Laboratory Team Members

Laboratory Staff

Tiffany Stewart

Nicole Wesley

Heather Brady

Catherine Thomas

Kate Baule

Michael B. Switzer

Statistics

Robbie Beyl

Development Team

Joe Landry

Chris Schwing

Lynsey J. Gwin

Collaborators

Carolyn Becker

Lisa Smith Kilpela

Ron Thompson

 

 

 

 

                     Laboratory Team

 

 

Tiffany Stewart

Dudely & Beverly Coates Endowed Associate Professor

Director, Behavior Technology Laboratory: Eating Disorders & Obesity

Director, Pennington Diabetes Clinic

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 dedicated to taking e-health assessment, prevention, and treatment technologies from bench to bedside.


 

Nicole Wesley

Project Manager, Laboratory Manager, Manager for the Diabetes Model Clinic

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 the Female Athlete Body (FAB) program. Her areas of focus include body image, eating disorders, and physical fitness and performance in athletes and Soldiers.

 


Heather Brady

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 cognitive behavioral therapy and clinical assessment in the areas of eating disorders, obesity, and barriers to tretment successs. Heather is the lead interventionist for the Pennington Diabetes Model Clinic.

 


Catherine Thomas

Behavioral Interventionist

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone (225)763-2683  | Fax (225)763-3009

Catherine.Thomas@pbrc.edu

 

2018 | Louisiana State University | Bachelor of Science | Dietetics

2019 | North Oaks Medical Center | Dietetic Internship

Catherine is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She is interested in helping individuals pursue better health through diet, exercise, improved body image, and stress reduction. Catherine serves as an interventionist in the Pennington Diabetes Model Clinic.

 


Kate Baule

Research Associate

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

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

Kate.Baule@pbrc.edu

 

2018 | Furman University | Bachelor of Arts | Psychology

Kate is a research associate with a background in community-based participatory research. She is interested in developing interventions for body image and health behaviors, as well as researching how social inequalities and relationships impact health. Kate manages the SISU program, a collaboration with Mayor Broome's Health Baton Rouge Initiative. Kate also serves as an interventionist in the Pennington Diabetes Model Clinic.


 

Michael B. Switzer

Project Manager, PBRC; Captain, Louisiana Army 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 Science | Communication

Mr. Switzer is a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard and is also a Pennington Biomedical project manager. He serves as project manager for the Army H.E.A.L.T.H. program and associated Army projects. His areas of focus are health (nutrition, fitness, sleep), performance and resilience in the military.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

                      Statistics

 

 

Robbie Beyl

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.

 

Technology     

   

Development Team

 

 

 

Joe Landry

Engineer

2005 | Louisiana State University | B.S. | Electrical & Computer Engineering

Joe is an electrical and computer engineer who develops web applications, customized measurement reports, backend databases, and product security for BTL technologies. Joe Landry is the leader of the development team.

 


 

Chris Schwing

Technology Director

2007 | Louisiana State University | B.S. | Computer & Information Sciences

Chris is a technology director specializing in information systems and decision sciences. He manages teams of programmers and leads development efforts.

 

 

 


 

Lynsey Jordan Gwin

UI Designer

2005 | The Art Institute of Houston | A.A.S. | Interactive Media Design

2007 | The Art Institute of Dallas | B.F.A. | Interactive Media Design

Lynsey is a user interface designer for mobile and software applications. Her specialities include information architecture, wireframing, prototyping, and brand building.

 

 

 

 

                   Collaborators

 

 

 

Carolyn Becker

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

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.

 


 

Ron Thompson

Clinical Psychologist

Ron A. Thompson is a psychologist in Bloomington, Indiana, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. He is also a consulting psychologist for the Athletic Department at Indiana University and has served as a consultant on eating disorders to the NCAA and on the Female Athlete Triad with the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission (IOCMC).