Study Team

The following individuals were involved in e-Moms of Rochester:

Principal Investigators

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Diana Fernandez

MD, MPH, PhD — Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester

Diana is one of two Principal Investigators on e-Moms and leader of the University of Rochester research group. She is responsible for the conduct and scientific integrity of e-Moms of Rochester.

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Christine M. Olson

PhD — Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Chris, one of the two Principal Investigators for e-Moms, is the leader of the Cornell-based group that is developing the electronic educational intervention and has been involved in all aspects of this endeavor.  She is a nutritionist by training and is looking after the diet and nutrition components of the study, as well as, the online surveys.

Co-Investigators

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Geri Gay

PhD — Professor, Department of Communication and Computer and Information Science, Cornell University

Geri is leading research on the use of mobile technologies to help women make better health-related decisions.  Her lab at Cornell is designing and testing mobile phone apps to promote healthier choices. People in her lab are also examining the impact of social networks on health and wellness.

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Susan Groth

PhD, RN, WHNP-BC — Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Rochester

Sue is a women’s health nurse practitioner and serves as a resource for the team. She is involved in the planning and organization of e-Moms. She is leading the genetic component of e-Moms.

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Jeff Niederdeppe

PhD — Department of Communication, Cornell University

Jeff is a communications specialist and has provided guidance for the formative research* for the development of the electronic educational intervention, including refinement of theoretical models , focus group and interview protocol development, survey design, and the implementation of pilot tests for mobile and online tools to promote social support.

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Rob Strawderman

Dean’s Professor & Chairman, Biostatistics and Computational Biology, University of Rochester

Rob is the study’s statistical consultant. He provides statistical expertise and guidance on the study design and methods of analysis to be used in answering the primary and secondary research questions.

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Loralei Thornburg

MD — Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester

Lorelei is the obstetrics consultant on this study.  Her role includes assuring the safety of study participants.

Statistician

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Myla Strawderman

MS — Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Myla is a study statistician and primary data analyst. She will summarize the collected data in e-Moms of Rochester, as well as, assist the study investigators by carrying out data analyses that are designed to answer the primary and secondary research questions.

Study Coordinators

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Jennifer Reschke

MS — Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester

Jennifer is the study coordinator for e-Moms of Rochester, which includes all aspects of recruitment and retention of study participants. She will manage day-to-day operations of recruitment including oversight of recruitment enrollers and act as the liaison to all practices and clinics that are participating in the study.

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Meredith Graham

MS — Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Meredith manages the electronic educational intervention (website, text and e-mail messages, and phone applications). She was the coordinator of the formative research and worked with Keriann and Jennifer to lead focus group discussions, conduct interviews and surveys, and run the pilot project of e-Moms Roc with women in the Rochester area.

Recruitment Enrollers

The primary responsibility of the health project enrollers is the recruitment of pregnant women into the e-Moms Roc study. Recruitment includes explaining the study, determining whether a participant is eligible to participate, and consenting participants. Enrollers act as contact persons for participants with questions regarding all aspects of the study.

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Rebecca Horn

Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester

Becky is a health study enroller for e-Moms of Rochester and she is responsible for the recruitment of pregnant women into the study. She explains the study to potential participants, screens interested women for eligibility to participate and will meet with participants to collect saliva and weight measurements. Becky and the other enrollers serve as the contact for participants throughout the study and regarding all aspects of the study.

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Kayla Painter

Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester

Kayla is a health study enroller for e-Moms of Rochester and she is responsible for the recruitment of pregnant women into the study. She explains the study to potential participants, screens interested women for eligibility to participate and will meet with participants to collect saliva and weight measurements. Kayla and the other enrollers serve as the contact for participants throughout the study and regarding all aspects of the study.

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Madeline Forster

Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester

Madeline is a health study enroller for e-Moms of Rochester and she is responsible for the recruitment of pregnant women into the study. She explains the study to potential participants, screens interested women for eligibility to participate and will meet with participants to collect saliva and weight measurements. Madeline and the other enrollers serve as the contact for participants throughout the study and regarding all aspects of the study.

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Maura Hamilton

Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester

Maura is a health study enroller for e-Moms of Rochester and she is responsible for the recruitment of pregnant women into the study. She explains the study to potential participants, screens interested women for eligibility to participate and will meet with participants to collect saliva and weight measurements. Maura and the other enrollers serve as the contact for participants throughout the study and regarding all aspects of the study.

*Formative research includes all the work that informs the development of the intervention for the e-Moms of Rochester study. In short, this research gives “form” to the electronic intervention that is being developed specifically for this study.