PROKids Hires Two Research Specialists

Two new Research Specialists have joined the PROKids research group. They will be working primarily to implement the three-year Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded project, “Family-Centered Tailoring of Pediatric Diabetes Self-Management Resources”, under the direction of principal investigator Elizabeth Cox, MD PhD.

Jennifer Schopp, MA, will oversee data collection and the overall qualitative research component of the study. Her research areas of interest include quantitative methods, education, and research related to underrepresented populations. Her prior work has highlighted institutional barriers as it relates to educational attainment among racial minorities. Ms. Schopp is a proud Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program alumni and advocate for TRIO initiatives, federally-funded programs designed to promote higher education among disadvantaged populations.

Susan Vial, MSW, will oversee the administrative and regulatory duties including creation and submission of the protocols regarding human subjects as well as communication with study subjects. Her area of expertise is the recruitment of individuals and families for behavioral and medical studies. Ms. Vial brings several years of research experience to the team. She has an interest in improving communication with research participants to increase their understanding of study findings and engaging with communities. Ms. Vial also has an extensive background in medical social work.