T-SCORE Research Team

Meet our Research Team! Find out more about who we are and the many organizations we represent.

The diverse T-SCORE Research Team consists of individuals from the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Kansas, and Greenbush Southeast Kansas Education Service Center – read more about our team below:

Paulo Cuppertino

Paulo Cuppertino

Co-Principal Investigator

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Ana Paula Cupertino, PhD, is the Director of JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health and a Latina Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at KUMC School of Medicine. Over the past five years, she has developed a career focused on health disparities through various diverse NIH funded projects. As the Principal Investigator, Dr. Cupertino is in charge of implementing all aims of this project, including curriculum development, implementation, faculty and staff training, and evaluation efforts. She leads the development of the Education Advisory Board, assists with recruitment efforts, and coordinates Human Subject Committee approval. She closely oversees ongoing evaluation and dissemination plans in collaboration with co-investigators, the research team and the Educational Advisory Board.

Karin Chang

Karin Chang

Co-Principal Investigator, Evaluation

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Karin Chang, PhD, is the Director of Evaluation at the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs at Achievement and Assessment Institute, University of Kansas. Dr. Chang has extensive experience in K-12 professional development implementation and evaluation.  As PI of Kansas Project LAUNCH, she oversaw the development, pilot testing and dissemination of the state’s developmental screening and trauma-informed care training modules for early childhood professionals.  As a Co-PI of T-SCORE, Dr. Chang works closely with Dr. Cupertino in the development of our inquiry-based curriculum for teachers to integrate health disparities into their Health Science curriculum. She also oversees the implementation and assessment of the T-SCORE program.

Maria Alonso-Luaces

Maria Alonso-Luaces

Co-Investigator, Professional Development Leader

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Maria Alonso Luaces, PhD, is the Director of Academic, Professional and Workforce Development with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at KUMC, will coordinate the summer institute and fellowship activities for science teachers. In that role, Dr. Alonso managed and coached first and second year teachers, designed professional development opportunities and analyzed data to determine key trends for increasing student achievement, developed action plans and managed teachers in execution. Every year, Dr. Alonso will facilitate T-SCORE professional development activities and present outcomes to T-SCORE partners with a report on the progress of each program objective.

Crystal Lumpkins

Crystal Lumpkins

Co-Investigator, Website Development

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Crystal Y. Lumpkins, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. Dr. Lumpkins has advised several undergraduate students and has also dedicated her time to mentoring minority students from multiple disciplines including sociology, psychology and journalism. Dr. Lumpkins’s current research, with a five-year NCI Mentored Scientist Award (K-01), allows her to test a social marketing model among African American faith-based populations concerning colorectal cancer screening. Overall, Dr. Lumpkins’s is committed to reducing health disparities among underserved and minority populations. For T-SCORE, Dr. Lumpkins will assist the research team with the development, management and execution of communication and website development activities as well as mentor students and teachers in these activities.

Megha Ramaswamy

Megha Ramaswamy

Co-Investigator, Professional Development

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Megha Ramaswamy, PhD, MPH, serves as Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center and former Associate Director of the University of Kansas Master of Public Health (MPH) program in Kansas City. Dr. Ramaswamy has been committed to teaching minority students for her entire professional career.  Reaching over 100 undergraduate community health education students over four years, most of whom were first-generation college students and about 75% of whom were Black and Latino.  For, T-SCORE, Dr. Ramaswamy provides feedback to the T-SCORE research team on curriculum development, staff and faculty training, and evaluation and mentors students and teachers as they engage in the different health disparities programs and leads student dissemination efforts.

Maggie Cearley

Maggie Cearley

Project Coordinator

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Maggie Cearley, received a bachelor’s in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia in 2012. As a Teach For America – Kansas City 2012 Corp Member, she taught high school science in the Kansas City, MO public schools for three years. Ms. Cearley has a passion for learning and working in an interdisciplinary environment that combines science, education, and health to support underserved populations. As the SEPA Project Coordinator, Ms. Cearley organizes the implementation of the T-SCORE program goals and manages the different research teams to help facilitate T-SCORE including the Educational Advisory Committee, Evaluation Team, Professional Development Team, and Website Development Team.

Jen Boden

Jen Boden

External Evaluator

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Jen Boden, MA, is a Research Project Manager for the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium and lecturer for the University of Kansas.  Ms. Boden is highly skilled in working with complex datasets and conducting quantitative research.  She has extensive experience in applied econometrics and statistics. Ms. Boden will be supporting all T-SCORE evaluation efforts.

Taynara Formagini

Taynara Formagini

External Evaluator

Taynara Formagini, MS, is a research assistant for JUNTOS Advancing Latino Health within the Department of Preventive Medicine at KUMC. Ms. Formagini has experience with public health, health promotion, healthcare networks, tobacco cessation interventions and mHealth research. Ms. Formagini supports T-SCORE facilitating the implementation of T-SCORE programs, activities and evaluation

Stephanie Horton

Stephanie Horton

Research Assistant

Stephanie Horton, graduated the UMKC Health Science program. Stephanie has past experience working with Latino health through a group called Alianzas through UMKC, working in the Bi-National Health week and creating mini classes for the children who attend the fair. Stephanie is responsible for assisting in the development of materials and resources for SEPA grant activities, including the Summer Institute professional development.  She is also assisting in starting a HOSA chapter at USD #500.  Stephanie works on other projects through Juntos as well.