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Anna Pignol Anna Evans Pignol

Anna is originally from Prince Edward Island, and she received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) in 2002. During her training in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota, Anna worked as a research associate at the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR). She has been involved with the evaluation of school-based smoking prevention programs (Life Skills and Towards no Tobacco ­TNT) and the development of a school-based obesity prevention program (Coordinated Approach to Child Health - CATCH). Anna's doctoral dissertation is a collaborative endeavor with UPEI and involves testing the effectiveness of a motivational interviewing intervention to increase physical activity in a sample of community-living older adults. Anna is on schedule for defending her dissertation in June, 2008. Currently, Anna is completing her predoctoral residency at the IWK Health Centre in Nova Scotia. In September, 2008, Anna will begin clinical work as a psychologist on the candidate register with children and adolescents in the area of health psychology, in Hamilton, Ontario.

email: anna.evans@und.nodak.edu


Sonia Marrone Sonia Marrone

Sonia grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from the University of Winnipeg in 2001. During her university years, Sonia worked with several community non-profit organizations in the areas of public awareness, social services and health promotion. Since beginning her training in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota, Sonia has worked primarily at the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR). She has been involved with the development of a school-based obesity prevention program (Coordinated Approach to Child Health - CATCH) and a short-term parent-child intervention aimed at reducing obesity in children. She has also played an integral role in developing and administrating an enhanced prenatal care program for women in a rural, minority community in North Dakota. Sonia's master's thesis, examining breastfeeding attitudes in young adults, was recently published in the Journal of Human Lactation. Currently, Sonia is completing her doctoral dissertation evaluating a health promotion and wellness program in university students and plans to defend her work prior to beginning her predoctoral residency in July 2008 at Duke University Medical Center.

email: sonia.marrone@und.nodak.edu


Mark Goetz Mark Goetz

Mark was raised in Dickinson and Bismarck, North Dakota. He received his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University in 2005 and received his master's degree in psychology from the University of North Dakota in 2007.  As an undergraduate, he worked in several research labs, volunteered at a crisis intervention center, and worked at a residential facility for individuals with severe mental illness.  Mark has had varied experiences in clinical health psychology during his training at UND. He has worked with the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR). More specifically, he has been primarily involved with the evaluation of a school-based obesity prevention program (Coordinated Approach to Child Health - CATCH) and a worksite wellness program. Mark's master's thesis, examining emotional and physiological responses to antismoking advertisements, was conducted in the Psychophysiology and Health Laboratory. His clinical training experiences have included cognitive-behavioral therapy experience in the department's training clinic and health psychology services in a rehabilitation hospital. In his fourth year in the program, Mark will continue his work on various research projects, his clinical training, and will begin his doctoral dissertation work.

email: mark.goetz@und.nodak.edu


Margaret Cowles Margaret Cowles

Margaret graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant in an Alcohol Studies Lab and a Behavioral Neuroscience Lab.  She earned her Master of Arts degree in psychology at Minnesota State University.  While she was in Minnesota, she worked at the Nicotine Research Program/Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and assisted with several tobacco use prevention and cessation projects.  She moved on to become actively involved in health promotion research within a low-income African American population at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.   Margaret joined the team at the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR) in July 2007.  During her time at CHPPR, she has assisted the Senior Research Scientists in the coordination of several health promotion projects (i.e., the North Dakota Worksite Health Promotion Program and several Coordinated School Health and School-based Tobacco Use Prevention Programs) and has been responsible for writing summary reports for schools involved in the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program.  She is currently working on her dissertation, which is a web-based intervention designed to increase physical activity in college students.

email: margaret.cowles@und.nodak.edu


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