Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Emily Borman-Shoap, MD
Vice Chair for Education and Associate Professor

612-624-4477
borm0029@umn.edu

 

Calla Brown, MD, MHR
Assistant Professor

brow3601@umn.edu

 

 

Marla Eisenberg, ScD, MPH
Professor

612-624-9462
eisen012@umn.edu

 

Lara Al-Ejeilat, MD
Staff Physician

lalejei1@fairview.org

 

Sarah Espinoza, PhD
Assistant Professor

espin131@umn.edu

 

Janna Gewirtz O'Brien, MD, MPH, FAAP
Assistant Professor

gewir007@umn.edu

 

Catherine Jordan, PhD, LP
Professor

jorda003@umn.edu

 

Barbara J. McMorris, PhD
Associate Professor

612-624-9909
mcmo0023@umn.edu

 

Peter Scal, MD, MPH
Associate Professor

612-624-7141
scal0005@umn.edu

 

Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

612-625-9907
shlaf002@umn.edu

 

Renee E. Sieving, PhD, RN, FAAN, FSAHM
Professor

612-626-4527
sievi001@umn.edu

 

Nimi Singh, MD, MPH, MA
Assistant Professor

612-625-5497
singh031@umn.edu

 

Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAFP
Assistant Professor

sveta001@umn.edu

Staff

Beth Williamson

Beth Williamson
Division Administrator
ensb0003@umn.edu

 

Cynthia Orstad
Executive Office & Administrative Specialist

612-627-6820
orsta002@umn.edu

Matthew Stoffel

Matthew Stoffel
Administrative Associate, Creative Services
612-626-5768
stof0040@umn.edu

Kara Beckman, MA
Senior Evaluator, HYD•PRC; Community Contracts: Legal Rights Center, Saint Paul Public Schools

612-626-2511
beckm118@umn.edu

 

Lynn Bretl, MPP
Director, State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC); Instructor, School of Public Health

612-275-6690
muen0001@umn.edu

 

Laurel Davis, PhD
Director, Center for Research in Family Home Visiting
612-625-1900
davis978@umn.edu

 

Jill Farris, MPH
Director, Adolescent Sexual Health Training & Education; HYD•PRC
612-626-7952
farrisj@umn.edu

 

Amy Gower, PhD
Research Associate, HYD•PRC
612-624-3347
gowe0009@umn.edu

 

Jenny Oliphant, EdD, MPH
Research Associate and Community Outreach Coordinator, HYD•PRC, Instructor, Adolescent Medicine Rotation
612-624-1907
oliph001@umn.edu

 

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Shari Plowman, MPH
Senior Evaluator, HYD•PRC; Community Contracts: Planned Parenthood, MN Dept of Education, TeenWise MN
612-626-2983
plow0014@umn.edu

 

Val Rubin-Rashaad
Executive Director
651-231-4849
smith182@umn.edu

 

McKinley Green
Administrative Assistant

612-301-6675
gree1968@umn.edu

 

Andrew Schuster
Treatment Adherence Coordinator

612-547-8870

 

Gage Urvina
Client Services Coordinator
612-624-5127
gurvina@umn.edu

 

Ingie Osman, MPH
Project Director
osman175@umn.edu

 

Amanda Corbett, MPH
Project Director
corbe007@umn.edu

 

Katherine Pierson
Communications Manager

9526871613
pier0122@umn.edu

 

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Katie Dinndorf
Medical Case Manager

6122174382
dinn0017@umn.edu

 

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Raquelle Paulsen
Lead Case Manager
6129302830
gantx019@umn.edu

 

De'Shay Thomas
Project Director
thom8155@umn.edu

 

Jamie Grilz
Deputy Director and Trainer
clif0040@umn.edu

Trainees
Samantha
Samantha Lawrence, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow
slawrenc@umn.edu

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health

PhD, University of Connecticut, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, Storrs, CT

MA, University of Connecticut, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, Storrs, CT

Samantha E. Lawrence, Ph.D., earned her doctorate from the University of Connecticut in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and now works at the University of Minnesota as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health.

Broadly, Dr. Lawrence’s research focuses on social determinants of health and health behaviors among adolescents and young adults—especially LGBTQ+ adolescents and young adults—from an intersectional perspective. Using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methodologies, her work to date has examined marginalized young people’s experiences of identity-based stigma in family and school contexts, including how they relate to health and health risk behaviors (e.g., disordered eating, anxiety symptoms, depressive symptoms, sexual risk behaviors). Dr. Lawrence’s work also considers the protective role of identity-supportive school environments and interpersonal relationships.

Dr. Lawrence has mentored 17 research assistants and taught several undergraduate courses related to health and human development, including Research Methods in Human Development and Family Sciences, Diversity Issues in Human Development, and Human Development: Infancy through Adolescence. She has received university-wide recognition for her teaching and mentorship, including the Office of Undergraduate Research Mentorship Excellence Award and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award,both from the University of Connecticut.

Learn more about Dr. Lawrence’s research, funding, and teaching here.

Luke
Luke Muentner, PhD, MSW

Post-Doctoral Candidate
muent001@umn.edu
Post-Doctoral Candidate, Department of Pediatrics

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison's Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, Madison, WI

MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison's Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, Madison, WI

Luke Muentner, PhD, MSW, earned his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work in 2021 where he also earned his MSW. His work centers on the collateral consequences that incarceration, community reentry, and justice reform have for children and families. For example, Luke’s dissertation provided a rigorous mixed methods examination of family reunification and changes in children’s well-being when incarcerated parents are released from prison. Besides his dissertation work, he has assisted on a number of relevant research projects including designing, implementing, and evaluating a community-based intervention for fathers recently released from jail and prison; analyzing the impact of COVID-19 in jails; and evaluating a trial of educational materials for young children with incarcerated parents. Luke has social work practice experience providing case management to men reintegrating into the community following their release from prison, facilitating individualized and group peer support sessions for men navigating reentry, supporting a youth advisory board made up of adolescents with incarcerated parents, and engaging in grassroots community organizing efforts for criminal justice reform. Additionally, he has independently taught advanced-level undergraduate seminars on policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.