Our expert advisors include some of the nation's leading authorities and researchers on gender norms and at-risk youth. They provide thought-leadership, and are key partners on all projects - trainings, curricula development, and white paper reports.

Expert Advisors

Angela Aidala – Columbia University
Dr. Angela Aidala is a faculty member at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences. Her primary interest is the intersection of economic, social, and cultural influences on health and illness among disadvantaged populations. Dr. Aidala's recent work focuses on research, teaching, and service delivery strategies to work effectively with hard to reach or 'hidden' populations in urban settings including the homeless, mentally ill, substance users, runaway or street youth and/or persons living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Aidala also directs the Multiple Diagnoses Initiative (MDI), which works with housing providers to better understand the reciprocal relationship between housing and health care among persons living with HIV/AIDS who also struggle with mental illness and/or chronic substance abuse problems. Angela A. Aidala received a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University. (Excerpted from her ARCHIVE Institute profile)

Cathy J. Cohen – University of Chicago
Dr. Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. She is also the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education and the former Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. She was a founding board member and former co-chair of the board of the Audre Lorde Project in NY and was on the board of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press as well as the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at CUNY. Cohen was also a founding member of Black AIDS Mobilization (BAM!). She is also the founder of a website devoted to black youth:www.blackyouthproject.com. (Adapted from her profile at the University of Chicago)

Marcie Eads – University of Colorado at Denver
Dr. Marci Eads has more than 15 years of experience in research, evaluation, and policy, program, and curriculum development in the areas of gender, physical and behavioral health, physical and sexual violence prevention, and economic justice. She has served as the lead researcher on multiple research and evaluation projects with a gender focus, including large multi-year federal, state, and foundation-supported projects. She served as research director at a Denver-based public policy research and evaluation firm and at the Gill Foundation, conducting research and evaluation on LGBT rights issues. Dr. Eads founded Climb Consulting in 2004. She has adapted, trained on, and evaluated the effectiveness of trainings and programs on reproductive health, violence prevention, sexual violence prevention, and gender transformative programming. She also teaches graduate statistics and research methods.

Cynthia A. Gomez – Health Equity Institute
Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez is the founding director of the Health Equity Institute. She served as co-director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California at San Francisco and has been a leading scientist in HIV prevention research since 1991. She was an appointed member to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under two presidential administrations. Her work focuses primarily on gender, culture and sexual health, on the development of prevention interventions, and on the translation of science to community practice. She is a member and past chair of the board of directors of the Guttmacher Institute and serves on other boards of directors including Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research, and the San Francisco Public Health Foundation. (Adapted from her profile at The Health Equity Institute)

Beverly Guy-Sheftall – Spelman College
Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall is a founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center at Spelman College. She is the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of women's studies. She entered Spelman at age 16, and majored in English, after which she attended Wellesley College and then Atlanta University. She taught at the Alabama State University before returning to Spelman where she joined the English Department. She has published widely on African-American studies generally and the role of women particularly, including Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (co-edited with Roseann Bell and Bettye Parker Smith),Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought,and Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality (co-edited with Rudolph Byrd). With Johnnetta Cole she published the monograph Gender Talk: The Struggle for Equality in African American Communities. She is also the founding editor of Sage, a scholarly journal on Black women.

Michael Kimmel – State University of New York at Stony Brook
Dr. Michael Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. The author or editor of more than twenty volumes, his books include Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity (1987), Men Confront Pornography (1990), The Politics of Manhood (1996), The Gender of Desire (2005) and The History of Men (2005). His book Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996) was hailed as the definitive work on the subject. Reviewers called the book "wide-ranging, level headed, human and deeply interesting” (Kirkus), "superb… thorough, impressive and fascinating” (Chicago Tribune), "perceptive and refreshing” (Indianapolis Star). Kimmel's latest book is Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2008). (Excerpted from his website.)

Mimi Lufkin – National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
Mimi Lufkin has over 26 years of experience as an educator and administrator of local and state level projects in California and Pennsylvania. In California, her career began in 1979 as a high school agricultural education teacher. Over the next fifteen years she was a teacher educator, executive director of a women’s microenterprise development agency, and director of development for a community college. In1994, Ms. Lufkin moved to Pennsylvania and became the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, a consortium of state and local education and workforce agencies providing national leadership for equity in education and workforce development. In this capacity she reviews federal legislation, conducts professional development activities, and provides technical assistance to state and local educational agencies focused on best practices for serving special population students. (Excerpted from her National Girls Collaborative Project profile.

Karen Peterson – National Girls Collaborative
Karen A. Peterson is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Girls Collaborative and Principal Investigator (PI) for the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). The NGCP seeks to maximize access to shared resources for organizations interested in expanding girls’ participation in STEM. Peterson is also Co-PI for the ITEST Learning Resource Center, Citizen SciGirls, SciGirls CONNECT, and Build IT Scale Up projects. Funded by the NSF, these projects address gender, racial and socioeconomic underrepresentation in STEM fields. Peterson has over 25 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, university instructor, teacher educator, program administrator, and researcher.

Deborah Tolman – Hunter College School of Social Work
Dr. Deborah L. Tolman is a Professor of Social Welfare and Psychology at Hunter College School of Social Work and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the founder and former director of the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality at SFSU. Deborah Tolman was a Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Gender and Sexuality Project at the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College. Her work has focused on adolescent sexuality, gender development, gender equity and research methods. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Ford Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. Her book on adolescent girls’ sexuality, Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk About Sexuality, published by Harvard University Press in 2002, was awarded the 2003 Distinguished Book Award from the Association for Women in Psychology. (Adapted from her Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality profile)

Scyatta A. Wallace – St. John’s University
Dr. Wallace’s research focuses on the influence of neighborhood context and social norms on HIV risk among urban Black youth. Her work also includes the design and implementation of culturally-tailored and gender specific interventions to promote health among urban Black youth. Her expertise includes qualitative and quantitative method and community based participatory research. In addition, she is CEO/Founder of Janisaw Company, a curriculum design firm specializing in creating programs for teen girls and young women.

 Because challenging rigid gender norms is a key to improving life outcomes for at-risk youth.


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