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.


Jane Drage
Research Study Coordinator
I graduated from North Park University with BS in Human Development. I have lived in this area all my life. I am a Chicago native, born in Evanston and raised in both cities. I have a healthcare background as a medical assistant that spans over 18 years and have experience in Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Pediatrics. I am very passionate about research focused on improving health outcomes and am excited to be a part of a team whose mission and passion aligns with mine.




Jennifer Kish
Research Data Analyst Associate
Jenn assists with data management and analysis across studies at the Foundations of Health Research Center. Prior to joining the research team, Jenn received her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences with a Certificate in 3D Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. This was followed by a Master of Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, concentrating in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Jenn has worked additional positions at the Genetics Core Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine, and as an intern and Data Analyst for the CLEAR substance use recovery program for the Town of Winthrop, under the supervision of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.


Rebekah Siliezar
Research Study Coordinator

Rebekah joins the lab after receiving her B.A. in Sociology (Intensive Track) at Yale University. Rebekah believes wholeheartedly in the power of research to inform social change, especially for marginalized and underserved communities. At Yale, she conducted qualitative research on racial and socio-economic inequality in cities across the world. Her focus incorporated neighborhood effects, citizen-police relations, and collective efficacy as influencers of resilience. Her overall goal is to use research to push for policies that enable resilience and agency for at-risk communities. At FHRC, Rebekah works on the On the Rise Study while pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) at Northwestern University.



Johanna Dezil
Research Study Coordinator
Johanna joins the Foundations of Health Research Center after graduating from DePaul University with a B.A. in Community Psychology. During her time at DePaul, Johanna served as a peer mentor for students of color, a Jumpstart Corps member, and a research volunteer in DePaul’s Center for Community Research and Center for Access and Attainment. Johanna’s research interests are rooted in issues affecting African American girls, who are often underrepresented in research. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry. Johanna is excited to serve as a full-time Research Coordinator on a team so focused on helping empower underrepresented populations.






Aubrey Russak-Pribble

Research Study Assistant

Aubrey graduated from Centre College in 2016 with a B.S. in behavioral neuroscience and a minor in psychology. Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, she is excited for the opportunity to work with the FHRC team. She is interested in the impacts of chronic and acute stress on physical health, mental health, and negative life outcomes. She is particularly interested in how poverty, race, gender, and mental illness create compounded inequities in health and life outcomes, and in programs and methods to help reduce these effects. Previously, she worked in Kentucky as a youth counselor at a group home for adolescent girls and as a counselor at a correctional facility for male state inmates. In her free time, she likes to explore the city, cook new foods, and snuggle up with a book and her cat.





Wet Lab Staff

Adam Leigh
Research Technologist
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!


LHoffer PictureLauren Hoffer
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.


Tina Tran
Research Technologist
Tina joins the Foundation of Health Research Center from her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, with a B.S. in Biology. Prior to joining the research team, Tina worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Developmental Neurobiology, focusing on growth-control mechanisms of the vertebrate nervous system. She is thrilled about being a part of the team and contributing her efforts in exploring the connections between social context and physical health. Outside of research, you can find Tina exploring Chicago and it’s surrounding neighborhoods, mostly likely enjoying her favorite pastime of eating.