UPenn PRC Staff

Josh Aronson

Josh Aronson

Senior Research Coordinator

Josh is a Senior Research Coordinator for CHBR working primarily on STEP Together. Previously, he worked for a Philadelphia-based market research firm where he managed pharmaceutical and healthcare studies. Josh also holds a BA in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College. In his free time, Josh enjoys film, reading, and baseball.

Claire Baptiste

Claire Baptiste

Graduate Research Assistant

Claire is a graduate research assistant for CHBR. She is currently pursuing her MPH degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Before studying public health, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience with minors in chemistry and nutrition. Her research interests are primarily in community health, public health nutrition and policy, and disease prevention. She enjoys spending her free time hanging out with friends, cooking with leftover ingredients, and hiking.

Claudia Caponi

Claudia Caponi

Program Coordinator

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.

Amanda Fultz, PhD, RDN

Amanda Fultz, PhD, RDN

Postdoctoral Fellow

Amanda is a postdoctoral fellow for the Center for Health Behavior Research. She earned her PhD in nutrition science from the University of Delaware where she focused on food acquisition behaviors and diet quality. Amanda is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and practiced for 5 years in community and public health nutrition as well individual nutrition counseling prior to earning her PhD. Amanda enjoys running, hiking, and reading in her free time.

Yolande Goncalves, MPH

Yolande Goncalves, MPH

Senior Research Coordinator

Yolande is currently involved with the Community Outreach and Engagement component of the Abramson Cancer Center, and the Healthy Savings 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.

Betsy Kaage

Betsy Kaage

Communication Coordinator

Betsy has a background in Communications and Marketing for manufacturing, small business, and tourism. She currently manages seven websites for the Center for Health Behavior Research, as well as the social media channels, and graphic design needs. She enjoys exploring Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic coast with her family, after a move from the Midwest in 2016.

Jennifer Kang

Jennifer Kang

Research Assistant

Jennifer is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Sociology and minoring in Asian American Studies and Nutrition Science. She is a research assistant for STEP Together, with her interests being in public health and health sciences. Jennifer is part of the Penn Figure Skating Team, Asian American Studies Undergraduate Advisory Board, and the Medical Emergency Response Team on campus.

Jeremy Lee

Jeremy Lee

Research Assistant

Jeremy is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). As a research assistant, his primary interest is in behavior change processes. Jeremy is also an avid pianist and tennis player. 

Pui (Flora) Kwong, MPH

Pui (Flora) Kwong, MPH

Statistical Analyst

Flora is a currently involving projects with COVID-19 risk perception, knowledge, and behaviors, evaluating a ban of common sunscreen ingredients in Hawaii, STEP Together, 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 17 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, the PRC Healthy Weigh Study, and the Healthy Retail Solutions Study. Living with her husband and two home-away adult sons, her leisure time is spent on Ikebana flower arrangement, volunteering in the community, hiking, reading, and traveling around the world with family.

Caleb Middlebrook

Caleb Middlebrook

Research Assistant

Caleb is a third year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine. He joined CHBR after participating in the NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes. Before medical school, he attended Case Western Reserve University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with minors in chemistry and biology. His research interests are primarily in healthcare disparities and preventive medicine. Outside of medicine, he enjoys music and playing his cello.

Janaiya Reason, MPH

Janaiya Reason, MPH

Research Program Manager

Janaiya is a Research Manager for the Center for Health Behavior Research. She is a Philadelphia native and has earned her Master’s on Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in Community Health. Her research interests include community engagement, developing interventions for vulnerable populations, health disparities, and disease prevention. Some of her prior research experience include leading multi-center studies, mixed-methods research, HIV/STI prevention, mental health, Genitourinary malignancies and Kidney Transplantation. Janaiya enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants in the city, traveling, and going for walks.

Krista Scheffey, MPH, MSW

Krista Scheffey, MPH, MSW

Research Project Manager

Krista is the Research Project Manager for STEP Together. 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. After over a decade away, she is thrilled to return to the Philadelphia region.