Research Staff

Project Staff

Robin Hayen
Project Coordinator
Robin received a B.A in psychology and history from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. Prior to joining the research team at Foundations of Health Research Center, she gained over 8 years of experience working with parent and child research participants in studies of early-onset depression at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. At Foundations for Health Research Center, she helps to coordinate Dr. Edith Chen’s Family Asthma Study and conduct study assessments.

Kay Vause

Project Coordinator
Kay helps manage Dr. Miller’s stress and health study. Prior to joining the Foundations of Health Research Center, Kay was a data manager for a child development lab from 2012-2015 at the University of Maryland where she managed two large longitudinal data sets. She graduated from Ohio University in 2012 with a B.A. in psychology where she volunteered in both a health psychology and a clinical psychology lab. Always having a knack for numbers, she hopes to continue her pursuit of a graduate degree in statistics.

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Research Study Coordinator
Van is a proud Wisconsin Badger with a B.S. in Psychology and a certificate in Global Health. Before joining the team, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a legal assistance non-profit helping low-income individuals in the Chicago area with public benefits issues. In addition to some experience in early/elementary education, she has worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds in Madison. Currently, Van assists with projects and study assessments in Dr. Chen’s asthma study and Dr. Miller’s My World My Heart study.

Wet Lab Staff

Adam Leigh
Wet Lab Manager
Faster than a spinning ultra-centrifuge, more powerful than FACS laser, able to pipet entire 96-well plates in a single motion! Up on the fourth floor labs, look! It’s a bird! It’s a rat! No, it’s Adam Leigh! Yes it’s Adam Leigh! Strange visitor from another department, who came to the Foundations of Health Research Center with lab skills and techniques far beyond those of normal RAs! Adam Leigh! Who can get blood from the most deep and narrow of veins, enter piles of subject packages with his bare hands, and who disguised as a mild-mannered research assistant, takes on the never ending lab work, for data, knowledge, and the scientific way!


Paula Ham
Research Technologist
Paula graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in anthropology with concentration in biological sciences. As an undergraduate, she performed research on protein crystallography, which she received three undergraduate research grants. Prior to joining the Foundations of Health Research team, she worked in a biotech company as a microbiologist. Today, she is excited to contribute to studies on psychosocial and biological factors that influence health.

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Research Technologist
Lauren, born and raised in Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin where she earned a B.S. in Biochemistry. During her time at Wisconsin, Lauren worked at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research where she investigated genetic determinants of breast cancer. For the past two years Lauren has worked as a high school chemistry teacher on the south side of Chicago through the Teach for America (TFA) program. Upon completion of TFA, Lauren joined the Foundations of Health Research Center as a full time research assistant.

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