Meet the Team
Amy Mehraban Pienta is responsible for the oversight of NAHDAP’s activities and will lead the development of the archive, which seeks to facilitate the sharing and dissemination of drug abuse and HIV data to the broader research community.
Dr. Pienta has been with ICPSR since 2003 and also serves as Acquisition Director, overseeing new data acquisitions by identifying and assessing new data collections in the social sciences, negotiating with potential data depositors, and engaging in strategic planning for the collection. Her areas of research specialization include the demography of aging, marriage and family in later life, and health and retirement. Dr. Pienta’s work has also addressed the use of addictive substances later in life, including a paper published in the Journal of Health and Aging on smoking cessation and marriage.
Dr. Pienta is also a research associate at the Population Studies Center and the Michigan Center for Demography on Aging, both at the University of Michigan. Her previous positions have included assistant professor at the Institute on Aging and the Department of Health Policy and Epidemiology at the University of Florida, and assistant professor at the Institute of Gerontology and the Department of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit. She is also part of the Center for African American Health at Wayne State University, where she studies the effectiveness of a dyadic couple intervention to remediate unhealthy lifestyle behaviors among African-American cardiac rehabilitation patients.
Dr. Pienta holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral training at the Population Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University.
Kaye Marz is Archive Manager for NAHDAP, with responsibilities including acquisitions outreach, support for depositors, data processing plans and implementation, technical outreach, and user support.
Ms. Marz has been with ICPSR since 1991. Prior to joining NAHDAP, she was a processing supervisor for the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), primarily for data sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. She has supervised the processing and release of data on the relationship of alcohol and other drugs and crime, domestic violence, youth and crime, victimization and victim services, corrections and prisoner reentry, policing, crime prevention, terrorism, and crime mapping and geographic information systems resources.
Ms. Marz holds a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the Michigan State University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interest include intimate partner violence as well the impact of exposure to violence during adolescence.
Robert Choate is the Data Processing Supervisor for NAHDAP, with responsibilities in assessing the disclosure risk contained in new data deposits and overseeing the overall data processing and dissemination work flow.
Mr. Choate has been with ICPSR since 2007. Prior to joining NAHDAP, he was the lead processor for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA). He served as the primary data processor and user support contact for data sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He has also worked as a field interviewer for the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center where he helped collect data now archived by ICPSR.
Mr. Choate earned a M.S. in Applied Statistics and Research Methods from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.S. in Sociology from Brigham Young University.
Jai Holt joined the NAHDAP team in September 2014. She performs data evaluation and processing in addition to providing technical support to data users. Before joining NAHDAP, Ms. Holt worked as a research assistant for the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), an agricultural extension project with the goal of reducing honey bee colonies losses. Ms. Holt processed, analyzed and presented survey results for BIP.
Ms. Holt received her M.S. in Agriculture and Applied Economics from the University of Illinois in August 2014. She also holds a B.S. in Business Economics from University of Louisville.