• Eric Canen

    Eric Canen

    Since joining WYSAC in 2003, Eric Canen has worked extensively in the evaluation field, primarily focusing on the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse. Mr. Canen has lead multiple projects including the Wyoming Prevention Needs Assessment, and the evaluation of the North Dakota Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant. While at WYSAC, he has honed his data analysis, and reporting skills; developing innovative methods to automate the creation of evaluation reports and to streamline the analysis process. Mr. Canen, in addition to his research projects, currently serves as the manager of the Center for Health and Education Studies within WYSAC.

  • Tiffany Cook

    Tiffany Cook

    Tiffany Comer Cook is the Executive Director at WYSAC. She is ultimately responsible for managing the operation, administration, personnel, and environment of WYSAC. Ms. Comer Cook strives to create a culture of transparency, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also works to ensure WYSAC's research is done on-time, within budget, and adheres to the highest standards of quality and scientific rigor. Ms. Comer Cook has worked in evaluation and research since 2003. Her expertise are in facilitating evaluation planning meetings, creating logic models and evaluation plans, analyzing data, writing reports, and presenting evaluation findings. She received her Master’s degree in Counselor Education in 2006 and her Bachelor's degree in sociology (minor in statistics) in 2003, both from the University of Wyoming. Tiffany is a Wyoming native and attributes her fantastic quality of life to living in this great state.

  • Humphrey Costello

    Humphrey Costello

    Humphrey's current research focus is tobacco prevention and control, and in particular quantitative analysis of tobacco survey data. Previously he has conducted research on health insurance and the uninsured; health cost, quality and access under Medicaid; and the efficacy of DUI intervention programs. He has worked in policy analysis of topics including hospital and pharmaceutical law and litigation; Medicaid, Medicare, and managed care; and mortgage and banking regulation. He has expertise in policy research and evaluation; health policy; traffic safety research; new growth economics; quantitative analysis; data presentation; game theory and formal modeling.

  • Laran H. Despain

    Laran H. Despain

    Dr. Despain has worked on the Synar project and evaluation of Wyoming’s tobacco prevention and control program since 2007. His primary duties have included supervisory responsibilities of the Synar inspections and coverage studies, assistance in evaluating the Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program, reporting of findings from the Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS), and preparation of topical issue briefs and fact sheets to communicate data about key tobacco prevention and control issues to lay audiences. He also works on the evaluation of Wyoming’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program and has evaluated projects for the University of Wyoming’s School of Nursing.

  • Laura Feldman

    Laura Feldman

    Ms. Feldman’s current research primarily focuses on public health and child and youth development. She primarily works in the areas of tobacco prevention and control and chronic disease prevention. She leads the development of the bi-annual publication, Wyoming Kids Count. She also leads or contributes to the evaluations on several other projects, both large and small, that integrate community involvement with public health and education. She has more than 15 years of experience in community, program, and policy evaluation.

  • Lauren Gilbert

    Lauren Gilbert

    Lauren received her PhD in sociology, with a focus in medical sociology, as well as an MPH in Public Health Management in Policy from the University of Florida. Her research interests include the social contexts of health and illness, health disparities, aging and the life-course, and community engagement as a form of prevention. Lauren has expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, including focus groups, in-depth interviewing, survey design, and photovoice methods. She is passionate about working with the communities to identify the unique issues and collaborating with the communities to support their solutions. She currently works on the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) evaluation team for the Wyoming Partnership for Success (PFS) grant and the Wyoming Prevention Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths (PDO).

  • Emily A. Grant

    Emily A. Grant

    Emily has extensive experience working at both state and community levels to address topics such as mental health, substance abuse, veteran issues, and environmental issues. Her expertise in research design and methodology include survey development, qualitative data collection and analysis, quantitative data collection and analysis, community based participatory research, and program evaluation.

  • Janelle R. Simpson

    Janelle R. Simpson

    Janelle has worked on the evaluations of multiple prevention programs. She enjoys doing research that has a positive influence in the world. Janelle specializes in data management and analysis, survey design, and report writing. She also has experience with building evaluation capacity and providing technical support to program implementers. In her free time, Janelle enjoys traveling, eating good food, and spending time with her husband.

  • Rodney Wambeam

    Rodney Wambeam

    Rodney Wambeam, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center of the University of Wyoming. Dr. Wambeam was principle investigator of Wyoming’s SIG and SPF SIG evaluations and is currently principle investigator of Wyoming’s Prevention Block Grant and PFS evaluations as well as Oregon’s SPF SIG evaluation. He is author of “The Community Needs Assessment Workbook” from Lyceum Books. In his free time, Rodney coaches short track speed skating, organizes Muggle Quidditch games, and acts in his son’s movies.