Kevin Stein, PhD, FAPOS

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Population & Health Research

Dr. Kevin D. Stein is the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Population Health Research (CIPHR) at the Maine Health Institute for Research (MHIR). In this role, he provides overall scientific leadership and strategic planning for CIPHR, including its 22 full-time employees and 20+ affiliated clinical/scientific investigators.  He is a clinical psychologist, behavioral scientist, and public health executive who has provided direct care to individuals with cancer and led federal and industry-funded research programs, which focus on identifying and addressing patient-centered issues among individuals with chronic disease and informal caregivers. Dr. Stein’s program of research focuses on identifying and addressing factors that affect the quality of life of cancer survivors and developing, implementing, and testing evidence-based interventions to address the psychosocial issues of those affected by cancer.  He also has expertise in population health sciences, health care delivery research, pain and symptom management, health behavior interventions, program development/evaluation, dissemination of evidence-based healthcare solutions, and quality improvement in health care settings.  Learn more about Dr. Stein

Cara Frankenfeld, PhD
Cara Frankenfeld, PhDSr. Biostatistician & Faculty Scientist
Dr. Frankenfeld leads the CIPHR analyst team and also serves as a technical expert and resource with regards to epidemiology, biostatistics, data analytics, research methods and study design. She provides expert consultation and collaboration to other faculty, researchers, staff and internal and external partners. Her expertise is in research design and analysis of complex data, such as microbiome, metabolome, diet, and spatial factors. Learn more about Dr. Frankenfeld
Lisbeth Balligan, MPH
Lisbeth Balligan, MPHResearch Program Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Population & Health Research
Lisbeth Balligan brings over 15 years of experience in research and public health to provide overall programmatic support to investigators and project staff. Most of her work focuses on T4 research including clinical implementation and population health integration of research findings, including dissemination. Learn more about Lisbeth
Andrew Armitage, EdD, MBA
Andrew Armitage, EdD, MBAManager of Operations, Center for Interdisciplinary Population and Health Research
Andrew Armitage oversees daily activities of the department and is responsible for planning and directing budgets, goals and business objectives. He also provides operations management at the Center for Clinical & Translational Science. Learn more about Andrew


Sumayo Awale
Sumayo AwaleResearch Assistant II
Anya Cutler, MS, MPH
Anya Cutler, MS, MPHResearch Analyst III
Emma DayBranch, MPH
Emma DayBranch, MPHResearch Navigator
Jessica DiBiase, MPH
Jessica DiBiase, MPHData Analyst II
John DiPalazzo, MS, MPH
John DiPalazzo, MS, MPHScientific Manager
Alexandra Hinton, MPH
Alexandra Hinton, MPHData Analyst III
Michael Kohut, PhD
Michael Kohut, PhDStaff Scientist II
Erika Mayer, PhD
Erika Mayer, PhDResearch Data Analyst III
David Ngandu, MBBS
David Ngandu, MBBSResearch Associate III
Gretchen Noonan, MS
Gretchen Noonan, MSResearch Project Manager
Francesca Piccolo, MPH, MS
Francesca Piccolo, MPH, MSResearch Program Coordinator
Lisa Rokoff, PhD
Lisa Rokoff, PhDResearch Data Analyst III
Gloria D. Sclar, PhD, MPH
Gloria D. Sclar, PhD, MPHScientific Manager
Henry Stoddard, MPH
Henry Stoddard, MPHData Analyst II
Carrie Sullivan, MPH
Carrie Sullivan, MPHResearch Navigator
Jeanne Wishengrad, MSc
Jeanne Wishengrad, MScResearch Data Analyst III