Research Team

Soyang Kwan, PhD | Statistician
Soyang Kwon, PhD, is a research assistant professor in Division of Smith Child Health Research at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute and Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She earned her PhD in Epidemiology at University of Iowa. Her research interest is physical activity epidemiology. She serves as a statistician for research projects of Smith Child Health Research, Adolescent Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

Amy K. Johnson, PhD, MSW
Amy K. Johnson, PhD, is a research assistant professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Lurie Children's and Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She earned her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Johnson has advanced training in program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative analysis. In addition, Dr. Johnson has a background in social work and therefore brings a strengths-based trauma-informed approach to her research and evaluation work. Dr. Johnson’s primary area of expertise and interest lies in applied HIV and STI prevention and care intervention research. Her work focuses on high priority areas of HIV intervention implementation, risk assessment and developing/assessing prevention packages, as well as in adolescent sexual health.

Abigail Muldoon, MA | Sr. Data Management
Abigail develops data collection instruments and systems in collaboration with Center investigators. She also reviews, organizes, and cleans study data in SPSS and Microsoft Excel as they are collected and maintained in secure storage.​

Victoria Kolbuck, MSW | Trans Youth Decision-Making Project
​Victoria is a research coordinator for Trans Youth Decision-Making Project. This study investigates how cognitive and emotional functioning affects medical decision-making in peripubertal transgender youth. Study findings will also inform the development of an assessment tool that would assist mental health clinicians in assessing youth’s understanding of the potential risks and benefits of pubertal suppression treatment.

Jane Hereth, MSW | Life Skills (NIMH RO1)
Jane coordinates LifeSkills, an NIH R01 study testing a group-based HIV prevention intervention targeting transgender women ages 16-29.

Rose Diskin, BA | YMAP (NIMH RO1)
Rose is the research coordinator for the Young Men’s Affiliation Project (YMAP). The purpose of YMAP is to investigate the HIV/STI risk and protective behaviors associated with complex webs of social networks created by young men who have sex with men’s venue-based affiliations.

Sam Hoehnle, BA | Stronger Together (NICHD R01)
Sam is a research coordinator the Stronger Together. This project studies the continuum of HIV counseling and testing, linkage to care, and adherence management among male couples. This is a randomized controlled trial that will explore whether receiving a package of prevention services as a couple (rather than individually) improves clinical outcomes among HIV infected participants.

Jennie Thai, BA | Stronger Together (NICHD RO1)
Jennie is a behavioral research associate on: Stronger Together, randomized control trial that will explore whether receiving a package of prevention services as a couple improves clinical outcomes among HIV infected participants, and MyPEEPS Mobile, a randomized control trial that will test an online HIV prevention intervention for young men who have sex with men between the ages of 13-18. She ensures that study visits run smoothly and aids in recruitment, enrollment, delivery of behavioral intervention and retention.

Afiya Sajwani, BA | Trans Youth Fertility Study
Afiya is a research coordinator for the Trans Youth Fertility Study. This study explores existing knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to fertility among transgender youth between the ages of 9 and 24 and their parents/guardians.

Kyle Bullock, MSW | MyPEEPS Mobile
Kyle is a senior research coordinator for MyPEEPS Mobile, a random control trial of a HIV behavioral intervention for diverse young men who have sex with men (YMSM), aged 13-18. MyPEEPS Mobile aims to reduce sexual risk behaviors by increasing knowledge of HIV, increasing self-efficacy for safer sex, and increasing health-related partner verbal communication.

Gia Chodzen | Voces Latinx
Gia is a research assistant for Voces Latinx, a study investigating Latino men who have sex with men (LMSM) and trans Latina's (LTW) attitudes towards Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Voces Latinx aims to assess personal, socio-ecological, and cultural factors that may influence individual uptake and acceptability of PrEP in the LMSM and LTW populations.​

Sheila Mahon, BS | Project Elevate
Sheila is a behavorial research associate on the program Project Elevate. Project Elevate is an STI/HIV prevention program that targets cis and transwomen of color ages 13-24.