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Amy Bradfield

Human Resources Consultant

Ms. Bradfield has been a Human Resources Consultant providing HR generalist support to the Injury Prevention Research Center and other research centers and institutes under the Vice Chancellor of Research office at UNC since 2013. Prior to that, she had over 30 years of Human Resources experience in the private sector for companies like Fidelity, The Washington Post, and NCR.

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Hunter Byrd, B.A.

Program Coordinator

Mr. Byrd is a fitness professional who received his B.A. in Exercise Sport Science. He currently assists with a CDC-funded project that is investigating concussion prevention strategies in middle school sports. Prior to his work with youth concussion prevention, he served as a research assistant with UNC’s Sports Medicine Research Lab (SMRL). At SMRL he collected and managed data concerning female athlete ACL injury prevention and athlete physical readiness. He has also worked as a strength coach at the high school level. Mr. Byrd has been working at the IPRC since 2017.

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John Cantrell, MA

Public Health Data Analyst

Mr. Cantrell is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Biostatistics at UNC Chapel Hill and has worked for the IPRC since 2014. He analyzes data for multiple IPRC studies that focus on various traumatic injuries and a study on pediatric dental disease at the UNC School of Dentistry. Previously, Mr. Cantrell worked as a Medical Technologist at Duke Medical Center, a Mechanical Engineer in Building Systems Design for NC state government, and as a Data Manager at UNC School of Medicine.

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Jennifer Ellen Woody Collins, MPA

Manager, Systems Thinking National Peer Learning Team and Regional Networking Coordinating Organization

Ms. Collins has worked for the IPRC since 2013 and is pursuing a PhD in Health Communication and Organizing at Ohio University. She manages the Systems Thinking National Peer Learning Team and the Regional Network Coordinating Organization, which develops professional capacity to address injuries and violence in 13 states across the Southeastern and Southwestern U.S. Previously, she worked for the North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention Branch as a Program Evaluator and Manager of the Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program.

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Toska Cooper, MPH, CHES

Research Project Coordinator

Ms. Cooper joined the IPRC in 2017 and has focused her work on opioid overdose prevention research and practice, including organizing and facilitating training and educational opportunities for researchers and practitioners throughout North Carolina. Prior to her work at the IPRC, Ms. Cooper served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, a program consultant for the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch at the Division of Public Health in the NC Department of Health and Humans Services, and as a student research assistant in West Virginia University’s Injury Control Research Center where she worked to establish a statewide law enforcement naloxone distribution program.

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Paula Gildner, MPH

Senior Research Project Manager

Ms. Gildner received her Master’s in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill and joined the IPRC in 2010. She manages multiple studies on traumatic brain injuries and sports-related concussions in conjunction with faculty and staff from the Matthew Gfeller Center at UNC Chapel Hill.  She has conducted population-based research with the Latino community and managed research on intimate partner violence and older adult falls prevention.

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Vasiliki Kostogiannes, MA

Research Project Coordinator

Ms. Kostogiannes joined the IPRC in 2018 and coordinates the randomized control trial on the role of rehabilitation in concussion management. She is a graduate assistant athletic trainer while in graduate school studying exercise and sports science at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Agnieszka McCort, MA

Research Project Manager

Ms. McCort joined the IPRC in 2015 and manages multiple studies on opioid drug overdose, child maltreatment, and gender-based violence. She organizes and facilitates training and educational opportunities for students, researchers, and practitioners in North Carolina as part of the IPRC’s Outreach, Training, and Education Cores. Previously, Ms. McCort worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, the Women’s Wellness Connection, and the Colorado Rape Prevention and Education Program. She has served various community-based organizations in North Carolina as a statewide organizer, student youth violence prevention coordinator, and assistant clinic manager.

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Maryalice Nocera, MSN, PNP, RN

Senior Research Project Manager

Ms. Nocera is a registered nurse with more than forty years of experience in pediatrics, including child psychiatry, general pediatrics and pediatric critical care. For the past 18 years, Ms. Nocera has been a project manager for studies on traumatic brain, musculoskeletal, and occupational injuries, as well as opioid overdose prevention. She has also managed and supported several core Center (IPRC) grants. Previously, she served in various capacities including as a clinical nurse specialist, director of staff development, and research nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit.

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Leah Taraskiewicz, MPH

Public Health Communications Specialist

Ms. Taraskiewicz recently joined the Outreach and Training team at the IPRC in 2018. She works to translate the Center’s research effectively through communications and training so that it is accessible to the wider community. Ms. Taraskiewicz has devoted her career to preventing and responding to gender-based violence, including serving as a prevention educator throughout DC and Metro Detroit. Most recently, before pursuing her Master of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill, she supported survivors of violence and discrimination at Equality Michigan, a statewide LGBTQ+ political advocacy and anti-violence organization.

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Sharyn Wills

Business Coordinator

Ms. Wills joined the IPRC in 2017. She assists with pre-award grant preparation, budget development, and supports the IPRC leadership team and staff with managing research studies and Center operations. Previously, Ms. Wills was the Database Project Manager for the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy; the Executive Assistant and Office Manager for the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET) Leadership Team in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy; and the Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer at the UNC’s NC TraCS Institute.

UNC Contract and Grant Administrators that Support the IPRC

Xiyue Kylie Zhao, CPA, Budget Analyst / Research Administrator: Ms. Zhao is the Financial Administrator at the Research Administration Service Center. She is responsible for assisting the IPRC with budget development and financial management, as well as the formulation and negotiation of all sub-contractual relationships. She supervises the preparation and submission of all monthly financial reports and works with the University’s Office of Sponsored Research to ensure timely and accurate reporting of financial data and reports.  Email:

Ellen Donna Brooks, BA, Accounting Technician / Research Operator: Ms. Brooks is the Accounting Technician at the Research Administration Service Center. Ms. Brooks is responsible for providing routine transactional accounting, personnel, and effort certification support for the IPRC.  Email:

Yana Biblin, BA, Research Administration Manager: Ms. Biblin serves as the Manager for the Research Administration Service Center (RASC) under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, with more than 15 years of experience in Research Administration. She is responsible for managing and providing direction, guidance, and leadership for the day-to-day fiscal management and research administration activities for the IPRC. Email: