Our Staff

Michele Ybarra MPH PhD, CEO and Research Director.
Dr. Ybarra is a recognized researcher in technology-related health issues for young people. She has published extensively in the areas of Internet harassment and other types of online victimization, health information seeking, and research methods as they relate to technology. She also has developed and tested multiple technology-based behavior change programs both domestically and internationally. Current projects include a national longitudinal survey of youth that aims to identify youth characteristics related to the emergence of sexual violence over time (R01 CE001543; R01 HD083072); the development and testing of a text messaging-based teen pregnancy prevention program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and other sexual minority teen women (TP2AH000035); and the development and testing of an HIV prevention program for young adults across Uganda (R34 MH109296).

Past projects include the development and testing of Guy2Guy, a text messaging-based HIV prevention program for gay, bisexual, and queer teen men in the United States (R01MH096660); CyberSenga, an Internet-based HIV prevention program for adolescents in Mbarara, Uganda (R01 MH080662); a national survey that endeavored to better understand the positive and negative experiences of LGBT and non-LGBT youth online via a national survey (R01HD057191); the development and testing of a text messaging-based smoking cessation program among young adults in the United States (R21CA135669) and adult smokers in Turkey (R01TW007918); as well as a longitudinal study to examine the associations between exposure to violent new media and seriously violent behavior (U49 CE000206).

Dr. Ybarra holds a doctorate in child mental health services research and evaluation from the department of mental health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was a pre-doctoral fellow of the National Institutes of Mental Health and was a joint fellow of the American Schools of Public Health / Centers for Disease Control.

Joseph R. Schwab, President and Technology Director.
With over twenty years of professional experience in Interactive Design, Development and Advertising, Joseph Schwab has been at the forefront of online advertising and website development since the Internet gained prominence in the late 1990’s. Mr. Schwab has accumulated invaluable experience with world class brands like: Apple, MTV, Pepsi One, Sony Playstation, Nissan, Infiniti, Acura, Samsung, Olympus America, Experian, Kyocera, Namco, working with top advertising agencies including: TBWA/Chiat/Day, The Designory, Deutsch LA, Genex, Truth Agency.

Trevor Slocum, Web Developer.
Trevor Slocum is a self-taught developer, with his roots in writing web applications and web-based games.  He has launched multiple open source projects: After successfully monetizing an idea of a web-based game at the age of 15, Trevor expanded his programming ventures to include the cloning of another popular web-based game, emulating a popular image board and sharing the code worldwide, contributing his own code to other open source projects, and writing a successful Android application.

Myeshia Price-Feeney PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate.
Dr. Price-Feeney is a Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Postdoctoral Research Associate at CiPHR. She has been involved in adolescent public health research for the past ten years. Her previous research has examined the mechanisms that give rise to or predict specific developmental trends and experiences across the lifespan; specifically, she explored predictors of early sexual behavior: those that take place before age 16. She has multiple publications, including “When Two Isn’t Better Than One: Predictors of Early Sexual Activity in Adolescence Using a Cumulative Risk Model”, which received national recognition in USA Today. In each of her studies, she has used contemporary quantitative methodologies.

Before joining CiPHR, Dr. Price was a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury where she received an “Excellence of Service Award” and was honored as one of the “Fifty Most Influential Faculty, Staff, and Administrators” as part of the campus’ fifty-year celebration.

She has also had the distinct opportunity to complete the Community Leadership in Sexual Health Scholars’ Program at Center of Excellence for Sexual Health (CESH), part of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. This was an intensive training program during which she was prepared for sexual health community leadership through education and research with an overall goal of decreasing sexual health disparities. During her residency at CESH, she participated in practicum experiences with three different organizations: Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention; Fernbank Science Center; and Someone Cares Inc of Atlanta. She was also integral in the production of a White Paper addressing teen pregnancy prevention for the Dekalb Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Task Force.

Dr. Price-Feeney graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a doctorate degree in developmental psychology and she also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Hannah Madison BA, Project Coordinator.
Ms. Madison’s central interest in understanding people groups and their stories has inspired local and global pursuits. These include studying British Literature for a term at the University of Oxford, studying French language and culture as an Au Pair in Thoiry, France, and working in feature film production in Los Angeles, CA. This same interest led Ms. Madison to CiPHR. She is excited by the opportunity to join in CiPHR’s research, as it is in line with her own career mission: to continually examine the world and help find creative solutions to the problems society faces. Prior to joining the CiPHR team, Ms. Madison volunteered as a grant writer for the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) in Los Angeles. There, she crafted grant proposals seeking funding for CHRCL’s Casa Libre, a shelter for homeless inner-city youth and unaccompanied immigrant minors.

Her work at CiPHR includes coordinating the Growing up with Media study, a longitudinal survey study examining the emergence of various forms of violence in adolescence, and teaming with collaborators at the Johns Hopkins Community Psychiatry Program (JHCPP) to develop and test the efficacy of the Texting for Relapse Prevention (T4RP) program for individuals with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder (SAD).

Ms. Madison graduated Summa Cum Laude from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in English Literature.

John Beruldsen, Web Developer.
John Beruldsen is a self-taught web developer whose interest in computer programming did not begin until his first year in college with his introductory computer science class. He quickly developed an appreciation and fascination with technology and the internet. As he realized that technology was becoming more prominent and increasingly intricate, he yearned to contribute to its evolution. While he started off building small WordPress applications, his curiosity drove him to dive deeper into web development, study different programming languages/ open-source projects, and build custom, large-scale applications and software.

Katherina Nardo BA, Research Assistant.
Ms. Nardo is passionate about social justice and improving the lives of marginalized populations. Her time studying sociology in her undergraduate college career has given her an understanding of and appreciation for working with diverse and vulnerable populations. This knowledge equips her to fulfill her research assistant responsibilities at CiPHR, which are primarily to recruit and enroll study participants for a current randomized controlled trial aimed at promoting healthy sexual behavior (Girl2Girl).

While still in undergraduate school, Ms. Nardo worked as a Programs Capacity Intern for the non-profit food bank, Feeding San Diego, a local branch of the national Feeding America foundation. During her time with FSD, she acquired additional research skills, an increased familiarity of with working with data, and insight into working for non-profit organizations.

Raised by a father who holds a PhD in epidemiology, Ms. Nardo was exposed to the public health field at a young age. In addition to being frequently acquainted with the public health discipline while growing up, the synthesis of her enthusiasm for research and helping people have naturally led her to decide to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) in the near future. Her principal research interests include substance abuse and mental health. Ms. Nardo received her B.A. in sociology from the University of San Diego.

Tori Morrison BA, Research Assistant.
Ms. Morrison recently graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Media, Arts, and Technology. She served on a variety of research projects during her time as an undergraduate, assisting the psychology department in projects related to the manifestations of gender and racial bias in educational settings. She is passionate about furthering research to create social change and enjoys helping meaningful projects come to fruition. In her role as a Research Assistant, she primarily assists with participant outreach, study progress tracking, and cohort retention efforts for CiPHR’s Growing up with Media study.