Mary Losch, Ph.D.
Dr. Losch is Professor of Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and was the Assistant Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) at UNI from 1998 to 2014. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Iowa College of PUblic Health in the 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.
Jill Wittrock, Ph.D.
Jill Wittrock is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa
and joined the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) as the Assistant Director
in the Spring of 2015. Previously she was a Senior Research Associate at the University of
Michigan. In that capacity, she managed international and federally funded grants,
contracts, and studies on a wide-ranging set of topics including social capital in the Middle
East, education reform in Qatar, election fraud, and methodology training in the social
sciences. Jill received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Iowa.
Gene M. Lutz, Ph.D.
Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant
Dr. Lutz is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), and was Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) at UNI from 1988 to 2014. He was also an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Iowa College of Public Health 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.
Erin O. Heiden, MPH, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Erin Heiden is a Senior Research Scientist at CSBR. Her education includes a Master of
Public Health degree and PhD in Community and Behavioral Health from the University of
Iowa with emphasis in health communication and occupational injury prevention research.
Erin’s research interests include evaluation and policy research, psycho-social factors and
effects of injury, and injuries among individuals with disabilities. She leads several CSBR
projects focused on STEM evaluation and monitoring in the state.
Ki Park, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Ki Park is a Senior Research Scientist at the CSBR. He holds an MA in Health Education and
Promotion from UNI and a PhD in Community and Behavioral Health with an emphasis in health
communication from the University of Iowa. He has been part of CSBR research team as student
research assistant before joining as a staff member in 2013. Dr. Park leads CSBR projects focused
on understaning gambling outcomes and treatment, analysis of complex data and use of social
media and organic data as complements to traditional quantitative and qualitative methods.
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 conducts quality testing for CATI-Ci3 questionnaire programming.
Rod Muilenburg, B.L.S.
Associate Field Supervisor
Rod graduated with a BLS from UNI in 2000. As Associater Field 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 Barriers to Prenatal Care Project and the Iowa Gambling Treatment
Outcomes Study and coordinates logistics for projects involving large self-administered mailback
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. Tom assists with dataset development and testing and development of information and data security policies.
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. Sharon's work supports all dimensions of CSBR work.
Mitchell Avery, M.P.P.
Mitch has worked as a project coordinator at CSBR since 2014. He received his B.A. in
Economics in 2010 and his Masters of Public Policy in 2013, both from the University of
Northern Iowa. He was a part of the CSBR research team as student Research Assistant
before joining as a full-time staff member in 2013. Mitch provides support for multiple
projects and plays a central role in the ongoing CAPP and Tobacco Quitline evaluations and
provides expertise and support for projects utilizing online data collection.
Neal Pollock, B.S.
Neal started working at CSBR as a graduate research assistant in 2012, and has been a
project coordinator since 2014. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of
Alabama in 2011 and is finishing his M.A. in Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa. Neal has primary responsiblity for several educational and STEM evaluation projects as well
as assisting with supervision and training of telehpone interviewers.
Andrew Stephenson, M.S.
Andrew Stephenson joined the Center for Social and Behavioral Research as a Project
Coordinator in Spring 2015. He also serves as the Agroecology Technical Advisory Group
Coordinator for the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation
Cooperative. Previously he was the Human Dimensions Research Coordinator at the Illinois
Natural History Survey. He received a B.A. in Anthropology and French from Grinnell College and
an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University. His research
interests now focus on applied social science and the human dimensions of natural resource