
Extension Associate,   ACT for Youth
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Kaitlyn Martin

Phone: 607-254-2778
Email: kmm438@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
Program Extension Aide,  Residential Child Care Project
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Alan Martinez

Phone: 607-255-9086
Email: amm372@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
Accounts Representative ,  4-H Youth Development Program
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Rhoda Meador

Phone: 607-592-1473
Email: rhm2@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
Assistant Director ,  Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging
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Lisa McCabe

Phone: 607- 254-7292
Email: lam4@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Research Associate,  The Residential Child Care Project
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Alissa Medero

Phone: 607-255-4528
Email: ab358@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Administrative Assistant,  The Residential Child Care Project
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Debra Mojica

Phone: 607-254-5240
Email: dmh20@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Administrative Assistant,  The Residential Child Care Project
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Michael Nunno

Phone: 607-254-5127
Email: man2@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Michael Nunno, D.S.W., is a Senior Extension faculty of the College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, and Co-Principal Investigator Residential Child Care Project at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. Dr. Nunno has a background and an expertise in social policy, regulation, and legislation related child welfare issues as well as specific expertise in the identification, prevention, and etiology of child abuse and neglect in residential care. Related to these interests has been his work in the reduction of aggressive critical incidents in residential facilities, training and evaluation of performance competencies, and organizational implementation strategies to introduce crisis prevention systems and program models in children’s residential facilities. His research has examined how children die in restraints, the dynamics of adolescent female restraints episodes, and the impact of organizational climates and cultures on critical incidents. He is also as expert in selected civil litigation cases throughout the United States where children have died or been seriously injured while in out-of-home care.

Dr. Nunno has published his work in chapters of the books Child Protective Services Team Handbook and Understanding Abusive Families. He was the lead editor for the book For Our Own Safety: Examining the Safety of High-risk Interventions for Children and Young People published by the Child Welfare League of America. His work has also appeared in the journals Child Abuse and Neglect: An International Journal, Children and Society, Protecting Children, Journal of Child Welfare, Children and Youth Services Review, Applied Developmental Science, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Scottish Journal of Residential Care, and the Child and Youth Care Forum. He sat on the expert panel for the Child Welfare League of America’s Best Practices Guidelines for Child Maltreatment in Foster Care and is currently a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (IPSCAN) Expert Faculty Program.

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Jennifer True Parise

Phone: 607-254-4693
Email: jtp75@cornell.edu
Location: Kennedy Hall

Research Assistant,   ACT for Youth
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Jane Powers

Phone: 607-255-3993
Email: jlp5@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Director,   ACT for Youth
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Amanda Purington

Phone: 607-255-1861
Email: ald17@cornell.edu
Location: Kennedy Hall

Director of Evaluation and Research,   ACT for Youth
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Trudy Radcliffe

Phone: 607-254-8723
Email: tr55@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Research Aide,  The Residential Child Care Project
Administrative Assistant,  The Residential Child Care Project
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Mary Ruberti

Phone: 607-254-2761
Email: mrr12@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
Extension Associate,  The Residential Child Care Project
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Eugene Saville

Phone: 607-254-5210
Email: eas20@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Administrative Assistant,  The Residential Child Care Project
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Karen Schantz

Phone: 607-254-6509
Email: ks548@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Communications Coordinator,   ACT for Youth
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Leslie Schultz

Phone: 607- 255-4553
Email: ls30@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

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Divine Sebuharara

Phone: 607-255-8790
Email: mas597@cornell.edu
Location: Kennedy Hall
Trainer/Evaluation Assistant,   ACT for Youth
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Deborah Sellers

Phone: 607-254-5249
Email: des256@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
Director of Research & Evaluation,  The Residential Child Care Project
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Jamila Walida Simon

Phone: 607-255-0287
Email: jws62@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
State Civic Engagement Specialist ,  4-H Youth Development Program

Jamila Walida Simon grew up in New York City. She earned her High School Diploma from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School as an engineering major.  Ms. Simon graduated from Wells College in 2001, with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy Values and with two limited edition books she printed at the Wells College Press. Shortly after graduation, Ms. Simon entered the corporate world and then reentered academia as a Master’s of Science student in natural resources at Cornell University.

During her MS work, Simon’s work brought her to Durban, South Africa in 2005 where she explored community gardening for poverty alleviation in township schools. Since then the National Science Foundation, the Garden Mosaics Program, and the National Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences have honored her. As a Cornell graduate student Ms. Simon served as a Cornell Urban Scholar, and she was involved in a participatory action research project focusing on gentrification in the Rockaways. Ms. Simon joined the staff of Cornell University Cooperative Extension - New York City while she was a master's candidate and served as a Project Coordinator for the CYFAR CITY Project (Children, Youth, Families at Risk, Community Improvement through Youth). NYC CYFAR's CITY project encouraged youth to conduct community improvement projects in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY.

Simon earned her M.S. from the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University under the direction of Dr. W. Trochim, Dr. S. Hamilton, and Dr. C. Kraft.

For five years, Simon served as the Project Manager at Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County where she oversaw undergraduate and graduate students who served as volunteers in her 4-H after-school programming. Simon worked with Cloverbuds, preteens, and teens who worked on civic engagement, healthy living, and STEM projects

Simon currently works full time with the NYS 4-H Office as their Civic Engagement Specialist.

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Elliott G. Smith

Phone: 607-255-8104
Email: egs1@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Research Associate,  The Residential Child Care Project
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Holly Smith

Phone: 607-255-9149
Email: hs226@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Research Aide and Administrative Assistant,  The Residential Child Care Project
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Rachel Sumner

Phone: 607-255-7698
Email: ras525
Location: Beebe Hall
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Laura Tach

Phone: 607-254-5282
Email: lauratach@cornell.edu
Location: MVR Hall
Co-director,  Cornell Project 2Gen
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Patty Thayer

Phone: 607-255-9620
Email: pmt6@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Administrative Assistant,  BCTR
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Marney Thomas

Phone: 607-254-5241
Email: mgt2@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

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Andrea Turnbull

Phone: 607-254-5210
Email: ajt78@cornell.edu
Location: Florida

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Andrew Turner

Phone: 607-255-7809
Email: ast4@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall
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Diane Wach

Phone: 607-255-2543
Email: dwm98@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Support and Acquisitions Specialist,  National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect

Diane Wach Miller is a Research Support Specialist at the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) in the BCTR. She processes datasets for secondary analysis and provides user support at NDACAN. She is also a doctoral student in Human Development.

Diane has worked as a psychotherapist diagnosing and treating diverse populations of clients in a wide-range of clinical settings. She worked with clients coping with stressors along a continuum from daily hassles, to clinical disorders, to trauma - including the aftermath of 9/11 and the Washington, DC Sniper incident. Her clinical expertise is in the areas of child maltreatment, crisis intervention, suicide intervention, trauma disorders, stress, and personality disorders.

Diane's research interests are connected to her clinical experiences. Her current research projects are concerned with child maltreatment, personality disorders, trauma disorders, emotion regulation, and media use.

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Janis Whitlock

Phone: 607-254-2894
Email: jlw43@cornell.edu
Location: 202A Beebe Hall

Director,  Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior
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Gregory Wise

Email: gbw4@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Extension Associate,  The Residential Child Care Project
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Heather Wynkoop Beach

Phone: 607-255-7456
Email: haw48@cornell.edu
Location: Beebe Hall

Trainer/Youth Engagement Coordinator,   ACT for Youth