What is ResearchWell?

ResearchWell regularly conducts research in support of HCI goals and objectives. ResearchWell has provided ongoing research and evaluation assistance to HCI pods in the areas of study design, IRB approval, data collection, survey development, and data analysis.

ResearchWell Leadership

ResearchWell Pod Leader

Kristen McKinney, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Pod Leader

Dr. Kristen McKinney (B.A., M.A., Ph.D., UCLA) has served as the Director for UCLA’s Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO) since 2011 overseeing assessment support and capacity building for the Student Affairs Organization, as well as stewarding and reporting on student experience data for the campus. Prior to joining SAIRO, Dr. McKinney held a variety of student affairs and institutional research and assessment positions, including oversight of UCLA’s participation in several system-wide alcohol harm reduction grant projects. As the Associate Director of the Bruin Resource Center, Dr. McKinney oversaw the development of the population programs and coordination of the Life Skills Program, including serving as an instructor for the course. Beyond Life Skills, Dr. McKinney has also taught a variety of courses in education topics, particularly research and assessment, student development, and campus climate.

Dr. McKinney has served the student affairs profession nationally as part of the Directorate Board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation, including a term as Commission Chair. Dr. McKinney has served as a faculty and planning team member for the ACPA Assessment Institute for eight years, and Institute Chair for two. Dr. McKinney also serves as the University of California representative to the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) consortium.

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Michael K. Ong, M.D., Ph.D., Pod Leader

Michael K. Ong, M.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California and Chair of the Tobacco-Free Steering Committee. His research interests focus on improving the delivery of appropriate and efficient health care by general internal medicine physicians.  His research has applied this focus in several areas of general medicine, including hospital-based care, mental health, and tobacco control.  He is currently Chair of the State of California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, which oversees programs funded by Proposition 99 including the California Tobacco Control Program.

Lee Cooper, ResearchWell, Pod Leader

Lee Cooper, Ph.D., Pod Leader

Since joining the UCLA faculty in 1969, Lee Cooper has conducted research in market-share analysis and the measurement of marketing effectiveness. Cooper was the principal investigator on Project Action: Planning for Radically New Products, supported by grants from Intel Corporation (1996–99).

He has served on the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Program in Social Statistics, the Museum of Cultural History, as director of the Management in the Arts program (1975-79) and Venture Development Project (2002-2006) in the Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He became professor emeritus in November 2004.

In 1999, he started Strategic Data Corporation, which developed e-commerce and display-ad optimization for a number of major web portals. In 2007, Fox Interactive Media acquired the company.

Since 2009, he has reoriented his efforts toward action research –engaging students to help address real-world problems. From 2010 through 2016, he served on the board of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He helped found and served on the board of the Conservation Action Research Network. In 2017, he was invited to join the Brain Trust of theHelena Group—an action-oriented think tank of global leaders focused on executing projects that improve the world. In 2020 he joined the Heathy Campus Initiative to help scale student engagement in action research.

Ph.D. Psychology, 1970, University of Illinois

A.M. Psychology, 1969, University of Illinois

B.A. Psychology, 1966, UC Berkeley

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Burton Cowgill, Ph.D., ResearchWell Faculty, Pod Leader

Dr. Cowgill is the Center Project Director for the UCLA Center for Prevention Research and has extensive experience working with community-based organizations in the design, implementation, and evaluation of research projects following the principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR). Dr. Cowgill received his PhD from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in 2007 from the Department of Health Policy and Management in Health Care Outcomes Research. Dr. Cowgill’s research addresses adolescent risk behaviors, including tobacco and e-cigarette use, nutrition and physical activity, and HPV vaccine uptake. He is also interested in how federal, state, and local policies influence health behaviors. Dr. Cowgill teaches courses on Healthy Policy and Health Care Organization and Financing.

Prior to returning to academic research, Dr. Cowgill served as a fellow for Senator Edward Kennedy’s Health Committee staff, working on passage of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and as an analyst for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

During his time with CMS, Dr. Cowgill worked with state Medicaid agencies on child and adolescent immunization performance measurement and quality improvement projects and funding for immunization registries. He is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research and analytical techniques.

Anusha, ResearchWell, Grants Coordinator, Grants, Coordinator, Undergraduate, Research Assistant

Anusha Fatehpuria, ResearchWell Undergraduate Student Researcher

Anusha Fatehpuria is a second year pre-Human Biology and Society major and intended Global Health minor, interested in pursuing a career in public health and medicine. She is interested in how various determinants and disparities can affect people’s health outcomes and how this information can be used to design interventions and treatments. Outside of HCI, Anusha is involved with SCOPE – Patient Health Advocates, STAND For All, and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. She is excited to advocate for student wellbeing on campus through her work with the ResearchWell pod!