Pathways to Prevention Workshop:

Advancing Research To Prevent Youth Suicide

March 29–30, 2016

Masur Auditorium

Clinical Center, Building 10

NIH Main Campus

Bethesda, Maryland

NIH Office of Disease Prevention website

Panel Members

Refer to caption below.‎(Left to right): Leslie-Ann Byam, Sy-Miin Chow, Todd D. Little, Anna P. Schenck. Kathleen M. Roche.

Panel & Workshop Chair

  • Todd D. Little, Ph.D.
  • Director
  • Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis, and Policy
  • Professor
  • Educational Psychology and Leadership
  • Texas Tech University


  • Sy-Miin Chow, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • College of Health and Human Development
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Anna P. Schenck, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
  • Director
  • North Carolina Institute for Public Health
  • Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Panel Biographies

Todd D. Little, Ph.D.

Todd D. Little, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of the Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics program at Texas Tech University and Director of the Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis and Policy. Dr. Little is internationally recognized for his quantitative work on various aspects of applied structural equation modeling (e.g., modern missing data treatments, indicator selection, parceling, modeling developmental processes) as well as his substantive developmental research (e.g., action-control processes and motivation, coping, self-regulation). In 2001, Dr. Little was elected to membership in the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology, and in 2009, he was elected President of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics). He founded, organizes, and teaches in the internationally renowned “Stats Camps” (see He is a Fellow in APA, Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2013, he received the Cohen Award from APA’s Division 5 for distinguished contributions to teaching and mentoring, and in 2015, he received the inaugural Distinguished Contributions to Mentoring of Developmental Scientists Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. As an interdisciplinary-oriented collaborator, Dr. Little has published with over 340 persons from around the world in over 65 different peer-reviewed journals. His work has garnered over 17,000 citations with an H-index of 67 and an I-10 index of 151. He published Longitudinal Structural Equation Modeling in 2013, and he has edited five books related to methodology including the Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Methods and the Guildford Handbook of Developmental Research Methods (with Brett Laursen and Noel Card).

Leslie-Ann Byam, M.A.

The Families First Project was established by the District of Columbia’s Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) to help expand the utilization of evidence-based practices for youth and families throughout the district. EBA was selected by DBH to oversee the day-to-day operations of the project and to ensure positive outcomes, including cost savings for taxpayers and better results for families. As Project Director, Leslie-Ann Byam, M.A., is responsible for overseeing the project and ensuring that DBH providers provide quality services for youth and families. She also works with policymakers and district-wide leaders to help shift public policy toward a rehabilitative approach for youth involved in the juvenile justice system versus the current, more common out-of-home placement approach. Ms. Byam came to EBA with over 20 years of professional experience devoted to program management and development on a local, state, and national level, as well as for the U.S. military. Prior to joining EBA, Ms. Byam served as a prevention and education program manager for the U.S. Marine Corps. She received her master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Sy-Miin Chow, Ph.D.

Sy-Miin Chow, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. The focus of her work has been on developing and testing longitudinal and dynamic models, including differential equation models, time-series models, and state-space models. She has developed novel methods that serve as practical alternatives for addressing common data analytic problems (e.g., Bayesian variable selection methods for factor analysis and structural equation models, nonparametric approaches, missing data, nonlinearities/nonstationarities in dynamics). She has also collaborated with scholars in emotion, aging, child development, family dynamics, and prevention research to bring newer methodological developments to these areas. She is a winner of the Early Career Award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology as well as the Psychometric Society. She has been an Associate Editor for Psychometrika and Psychological Methods, and is currently a member of the editorial advisory boards of Multivariate Behavioral Research and Psychometrika.

Kathleen M. Roche, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Kathleen M. Roche, Ph.D., M.S.W., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. Prior to coming to George Washington, she was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University in Atlanta (2010–2012) and spent over 10 years (1999–2010) on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Trained in social work and public health, Dr. Roche’s research is informed by multiple disciplines including social epidemiology, developmental psychology, urban sociology, and family sciences. Her interdisciplinary research examines how communities and families, namely parenting and parent-child relationships, jointly influence the mental and behavioral health of low-income, primarily African American and Latino, adolescents in the United States. She has been Co-Investigator on four federally funded projects focused on neighborhood- and culture-specific parenting influences on adolescent health outcomes and was Principal Investigator for a federally funded study of Mexican-origin children of immigrant parents. She brings extensive knowledge in longitudinal analyses, including the establishment of mediation and investigation of moderating effects. Dr. Roche is a member of the editorial board for seven social science journals, including the flagship journal for the Society for Research on Adolescence (Journal of Research on Adolescence) and the National Council on Family Relations (Journal of Marriage and Family).

Anna P. Schenck, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Anna Schenck, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Associate Dean for Practice, directs the North Carolina Institute for Public Health and the Public Health Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health. She holds a doctorate in epidemiology and a master’s degree in public health education, both from UNC at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining UNC, Dr. Schenck worked with the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for North and South Carolina working to improve the quality of care provided to Medicare enrollees. While at QIO, she led two national measurement development projects, one for colorectal cancer screening and one for hospice care. Dr. Schenck has extensive experience in measure development and assessing the scientific soundness of measures, including validity and reliability. She has served on national measurement panels, including the Cancer Data and Methods Panel for the National Quality Forum, the Expert Workgroup for Clinician-Level Measures for Palliative Care sponsored by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, multiple Technical Expert Panels on Hospice Quality Reporting Program Development sponsored by Research Triangle Institute, and many others. Dr. Schenck chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee for America’s Health Ranking. She teaches a graduate-level research methods class focused on research skills needed in public health practice.