Research Staff

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Bethany Forseth, PhD, MS 

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition 

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.

 
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Paul R Hibbing, PhD 

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nurition 

prhibbing@cmh.edu


 

Paul has primarily studied exercise physiology and statistics. He attended Iowa State University for his B.S. in kinesiology and health (2014), as well as his M.S. in kinesiology (2016). In May 2020, he received his Ph.D. in kinesiology and sport studies from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Thus far, Paul’s research has focused on refining the ways that physical activity and energy expenditure are assessed. He looks forward to expanding on that during his postdoctoral training. His favorite physical activities are walking and running.

 
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Adrian Ortega, MA

Graduate Research Assistant

Doctoral Candidate

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. 

 

Mallory Moon, MPH

Research Associate

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 nieces and nephews, and growing fruits and vegetables in the CM Community Garden.

 
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Chelsea Steel, MPH

Research Associate

clsteel@cmh.edu

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 hiking in national parks.

 

Maurice Miller

mwmiller@cmh.edu

Maurice is earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in health administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is also a student athlete at UMKC on the cross country team. His research interests based on his active lifestyle, are in active living research and public health and wellness. Maurice enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, and disk golfing. 

 

Maddy Pilla

Research Assistant

mpilla@cmh.edu

Maddy earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her research interests include health promotion, education, and health equity. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and gardening, and watching movies.