Support Staff

Jaime Strickland, MA –

Research Supervisor

Jaime oversees all research activities and staff in the OSHR lab. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Louis University and a Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Jaime started working at the University in 2003 as a research coordinator for substance abuse studies in the Psychiatry department. She joined the OSHR group in 2006. Since then she has collaborated with local employers and union groups to recruit workers, led data collection efforts for numerous studies, and has been critical to the design and implementation of several workplace health promotion projects. She is dedicated to improving workers’ health through simple and sustainable work-based health promotion interventions.

Nikki Caito, MPH MS RD LD –

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Nikki Caito is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator for the Occupational Safety and Health Research (OSHR) Lab. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Missouri State University in 1993 and a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Saint Louis University in 2002. Nikki started working with Washington University in 2008 when the Health Communication Research Lab moved from Saint Louis University to help form the new Master of Public Health program within the Brown School. Nikki joined the OSHR lab in 2017 and helps manage the Working for You research project. Her role focuses on work group and participant recruitment and retention as well as developing a cohesive and efficient study implementation process. Nikki enjoys working in the research field, especially focusing on ways to improve the health and wellness of individuals.

Anna Kinghorn, MS –

Clinical Research Coordinator

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Anna Kinghorn is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Occupational Safety and Health Research Lab. She earned a double Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Saint Louis University in 2009. She started with Washington University School of Medicine since 2009 as a research assistant for the Department of General Medical Sciences. In May 2014, Anna earned a Master’s of Science in Applied Health Behavior Research. She is interested in health education, health behavior theory, and workplace wellness. She enjoys working with study participants in many different areas and learning from their unique experiences.

Bridget Kirk, BS, CHES –

Clinical Research Coordinator

Bridget is the Health Program Counselor for the OSHR lab. She works one-on-one with participants conducting health coaching focused on weight loss for an obesity prevention study.  Bridget earned her Bachelors of Science in Education with a major in Community Health Education from the University of Kansas and became a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) in 2010. She joined Washington University in 2016 after 5 years of employment with a health insurance and health services company where she worked for a department that offered health and wellness coaching to members. Bridget’s favorite parts of health coaching are teaching participants new things and motivating them to make changes that will lead to healthier lifestyle!

Sam Biver, MPH –

Health Program Counselor

Sam is a Health Program Counselor for the OSHR lab.  He works one-on-one with participants conducting health coaching focused on weight loss for an obesity prevention study. Sam completed a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an endorsement in Health Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2010.  He taught high school health and physical education for 3 years in central Illinois.  In 2016, he earned a Master of Public Health degree in Behavioral Science from Saint Louis University and became a certified ACSM Personal Trainer.  Sam enjoys the opportunity to help individuals improve their quality of life through coaching and education.

Marco Barrera, BS –

Clinical Research Study Assistant II

Marco Barrera is a clinical research assistant in the Occupational Safety and Health Research Lab. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in English from Missouri State University. He has a history of work in behavioral medicine. Marco joined Washington University in November of 2016. He is drawn to the area of health research and the improvement of people in the workplace.

Tara Ruggeri, MPH –

Clinical Research Study Assistant I

Tara Ruggeri is a clinical research assistant in the Occupational Safety and Health Research Lab. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Saint Louis University and her MPH in Epidemiology from Saint Louis University. She has a background in public health and health education. Tara joined Washington University in 2017 and has interests in evidence-based public health, infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, chronic disease prevention, and physical activity promotion.