Dr. Wanda K. Nicholson is the co-Principal Investigator for GooDMomS and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Nicholson is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a perinatal epidemiologist. She is Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Core at the UNC Center for Women's Health Research, a research fellow in the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the UNC Diabetes Center. Her research efforts focus on developing and implementing innovative models of medical care for women across the lifespan, but with a particular focus on diabetes and ovesity in mothers and children. Dr. Nicholson's ultimate goal is to break the transgenerational cycle of diabetes and ovesity by developing inverventions for the preconception period and pregnancy.
Dr. Deborah Tate is the co-Principal Investigator for GooDMomS and a cognitive-behavioral psychologist whose primary research interests lie in obesity prevention and treatment and behavioral interventions. She is jointly appointed in the departments of Health Behavior and Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The two main areas of her research program are: (a) strategies for improving weight loss and (b) the translation of obesity treatment programs using alternatives to clinic-based care often involving new technologies.
La-Shell Johnson is the Project Manager for GooDMomS and has several years of experience conducting health behavior research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Over the last two years, she has expanded her work to cover pregnancy and the post-partum period.
Karen Erickson is the Senior Project Manager in Dr. Tate’s research lab. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition. She is involved in all aspects of weight management intervention research studies including program development, project management, and participant counseling.
Molly Diamond is an Interventionist for GooDMoMs. Molly received her Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been involved with several research studies focusing on behavioral weight control. Her primary interest is to promote healthy eating and exercise as a means to a healthier lifestyle in a variety of populations.