UPenn PRC Staff
Jade Avelis, PhD
Research Program Manager
Jade is a research project manager for CHBR, where she helps conduct research on preventive health topics and oversee center operations. She earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, where she studied gender, family, and social psychology. When not at work, Jade spends time with her family exploring Philadelphia.
Claudia is a Program Coordinator with the Center for Health Behavior Research. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising with a parallel concentration in Psychology from the University of Miami. She has studied Health Coaching and also completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Outside of work, Claudia enjoys spending time in nature, reading, and learning about somatic movement.
Yolande Goncalves, PhD
Yolande is currently involved with the Community Outreach and Engagement component of the Abramson Cancer Center, and the Healthy Retail Solutions 2 Study. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Manchester, U.K., and a Bachelor of Science in Oral Health from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Her research interests include community health, health promotion and education, and disease prevention. Yolande also enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and working out.
Senior Research Coordinator
Janet is a Senior Research Coordinator for CHBR, where she is currently involved in the Healthy Savings Study and STEP Together Study. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. Her research interests include health promotion and education, minority health, HIV prevention, and dissemination research. When not at work, Janet enjoys spending time with her family of four boys and learning about game design alongside her son.
Betsy has a background in Communications and Marketing for manufacturing, small business, and tourism. She enjoys exploring Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic coast with her family, after a move from the Midwest in 2016.
Pui (Flora) Kwong, MPH
Flora is currently involved with the PRC Healthy Weigh Study, the Healthy Retail Solutions Study, and the Real-time Incentives for Fruits and Vegetables. Flora earned a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from Jinan University in China, and a Master’s degree in Public Health in Epidemiology from Indiana University. With over 14 years’ experience as a professional data analyst in health outcome research at the UPenn Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), her research involved projects with veterans with lower extremity amputation, veterans post-stroke rehabilitation, and aging populations with or without disabilities. Living with her husband and two home-away college boys, her leisure time is spent on Ikebana flower arrangement, volunteering in the community, hiking, reading, and traveling around the world with family.
Krista Scheffey, MPH, MSW
Senior Research Coordinator
Krista supports community engagement activities across CHBR research projects. Previously, she was a Peace Corps Community Health volunteer in Madagascar and a clinical research coordinator in Washington, DC. Krista holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and an MPH and MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.