- Kelly Conn, MPH, Director
- Joseph Duckett, Data Manager
- Sara Wieseneck, MPH, Health Project Coordinator
Kelly Conn, MPH, Director
Kelly Conn has over 11 years of experience in research which includes the oversight of multiple community-based studies, large federally funded R01’s, and multi-year longitudinal studies. She obtained her Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester in 2005 and is currently working to complete her Ph.D. in Human Development through the Warner School of Education and Human Development. Her research experiences include the oversight of large research teams in coordinating enrollment, data collection, and tracking of study subjects. Previously in the Department of Pediatrics she provided guidance to faculty and staff on multiple stages of study planning, IRB application, study implementation, staff coordination, data analysis and interpretation, and presentation/publication. She has collaborated with many investigators in a variety of disciplines on investigations of Parkinson’s Disease, Asthma, Obesity, Developmental Screening and Behavioral Pediatrics, and Maternal Prenatal Anxiety. She has extensive experience in the use of Clinicaltrials.gov, the University of Rochester IRB application and continuing review process, and NIH e-commons. Kelly also has extensive experience with budget and grants preparation, analysis and interpretation of data, and critical peer review of articles submitted for publication. She currently serves as Peer Reviewer for 5 pediatric journals. Kelly’s personal area of research interest is stress and coping among families of children with a chronic illness.
Joseph Duckett, Data Manager
Joseph Duckett has worked for the Center for Research Support for 15 years. His expertise lies in the creation of large complex databases for data collection, as well as in methods for collecting, managing, and cleaning data. He specializes in creating databases in Access and Epi info, and works with investigators to tailor databases to suit their study specific needs. For instance, databases can be set up so that data entry can be done after the data has been collected using paper and pen survey, or data can be entered “live” into the database as the data is being collected. He has created databases housing nearly 1,000 variables and has also worked to create a database with pop-up windows displaying videos of individuals using sign language to display survey questions for the deaf. He is skilled in data management and has extensive experience with cleaning and managing data in order to provide accurate, useful, and manageable final datasets to investigators. Over the years, he has managed data for multiple longitudinal studies which includes tracking 1900 participants to assess outcomes at baseline, 6, 12 and 18 months. This study yielded over 1600 completed phone surveys. Since 1999 Joe has housed official birth certificate data for babies born in 14 counties and 15 hospitals throughout NYS; the data set now has almost 200,000 records.
Sara Heinert, MPH, Health Project Coordinator
Sara Wieseneck has several years of public health research experience, including recent work with a county health department and federal government agency. She holds Bachelors Degrees in Psychology and Statistics from the University of Rochester and a Masters in Public Health, specializing in Epidemiology, from the University of Michigan of which she obtained in 2008. She is very familiar with SAS, SPSS, Excel, and ArcGIS software. Before coming to the Center for Research Support, Sara worked at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, where she worked with a nation-wide network of hospital emergency rooms to collect trauma data. At CRS, she works as a liaison with investigators and research teams in ensuring study progress, including interviews, subject recruitment, accurate data collection methods, and participant tracking and follow-up.
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