About

Staff

  • Theresa Walker

    Business Operations Specialist Sr.

    Theresa has two roles within the Department of Psychology. Half of her responsibility is working within the main office to ensure all department hires of staff and student workers are performed timely and within compliance of policy. The remainder of Theresa’s role is working with financial forecasting and contractual processes within the REACH Institute. 

    Theresa graduated from Davenport University with a M.B.A. in Human Resources and a B.A.S. in Accounting.  She has been working with non-profit organizations for the past fifteen years.  Recently relocated from Michigan, she is enjoying the year-round beautiful weather.  Go BLUE!!  Go GREEN!!  Go LIONS!!

  • Monique Lopez

    Monique Lopez is the Director of Data Collection Activities and the Intervention Training Coordinator. Lopez supervises data collection for all clinical trials at the ASU REACH Institute, and has had great success coordinating the recruitment and retention of study participants, particularly in high risk samples. She is also the coordinator for the REACH intervention trainings and implementation assessment systems. Monique has a B.A. in Education from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

  • Kasha Blair

    Kasha Blair is a Research Specialist and Data Manager for the research methodology team. She serves the REACH Institute's data management and methodology needs. Kasha constructs computer-assisted and online data collection tools, as well as processes and manages incoming data and runs descriptive statistical analysis. Kasha has an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from New Mexico State University.

  • Sarah Hidalgo

    Sarah Hidalgo is a Research Specialist and Data Manager for the research methodology team. She serves the REACH Institute's data management and methodology needs. Sarah constructs computer-assisted and online data collection tools, as well as processes and manages incoming data and runs descriptive statistical analysis. Sarah has a B.S. in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University.

  • Janna LeRoy

    Janna LeRoy is the Administrative Assistant for the ASU REACH Institute. LeRoy is in charge of hiring and payroll for the hourly staff, travel reimbursements, and consultant paperwork and payment, and is the main point of contact for help and information. She has a B.S. in University Studies from Brigham Young University, and has been with the REACH Institute (formerly the Prevention Research Center) since 1999.

  • Kirsten Letham

    Kirsten Letham is a Research Specialist for the ASU REACH Institute. Letham programs computerized assessments used in longitudinal studies, and is involved in the organization, storage, and distribution of data from various information systems. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

  • John Lipfert

    John Lipfert is the Technology Support Analyst Principal. Lipfert supports all ASU REACH projects with their technology needs. He maintains the servers, workstations, laptops, and printers, in addition to performing website maintenance and handling information security. He has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

  • Sandy Losoya

    Dr. Losoya is the Project Director for the Bridges Program at the ASU REACH Institute. Her research interests are on normative and atypical development during childhood and adolescence, and on the influence of risk and resilience factors on socio-emotional development and adolescent and young-adult outcomes. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Oregon.

  • Krista Oswalt

    Dr. Oswalt, Project Director, manages the Parenting Young Children Project, a NIH-sponsored research grant. The research is a randomized effectiveness trial of an engagement package designed to increase participation in parenting skills interventions that have been proven to help children and families. Krista works closely and collaboratively with the Principal Investigator and project staff to plan, direct, organize, and execute all project requirements. Krista has a PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research interests are focused on the less than optimal outcomes at risk for occurring within particular maternal populations such as teen mothers, depressed mothers, and HIV-infected mothers.  She has also assisted in research related to infant massage, postpartum depression, contraceptive use, preterm infants, and adolescent health. 

  • Michele M. Porter

    Dr. Porter is the project director for the Family Bereavement Program 15 Year Follow up at the ASU REACH Institute. Her research interests include cost analysis and evaluation of the long-term effects of prevention programs aimed at helping children and families adjust to stressful life experiences such as divorce, separation and bereavement. She earned her Ph.D. in Family Studies at Arizona State University.

  • Patti Serrano

    Patti Serrano, Research Coordinator and Field Manager, joined the ASU REACH Institute team in 2002. She facilitates data collection for multiple NIH-funded research projects. Patti has specific expertise recruiting and retaining Mexican American families in intervention studies and conducting clinical research in the private sector. She is currently pursuing her masters of science in Clinical Research Management at ASU.

  • Jaimee Virgo

    Jaimee Virgo, Research Specialist Senior and lead data manager for the research methodology team, supports ASU REACH Institute projects in their data management and methodology needs. Jaimee constructs computer assisted and online data collection tools, as well as processes and manages incoming data and runs descriptive statistical analysis. Jaimee has a B.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University.

  • Kathy Yakaitis

    Kathy Yakaitis, MSW, LCSW, shares her time as Assistant Program Manager and Assistant to Data Collection at the REACH Institute in the Department of Psychology at ASU.  She supports research activities, maintains contact with research participants and community agencies, and manages budgets and accounts.  Her interests include family resilience, changes in life stages, and quality research practices. 

  • Marianne Fillhouer

    Marianne Fillhouer, M.A., Ed.S., is the Implementation Coordinator for the Positive Family Support Intervention Program (PFS), an evidenced-based school intervention program. She is responsible for the oversight of the program in addition to serving as a nationwide trainer and consultant for PFS. Marianne is a licensed school psychologist with over 15 years of experience in pre K-12 public education in both Minnesota and Arizona. Her interests include Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), family-school partnerships, and educational equity.  She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), her M.A. in Educational Psychology and Ed.S. in Education and School Psychological Services from the University of Minnesota.

  • Yasaman Parsi

    Yasaman Parsi, ME.D, M.C., LAC is the Implementation Coordinator for The Family Check-Up Program at REACH Institute. She is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked as an educator and therapist with individuals, families and groups in multiple agency settings such as La Frontera-Empact SPC and MISS Foundation. Yasaman has worked with ethnically, racially and socio-economically diverse populations on a variety of mental health concerns such as grief, bereavement, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, couples counseling, and parenting skills education. Yasaman has also worked on other REACH programs in the past such as the New Beginnings Program and Bridges to High School Program. Yasaman earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Women Studies, Master’s degree in Counseling and Master’s degree in Secondary Education, Curriculum and Instruction with a Teaching Certificate from Arizona State University.