UPenn PRC Staff

Jade Avelis, PhD

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 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

Research Coordinator

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.

Betsy Kaage

Betsy Kaage

Communication Coordinator

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

Pui (Flora) Kwong, MPH

Statistical Analyst

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

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.