Who We Are
Gene M. Lutz, Ph.D.
Dr. Lutz is Professor of Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), and has been Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) at UNI since 1988. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Iowa Department of Community and Behavioral Health. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Iowa State University. Dr. Lutz has been the Principal Investigator for over 70 studies of public health and other topics, and the administrator for scores of additional studies.
Mary Losch, Ph.D.
Dr. Losch is Professor of Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), and has been Assistant Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) at UNI since 1998. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Iowa Department of Community and Behavioral Health. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Iowa. Dr. Losch has been the Principal Investigator for numerous grants, contracts and investigations of public policy, public health and other topics.
Disa L. Cornish, Ph.D.
Program Evaluation Manager
Dr. Cornish is the Program Evaluation Manager at the CSBR, and has held this position since 2012. Prior to this position, Dr. Cornish was the Program Evaluator at CSBR. Her work at CSBR includes formative, process, and summative evaluation research, instrument development, project coordination, and reporting. Dr. Cornish received her doctoral degree in health education and health promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health.
Mary Jane Crew, B.A.
Mary Jane Crew joined the Center as Interviewer Supervisor in January of 1993 and has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Northern Iowa. She hires and trains all telephone interviewers and supervises the management of the telephone data collection lab. Ms. Crew ensures that data collection meets established standards, monitors the progress of projects, and achieves project deadlines. Additionally, Ms. Crew consults and assists in questionnaire development and debugs Ci3 questionnaire programming.
Rod Muilenburg, B.L.S.
Associate Field Supervisor
Rod graduated with a BLS from UNI in 2000. As Assistant Interviewer Supervisor he assists in the coordination and supervision of the day-to-day activities in the telephone interviewing lab. He oversees WinCATI operations and programs questionnaires in Ci3. Rod is also the Project Coordinator for the Iowa Gambling Treatment Outcomes System.
Thomas M. Turner, B.A.
Information Technology Specialist
Since graduating from UNI in 1994, with a BA in Computer Science, Tom Turner has been responsible for all aspects of technology at the CSBR, from maintaining the network servers and PC workstations to coding programs in Ci3, C/C++, ECMAScript, and SPSS.
Sharon Cory performs a variety of administrative and accounting functions in the Center for Social and Behavioral Research. She came to the CSBR in 1997 after spending 8 years assisting with the UNI Overseas Placement Fair for Educators.
Isabel Montemayor, M.A.
Evaluation Research Associate
Isabel Montemayor provides research support at the CSBR. Her work includes quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis and contributes to the reporting of findings. Isabel holds a Masters degree from Stanford University in Education and is fluent in Spanish and English. She contributes to many aspects of evaluation research at CSBR, especially in the areas of STEM education programs and initiatives.
Brandon Faber, B.A.
Assistant Field Supervisor
Brandon Faber graduated from UNI in 2010 with a BA in Communication. During his undergraduate studies, Brandon worked for over three years as an interviewer in the CSBR CATI Lab. He started working as Assistant Field Supervisor in June 2011. In this position, Brandon assists with coordination and supervision of daily activities in the interviewing lab. He also assists with hiring and training of interviewers, monitors their progress and guides them toward improvement.