About Us

Overview

The Pennington Biomedical Evaluation Unit incorporates the skills and experiences of evaluation experts from a wide variety of disciplines. We bring together investigators from public health, social sciences, nutritional science, exercise science, biostatistics and epidemiology, and we work closely with experts in health services, technology, and management to help you build your capacity and apply best practices to your programs and organization.

Evaluation Unit Team Members

Stephanie Broyles, PhD

Co-Director

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Dr. Broyles is an epidemiologist with nearly 20 years of experience in public health and evaluation, both locally and internationally.  She has worked extensively with partners to build capacity in the areas of program development and using evaluation data for program improvement.  She is particularly interested in evaluating environmental and policy changes to promote healthier behaviors.

Peter Katzmarzyk, PhD, FACSM, FAHA

Co-Director

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Dr. Katzmarzyk is an epidemiologist of physical activity, obesity and health. He contributes over 2 decades of research on both children and adults to the translation of evidence-based and evidence-informed public health interventions.

Elizabeth Gollub, PhD, MPH, RD

Lead Evaluator

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Dr. Gollub is a nutrition specialist who has been working in the areas of public and community health, aging and quality of life, outcomes research, and education since 1986. She brings an array of experience facilitating and assessing both conventional and innovative approaches to creating healthier lifestyles and populations.

Nancy Breton, MPH

Evaluator/Research Specialist

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Ms. Breton specializes in the utilization of data and research to support implementation of evidence-based policies and programs. She is experienced in the areas of health disparities, stakeholder engagement, health communication strategies, and measurements of behavioral change.

Evaluation Unit Affiliate Members:

Catherine Champagne, PhD, RDN

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Dr. Champagne is a nutritional epidemiologist, working in the area of dietary assessment and nutrition counseling. She has over 30 years of experience as a registered dietitian and has worked in pediatric nutrition, primarily school based, and in adult nutrition interventions, primarily in the areas of weight management and chronic disease.

Amanda Staiano, PhD, MPP

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Dr. Staiano is a developmental psychologist with an interest in the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. Specifically, she’s interested in the role of technology to facilitate behavior change and increase physical activity. She works with clinicians in Baton Rouge and New Orleans to implement behavioral interventions to help families adopt healthy habits and achieve a healthy weight.

San Chu, MSc, MApStat

Biomedical Informatics Analyst

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Ms. Chu has a background in Computer Science and Applied Statistics. She is experienced in multiple clinical databases, disease management, and applications development. She utilizes data and statistical modeling for research and evaluation to improve health care quality.

Elizabeth Chesteen, BS

Biomedical Informatics Analyst

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Elizabeth Chesteen has nearly 20 years of experience in clinical informatics. Skilled in project and data management, she consults with clinicians and other investigators to determine specific data needs, integrates data capture methods into research-based projects, and conducts analyses of project data.