QRSI 2014 Instructor Bios

Tony Adams

Dr. Tony Adams is the Graduate Director and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University. He attended private Catholic school from age four until eighteen, worked as a bartender at Yellowstone National Park and as a teller supervisor at a bank, and has been a vegetarian since 1998.

Currently, he studies and teaches interpersonal and family communication, qualitative research, communication theory, and sex, gender, and sexuality; he has published more than 50 articles, book chapters, and reviews in these areas. His first book, Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same Sex Desire (Left Coast Press, 2011), received three national book awards: the 2013 Book of the Year award from the GLBTQ Division and the Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns of the National Communication Association, the 2012 Best Book award from the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association, and the 2012 Outstanding Authored Book award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. He recently finished co-editing the Handbook of Autoethnography (Left Coast Press, 2013) with Stacy Holman Jones and Carolyn Ellis, and he is currently co-authoring another book about autoethnography with them as well (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).


Mitch Allen

Mitch Allen is Publisher of Left Coast Press, Inc., a scholarly social sciences and humanities publishing house founded in 2005. Previous positions include Publisher of AltaMira Press and Executive Editor of Sage Publications, where he created the first qualitative research book list almost 30 years ago. He has worked with many of the most respected book authors in qualitative inquiry and served as founding publisher of several of the most important qualitative journals. Both the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry have honored him with lifetime achievement awards. Allen regularly gives workshops on publishing qualitative work at conferences, seminars, and universities. He has a Ph.D. from UCLA and teaches anthropology at Mills College in Oakland, California.


CBPR Bios - Eugenia Eng, Melvin Jackson, Alexandra Lightfoot and Jennifer Schaal

Geni Eng, M.P.H., Dr.P.H., is Professor of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has over 30 years of CBPR experience including field studies conducted with rural communities of the U.S. South, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia to address socially stigmatizing health problems such as pesticide poisoning, cancer, and STI/HIV. Her CBPR projects include the NCI-funded Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity, the CDC-funded Men As Navigators for Health, the NCI-funded Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study, the NHLBI-funded CVD and the Black Church: Are We Our Brother’s Keeper? In addition to her co-edited book, Methods for Community-Based Participatory Research for Health, she has over 115 publications on the lay health advisor intervention model, the concepts of community competence and natural helping, and community assessment procedures.

Melvin Jackson, M.S.P.H., is Director of Operations for Strengthening The Black Family, a community-based nonprofit organization in Raleigh, NC. He has extensive experience training community and academic partners in CBPR and building the capacity of community-based organizations. For the University of North Carolina, he serves as Community Course Director for the UNC Faculty Engaged Scholars Program and Community Expert Consultant for the NC Translational Research and Clinical Sciences Institute. He is Co-PI for the NIMHD-funded Focus on Youth+ImPACT: A Pilot Project to Test an HIV/AIDS Curriculum in Faith-Based Settings and Program Director for the CDC-funded Project DIRECT, the largest community-based demonstration project in the nation addressing the health disparity of diabetes.

Alexandra Lightfoot, Ed.D., directs the CBPR Core at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this capacity, she promotes the use of CBPR and provides trainings, workshops, and technical assistance to investigators and community partners. She is PI for a community engagement initiative designed to strengthen community-academic research partnerships in affiliation with the Translational Research and Clinical Sciences Institute. She is Co-PI with Melvin Jackson on a CBPR study, Focus on Youth + ImPACT: A Pilot Project to Test an HIV/AIDS Curriculum for Youth in Faith-Based Settings, which focuses on HIV prevention with African American youth. As Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Behavior, she co-teaches with Geni Eng a graduate course on CBPR and Photovoice.

Jennifer C. Schaal, M.D., is President of the Board for The Partnership Project, an anti-racism training organization in Greensboro, NC. She is a founding member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative for which she has served as Co-Chair, and currently as Secretary, and is guiding the development of Healthcare Equity Training. She has been an active participant in the development and implementation of the Collaborative’s Health Equity Training. She is a CBPR partner with Geni Eng and Alexandra Lightfoot for the NCI-funded Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity. For the NCI-funded Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study, she conducted and analyzed data from Critical Incident Technique interviews. Before retiring in 2006 from a small private practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology, she was a clinical investigator for the Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement study and Estrogen Replacement and Atherosclerosis study and served on the Community Advisory Board of the Women’s Health Initiative.


Kathy Charmaz

Kathy Charmaz is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Faculty Writing Program at Sonoma State University. In the latter position, she leads seminars for faculty to help them complete their research and scholarly writing. She has written, co-authored, or co-edited fourteen books including Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide Through Qualitative Analysis, which received a Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association and Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time, which won awards from the Pacific Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Her co-edited volume, with Antony Bryant, The Sage Handbook of Grounded Theory, appeared in 2007. Professor Charmaz is a co-author of two multi-authored methodology books, Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry, which came out in 2011 with Guilford, and Developing Grounded Theory: The Second Generation, a 2009 publication with Left Coast Press. She has also published numerous articles and chapters on the experience of chronic illness, the social psychology of suffering, writing for publication, and grounded theory and qualitative research. She just finished the enlarged second edition of Constructing Grounded Theory and a co-edited Sage Publications four-volume set, Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis with senior editor, Adele Clarke.

Professor Charmaz has served as President of the Pacific Sociological Association, President and Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Vice-President of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honorary for sociology, editor of Symbolic Interaction, and Chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. She has received the 2001 Feminist Mentors Award and the 2006 George Herbert Mead award for lifetime achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. She lectures and leads workshops on grounded theory, qualitative methods, medical sociology, and symbolic interactionism around the globe.

Co-Analysis Bios - Ray Maietta, New QRSI scholars - Craig Fryer, Keri Lubell, Susan Passmore, Jeff Petruzzelli

Raymond C. Maietta, Ph.D. is president of ResearchTalk Inc., a qualitative research consulting company based in Bohemia, New York and Cary, North Carolina. A Ph.D. sociologist from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Ray’s interests in the art of qualitative research methods motivated him to start ResearchTalk in 1996. ResearchTalk Inc. provides project consultation and co-analysis services on all phases of qualitative analysis to university, government, not-for-profit, and corporate researchers.

More than 20 years of consultation with qualitative researchers informs the recent publications and a current methods book Dr. Maietta is writing:

  •  “Systematic Procedures of Inquiry and Computer Data Analysis Software for Qualitative Research,” co-authored with John Creswell in Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement (Sage Publications, 2002)
  • “State of the Art: Integrating Software with Qualitative Analysis” in Applying Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Aging and Public Health Research, edited by Leslie Curry, Renee Shield, and Terrie Wetle (American Public Health Association and the Gerontological Society of America, 2006).
  • “The Use of Photography As a Qualitative Research Method” in Visualizing Social Science, edited by Judith Tanur (Social Science Research Council, 2008).
  • “Qualitative Software” in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, edited by Lisa Given (Sage Publications, 2008).
  • “Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis with MAXQDA” in Journal of Mixed Methods (Sage Publications, April 2008)
  • Sort and Sift, Think and Shift, in progress.

Ray’s work invites interactions with researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. He is an active participant at conferences around the country including invited presentations at American Evaluation Association, American Anthropological Association, and American Sociological Association.

New QRSI scholar Craig S. Fryer, DrPH, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and an Associate Director in the Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Fryer obtained his MPH from the University of Pittsburgh in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences with a concentration in child welfare and his DrPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University with an emphasis in the social determinants of health behavior and health outcomes.

Trained as behavioral scientist, Dr. Fryer utilizes both qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine the sociocultural context of health and health status, with an emphasis in community-engaged research. His work focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities in substance use and dependence, specifically tobacco and marijuana use among urban youth and young adult populations. Dr. Fryer is the Principal Investigator of the five-year, NIH-funded (National Cancer Institute) K01 career development award, “Correlates of Nicotine Dependence among Urban African American Youth.” Additionally, he is a Co-Investigator on three grants within the M-CHE funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Collateral research endeavors include: behavioral intervention research; African American men’s health; and the respectful recruitment and retention of underrepresented communities in research.

New QRSI scholar Keri M. Lubell, PhD, is the Senior Scientist for Research and Evaluation in the Emergency Risk Communication Branch (ERCB), Division of Emergency Operations (DEO), Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. She joined the branch in January, 2008. Her current work includes a series of qualitative studies that focus on understanding how organizations at different levels work together to develop and disseminate official health protection information during public health emergency responses. As the lead evaluator for CDC’s Emergency Communication System, she oversees several other projects to evaluate CDC’s communication and outreach activities during health emergencies, including the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. She serves as scientific advisor for a CDC program with the Harvard School of Public Health that conducts surveys to assess public knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in response to a wide range of health threats. Before joining ERCB, she spent 10 years in CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention conducting research on violence-related issues and topics. Dr. Lubell received her Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, where her dissertation research focused on gender differences in the impact of social isolation and mental health problems on suicide mortality.

New QRSI scholar Susan Racine Passmore is Project Director at the Maryland Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland where she manages the day to day operations of a range of health intervention activities and original research. She is a contributor to Applying Anthropology in the Global Village edited by Christina Wasson, Mary Odell Butler and Shirley Fiske (Left Coast Press 2011). As an anthropologist working in public health, Dr. Passmore has contributed to projects supported by the U.S. Administration of Children and Families (ACF) and the National Institutes of Health. Current work include a qualitative exploration of recruitment and retention of minority participants in health research, including clinical trials; cultural and social factors influencing the health of black men; and the adaptation of health interventions to non-traditional settings (i.e. barber shops and beauty salons) and for unique populations (i.e. physical activity and nutrition programing for school age Muslim children).

New QRSI scholar Jeff M. Petruzzelli is ResearchTalk’s lead Qualitative Research Specialist. In close to 15 years of work with ResearchTalk, Jeff has participated in a range of qualitative and mixed methods projects. The topics of these studies include teenage shopping behaviors, caring for elderly parents, nursing as caring, evolving infrastructure for public health practice, life satisfaction, recruitment and retention of minority participants in clinical trials, and emergency risk communication in public health. Jeff plays an active role in the development and evolution of ResearchTalk’s client practice and research methods. He has worked closely with company President Ray Maietta to shape the Sort and Sift, Think and Shift Qualitative Analysis approach and to redefine the Co-Analysis approach from a ResearchTalk service to a team-based analysis method.


Collecting Qualitative Data Bios - New QRSI scholars - Greg Guest and Emily Namey

New QRSI scholar Greg Guest is an applied anthropologist who has been designing and leading large, multi-site research initiatives for more than 15 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Guest has conducted qualitative and mixed methods research on a diverse range of topics, including economic development, fisheries, agricultural production, commodity chains, cultural belief systems, public health, and infectious diseases. His research experience spans more than 16 countries and has produced more than 40 articles. Dr. Guest regularly teaches research methods courses to domestic and international audiences, including CDC University. In addition to numerous methodological articles and book chapters, Guest has also co-published five textbooks: Public Health Research Methods (Sage Publications, 2014); Collecting Qualitative Data: A Field Manual for Applied Research (Sage Publications, 2013); Applied Thematic Analysis (Sage Publications, 2012); Handbook for Team-based Qualitative Research (AltaMira, 2008); Globalization, Health and the Environment: An Integrated Perspective (AltaMira, 2005).

New QRSI scholar Emily Namey is a Senior Research Associate at FHI 360 where she contributes her knowledge of research methods to the design, implementation, conduct, monitoring, analysis, and dissemination of public health and development research. She has worked in over a dozen countries, on issues ranging from HIV prevention to maternal and reproductive health to bioethics and economic strengthening. Over the course of her career, she has conducted more than 300 individual interviews and nearly 100 focus groups, and has analyzed many times more. Emily also teaches research methods courses to domestic and international audiences, in the government, academic, and non-profit sectors, and has co-authored or contributed to five textbooks related to research methods.


Alison Hamilton

Alison B. Hamilton, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Research Anthropologist in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in medical and psychological anthropology from UCLA in 2002, and her M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from UCLA in 2009. Her main areas of interest are women’s health and mental health. She recently completed the NIDA-funded Women, Methamphetamine, and Sex study (K01 DA017647), which used mixed methods to investigate women methamphetamine users’ sexual experiences and behaviors as they relate to their methamphetamine use and/or histories of trauma.

Dr. Hamilton is also a Research Health Scientist and Lead of the Qualitative Methods Group at the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy, specializing in women Veterans’ health, mental health services research, and implementation science. She was a fellow in the inaugural cohort (2010-2012) of the NIMH/VA Implementation Research Institute and she serves on the editorial board of Implementation Science. She was recently funded by VA HSR&D to conduct a four-year mixed methods study of women Veterans’ attrition from VA healthcare use.

Dr. Hamilton has been a consultant with ResearchTalk for over 15 years, providing direct support to clients as well as serving as faculty for several of the Qualitative Research Summer Intensives. At recent Intensives, she taught courses on rapid qualitative research methods, qualitative grant-writing, qualitative interviewing, and mixed methods research.

New QRSI scholar - Robin Jarrett

New QRSI scholar Robin L. Jarrett is Professor of Family Studies in the Department of Human and Community Development, and Professor in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Dr. Jarrett is an urban ethnographer and has spent her career working with ethnic-racial group families and in inner-city communities. She is currently conducting research on family resilience with low-income, African American families with young children, and urban community gardens and the promotion of social capital.

Dr. Jarrett uses an array of qualitative methods, including participant observation, neighborhood observation, in-depth interviewing, focus group interviewing, photo-documentation, and GIS in her research. She teaches graduate courses that highlight her background as an urban ethnographer and the unique contributions of qualitative research. Key substantive courses include the Ethnography of Urban Communities and Ethnic Families, and the field methods course, Ethnography.

She recently completed her term as an Associate Editor for the American Education Research Journal and is currently one of the founding members of the Women, Gender, and Families of Color Journal. Dr. Jarrett’s interdisciplinary work has been published in various journals, including Ethos, Family Relations, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Journal of Children and Poverty, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Poverty, Journal of Research on Adolescence, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Qualitative Sociology, and Research in Community Sociology. Recent publications that highlight her use of multiple qualitative methods have appeared in International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Journal of Family Psychology, and Qualitative Research: The Essential Guide to Theory and Practice.


New QRSI scholar - Maria Mayan

New QRSI scholar Maria Mayan is a qualitative methodologist and has studied, written about, and conducted qualitative research since the early 1990s. She spent over ten years at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology at the University of Alberta learning and teaching qualitative inquiry locally and internationally. She is an engaged scholar who situates her work at the intersection of government, not-for-profit, disadvantaged, and clinician communities. She focuses on how we can work together on complex health and social issues using qualitative research in rigorous yet creative ways. She joined the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families as assistant director of Women’s and Children’s Health with the mandate of building qualitative research, community-based research and knowledge translation capacity for health researchers. One of her most valued activities is joining with colleagues and graduate students to use both conventional and unconventional qualitative methods to explore intriguing and pressing health research issues. Her book, Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry (Left Coast Press, 2009) outlines current debates, provides answers to questions newcomers typically have, and provides numerous examples and relevant exercises.

Johnny Saldaña

Johnny Saldaña is the Evelyn Smith Professor of Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts’ School of Film, Dance, and Theatre at Arizona State University where he has taught since 1981. He has been involved in the field of theatre education as a teacher educator, drama specialist, director, and researcher. Saldaña’s research methods in longitudinal qualitative inquiry, ethnodrama, and qualitative coding and data analysis have been applied and cited by researchers internationally in such fields as education, the arts, human development, sociology, psychology, business, technology, government, social services, medicine, and health care.

Mr. Saldaña is the author of Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change Through Time (AltaMira Press, 2003), a research methods book and recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association’s Ethnography Division; Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre (AltaMira Press, 2005), an edited collection of ethnographic-based plays; Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011), an introductory textbook; Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press, 2011), a playwriting primer for performance ethnography and recipient of the 2012 American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award; The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers, second edition (Sage Publications, 2013), a handbook on qualitative data analysis; and the third edition of the late Matthew B. Miles and A. Michael Huberman’s Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook (Sage Publications, 2014). He is currently at work on his new book for Sage Publications, Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind, an overview of the researcher’s mental processes for inquiry and analysis.

New QRSI scholar - Margarete Sandelowski

New QRSI scholar Margarete Sandelowski is Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She directs and is principal faculty in the summer programs in qualitative and mixed-methods research offered through the Center for Lifelong Learning at the School of Nursing. She has published widely in refereed nursing, interdisciplinary health, and social science journals (e.g., Field Methods, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Health Research, Research in Nursing and Health, Social Science and Medicine) and anthologies in the domains of gender and technology, and qualitative and mixed-methods research (both primary research and research synthesis). Her works have been translated into Spanish and Japanese.

Among her books are Handbook for Synthesizing Qualitative Research (Springer, 2007) and With Child in Mind: Studies of the Personal Encounter with Infertility (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993), which was awarded the 1994 Eileen Basker Memorial Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. Among her book chapters are “Synthesizing Qualitative and Quantitative Research Findings,” by M. Sandelowski, C.I. Voils, J. Crandell, and J. Leeman in Routledge International Handbook of Qualitative Nursing Research, edited by C.T. Beck (Routledge, 2013); “On Quantitizing,” by M. Sandelowski, C.I. Voils, and G. Knafl in Sage Quantitative Research Methods: Vol.1. Fundamental Issues in Quantitative Research, edited by W.P. Vogt (Sage Publications, 2011); “Current Practices and Emerging Trends in Conducting Mixed-Methods Intervention Studies in the Health Sciences,” by M. Song, M. Sandelowski, and M.B. Happ in Sage Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research (2d ed.), edited by A. Tashakkori and C. Teddlie (Sage Publications, 2010); “Writing the Proposal for a Qualitative Research Methodology Project,” by M. Sandelowski in Qualitative Research 2 (vol. 2), edited by A. Bryman (Sage Publications, 2007); “Tables or Tableaux? Writing and Reading Mixed Methods Studies,” by M. Sandelowski in Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research, edited by A. Tashakkori and C. Teddlie (Sage Publications, 2003).

Dr. Sandelowski has been awarded as Principal Investigator four 5-year R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health in the qualitative and mixed-methods research domains. She has served on NIH and other grant review panels, and contributed to the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research Working Group that resulted in the 2011 Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences.

New QRSI scholar - Mark Vagle

New QRSI scholar Mark D. Vagle is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. He conducts, and teaches doctoral seminars focusing on, phenomenological research. In addition, Vagle teaches courses on qualitative research methodologies, as well as philosophies, theories, and teaching practices that inform the schooling of elementary students. Currently, Vagle is using what he has termed post-intentional phenomenology to critically examine various ways in which issues related to social class take concrete (lived) shape in the curriculum and pedagogies of elementary education. He has published his work widely in journals such as the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Qualitative Inquiry, Field Methods, and Curriculum Inquiry. He recently published Crafting Phenomenological Research (Left Coast Press, 2014).