Learn more about the early-career scholars whose work strengthens the SPARK Lab.
Carson is a senior in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. Her interest in social work stems from the need for more mental health awareness and education in schools, especially at the policy level. She will be attending grad school to obtain her MSW after this year. Carson's work in the SPARK lab focuses primarily on the CDC-funded study, P3 (Promoting Protective Policy).
Jamie Kynn, MA, MSW -- SPARK Lab Co-Director
Jamie Kynn is a second year doctoral student in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. Jamie received their MA in Gender Studies from Central European University, and their MSW from Rutgers University. They have previously worked at The Center on Violence Against Women and Children and Education Development Center. Jamie's research has included human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and compassion fatigue in violence researchers. Their work mainly focuses on gender-based violence policies, program evaluations, assessments, trainings, and developing non-academic research dissemination media.
Taylor A. Reid, BA
Taylor A. Reid, BA is a doctoral student in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on intimate partner violence as experienced by sexual minority women, with added emphasis on the resilience these women display. She is particularly interested in understanding the power dynamics that occur in women’s same-sex relationships. Through mixed-methods research, Taylor strives to provide a platform for marginalized communities to tell their stories. She was previously awarded the Dean’s Assistantship in 2017 and has since served on multiple committees aimed at diversity as a representative for the LGBT community.
Tamara Robaciu is a sophomore at the College of Natural Sciences at Michigan State University studying Biomedical Laboratory Science. She intends to graduate with a BS degree and pursue medical school with the aim of becoming a practicing physician. The SPARK Lab has been her first research experience and she intends to combine the research skills and empathetic mindset obtained in the lab to work towards greater equity and equality in the healthcare industry.
Rouan Salim received her BA in Psychology from Wayne State University and will be attending graduate school in the Fall of 2022. Her research interests revolve around the examination of organizational dynamics among vulnerable populations. Specifically, Rouan aims to assess incidences of harassment and incivility among minoritized and marginalized women, refugees, and immigrants. She is also interested in investigating the influence of romance in organizational settings on wellbeing and productivity
Jenny Tanis, LMSW -- SPARK Lab Co-Director
Jenny Tanis, LMSW, is a third year doctoral student in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. Jenny obtained her MSW from Grand Valley State University and is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in child welfare, reproductive and mental health, and academic advising and support for collegiate student athletes. Jenny’s research lands at the intersection of child maltreatment and maternal health. Both in policy evaluation and practice implications, Jenny is interested in how improving care, resources, support, and outcomes for birthing parents can reduce child maltreatment and improve the holistic health of families. In Fall 2020, Jenny was awarded with the Hiram E. Fitzgerald Engaged Scholar Fellowship, promoting the reduction of adverse childhood experiences that occur from conception to age five.
James Tulppo is the Policy Intervention Coordinator at the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH), working on the Promoting Protective Policies (P3) Project. He graduated from Michigan State University in 2020 with a BA in Public Policy, minoring in Leadership of Organizations. He is especially passionate about creating and implementing inclusive K-12 school policy, and served on the Michigan Department of Education’s LGBTQ+ Students’ Project before joining P3. Fun facts include: he is an identical twin and a car enthusiast.