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.
Erin O. Heiden, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Erin Heiden is a Senior Research Scientist with the Center for Social and Behavioral Health at the University of Northern Iowa. Her education includes a Master of Public Health degree and PhD in Community and Behavioral Health 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.
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.
Ki Park, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Ki Park is a Research Associate at the CSBR. He holds a PhD in community and behavioral health with 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.
Nikki Sundin, M.S.
Evaluation Research Associate
Nikki Sundin has worked as an evaluation research associate at CSBR since 2012. She received her B.A. from Luther College in Sociology and Africana Studies, and has completed her coursework for her M.S. in Sociology at South Dakota State. She has a strong background in qualitative data collection, analysis and reporting. Her research interests include race, class, gender, and familial structures.
Mitchell Avery, M.P.P.
Mitch has worked as a program assistant at the CSBR since 2013. 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 has been part of CSBR research team as student Research Assistant before joining as a full-time staff member in 2013.