Staff and Students

Kaylei Arcangel

Research Coordinator
Department of Allied Health Sciences

Kaylei joined Dr. Pagoto’s team in 2018. She assists in projects, and recruiting participants for a variety of research studies including mhealth, social networks, weight loss and diabetes prevention.

Joseph DiVito

Research Coordinator
Department of Allied Health Sciences

Joe has been involved in behavioral research with Dr. Pagoto since 2017. He assists with numerous research projects and coordinates the Center’s initiatives, including webinars and the annual conference.

Haley Troy

Research Coordinator
Department of Allied Health Sciences

Haley joined Dr. Pagoto’s team in 2021. She assists with coordination of research projects as well as the Center’s annual conference and other initiatives. She is currently obtaining her master’s degree in social work at Simmons University.

Abiodun Atoloye, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow
Department of Allied Health Sciences

Abiodun joined Dr. Pagoto’s team in 2021. She holds a PhD. in Nutrition Science from Utah State University. Her research focuses on addressing nutrition disparities through improved access to affordable and nutritious food. She explores the determinants of and solutions to poor nutrition and health outcomes using a mixed-method research approach, geo-narratives, and innovative measurement tools.

Jessica Deojay

Program Assistant
Department of Allied Health Sciences

Jess joined our team in 2019 and assists with finances and logistics to keep the Center running smoothly.

Graduate Students

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Jared Goetz

Research Assistant
Department of Allied Health Sciences

Jared joined Dr. Pagoto’s team in 2016. He is currently a PhD student in the Health Promotion Sciences program and a graduate research assistant. Prior to joining the PhD program, he gained experience as a research assistant/coordinator working on projects investigating emotion and attention, emotional learning and memory, PTSD psychophysiology and interventions, weight management interventions, and digital health. His research interests include the role of affect and other biobehavioral determinants of eating behavior, weight management, obesity and digital health.

Christie Idiong

Research Assistant
Department of Allied Health Sciences

Christie joined Dr. Pagoto’s team as a research assistant in 2021. She received her Bachelors of Science in Public Health and Masters of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Springfield College. Her research interests include health communications, movement-based medicine, and digital health. She is currently a PhD student in the Health Promotion Sciences program.

Richard Bannor

Research Assistant
Department of Allied Health Sciences

Richard received his Master of Public Health degree, Bachelor of Science in Administration (Health Services Administration), and Diploma in Accounting all from the University of Ghana. He has several journal and conference publications, and also serves as a reviewer for a number of journals and conferences. Richard worked as a Health Service Administrator at the Ghana Health Service and is currently a doctoral student in the Health Promotion Sciences program. He joined Dr. Pagoto’s research team as a Graduate Research Assistant at the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media in 2020. His research interests include social media, digital health, health behavior, healthcare innovation adoption, and pandemics.

Jude Ssenyonjo

Research Assistant
Department of Allied Health Sciences

Jude is a doctoral candidate in Health Promotion Sciences; before coming to UConn in 2017, Jude received his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and degree from Makerere University in Uganda. He is a public health professional with twenty years of proven experience in designing and implementing strategies and communication for development (C4D) programs in HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Family Planning, Nutrition, and Maternal & Child Health. He has strong expertise in risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) strategy development, advocacy, capacity strengthening, and low literacy material development. Self-motivated, results-oriented, and highly adaptable, with the ability to maintain effective working relationships with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds in both Government and Civil Society Organizations.

Former Graduate Students

Laurie Groshon, MS ’21

Laurie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Goucher College in 2019. During her undergraduate career, she participated in two research labs examining topics such as childhood morality and coping expectancies in French-speaking adults respectively. She completed a Master’s degree in Health Promotion Science at the University of Connecticut. Her thesis involved a content analysis of tweets posted on Twitter during pandemic-related statewide shutdowns that discussed indoor tanning. She is now currently studying for her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida. 

Matthew Schroeder, MS ’21

Matt received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Science and Bachelor of Science in Applied Social Research at Miami University in 2019. During his undergraduate career, he participated in research labs studying undergraduate student motivation for research and social neuroscience respectively. He completed a Master’s degree in Health Promotion Science at the University of Connecticut. His thesis involved a content analysis of the viral hashtag, #HowIFightDepression, with a focus on adaptive, maladaptive, or both adaptive/maladaptive coping strategies. He is now currently a Research Coordinator under Dr. Nicole R. Fowler at the University of Indiana. 

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Kelsey Arroyo, MS ’20

Kelsey received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2018. During her time at the colleges, she served as a research assistant in the clinical health psychology lab for two years examining stress and mindfulness as well as cognitive fusion levels and physical health in college students. She completed a Master’s degree in Health Promotion Science at the University of Connecticut. Her thesis examined health misinformation shared in an online community for mothers. She is now currently studying for her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida.