Meet the Team

Directors

Michal Grinstein-Weiss, PhD, MSW

Washington University in St. Louis

Michal Grinstein-Weiss, PhD, MSW

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Founding Director

As a leading expert and researcher in social and economic mobility, Grinstein-Weiss is an influential voice in the design of behavior-based healthcare interventions and innovative social policies to promote household financial security, both in the United States and internationally.

Karyn Quinn, MSN

Centene

Karyn Quinn, MSN

Senior Director, Research Development

Karyn brings her decades of experience in management and clinical care to the Centene Center leadership team. Karyn is the Center’s head of research development, and uses her knowledge of insurance products and services to bring the Center’s projects to life.



Dan Ariely, PhD, MA

Duke University, Center for Advanced Hindsight

Dan Ariely, PhD, MA

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Faculty Director

Dan leads the Duke University effort on incorporating behavioral economics and social science into health-related behavioral modification programs. Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University and is dedicated to understanding the forces that influence our behavior in order to help people live more sensible – if not rational – lives.

Matthew Kreuter, PhD, MPH

Washington University in St. Louis

Matthew Kreuter, PhD, MPH

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Faculty Director

Matthew leads the Centene Center’s work on health communications. He seeks to identify and apply communication-based strategies to eliminate health disparities, including increasing the reach and effectiveness of health information to low-income and minority populations.

Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, MS, MSEd

Washington University in St. Louis

Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, MS, MSEd

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Faculty Director

Debra Haire-Joshu leads the Centene Center’s work on obesity and diabetes prevention and treatment. An internationally renowned scholar of health behavior, Haire-Joshu develops population-wide interventions to reduce obesity and prevent diabetes, particularly among underserved women and children.

Mary Acri, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis

Mary Acri, PhD

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Faculty Director

Mary’s areas of research include developing and testing innovative methods to facilitate detection and outreach of persons experiencing mental health and/or health problems, barriers to access, and improving the quality and delivery of services. She is particularly interested in testing interventions to change provider behavior in order to improve consumer health and engagement in care.

Research Team

Washington University in St. Louis

Amy McQueen, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis

Amy McQueen, PhD

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Associate Professor, Washington University School of Medicine

Amy’s research has focused on understanding how cognitive, psychosocial, and environmental determinants influence health behaviors and testing behavioral interventions to improve health. She is particularly interested in individuals’ biases and defenses that impede their engagement in health behaviors and adherence to recommendations, as well as testing novel strategies for reducing defenses.

Rachel Tabak, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis

Rachel Tabak, PhD

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Research Associate Professor

Rachel’s research interests include obesity prevention, nutrition strategies, community-based physical activity, and dissemination and implementation. She also examines how key stakeholders, including researchers, advocates and policymakers, affect how research evidence is transformed into policy.

Darrell Hudson, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis

Darrell Hudson, PhD

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Associate Professor

Darrell Hudson is an associate professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Hudson holds a joint appointment with the Department of Psychiatry and is a Faculty Scholar with the Institute for Public Health. Dr. Hudson’s research agenda focuses on racial/ethnic health disparities and the role of social determinants of health, particularly how socioeconomic position and social context affect health and health disparities.

Chris Dy, MD, MPH

Washington University in St. Louis

Chris Dy, MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Dy is an orthopedic hand surgeon and a clinician-scholar with an interest to health services research and health policy. His goal is to use health services research methods with administrative data to identify and ultimately address sociodemographic disparities in access and utilization of specialty services such as orthopedic surgery.

David Patterson Silver Wolf, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis

David Patterson Silver Wolf, PhD

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David A. Patterson Silver Wolf has more than 15 years of experience providing clinical services in the substance use disorder treatment field. Patterson Silver Wolf investigates how empirically supported interventions are implemented in community-based services, specifically as it relates to therapist and organizational characteristics.

Tess Thompson, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis

Tess Thompson, PhD

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Research Assistant Professor

Tess Thompson’s research examines how the social context affects health in cancer prevention and control. Her work includes three main strands: the effects of family on health, the importance of social support, and the role of health communication in reducing disparities.

Duke University

Catherine Berman

Duke University, Center for Advanced Hindsight

Catherine Berman

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Behavioral Researcher

Catherine J. Berman is a behavioral researcher at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight. She leads the Center’s vaccination behavior research and studies chronic disease management, preventive health behavior, and purpose and meaning in life. Catherine graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota and is applying to PhD programs to continue a career in basic and applied research. She is passionate about using research collaborations to contribute tangible, equitable improvements in the world.

Jenna Clark, PhD

Duke University, Center for Advanced Hindsight

Jenna Clark, PhD

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Senior Behavioral Scientist

Jenna Clark is a senior behavioral researcher at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight where she works to help people make healthy decisions in spite of themselves. She’s also interested in how technology contributes to our well-being through its effect on our close personal relationships. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology.

Becky Reeves, PhD

Duke University, Center for Advanced Hindsight

Becky Reeves, PhD

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Senior Behavioral Researcher

Becky Reeves is a senior behavioral researcher at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight. She completed her Master’s in Psychology from UNCW in 2007, a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2011, and a 2 year post-doc fellowship at Tufts University in 2016. Her research interests involve decision-making under uncertainty, social support, and cognitive and emotional barriers to successful behavior change.

Jan Willem Lindemans, PhD

Duke University, Center for Advanced Hindsight

Jan Willem Lindemans, PhD

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Principal, Global Health and Development

Jan Willem Lindemans leads the Health team at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight. His research covers a wide range of health behaviors: from lifestyle, vaccination and self-care to the personal finance of health. He has extensively collaborated with partners in the healthcare industry, global health, and health tech. Before arriving at Duke, he was postdoctoral researcher and founding co-director of the Penn Social Norms group at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shanta Ricks, MA

Duke University, Center for Advanced Hindsight

Shanta Ricks, MA

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Behavioral Researcher

Shanta Ricks is a behavioral researcher at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight. She received her Master of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina Central University in December 2018 and now works within the Common Cents and Health team lab. Her research interest includes exploring and understanding the psychological mechanisms that promotes pro-health and good financial behaviors.

Jon Cloughesy

Duke University, Center for Advanced Hindsight

Jon Cloughesy

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Behavioral Researcher

Jon Cloughesy is a behavioral researcher at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight. He graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara where he studied Biopsychology and Applied Psychology. Jon specializes in using the power of social forces to improve health. He is passionate about behavioral science, and aspires to help build a healthier, happier world for us all.

 

Core Staff

Dan Ferris

Washington University in St. Louis

Dan Ferris

Policy and Planning Director

Dan is the policy and planning director at the Center, where he oversees a range of projects and initiatives related to health, the U.S. healthcare system, and the social determinants that drive health outcomes. He is especially interested in advancing policy research that identifies drivers of healthy communities, improved access to services, and health equity.

Brinda Gupta

Washington University in St. Louis

Brinda Gupta

Program Coordinator

Brinda is a Program Coordinator and supports Michal Grinstein-Weiss and the Centene Center. She provides administrative support across all of the Center’s work. Brinda is a current student at the Olin Business School and is passionate about cross-sector collaboration.

Yoli Alovor, PhD

Centene

Yoli Alovor, PhD

Project Manager IV

Yoli brings years of experience in behavioral and applied educational research to the Centene Center’s team. She uses her management experience and background to help operationalize the Center’s projects and advise best practices. Yoli is passionate about promoting behavioral economic strategies to improve healthy decision making and health outcomes.

Tito Rivera-Bosques

Washington University in St. Louis

Tito Rivera-Bosques

Center Manager

Tito is the Center Manager, where he oversees the day-to-day operations. He also provides project coordination for the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis in work for the Center. His previous work in healthcare includes three years of practice management and two years of work in health insurance through the ACA. His interests in healthcare include assisting various underserved populations, the inner workings of healthcare strategy, and improving healthcare access.

Advisory Committee

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Research Focus Areas

The Centene Center engages in research across five focus areas to influence positive health outcomes and decrease healthcare costs. Find out more about our studies, initiatives, and researchers here.

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