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.
Jamila Davis, MPH, CHES
Jamila is a Community Program Specialist with the Masonic Cancer Center, Tobacco Research Programs. She graduated from Spelman College with a BA in Psychology and a French Minor and received her MPH from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health with a focus in prevention science. Before working with the University of Minnesota, Jamila worked at Emory University in the School of Public Health for 8 years as a study coordinator and project manager. Her research at Emory included studies in the Health Policy and Management Department related to mental and physical health services integration as well as studies in the Behavioral Science and Health Education Department working on HIV risk reduction and sexual health studies. Jamila has been working as study coordinator with Tobacco Research Programs since 2013. Her work at the University of Minnesota has included research related to cancer prevention and smokeless tobacco users.
Laura Dick is a Community Programs Specialist with the Tobacco Research Programs. Laura received a B.S. in psychology with an emphasis in research from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Laura’s roles on the research team include assistance in conducting research, processing biomarker samples, and data entry. Laura has received basic training for certification in phlebotomy.
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.
Alex Johnson, MS
Alex Johnson is a Research Professional with the Tobacco Research Programs. Alex is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota with a MS in Human Factors & Ergonomics. Alex's roles include participant & study coordination, as well as performing as the resident technical expert by managing data, technology, and information systems.
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.
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.