Staff

Katie Kogut, MPH MSc
Katie Kogut
HAMACOS Study Coordinator(510) 642-8917Ms. Kogut is the Study Coordinator of the CHAMACOS Study. She oversees all aspects of data collection for CHAMACOS including development of questionnaires and developmental asssessments, training of staff, and quality assurance activities. She is particularly interested in factors affecting children’s neurodevelopment and behavior. Ms. Kogut holds a Masters of Public Health from UC Berkeley and a Masters of Psychology from University College in London.

Doctoral Students

Jennifer Ames

Jennifer Ames
PhD Student(510) 643-4717Jenn is a doctoral student in the epidemiology program at UC Berkeley. Her research interests are broadly in environmental epidemiology with a particular focus on prenatal and early life exposures to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

Field Office Staff

Kimberly Parra

Kimberly

Field Office Coordinator (831) 759-6548Ms. Parra works for the CHAMACOS study and conducts the 9 Year, 9 Year Interim, and 10.5 Year visits. This include taking child’s measurements, administering neurological assessments, Tanner Staging, collecting urine and hair samples, and collecting blood samples via venipuncture.

Norma Calderón

Norma Calderon
Psychometrician(831) 759-6548Ms. Calderon is a psychometrician for the CHAMACOS study and conducts the 9 year and 10.5 year interviews. The interview visits include getting the consent signed, taking measurement of mother participants, helping in collecting urine and hair samples and aliquoting samples and administer the 9 year and 10.5 year questionnaire and other duties required to complete the investigation.

Jose Camacho

Jose Camacho

Community Outreach (831) 759-6548Mr. Camacho is a long-time resident of the Salinas Valley and has worked with the CHAMACOS study for 11 years. He is an expert trainer and has presented hundreds of talks and workshops about environmental health and children. His presentations have focused on results of the CHAMACOS study, pesticide exposure prevention, environmental health in child care, and healthy homes.  Mr. Camacho has also contributed to many CHAMACOS studies, helping to organize and collect environmental samples from homes, fields, and child care facilities, and has inspected thousands of Salinas Valley homes.

Hedy Hernandez

Hedy Hernandez
Study Interviewer(831) 759-6548Ms. Hernandez conducts the 9 year and 10.5 year interviews for the CHAMACOS study. The interview visits include getting the consent signed, taking measurement of mother participants, helping in collecting urine and hair samples and aliquoting samples and administer the 9 year and 10.5 year questionnaire and other duties required to complete the investigation.

Collaborators

Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD MPH

Lisa Goldman-Rosas

Consultant(650) 575-9519Dr. Goldman Rosas provides consultation for the Community Outreach and Translation Core particularly in the area of youth involvement and health policy. Dr. Goldman Rosas’s research interests focus on the determinants of childhood obesity in Latino children.

Sanie Hernandez-Weldon, PhD

Rosana

Postdoctoral Scholar(510) 642-6428Dr. Weldon is a Post-Doctoral Scholar in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. She coordinates the Age and Genetic Effects in Sperm Study (AGES), a study of the associations of nutrients in semen and semen quality and genetic endpoints measured in the sperm of healthy men, as well as the China Benzene and Sperm Study (C-BASS), a study of the genetic effects of benzene in the sperm and blood of Chinese men. Dr. Weldon’s research focuses on exposure assessment of mothers and children with particular emphasis on measuring pesticides and other environmental chemicals in breast milk.

Ana Maria Mora, MD MPH, PhD

Ana Maria
Associate Professor, Costa Rica(510) 295-9575Dr. Mora earned her PhD in the Epidemiology program focusing on prenatal pesticide exposure and health effects in children living near banana plantations in Costa Rica.

Lesliam Quirós Alcalá, PhD MS

Lesliam
Associate Professor(510) 642-9420Dr. Quirós Alcalá received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley. She has a background in bioengineering and industrial hygiene and safety engineering. Dr. Quirós Alcalá’s main research areas include environmental exposure disparities in vulnerable populations including mothers, children, and occupationally-exposed and low-income populations.

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