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 Director of Technology.
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 including: Apple,Sony Playstation, MTV, Pepsi One, 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.

Noura Alavi BA, Research Assistant.
Ms. Alavi graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Psychology and a Minor in African Diaspora Studies. She volunteered with a variety of research labs during her undergraduate years, assisting the UT psychology department in projects related to anxiety disorders, depression, veteran re-integration, the impact of health-based interventions, and smoking cessation. Her previous research role was as a project coordinator and study clinician for the Anxiety and Health Behaviors Lab at UT Austin, focusing on study recruitment and retention for two clinical trials on smoking cessation as well as administering diagnostic interviews and clinical assessments across a variety of research projects in the lab.

Ms. Alavi has also worked as a regional program coordinator and mentor for the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP), which is a mentorship program for youth ages 11-15. As a regional coordinator, Ms. Alavi focused on program growth, mentor training, and the dissemination of program knowledge across major cities in Texas. As a mentor herself, she grew an appreciation for the importance of mentoring youth and the impact that social forces have on their lives.

Ms. Alavi is passionate about promoting social justice, investigating the impact of media and technology on youth, and utilizing the arts in every day life. 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.

Lauren Jackson BSc, MPhil, Research Associate II.

Ms. Jackson has a joint honors bachelors of science in Psychology and Criminology which lead her to get her Master’s degree in Criminological Research at the University of Cambridge.

Both Ms. Jackson’s undergraduate and graduate dissertations were focused on the effects of all-male peer groups in higher education institutions and their implications for an increased risk of violence against women specifically sexual assault of university woman. Ms. Jackson’s graduate dissertation was an ethnographic case study of all male drinking societies at the University of Cambridge and their implication for DeKeseredy’s Male Peer Support theory.  During her fieldwork, she took on the role of participant as observer during their social gatherings and conducted qualitative interviews covering topics of sexual assault, violence, drug and alcohol use, and criminal behavior with participants recruited from exclusive all-male groups (all-male drinking societies) within a UK university.

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. In her role as a Research Associate II, she also assists with survey development, participant outreach, study progress tracking, and cohort retention efforts for CiPHR’s Growing up with Media study. Ms. Jackson is passionate about research that works to engage men and boys in gender equality and ending violence against woman around the globe.