Our Staff

Lead Project Investigators

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, Ph.D.

The William C. Friday Distinguished Professor & Coordinator of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy

Professor of Psychology

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Lynne Vernon-Feagans is the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has studied the development of young children for over 25 years. Her numerous articles and books on topics including otitis media, school readiness, and language and literacy skills have been cited in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Parents’ Magazine and other media outlets.

Phone: 919.966.5484

Email: lynnevf@email.unc.edu

Mark Greenberg, Ph.D.

Bennett Chair of Prevention Research

Director, Prevention Research Center

The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Greenberg is principal investigator of the Pennsylvania project site. He is the Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State. His research examines developmental processes in risk and non-risk populations with a specific emphasis on aggression, violence, and externalizing disorders; promoting healthy social and emotional development through school-based prevention; the study of community partnerships and the diffusion of evidence-based programs; the study of contemplative practices and mindfulness interventions; the interface of neuroscience, molecular genetics and prevention.

Phone: 814.863.0112

Email: mxg47@psu.edu

Executive Committee

Martha J. Cox, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Martha Cox is the Director of the Center for Developmental Science and Professor of Psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has studied children and their families for over 25 years. Her numerous books and articles have been cited in publications such as Newsweek, Time, Parent Magazine, The New York Times, and The Durham Herald-Sun.

Phone: 919.966.3509

Email: coxm@email.unc.edu

Margaret (Peg) Burchinal, PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Email: burchinal@unc.edu

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Email: lynnevf@email.unc.edu

Patricia Garrett-Peters, PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Email: garrettp@email.unc.edu

Roger Mills-Koonce, PhD

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Email: r_millsk@uncg.edu

Mark Greenberg, PhD

The Pennsylvania State University

E-mail: mxg47@psu.edu

Clancy Blair, PhD

New York University

Email: clancy.blair@nyu.edu

Tom O’Connor, PhD

University of Rochester

Email: Tom_OConnor@URMC.Rochester.edu

Project Co-Directors:

Patricia Garrett-Peters, Ph.D., UNC

Email: garrettp@email.unc.edu

Jennifer L. Frank, Ph.D., PSU

Dr. Frank is the project director of the Pennsylvania project site. She is an Assistant Professor of Special Education and School Psychology in the College of Education at Penn State. Her research interests focus on school-based prevention and effective strategies to modify the ecology of risk (family-school-peer) from middle childhood to late adolescence.

Phone: 814-867-2865

Email: jfrank@psu.edu

Administration

Heather Walker

Project Administrator
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phone: 919-966-9589
Email: familylifeproject@unc.edu

Alison Quade

Research Supervisor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phone: 919-962-7372
Email: familylifeproject@unc.edu

Angela Hall

Project Manager
The Pennsylvania State University
Phone: 814-863-1321
Email: ajh22@psu.edu

UNC Home and School Visitors

 UNC Staff
Front row: Janice Ray and Kathleen Lunsford 
2nd row: Alice Young, Ann King, Akua Jackson, Malerie Young and Alfreda Faircloth 
Last row: Sheena Jacobs, Gwen Faircloth and Lalia Dixon

  • All of our staff have state and federal clearances.
  • Staff TB testing is up-to-date.
  • All of our staff have extended experience working with children, many have experience working in schools and some have even been teachers themselves.
  • Forty to fifty hours of training at each time point, consisting of:
    • Reading training manuals
    • Observing, learning and practicing individual tasks
    • Making certification tapes and/or live certifying on individual tasks
    • Observing, learning and practicing whole visits
    • Live certifying on home visits
    • Cross-site videoconferencing (between Penn State and UNC)
    • Cross-site travel for training and observation

About UNC's Home and School Visitors

Akua Jackson

Akua Jackson began working for the project in 2004. She began as a home visitor at the 6 Month Home Visit, has served as the Data Manager/Site Coordinator for the NC site, and currently conducts school and home visits. She has a background in Psychology and has worked on various research projects. She enjoys getting to know each family and watching the children develop.

Malerie Young

Malerie Young is the mother of a beautiful little girl named Joy who is the love of her life. She has been with the study since 2007 and loves every moment of it. She began as a home visitor at the 35 Month Home Visit. She has also done child care and school visits. She is looking forward to all the future visits.

Alfreda Faircloth

Alfreda Faircloth has been with the project since 2004. She has done each assessment since the 6 Month Home Visit, as well as contacting participants for a brief follow up phone call. She has a background in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys visiting the families and seeing the growth of the children.

Gwen Faircloth

Gwen Faircloth has been with the project since August 2003. She started out recruiting potential participants and eventually became a home visitor. For Gwen, it has been a pleasure watching the children grow up visit-to-visit. She thanks all of the parents for inviting FLP into their homes and treating home visitors like family.

Nicole Gay

Nicole Gay has been with the project since June 2014.  She is a phlebotomist for home visits and she has also done school visits.

PSU Home and School Visitors

 PSU Staff
Left to right. Kay Leidy, phlebotomist; Denise Moyer-Hand, home and school visitor; Gwen Davis, home and school visitor; Angela Hall, project manager; Mark Greenberg, Principal Investigator; Jennifer Frank, Co-principal Investigator; Sarah Barr, home and school visitor; Annette Isenberg, phlebotomist and school visitor; Casey Fisher and Kellie Mastovich are not pictured.

  • All of our staff have state and federal clearances, including the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI background check and the Pennsylvania State Police criminal record check (PATCH).
  • Staff TB testing is up-to-date.
  • All of our staff have extended experience working with children, many have experience working in schools and some have even been teachers themselves.
  • Forty to fifty hours of training at each time point, consisting of:
    • Reading training manuals
    • Observing, learning and practicing individual tasks
    • Making certification tapes and/or live certifying on individual tasks
    • Observing, learning and practicing whole visits
    • Live certifying on home visits
    • Cross-site videoconferencing (between Penn State and UNC)
    • Cross-site travel for training and observation

About PSU's Home and School Visitors

Angela Hall

Angela is the project manager of the Family Life Project at Penn State. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education. Since she has been with the Family Life Project since 2002 she enjoys watching the FLP children grow and develop. In her spare time she enjoys camping with her family and cheering on local sports teams!

Annette Isenberg

Annette is a Phlebotomist working on the Family Life Project at Penn State. She is new to the team and is looking forward to meeting the children taking part in the FLP. Hobbies include cooking and travel.

Gwen Davis

Gwen is a research assistant with the Penn State Family Life Project. She holds a degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping and cooking.

Casey Fisher

Casey is a Research Assistant for the Family Life Project at Penn State. She is in her senior year of pursuing her Baccalaureate degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State Altoona. She has been with the Family Life Project since May 2014 and has enjoyed learning more about conducting research while developing into a well-rounded human service professional. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending quality time with family.

Kathryn Leidy

Kathryn has been working as a Phlebotomist for FLP since May 2014. Kay has a degree in nursing from Penn State/Altoona. She enjoys meeting the families involved with the FLP project and learning what the project includes. A lot of her free time is spent with her seven grandchildren.

Denise Moyer-Hand

Denise is a Research Technologist for the Family Life Project. She has a Bachelor's degree in Community Health Education from Penn State. She and her husband live in Altoona and enjoy traveling to warm locations where they can scuba dive. In her free time, Denise enjoys decorating, crafting and volunteering for special events throughout the local community. She also enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her dogs, and watching Penn State and Steelers football.

Sarah Barr

Sarah is a research assistant for the Family Life Project. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Technology Education. She is married with one little girl. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as spending time outdoors.

Kellie Mastovich