Researchers Working With Georgia STOMP


Bethany Caruso, PhD, MPH:

Dr. Caruso has worked on trying to understand and determine ways to ameliorate girls’ challenges with menstruation at school in low and middle income international settings, including conducting direct research or lending technical assistance in over 20 countries, with partners like UNICEF and Save the Children. Following a successful collaboration with UNICEF where she investigated girls’ experiences of menstruation at schools in Rwanda, Philippines, Sierra Leone and Bolivia, her team and UNICEF partnered again with funding from the Government of Canada on the WinS for Girls Program, which aimed to further understand girls’ menstruation challenges globally so that targeted programs could be created to impact their experiences at school. They assisted research teams in 14 additional countries to investigate this issue by providing technical assistance and creating and facilitating an e-course to increase awareness of the issue and research capacity at each cite. She maintains strong working relationships with numerous researchers in the field working on this topic globally, helping to push this issue with various UN agencies including the WHO, so they can inspire local governments to own the issue and take action.

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Johanna Pringle, MPH:

Johanna Pringle is currently the Project Director for the Engaging Georgia’s Faith Communities for Promoting Reproductive Health study with the Center for Reproductive Health Research in the Southeast (RISE). Prior to joining RISE, Johanna served as the Title V Director for Georgia’s Maternal and Child Health Services Program. Johanna earned an MPH from the University of Florida and was named AMCHP’s Region IV Young MCH Professional in 2016. As the Title V Director, Johanna was a member of Georgia’s MCH leadership team that set strategic priorities for Georgia’s women and children. Johanna previously held the Director of Child Health Screening position with Georgia’s Department of Public Health. In this role, Johanna led the expansion of newborn screening and medical food coverage, and supported initiatives in birth defect surveillance, infant mortality, and children with special healthcare needs services. She has more than ten years of experience in maternal and child health and dedicates her career to improving health outcomes for women and children. Johanna served on the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Best Practices Committee and Evidence-Based Workgroup as well as the CityMatCH Science Action Committee. She is also a member of the Emory MCH Center of Excellence Community Advisory Committee and continues to work with AMCHP’s Best Practices Committee.


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Evelina W. Sterling, PhD, MPH, MCHES:

Evelina W. Sterling is the Director of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.  She holds a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University and PhD in Sociology from Georgia State University. She is also a master certified health education specialist (MCHES).  Evelina has over 25 years’ experience developing, implementing, and evaluating public health education programs, mainly focusing on women’s health and reproductive health. She has written numerous peer reviewed articles and is the co-author of five consumer health books, including polycystic ovary syndrome, primary ovarian insufficiency, egg donation, and infertility.  Evelina is a member of the board of directors of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Education (SMCR) and recently served as the conference chair of the 2017 SMCR Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.


Andrea Swartzendruber, PhD, MPH:

Dr. Swartzendruber is a public health researcher whose work focuses on adolescent health and sexual and reproductive health. Her research interests reflect a comprehensive view of health and wellbeing, spanning individual and social determinants of health, service delivery, and health policy. In line with a life course perspective, much of Dr. Swartzendruber’s research focuses on health behavior, health services, and outcomes during critical periods and life transitions, particularly adolescence and young adulthood.