Staff

Catherine M. Tobon

Catherine M. Tobon

Catherine joined the Center in November 2008 as a Research Assistant for the Sibling-Hermanos Study. In 2015, after the birth of her daughter, Catherine left CCCEH and returned to the Center in 2019. She currently works on the Sibling-Hermanos and Fair Start Studies. Her primary responsibilities include the management of a large caseload of study […]

Elinol Lopez

Elinol Lopez

Elinol holds a BA from Geneseo State University, where she majored in mathematics and minored in psychology. Fresh out of undergrad and eager to gain research experience, she joined the CCCEH in 2018. Currently, she works as a research assistant for the Mothers and Newborns study, where she coordinates visits and administers questionnaires, interviews, and […]

Teresa Durham, BS

Teresa Durham, BS

Teresa received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University, where she conducted neurotoxicology research at the Rollins School of Public Health. She currently works as a Technician at the Center. Her primary responsibilities include helping with protocol implementation for the Center’s most recent Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) grant […]

Kylie Wheelock, MPH

Kylie Wheelock, MPH

Kylie Wheelock serves as Project Coordinator for the Center, managing projects and assisting in writing grants. She holds a B.S. in environmental science and technology from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences from Columbia University. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Wheelock held internships at the Environmental Protection […]

Kimberly Burke, MPH

Kimberly Burke, MPH

Kimberly Burke serves as Coordinator for the Center’s Community Outreach and Translation Core. She holds a B.S. in nutritional sciences and an M.P.H. with a concentration in environmental health, both from Boston University. Following her graduation, she worked for two years as a nutritionist in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program in Boston, MA. […]

Whitney Cowell, MPH

Whitney Cowell, MPH

Whitney Cowell’s research focuses on the interaction between social factors, stress and prenatal exposures to environmental pollutants, including polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), on child brain development. Whitney Cowell is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences completing her thesis research at the Center under the direction of Dr. Julie Herbstman.

Lehyla Calero, MA

Lehyla Calero, MA

Lehyla Calero has been with the Center since 2008 and manages many aspects of the Sibling Study. She is fully bilingual in Spanish and English and has developed extensive expertise in following a longitudinal birth cohort of mothers and newborns. This has included enrolling women during pregnancy, assisting in the collection of biologic samples from […]

Anabel Cole, MS

Anabel Cole, MS

Anabel Cole is an Officer of Research at the Center and a lifelong resident of the Northern Manhattan community. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College and a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management from the New School for Public Engagement. Mrs. Cole has worked in the non-profit sector promoting the […]

Gladys Badia, MS

Gladys Badia, MS

Gladys Badia is a determined young woman who wants to disseminate public policy information within the Criminal Justice field. She has been working in Columbia University for over 8 years. She began working as a teenager at the age of 17 at the Center for Educational and Psychological Services (CEPS) at Teachers College, Columbia University. […]

Judyth Ramirez-Carvey, BS

Judyth Ramirez-Carvey, BS

In 1998, Judyth Ramirez-Carvey (Judy) joined the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health as a Research Assistant. She is one of the original members of the research team who collaborated to recruit over 700 participants for the Mothers and Newborns Study from local OB/GYN clinics in Upper Manhattan and Harlem. In 2003,  left the Center […]

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Diurka Diaz, MA

Diurka Diaz, M.A. is a passionate community researcher, advocate and spokes person of the Latino community. With over 25 years of experience in the health care field, Ms. Diaz combines a unique background in health care management, early childhood development and research experience. Ms. Diaz is a graduate of the City University of New York, […]

Darrell Holmes

Darrell Holmes is a Field Technician at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health.

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Rodney Martinez

Rodney Martinez is a Research Assistant at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Mr. Martinez is bilingual in English and Spanish. He has been a part of the Center’s research team for many years and has worked with the families and children who participate in the Mothers & Newborns study. He continues to conduct the […]

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