INVESTIGATOR BIOS

John W. Apolzan

John W. Apolzan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Ingestive Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  He manages the MEQ Study as well as working on a variety of other ingestive behavior and women’s health studies.  He graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in Movement and Sport Science and obtained the ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist Certification.  He also graduated from Purdue with a Ph.D. in Foods and Nutrition. John has participated in clinical research for over 8 years.  His broad research interests focus on the effects of diet and exercise on body composition, energy expenditure, metabolism, and appetite involved in the regulation of body weight and energy homeostasis.

Andrea Chapa

Andrea Chapa is a student worker in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She works daily on the Expecting Success study.  She is an undergraduate student at Louisiana State University currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Allison B. Davis

Allison B. Davis received her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  After working in clinical research for many years, she was employed by Pennington Biomedical Research Center in 2006 as an interventionist with the primary responsibility of fostering adherence to various weight loss and physical activity studies.  

Abby Duhé

Abby Duhé is a graduate assistant in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. In addition to being on the Expecting Success team, Ms. Duhé performs Outpatient Clinic visits for other women’s health research studies at Pennington Biomedical. As she pursues a Master’s Degree in Nutrition, Ms. Duhé is focusing her research efforts on quantifying infant energy intake and educating soon-to-be and new mothers on the importance and significance of breastfeeding.

Katelyn Falgout

Katelyn Falgout is a student worker in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She works daily performing clinic visits, processing charts and maintaining the Headquarters at Woman’s Hospital for the Expecting Success study. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science at Louisiana State University.

Elizabeth Frost

Elizabeth Frost is the project manager of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  She manages the Expecting Success Study as well as other women’s health research studies. She has a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University and is now pursuing a Doctoral Degree with a focus on women’s health research.  She has been employed by Pennington Biomedical and participated in clinical research for over 3 years. Her research interests include pregnancy, infertility, menopause and endocrinology. 

Lindsay Hall

Lindsay Hall is a member of the Ingestive Behavior Laboratory and is the Psychological Assessment Lab Manager at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s of Arts in Psychology from Marywood University.

Loren Johnson

Loren Johnson is a research specialist in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She is the clinic manager for the Expecting Success study. She has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University and a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University.

Shelly Ragusa

Shelly Ragusa is a Registered Dietitian for the Ingestive Behavior Laboratory and the Behavior Technology Laboratory for Eating Disorders & Obesity at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  She graduated with a Master of Science degree from LSU and has worked at Pennington Biomedical for 8 years.  Her research interests include eating behaviors and healthy weight management in both children and adults. 

Ericka Seidemann

Ericka Seidemann is the human protections administrator at Woman’s Hospital and a study coordinator for the Expecting Success study. Ericka has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a Master’s degree from LSU. She has been working in research for seven years, focusing on the regulatory aspects of human subjects research as well as projects studying polycystic ovary syndrome.

Donna Shaler

Donna Shaler is the research assistant at Woman’s Hospital and a study coordinator of the Expecting Success study.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree and has been working at Woman’s Hospital in research for over eight years. Donna has been involved in several research projects studying women with gestational diabetes.  

Heather Walden

Heather Walden is a Behavioral Interventionist for the Ingestive Behavior Laboratory and the Behavior Technology Laboratory for Eating Disorders & Obesity at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She has a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. Her areas of specialization include eating disorders and obesity. She has been in the research field for approximately eleven years and has worked full time for Pennington for six years. Her research interests include eating behaviors, mindfulness and eating disorders, and intervention and assessment for weight management programs.