Center for Social and Behavioral Research



Mary Losch

Mary Losch, Ph.D.


Dr. Losch is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and was the Assistant Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) at UNI from 1998 to 2014. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Iowa College of Public Health in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Iowa.  Dr. Losch has been the Principal Investigator for numerous grants, contracts and investigations of public policy, public health and other topics.

Kyle Endres

Kyle Endres, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Kyle Endres is Associate Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa. He received his Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UNI, Dr. Endres was a postdoc at Duke University’s Initiative on Survey Methodology and a pre-doctoral fellow at Fordham University’s Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy.  He has considerable experience in survey design and implementation, including in the context of health and policy polling. His research has been published (or is forthcoming) in multiple peer-reviewed journals, including: the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, the Journal of Surgical Research, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, Research & Politics, and PS: Political Science & Politics.

Gene Lutz

Gene M. Lutz, Ph.D.

Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant

Dr. Lutz is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), and was Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) at UNI from 1988 to 2014.  He was also an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Iowa College of Public Health Department of Community and Behavioral Health.  He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Iowa State University.  Dr. Lutz has been the Principal Investigator for over 70 studies of public health and other topics, and the administrator for scores of additional studies.

Erin Heiden

Erin O. Heiden, MPH, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Erin Heiden is an Assistant Director at the CSBR. Her education includes a Master of Public Health degree and Ph.D. in Community and Behavioral Health from the University of Iowa with an emphasis in health communication and occupational injury prevention research. Erin’s research interests include evaluation and policy research, psycho-social factors and effects of injury, and injuries among individuals with disabilities.  She leads several CSBR projects focused on STEM evaluation and monitoring in the state.

Ki Park

Ki Park, Ph.D.

Assistant Director 

Ki Park is an Assistant Director at the CSBR. He holds an M.A. in Health Education and Promotion from UNI and a Ph.D. in Community and Behavioral Health with an emphasis in health communication from the University of Iowa. He has been part of the CSBR research team as a student research assistant before joining as a staff member in 2013.  Dr. Park leads CSBR projects focused on understanding gambling outcomes and treatment, analysis of complex data and use of social media and organic data as complements to traditional quantitative and qualitative methods.

Megan Ruxton

Megan Ruxton, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Megan M. Ruxton was a Survey Research Associate with the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRISS) at Colorado State University, and has consulted for state and federal government agencies in the U.S. and Canada before joining CSBR. Her academic research draws on political behavior and public policy and administration, with a particular emphasis on the role of public engagement and science in policy decision-making and implementation, particularly regarding environmental and sustainability issues. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science in 2017 from Colorado State University, and prior to that earned her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Iowa State University.

Rod Muilenburg

Rod Muilenburg, B.L.S.

Field Supervisor 

Rod Muilenburg is the Field Supervisor at the CSBR. He graduated from UNI with a B.L.S in 2000 and joined the CSBR as a staff member in 2001. Rod coordinates and supervises the day-to-day activities in the telephone interviewing lab. He oversees WinCATI operations and programs questionnaires in Ci3. Rod is also the Project Coordinator for the Iowa Barriers to Prenatal Care Project and the Iowa Gambling Treatment Outcomes Study and coordinates logistics for projects involving large self-administered mailback surveys.

Tom Turner

Thomas M. Turner, B.A.

Information Technology Specialist

Since graduating from UNI in 1994 with a B.A. in Computer Science, Tom Turner has been responsible for all aspects of technology at the CSBR, from maintaining the network servers and PC workstations to coding programs in Ci3, C/C++, ECMAScript, and SPSS.  Tom assists with dataset development and testing and development of information and data security policies.

Sharon Cory

Sharon Cory


Sharon Cory performs a variety of administrative and accounting functions in the Center for Social and Behavioral Research.  She came to the CSBR in 1997 after spending 8 years assisting with the UNI Overseas Placement Fair for Educators.  Sharon's work supports all dimensions of CSBR work.

Mitch Avery

Mitchell Avery, M.P.P.

Project Manager

Mitch has worked as a project manager at CSBR since 2020 and as project coordinator since 2014. He received his B.A. in Economics in 2010 and his Masters of Public Policy in 2013, both from the University of Northern Iowa. He was part of the CSBR research team as a student Research Assistant before joining as a full-time staff member in 2013.  Mitch provides support for multiple projects and plays a central role in the ongoing CAPP and Tobacco Quitline evaluations and provides expertise and support for projects utilizing online data collection. 

Lisa Green

Lisa Green, M.S.

Project Coordinator

Lisa Green is a project coordinator at the CSBR. Her education includes a B.A. in Geography and Land Studies from Central Washington University and an M.S. in Geography from Utah State University. Lisa worked as a project coordinator for a National Science Foundation graduate training program before joining the CSBR, where she contributes to multiple program evaluations.

Pam Musoke

Pamela Musoke, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Pamela Musoke is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Social and Behavioral Research. She holds a Pharm.D. from Creighton University, Omaha, NE, and an MPH and DrPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL. Her doctoral research focused on challenges in maternal and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa. She previously worked as a pharmacist for 5 years in both the retail and hospital settings.  After receiving her MPH, she worked in Zambia as a lecturer at the University of Zambia School of Medicine and participated in building the Master of Pharmacology program in conjunction with the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Sarah Freeze

Sarah Freeze, B.A.

Project Assistant

Sarah Freeze has worked as a project assistant at CSBR since 2019. She received her B.S. from Iowa State University in 2018 as well as a minor in Psychology. Prior to becoming a full-time staff member, she worked as a student research assistant at CSBR. Sarah assists with implementation, data management, analysis, and reporting support for many projects including Gambling and CAPP and supervises the work of student research assistants. 

Jenna Petersen

Jenna Petersen, B.S.

Project Assistant

Jenna Petersen has worked as a Project Assistant at CSBR since 2020.  She has served as a staff member at the University of Northern Iowa Department for Student Health & Well-Being since 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science from Iowa State Univeristy in 2018 studying Kinesiology and Health. She presented her research studying the efficacy of Motivational Interviewing for college students of differing personality types at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research and twice at Iowa State University in 2018.