The TPEP Team includes:



Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH

Program Director

Adam is a professor with the UNC Department of Family Medicine and has 15 years of state, national, and international experience in tobacco control research, evaluation, education, and teaching. Dr. Goldstein has published over 20 articles and book chapters on tobacco issues.


Leah M. Ranney, PhD, MA

Associate Director

Leah is a Research Associate with the UNC Department of Family Medicine and has 8 years experience in project management and evaluation. Dr. Ranney completed an evidence-based systematic review of Tobacco Use: Prevention, Cessation, and Control for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and published a review of smoking cessation intervention strategies for adults and adults in special populations in the Annals of Internal Medicine. She also designed and conducted the evaluation for the National Partnership to Help Pregnant Smokers Quit funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Daniel J. Simons, MA

Research Associate

DJ will manage the outcome evaluation for the Teen Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Initiative (Teen Initiative). He will use the Teen Evaluation and Management System (TEAMS) database to collect and analyze the Teen Initiative evaluation data. He has a Masterís from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in developmental psychology with a formal concentration in quantitative methodology, and brings research and teaching experience in statistics and research design and methodology for the social sciences.


Kimberly Miller, MS

Social Research Specialist

Kimberly manages the outcome evaluation for the Tobacco-Free Colleges Initiative. She has experience with qualitative research and evaluation methods and analysis including focus groups, interviews, and Photovoice. Kimberly also brings grant writing and project coordination skills to the TPEP team. She has authored numerous peer reviewed journals and presented at national, regional, and state professional conferences.


Kelly Kandra, PhD


Kelly has extensive training in statistical methods and data analysis. She serves as a research consultant for various projects at TPEP. Kelly also has several years of experience teaching social science statistics at the undergraduate level.


Joseph Lee, MPH, CPH

Graduate Research Assistant

Joseph is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and works with TPEP on special projects. A graduate of the UNC Department of Maternal and Child Health and Duke University, he has experience with nutrition policy, farmworker health, and tobacco use disparities in the LGBT community.


Anna McCullough, MSW, MSPH

Research Associate

Anna manages the outcomes evaluation for the HWTF Quitline NC, manages the Old North State "My Doc Cares" Evaluation, and is involved in the evaluation of the HWTF TRU and 5-2-1-Almost None media campaigns. Anna has a background in social work and maternal and child health and experience in many aspects of family support and health.


Katie Patsakham, MPH, CTTS

Program Manager

Program Manager Katie is the program manger for the NC Cancer Hospital Nicotine Dependence Program. She is a certified tobacco treatment specialist with a background in health behavior and health education. She enjoys using writing as an avenue for advocacy and was recently lead author on a guest editorial discussing the importance of tobacco use treatment for cancer patients.


Carol Ripley-Moffitt, MDiv, CCPHC

Program Director

As program manager for the Nicotine Dependence Program, Carol's work includes program development, evaluation, and collaboration with UNC Health Care System staff on tobacco-free policy implementation and compliance. Integrating 25 years of work in ministry with training as a Tobacco Dependence Treatment Specialist, she provides coaching and support for individuals who want to stop using tobacco.


Julea Steiner, MPH

Program Manager

Julea provides expertise in public health policy, medical journalism, qualitative research and program planning. She oversees the development and implementation of multiple media and research projects. Julea is currently the Executive Producer of the Department of Family Medicine's weekly radio show, Here's to Your Health.