Our Team

Our talented team members, and a lot of teamwork, make it all happen at Influents Innovations. Our Research Scientists have decades of experience and translate their deep knowledge into ideas for life-changing products. Our Product Engineers, Instructional Specialists, Media Team and Design Team take those ideas and make them reality. Our Business Development Team gets the products to our customers. And our Administrative Staff keeps the ship afloat!

Principal Investigators

Judy Andrews, PH.D.

Senior Research Scientist

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Judy Andrews, PH. D.

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Etiology of substance use
  • Substance use prevention
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Etiology of at-risk sexual behaviors

Dr. Andrews has a strong background in methodology and statistics. Her interests include development of prevention programs using an iterative approach that incorporates evaluation of components, longitudinal data analysis, and integrative data analysis

B. Grace Bullock, PH.D.

Research Scientist and Board Member

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B. Grace Bullock, PH.D.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST AND BOARD MEMBER

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Interventions to reduce stress and promote health
  • Mind-body intervention across the lifespan
  • Curriculum design, development, training & evaluation
  • Development of observational, mixed methods and quantitative assessment strategies

Gulcan Cil

Health Economist

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Gulcan Cil

HEALTH ECONOMIST

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Data analysis
  • Statistical modeling
  • Administrative data sets
  • Policy evaluation
  • Cost effectiveness analysis
  • Substance use
  • Maternal and child health
  • Environmental health

Camille Cioffl, PH. D.

Research Scientist

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Camille Cioffl, PH.D.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Expertise and Professional Interests

  • Substance use disorders
  • Psychopathology
  • Pregnancy
  • Parenting
  • Implementation Science

Brian G. Danaher, PH.D.

Senior Research Scientist

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Brian G. Danaher, PH.D.

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • eHealth intervention design and evaluation
  • Behavioral self-management strategies
  • Interventions for depression and tobacco cessation

Edward G Feil, PH.D.

Senior Research Scientist and Secretary Board of Directors
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Edward G. Feil, PH.D.

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST AND SECRETARY, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Digital health
  • Incorporating internet technology to deliver evidence-based interventions to hard-to-reach populations
  • Parent & teacher training
  • Pediatric dental health
  • Depression treatment

Barbara Gunn, PH. D.

Senior Research Scientist

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Barbara Gunn, PH.D.

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Early language and literacy acquisition
  • English language learners
  • Instructional design and curriculum development

Jeremy Jones, PH. D., NCSP

Research Scientist

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Jeremy Jones, PH.D., NCSP

RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Evidence-based parenting interventions
  • Fathering interventions
  • Social and emotional development
  • Family-school partnerships
  • Implementation science
  • eHealth interventions
  • Substance use prevention

Jessie Marquez

Senior Program Designer and Developer

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Jessie Marquez

SENIOR PROGRAM DESIGNER & DEVELOPER

Expertise and Professional Interests

  • Community engagement
  • Developing multimedia & technology to deliver evidence-based interventions
  • Writing, producing & directing for English and Spanish language audiences

Jessie uses her background in language and the arts to help translate evidence-based interventions into meaningful learning experiences. Her goal is to increase access to behavioral interventions that improve health outcomes.

Maria Schweer-Collins, PH.D.

Research Scientist

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Maria Schweer-Collins, PH.D.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Expertise & Professional Interests

John Seeley, PH. D.

Senior Research Scientist and Chair, Board of Directors

Herb Severson, PH. D.

Senior Research Scientist

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Herb Severson, PH.D.

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Expertise and Professional Interests

  • Tobacco cessation and prevention
  • Mindfulness research & applications for substance abuse treatment
  • e-cigarettes and vaping
  • Web delivery of health promotion programs
  • Assessment & treatment for behavior disorders in children

Jason Small

Research Scientist

Dana K. Smith, PH.D.

Research Scientist

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Dana K. Smith, PH.D.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Expertise and Professional Interests

  • Treatment of delinquency and co-occuring problems
  • Substance use treatment
  • Smoking cessation

Dr. Smith’s research has focused primarily on the development and treatment of adolescent offending and co occurring disorders. She has developed and tested the use of treatment interventions and mobile apps for adolescents with co-occurring delinquency, substance use and trauma exposure, and has co-led additional related juvenile justice and child welfare studies.

David R. Smith, PH.D.

CEO, Research Scientist

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David R. Smith, PH.D.

CEO, RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Administration

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Digital health
  • Innovation
  • Voice-first interfaces
  • STEM education and data literacy

Dr. Smith is a cognitive scientist with over 20 years experience as a strategist working at the intersection of technology, human behavior, and business innovation at Fortune 50 companies, small businesses, and research institutions. During his career, he has held senior leadership roles in research and development, design, marketing, and IT and has served in the Innovation Corps program at NIH.

Keith Smolkowski, PH.D.

Senior Research Scientist

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Keith Smolkowski, PH.D.

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Student social and academic behavior
  • Ethnic, racial, and gender disparities in schools’ discipline and academic practices
  • Academic instruction in literacy and mathematics
  • Design and snalysis of clustered trials

Patricia Vadasy, PH.D.

Senior Research Scientist

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Patricia Vadasy, PH.D.

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Early reading development and interventions
  • Vocabulary learning and instruction
  • Alphabet knowledge development and instruction
  • Literacy and language interventions for English learners

Mark Van Ryzin, PH. D.

Research Scientist

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Mark Van Ryzin, PH. D.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Child development
  • Peer relations
  • Prevention science
  • Family systems
  • Educational psychology

Erika Westling, PH.D.

Research Scientist

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Erika Westling, PH.D.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Substance use, especially focusing on tobacco and marijuana
  • Adolescents
  • Early adulthood
  • Ecological momentary assessments
  • Pubertal maturation

Erika has a broad interest in health behaviors throughout the lifespan. Recently she began studying adolescence and young adulthood as vulnerable periods for substance use with potential lifelong implications. Her current research focus is on the use of e-cigarettes and marijuana by youth, as they have become increasingly popular and accessible.