ABOUT THE TEAM

Carolina Bejarano, MA

Graduate Research Assistant

Carolina.bejarano@ku.edu

Carolina earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Tulane University in New Orleans. She joined the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas in 2015 where she earned her master’s degree and is currently working on her PhD. Her research interests include health promotion in children in adolescents, pediatric obesity, physical activity, and dietary behavior. She enjoys high intensity interval training, jogging, and yoga.

Chelsea Steel, MPH

Research Assistant

clsteel@cmh.edu

816-302-3183

Chelsea earned a Bachelor’s of Science in biology from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Public Health--Epidemiology from The University of Kansas Medical Center. Her research interests include health equity and implementation science. She enjoys cooking, crossword puzzles, and going to the dog park.

Jordan Carlson, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Children’s Mercy Kansas City &

University of Missouri-Kansas City

jacarlson@cmh.edu

816-234-9240

Dr. Carlson received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University, and a PhD in Public Health from the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. He completed a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, and joined the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Kansas City in 2015. His favorite physical activities are biking to work, walking the dog, and working in the garden.

Adrian Ortega, MA

Graduate Research Assistant

adrianortega@ku.edu

Adrian earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and a master's degree in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. He is particularly interested in the situational, contextual, and temporal factors that influence healthy decision-making in youth, such as engaging in physical activity. In his free time, Adrian enjoys weight lifting, exploring Kansas City, and watching movies. 

Bethany Forseth, PhD, MS 

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nurition 

bhanson4@kumc.edu


 

Bethany received her bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, her master's degree in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and a PhD in Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She is excited to be completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition. 

Her research focuses on the promotion and health benefits of physical activity and working to prevent and/or manage chronic diseases through increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviors. When not in the lab, her favorite physical activities are yoga and walking the dog.

Mallory Moon, MPH

Research Assistant

mgmoon@cmh.edu

Mallory earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in nutrition from the University of Central Arkansas and her Master's of Public Health - Social and Behavioral Health from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her research interests include childhood obesity, health promotion, and health communication. In her free time, Mallory enjoys running, spending time with her niece and nephews, spectating marathons, and growing fruits and vegetables in the CM Community Garden.