Ojoyi Agbo, BS
Clinical Research Specialist
Ojoyi is a clinical research specialist for the TEAM UP project in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. She received her BS in Human Development and Psychology from Northwestern University in 2012. Ojoyi has worked at Washington University since 2014 conducting research in mobile health, mental health, and cognition, primarily working with underserved populations. Her research interests include health promotion, health equity, and the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.
Holley Boeger, MA
Holley has over nine years of experience at Washington University as a Program Manager in the Center of Healthy Weight and Wellness. She received her M.A. in Education from Webster University and her B.A. in Elementary Education from Webster University. Holley has combined her background in education with her passion for healthy eating and physical activity to inspire people to achieve their wellness goals. She enjoys running, Pilates, and spending time with her husband and six children.
Shaina Costello, MPH
Shaina Costello is a clinical research supervisor in the Center for Health Weight and Wellness. After receiving her BS in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan, she moved to St. Louis where she received her Masters of Public Health degree from Saint Louis University. Shaina has worked at Washington University since 2012 conducting research in health communication, mental health and substance use. She is passionate about childhood obesity prevention and early intervention with children and families.
Bianca DePietro, BA
Bianca is a research assistant in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. She received her BA in psychology from Bard College in 2019. She is interested in improving illness outcomes among individuals with eating disorders through the promotion of health behaviors, the development of innovative and scalable solutions for barriers to care, and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments.
Rebecca Ehlich, MA, RDN, LD
PLAN Behavioral Interventionist
Rebecca is a registered dietitian nutritionist and PLAN Behavioral Interventionist in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. After completing her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics at Ball State University, she moved to St. Louis to complete her MA and dietetic internship at Fontbonne University. Her interests include helping others set goals to help maintain lifelong healthy habits.
Marie-Laure Firebaugh, LMSW
Clinical Research Coordinator
Marie-Laure Firebaugh is a clinical research coordinator in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. She received her Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St Louis in 2013. Her primary focus in the lab is working on the Body U Program, a comprehensive online program for eating disorder screening and intervention for students in the Missouri public universities, funded by the Missouri Eating Disorders Council. In general, she is very interested in how to increase awareness of and prevent the public health problems of eating disorders and obesity.
Sherri Gabbert, PhD
Sherri is a program manager in the lab and brings 25 years of clinical research design, implementation and administration to the CDC grant project “Dissemination and Implementation of an Evidence-Based Pediatric Weight Management Program for Use by Low-Income Families: A User-Friendly Package of Family-Based Behavioral Treatment.” Sherri has a B.S. in Anatomy & Physiology from the University of Texas, Arlington, and a PhD in Comparative Anatomical Sciences and Evolution Theory from Columbia University. She is a big fan of the Texas Rangers and spends her leisure time making sure her goofy standard poodle, Monk, is happy and healthy.
Aubrie Hampp, MSc.
Aubrie Hampp is a research assistant in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Earlham College and received her MSc. In Social and Applied Psychology from The University of Kent in Canterbury, England. She is passionate about reducing systemic health inequity through the development and dissemination of policy-affective research.
Sarah Kruger, LCSW
PLAN Behavioral Interventionist
Sarah Kruger is a PLAN Behavioral Interventionist in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. She received both her BA in psychology with a minor in public health and her MSW with a concentration on mental health from Washington University in St. Louis. Her primary focus is working on the PLAN study to implement family-based behavioral weight loss treatment within the primary care setting. Her passion is to empower others to create lifelong healthy habits.
Olivia Laing, MSW
Clinical Research Coordinator
Olivia Laing is a clinical research coordinator in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. She received a B.A. in psychology and French, as well as an M.S.W. with a concentration in mental health from Washington University in St. Louis. In the lab, she works on a variety of projects to develop and disseminate evidence-based treatments for eating disorders. Some of these projects include a chatbot to promote treatment-seeking behaviors, an online guided self-help program for eating disorders, and grant-writing to create other web-based interventions. She also organizes training opportunities with the Missouri Eating Disorders Council for clinicians across the state to learn best practices in eating disorder care.
If she were granted three wishes, she would undoubtedly ask for eradication of the thin ideal, healthy body image for all, and a large cup of well-caffeinated, dark roast coffee to get a jump start on tackling the remaining problems in mental health care.
Angela Lima, MBA, RD, LD
Angela Lima is a program manager in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. She received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics in 2001 and her MBA from Webster University in 2013. Lima’s research interests include increasing access to care, reducing health disparities, improving health literacy, and dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatment for childhood obesity.
Maggie McNair, MS, RDN, LD
TEAM UP Behavioral Interventionist
Maggie McNair is a registered dietitian and TEAM UP Behavioral Interventionist in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. She received her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Biomedical Science. She completed both her dietetic internship, specializing in pediatrics, and MS in nutrition and dietetics from St. Louis University. Her primary focus is working on the TEAM UP study to implement family-based behavioral weight loss treatment. Her interests include nutrition counseling in the pediatric population and empowering families to make healthy lifestyle changes together.
Nasreen Moursi is a Recruitment Coordinator for the PLAN study at the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. She oversees the recruitment, screening, and scheduling of families in the PLAN study for the St. Louis, MO and Columbus, OH study sites. She received her BA in Psychological and Brain Sciences with a minor in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. Her research interests include evidence-based treatment for eating disorders and obesity in children and adolescents.
Natalie Myers, MS, RDN, LD
My Way to Health Wellness Consultant
Natalie Myers is a Registered Dietitian for MyWay to Health. Natalie completed her B.S in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Public Health at Saint Louis University, where she also earned her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Public Health emphasis. Natalie has extensive experience with chronic conditions, including cancer, HIV, digestive and metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Natalie uses her expertise in nutrition, behavior change and mindfulness to ensure that her clients have the tools, know-how, and awareness to navigate the many facets of wellness. With proper support and self-love, Natalie helps individuals build a nourished body, mind, and spirit.
Kelly Springstroh, MS, RDN, LD
PLAN Behavioral Interventionist
Kelly is a registered dietitian nutritionist and PLAN Behavioral Interventionist in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. She received her BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and then moved to St. Louis for her graduate degree. She completed both her dietetic internship, specializing in medical nutrition therapy, and MS in Nutrition and Dietetics from St. Louis University. Her interests include using nutritional counseling and positive messages about food to motivate individuals and families towards healthy lifestyle changes.
Becca Steins, BA
Becca Steins is a Research Assistant in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. She received BA’s in both Psychology and Exercise Science, with a minor in Behavioral Neuroscience from Drury University. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology from McGill University. Becca’s research interests include promoting healthy weight behaviors following injury in athlete populations, the implementation of evidence-based treatment for obesity and eating disorders, and improving methods of knowledge translation to promote policy change.
Lisa Tigges, MS, RD, LD
MyWay to Health Wellness Consultant
Lisa Tigges is a Registered Dietitian for MyWay to Health. She received her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Culinary Emphasis from Saint Louis University, where she subsequently completed her dietetic internship. Lisa earned a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Alabama. Through empowering individuals with wellbeing knowledge, tools, and skills, Lisa helps guide individuals to discovering their personal path to wellness.
Carla Velarde is a Registered Dietitian for MyWay to Health. She completed her B.S in Nutrition and Dietetics with an Emphasis in Food Innovations and Entrepreneurship from Saint Louis University, where she also completed her dietetic internship and her Master’s Degree in Medical Dietetics. With guidance and support, Carla helps individuals improve their relationship with food and their bodies and achieve positive health and lifestyle changes.