Laboratory Team Members

Laboratory Staff

Tiffany Stewart, PhD

Heather Brady, MS

Nicole Wesley, BS

Dione Milauskas, MS

Paul D. Mounts, MA

Michael B. Switzer, BA

Tarryn Pollard, BA

Technology Staff

H. Raymond Allen, PhD

Quang Pham, BS

Timothy Nguyen, BS

Ethan Caraway, BS

Robbie Beyl, PhD

Collaborative Staff

Carolyn Becker, PhD

Lisa Smith Kilpela, PhD

 

 

 

 

            Laboratory Team


 

Tiffany Stewart, PhD

Associate Professor

Dudely & Beverly Coates Endowed Professor

Director, Behavior Technology Laboratory: Eating Disorders & Obesity

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Body Evolution Technologies

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-2554  | Fax (225)763-3009

Tiffany.Stewart@pbrc.edu

 

1996 | Florida State University | Bachelor of Science | Psychology

1999 | Louisiana State University | Master of Science | Clinical Psychology

2002 | Louisiana State University | Doctor of Philosophy | Clinical Psychology

Dr. Stewart is the Principal Investigator of the Behavior Technology Laboratory (BTL).  She is also the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Body Evolution Technologies (BET), a digital media company dedicated to taking e-health assessment, prevention, and treatment technologies from bench to bedside.

 


Heather Brady, MS

Project Manager & Behavioral Intervention Specialist

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-3004  | Fax (225)763-3009

Heather.Walden@pbrc.edu

 

1997 | Missouri Western State University | Bachelor of Science | Psychology

2001 | Emporia State University | Master of Science | Clinical Psychology

Ms. Brady is a project manager and behavioral intervention specialist who employs psychological counseling and evaluations in the areas of eating behaviors, mindfulness, and weight management.

 


 

Nicole Wesley, BS

Project Manager, Laboratory Manager

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-2721  | Fax (225)763-3009

Nicole.Wesley@pbrc.edu

 

2011 | Baylor University | Bachelor of Science | Neuroscience

Ms. Wesley is the manager of the BTL and serves as a project manager for BET and the Female Athlete Body (FAB) program. Her areas of focus include body image, eating disorders, and physical fitness and performance in athletes and Soldiers.

 


 

Dione Milauskas, MS

Research Specialist

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-2821 

Dione.Milauskas@pbrc.edu

2008 | West Virginia University | Bachelor of Science | Biology

2013 | Northeastern University | Master of Science | Applied Nutrition

Ms. Milauskas is the military programs manager and a content developer for the Army H.E.A.L.T.H. program and social media programs. Her area of focus is healthy weight in the military (Soldiers and military families).

 


 

Paul D. Mounts, MA

Project Manager

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-2922 

Paul.Mounts@pbrc.edu

 

2005 | Brantham University | Associate of Science | Business Administration

2008 | Ashford University | Bachelor of Arts | Organizational Management

2012 | American Public University System | Master of Arts | History

Mr. Mounts is a member of the Louisiana National Guard and is also a Pennington Biomedical employee. He serves as project manager for the Army H.E.A.L.T.H. program and associated projects. His areas of focus include healthy eating and activity in the military.

 


 

Michael B. Switzer, BA

Project Manager, PBRC; 1st Lieutenant, Louisiana National Guard

 

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-2922  | Fax (225)763-3009

Michael.Switzer@pbrc.edu

 

2002 | Southeastern Louisiana University | Bachelor of Arts | Communication

Mr. Switzer is a member of the Louisiana National Guard and is also a Pennington Biomedical employee. He serves as project manager for the Army H.E.A.L.T.H. program and associated Army projects. His areas of focus are healthy eating and activity in the military.

 


 

Tarryn Pollard, BA

Research Associate

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-2944 | Fax (225)763-3009

Tarryn.Pollard@pbrc.edu

 

2015 | Trinity University | Bachelor of Arts | Psychology

Ms. Pollard is a post-baccalaureate research associate. She serves as a coordinator for projects related to body image, eating disorders, and technology. Her main areas of focus are in eating disorders, trauma survivors, anxiety, and mood disorders.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           Technology Team


H. Raymond Allen, PhD

Manager of the Population Health Intervention Information Systems

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-2527  | Fax (225)763-3045

Ray.Allen@pbrc.edu

 

1980 | University of the Ozarks | Bachelor of Arts | Chemistry

1980 | University of the Ozarks | Bachelor of Science | Biology

1986 | University of Arkansas | Doctor of Philosophy | Chemistry

Dr. Allen is the manager of the Population Health Intervention Information Systems at Pennington Biomedical. He has supervised the development of the BTL technology for the past 14 years including the Army, athlete, and related technology projects.

 


Quang Pham, BS

Software Developer

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-2840  | Fax (225)763-3045

Quang.Pham@pbrc.edu

 

2011 | Louisiana State Unviersity| Bachelor of Science | Computer Science

Mr. Pham is a software developer for the Behavior Technology Laboratory. He provides database support and website creation for a variety of projects, including the Army H.E.A.L.T.H. website.

 


Timothy Nguyen, BS

Creative Media Specialist

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-2581  | Fax (225)763-2525

Timothy.Nguyen@pbrc.edu

2003 | Louisiana State University | Bachelor of Science | Information System &

                                                                                     Decision Sciences

Mr. Nguyen leads the Creative Media Group at Pennington Biomedical and supervises design elements for the BTL. He manages branding, design, and multimedia development.

 


Ethan Caraway, BS

Software Developer

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-2761

Ethan.Caraway@pbrc.edu

2014 | Louisiana State University | Bachelor of Science | Computer Science

Mr. Caraway is a software developer who develops gaming technology. Mr. Caraway manages multiple body image technology projects, including the the next generation of the Body Morph Assessment Technology.

 


Robbie Beyl, PhD

Biostatistician

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-2863  | Fax (225)225-7630

Robbie.Beyl@pbrc.edu

2006 | Southeastern Louisiana University | Bachelor of Science | Mathematics

2008 | Louisiana State University Health Science Center | Master of Science | Biostatistics

2013 | Louisiana State University HSC | Doctor of Philosophy | Biostatistics

Dr. Beyl’s interests are in statistical consulting and educating the research community on the importance of statistics. Dr. Beyl’s consulting focus is with public health related data, but he works with researchers across various fields. Statistical research interests include the development of statistical methods for the analysis of categorical data and the application of novel statistical techniques to the design, analysis and interpretation of data.

 

 

     Collaborative Staff


 

Carolyn Becker, PhD

Professor

Trinity University | Department of Psychology

One Trinity Place | San Antonio, TX 78212

Telephone (210) 999-8326

cbecker@trinity.edu

Swarthmore College | Bachelor of Arts | Behavioral Medicine

Rutgers University | Master of Science | Clinical Psychology

Rutgers University | Doctor of Philosophy | Psychopathology

Dr. Becker is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders, and the use of exposure therapy to treat posttraumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders. The primary focus of her teaching, research, and clinical work is the implementation of scientifically supported prevention and treatment interventions in clinical and real world settings.

 


 

 

Lisa Smith Kilpela, PhD

Assistant Professor

UT Health Science Center | Department of Psychiatry

San Antonio, TX

Telephone (210) 567-5391

kilpela@uthscsa.edu

2004 | Trinity University | Bachelor of Arts | Psychology

2008 | Emory University | Master of Arts | Clinical Psycholgy

2013 | Duke University | Predoctoral Internship | Medical Psychology

2013 | Emory University | Doctor of Philosophy | Clinical Psychology

Dr. Kilpela is an Assistant Professor in the Psychiatry department at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. She graduated from Emory University's clinical psychology doctoral program in 2013, and completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center in 2013. Her professional interests include eating disorders, body image, emotion dysregulation, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.