Tobacco Research Programs Staff

Christine Dittel

Christine Dittel is a Research Coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s Tobacco Research Program. She started her research career at the U of M in 1991 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She has worked on numerous preventative and early intervention initiatives for those at risk of addiction.

Hanna Vanderloo, RN, MSN

Hanna Vanderloo is the Cancer Prevention and Control Program Manager. She is responsible for the oversight of several research projects including Dr. Irina Stepanov and Dr. Stephen Hecht’s. She has worked in clinical research for over 10 years and in tobacco research for the past 3 years. Please contact her with any questions.         

Amanda Anderson

Amanda Anderson is a Community Program Specialist for the University of Minnesota's Tobacco Research Programs. Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in Psychology and has been working in the field of nicotine and tobacco dependence since 1994. Amanda has coordinated numerous Smoking Cessation and Harm Reduction Trials and has spent over 10 years in the area of treating smokeless tobacco users.

Dana Mowls Carroll, PhD, MPH

Dana joined the Tobacco Research Programs in June 2017 after completing her doctoral training in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dana’s primary project is a Phase III randomized, open label, multi-center study that seeks to understand the impact of very low nicotine content cigarettes. She also works on research projects that seek to understand mechanisms that contribute to the high rates of smoking-related cancers among the American Indian population. Her career goal is to direct an independent research group which contributes to the elimination of tobacco-related disease and death with a special emphasis on populations that bear the greatest burden of tobacco.

Laura Dick

Laura Dick is a Clinical Research Coordinator and has been working with the Tobacco Research Programs through the Masonic Cancer Center since 2014. Laura received a B.S. in psychology with an emphasis in research from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Public Health through the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health. Laura’s roles on the research team include participant and study coordination, processing of biosamples, data entry and analysis. Laura has received basic training for certification in phlebotomy, and provides phlebotomy services for studies within the Tobacco Research Program.

Katherine (Kat) Harrison, MPH

Kat Harrison has been working as a study coordinator for Tobacco Research Programs since 2010. Her work at the University of Minnesota has included research related to the use of exercise and relaxation as a smoking cessation tool. She completed her Masters of Public Health 2008. Before working with the University of Minnesota's Tobacco Research Programs, Kat worked as an epidemiologist in both Maine and the City of Baltimore.

Louise Hertsgaard, MA, TTS

Louise Hertsgaard received a M.A. in Developmental Psychology at University of Minnesota, 2007 and was certified as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, 2008. Currently, she is a clinical research coordinator for the Tobacco Research Programs at the University of Minnesota. Since 2005 she has coordinated studies using oral tobacco and reduced nicotine content cigarettes to help people quit smoking.

Joni Jensen, MPH

Joni Jensen is the Tobacco Research Programs Clinic Manager. She is responsible for the administration of Dr. Dorothy Hatsukami and Dr. Stephen Hecht's research projects and is also responsible for regulatory oversight. She has worked in the tobacco research area for the past 25 years. Please contact her with any questions or concerns about the Tobacco Research Programs projects or staff.

Kathy Longley

Kathy Longley is the Executive Assistant to Dorothy Hatsukami, Director of Tobacco Research Programs. She has worked in the Tobacco Research Programs at the University of Minnesota since 1989. In addition to her duties as Dr. Hatsukami's assistant, Kathy also coordinates meetings and seminars for the Tobacco Research Programs as well as the Prevention and Etiology Program in the Masonic Cancer Center.

Brogan McWilliams

Brogan McWilliams is a Research Coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s Tobacco Research Programs. Brogan received his BA in Biochemistry from Grinnell College in 2016. He worked in medicine, prior to joining the Tobacco Research Program in 2018. His ongoing study involves biomarker exposure and effect in E-cigarette users versus traditional tobacco users.

Jane Schulz, MPH, RN, CNP

Jane has been working as an adult nurse practitioner in tobacco and cocaine use research since 2008. She has responsibility for the entrance and exit physical exams for study participants where the studies require them. She also assists our medical directors in review of the participants' charts and provides some required skills training and updates for staff. She has a master's degree in public health and has spent most of her career working in public health both clinically, primarily in primary care with under-served and under-insured populations, as well as in other areas of research particularly HIV/AIDS, STIs, and tuberculosis.

Lori Strayer, MPH, MS

Lori is a Research Fellow, and has been supporting cancer research with faculty in Epidemiology and recently Tobacco Research since 2006. She received degrees and worked in engineering prior to pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health in Epidemiology. Lori's roles on the research team is to assist with regulatory requirements and data management.

Nicole Tosun, MS, TTS

Nicole Tosun is a Clinical Research Coordinator and has been with Tobacco Research Programs since 2010. During this time she completed training as a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS), as well as, Certified Basic Phlebotomist. Before moving to Minnesota Nicole earned a Master of Science degree in Research, Statistics, and Measurement and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Connecticut State University. Nicole is interested in how sex hormones (such as progesterone and allopregnanolone) effect smoking behavior and smoking cessation outcomes.

Tobacco Research Programs
717 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone: 612-626-5155
Fax: 612-624-4610