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Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD

Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD


Senior Scientist and Director
Institute for Health and Productivity Studies
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, Senior Scientist and Director, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research at Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters Healthcare Business) is a nationally recognized expert in health management, data analysis, and applied research. He has led numerous projects focusing on documenting the health and productivity cost burden of various disease conditions and the ROI achieved by health management programs. He is Principal Investigator (PI) on several large-scale NIH, CDC, and CMS funded studies focused on risk reduction and cost savings. Dr. Goetzel earned his doctorate in Organizational and Administrative Studies and his MA in Applied Social Psychology from New York University, and his BS degree in Psychology from the City College of New York.

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Enid Chung Roemer, PhD

Enid Chung Roemer, PhD


Associate Scientist and Deputy Director
Institute for Health and Productivity Studies
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Enid Chung Roemer, PhD, is Associate Scientist and Deputy Director at the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health, Behavior and Society. She has over a decade of experience conducting empirical research in the area of developing, implementing and evaluating worksite health promotion programs. Her research examines the relationship between employee health and well-being and work-related productivity, and covers a variety of health topics including diet/nutrition, physical activity, stress management, smoking, and obesity-related disease prevention. Specifically, her research interests include examining the psychosocial factors that contribute to health beliefs, health behaviors, and motivation to change and maintain health promoting/disease preventing behaviors. She also has conducted social cognitive research, examining the interactions between dispositional and psychosocial factors on stress and anxiety across various domains. Her expertise also includes conducting process evaluation of worksite health promotion programs and instrument validation studies. Dr. Roemer earned her doctorate in Applied Social Psychology from The George Washington University, and her BA degree in Psychology from Wellesley College.

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Karen Butcher Kent, MPH

Karen Butcher Kent, MPH


Senior Research Program Manager
Institute for Health and Productivity Studies
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Karen Butcher Kent, MPH, is a Senior Research Program Manager for the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies. Most of her work with IHPS centers on research design, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and writing. Prior to her graduate studies, Karen worked as a Research Associate with edCount, LLC in Washington DC, where she coordinated research projects in the areas of education assessment and accountability. Karen holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and International Development from American University in Washington, DC and an MPH in Health Policy from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.



Jeff Berko, MPH

Jeffrey Berko, MPH


Manager of Research Projects
Institute for Health and Productivity Studies
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Jeffrey Berko, MPH, is a Manager of Research Projects for the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to starting with IHPS, Jeff conducted research as an environmental epidemiologist with the National Center for Health Statistics in Washington, DC. His research utilized large, nationally representative datasets to examine the interplay between the environment and human health, including the health impacts of climate change, air pollution, and exposure to BPA. Jeff has also conducted research on how the built environment influences physical activity levels. His primary research interests include chronic disease prevention and mental health promotion via physical activity and active transportation. Jeff holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, and a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 


Kate McCleary

Kate McCleary, MS, CHES


Senior Research Assistant
Institute for Health and Productivity Studies
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

 

Kate McCleary is a Senior Research Assistant at the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She discovered her passion for corporate wellness while working for a small start-up company (Innovative Wellness Solutions) on the program implementation team and decided to pursue more specialized training to become better prepared for a career in this field. She acquired her education through the lens of worksite wellness with a particular interest in understanding the quality of work life created by the psychosocial work environment and its impact on organizational and employee health. Her particular academic areas of interest include communications, health education, and health literacy. Kate earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master of Science in Health Promotion from the University of Delaware. She also holds a Certificate in Health Coaching and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).