We are Prevention Strategies
Other institutions don’t combine top research professionals and commercialization specialists within the same organization the way we do. Our unique combination of competencies was built to ensure the concepts we develop are founded on proven scientific evidence and active academic research that is continuously evaluated by our leading experts.
Our mission is to help you integrate overall well-being into your organization’s strategic plan in the most meaningful way. We’re here to guide you into a comprehensive set of programs that meet the specific goals of your community.
David L. Wyrick, Ph.D.,
Founding Director and Chief Prevention Officer of the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness
Associate Professor of Public Health Education, UNC Greensboro
Dr. Wyrick is the Director of the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, Associate Professor of Public Health Education and Faculty Athletic Representative at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He is a former NCAA dual sport student-athlete (Basketball & Track and Field; Elon University) which strengthens his passion for promoting health and wellness among athletes. As a prevention scientist, David has extensive experience in research, evaluation, and educational methodologies related to alcohol and other drug prevention and mental health promotion. David has received multiple awards from the National Institute on Health and has over 25 peer reviewed publications. David loves traveling with his wife Cheryl and three daughters Katherine, Caroline and Elizabeth.
Cheryl Haworth Wyrick, Ph.D.,
Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Wyrick’s research and program interests are focused on measurement issues related to evaluating alcohol and other drug prevention programs. She earned her B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from Elon University (1995) and her Ph.D.in Educational Research Methodology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2004).
She has managed four NIH grants and has authored several academic papers on preventing adolescent drug use. Dr. Wyrick serves on the steering committee for the Early Career Preventionist Network (ECPN) and serves as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Education at UNC Greensboro. She lives with her husband, David, and three daughters, Katherine, Caroline, and Elizabeth in Greensboro, NC.
Jeffrey J. Milroy MPH, DrPH.,
Director of Programs
Managing Director of the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness
Faculty; Department of Public Health Education, UNC Greensboro
Dr. Milroy earned a B.S. in Community Health Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam (2002), his M.P.H. in Public Health Education from the UNC Greensboro (2006), and his Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from the UNC Greensboro (2010). Presently Dr. Milroy is Prevention Strategies’ director of Programs. Dr. Milroy is a member of multiple professional organizations including the Society for Prevention Research, the American College Health Association, and the American Public Health Association.
Dr. Milroy has provided consulting services for the NCAA, Be Active, NC, and the National Center for Drug Free Sport. Dr. Milroy is interested in the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults. His research foci include alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, physical activity promotion among college student populations, and innovative program planning and implementation. Dr. Milroy was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario Canada, and currently resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife Stefanie, and children Gracie, Lila and Jett.
Stephen Hebard, Ph.D.,
Chief Innovation Officer
Dr. Hebard earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2015 and worked as an assistant professor of Counselor Education at The University of Alabama at Birmingham before joining the Prevention Strategies team. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) whose clinical background in substance abuse and mental health intervention bring a unique perspective to prevention research. Dr. Hebard has provided Motivational Interviewing training and consultation for professionals in the fields of general medicine, oncology, psychiatry, nursing, pharmacy, education, and school, mental health, and addictions counseling. He is interested in creating innovative conceptual models and applying methodological frameworks in prevention. Dr. Hebard’s research foci include Motivational Interviewing, mental health literacy in sport, application of the Multiphasic Optimization Strategy (MOST), and the development of prevention and intervention models related to mental health, wellness, and risky behaviors. He currently resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife, Holly, and three children, Sadie, Davin, and Reece.
Shane Stadler, MBA,
Mr. Stadler received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Mr. Stadler has designed and implemented successful strategic and tactical business plans for companies in varied industries. His experience includes work in brand development, product development, new product launches, online and email marketing, direct marketing, sales and sales management. Shane and his wife Tori reside in Burlington, NC with their two sons, Luc and Will.
Ann Kearns Davoren, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer
"Dr. Davoren earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, her MPA from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her PhD in research methodology from Loyola University, Chicago. In her role, she oversees evaluation efforts aimed at improving the lives and well-being for youth and athletes of all levels. Dr. Davoren’s research portfolio has concentrated primarily on academic and behavioral outcomes of collegiate student-athletes with a particular focus on well-being. Dr. Davoren’s professional experiences include Senior Research Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago and Associate Director of Research and Research Consultant with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)."
William B. Hansen, Ph.D.,
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. William B. Hansen received an honors bachelor of arts degree from the University of Utah in 1974, a Master of Science degree in 1977, and a Ph.D. in 1978 in social psychology, both from the University of Houston. He has served on the faculty at UCLA (1978-1984), the University of Southern California (1980-1989) and Bowman Gray School of Medicine (1989-1996).
He has been the Principal Investigator or Project Director on numerous grants and contracts and is a widely recognized expert in alcohol and drug prevention. He has written numerous curricula for school and community-based prevention, including Project SMART, Project STAR, and All Stars. He has authored over 130 articles in scientific journals on research and evaluation methods, prevention theory, and strategies for successful prevention practice. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Society for Prevention Research “Science to Practice” award, recognizing his contribution to designing evidence-based approaches to prevention that can be used in real world settings. In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the Society for Prevention Research.
Lawrence M. Scheier, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Scheier received his Bachelor of Arts degree (Psychology) from Duke University in 1978, a Masters Degree (General Psychology) from New York University in 1983 and his Ph.D. (Educational Psychology) from the University of Southern California in 1988 where he received an Educare scholarship for outstanding academic achievement.
During his graduate training, Dr. Scheier worked at the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, USC School of Pharmacy where he began his formal studies of drug etiology and prevention. Following completion of his doctoral degree, he completed a National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Alcohol Research Group, University of California, Berkeley, and also completed a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship in developmental studies at the Polisher Research Institute, Philadelphia Geriatric Center, Medical College of Pennsylvania.
Brittany Chesney, MPH, CHES,
Brittany is a Certified Health Education Specialist and earned her Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Workplace Wellness from the UNC Greensboro. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Appalachian State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Brittany’s passion for health and well-being has allowed her to work with various populations and segments within wellness, including student-athletes, college students, youth, employees, and rural populations. Her love for wellness is driven by her own personal experiences and philosophies about life and she enjoys using health education to promote and improve the health and daily lives of others.
Brittany will lead the implementation teams for myPlaybook and itMatters as well as social media communications..
Prevention Strategies Contributing Consultants
Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH
Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH Associate Professor University of Washington The goal of Dr. Kroshus work is to create safe, healthy and growth-oriented sport cultures so that participants can develop positive psychological skills and a life-long love of physical activity.
Kelly Rulison, Ph.D.
Kelly Rulison, PhD is an associate professor in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State and is also part of the university’s new Consortium to Combat Substance Use. As a prevention scientist and developmental methodologist, Dr. Rulison uses multiple methodological techniques to study how peer networks shape substance use and related health-risk behaviors. Much of her research focuses on substance use and related health-risk behaviors –such as delinquency, suicidal behaviors, and sexual violence—during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Dr Rulison earned her PhD in HDFS and a Masters in Applied Statistics at Penn State.
GracieLee Weaver, Ph.D.
Dr. GracieLee Weaver is a Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She formerly worked as a program coordinator for the Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential at the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) and became a Certified Health Coach offering health coaching services to UNCG employees. She received her PhD in Community Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her current work is focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion interventions in the workplace. She is familiar with trends in workplace wellness in the U.S. and experienced with assessing organizations’ needs related to the health, wellness, and safety of employees.
Kathy Turpin, Ph.D.
Dr. Kathy Turpin earned a Ph.D. in Leadership and Higher Education Administration from Barry University. She also earned a master’s degree in sport sociology from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was a four-year starter on the women’s basketball team.
Dr. Turpin is President/CEO of K Turpin Consulting, LLC, specializing in consulting services to national sports organizations, collegiate athletics, and higher education administration. Her areas of expertise include program review and assessment, compliance, leadership development, hiring and personnel management, strategic planning, gender equity and Title IX, student-athlete health and well-being, drug use and abuse education, and best practices for implementing a drug deterrence program. Her professional experience also includes more than 25 years as a collegiate athletics administrator and coach.