Our Colleagues

Kole Binger
SMAHRT
Kole joined the SMAHRT in November of 2017 as an Associate Research Specialist. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May of 2017 with a BS in Biology. Kole is applying for Medical School where she plans to focus on adolescent health care and pediatric to adult transitional care. Her research interests include problematic drinking behavior and social media use in adolescents. Additionally, she is interested in how technology can be used to improve communication and health care provided to adolescents.
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Bradley Kerr
SMAHRT
Brad Kerr, MS joined the SMAHRT as a research coordinator in 2011. Brad graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 with a degree in Psychology and English and finished his Masters in Higher Education Administration in 2013. He has contributed to several projects, including evaluating displayed alcohol references on Facebook profiles, as well as exploring ways in which college students use social media to communicate with their parents. Brad is also excited to begin a new project investigating how training can be improved for undergraduate research assistants and clinical research coordinators working on research teams.
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Marina Jenkins
SMAHRT
Marina Jenkins joined the team in October of 2016 as an Undergraduate Research Volunteer in Seattle, and then joined the staff in Wisconsin as an Associate Research Specialist from 2017-2018. She now has the role of Project Assistant while attending graduate school. She graduated from the University of Washington with a major in Human Evolutionary Biology and minor in Comparative Literature in Winter of 2017. She now attends the University of Wisconsin, Madison for graduate school in Population Health Sciences PhD program. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in epidemiology research. She is interested in how social media can allow for a new and interesting way of observing health behaviors in adolescents unlike other forms of data gathering, particularly in how they perceive the behaviors of their peers on social media.
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Lauren Kelly
SMAHRT
Lauren Kelly joined the SMAHRT team in April 2018 as a Graduate Student Intern with the UW School of Social Work. Lauren also works for the UW Population Health Institute, where she is involved with several research and evaluation projects including prescription drug abuse prevention and school mental health. Lauren earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts from UW-Madison in 2011 and has previously worked as a 200 hour certified yoga instructor, case manager, and volunteer coordinator. From 2014-15, Lauren served 200 hours with AmeriCorps Partnerships for After School Success program, which provides mentorship, literacy tutoring and after school programming to disadvantaged youth in Dane County. Lauren is passionate about improving physical and mental health outcomes in teens and young adults and plans to pursue a future in private practice counseling.
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Reese Hyzer
SMAHRT
Reese joined the team in January of 2018 as an Undergraduate Research Intern. She graduated from UW-Madison in May 2018 with a degree in Psychology and earning certificates in Gender and Women’s Studies and Global Health. Reese plans on going onto graduate school in the psychology field. She is interested in how social media affects the psychical and psychosocial health of adolescents.
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Quintin Gaus
SMAHRT Intern
Quintin joined the team in September of 2018 as a research intern. He is a Psychology major at UW-Madison and plans to graduate in 2020. He started on the team primarily to research the effects of social media on mental health. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology.