Meet the Team
Harold (Woody) Neighbors – RMCD Interim Director
Harold W. Neighbors is Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education and former Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health, where he is the Principal Investigator of a 15-year research education program, "Promoting Ethnic Diversity in Public Health Doctoral Research." Dr. Neighbors is also former Director of the Program for Research on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research. He has over 30 years of experience investigating the health of Black Americans with an emphasis on racial disparities in depression and the use of professional services. Dr. Neighbors specializes in the recruitment of difficult-to-reach population groups. He has been PI on a multi-site study of racial differences in the diagnosis of depression and recently completed a four-city investigation of help-seeking for depression among Black men. He has a long-standing interest in ethno-cultural differences chronic disease management with an emphasis on depression, diabetes, and periodontal disease. His research addresses the challenges associated with taking a personal perspective on health that emphasizes the ability of Black Americans, regardless of SES and social context, to overcome the individual and structural determinants that degrade health. Dr. Neighbors is committed to developing behavioral interventions that build upon personal resilience to manage stress and chronic disease.
Bio coming soon.
Daphne Lin – RCMD Programmer and IT Liaison
Daphne Lin was born in Taiwan and graduated from Tamkang University majoring in History. Daphne holds a Master's degree in Education Administration from University of Michigan and a Master's in Computer Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University. She has ten years of IT experience with an extensive focus on advanced web development. Her current responsibilities include supporting web and software development for the RCMD archive and designing, building, and maintaining ICPSR Variable Search software implementing DDI 2 and 3 protocol. Prior to joining RCMD/ICPSR in 2007, Daphne worked as a senior software engineer, an education administrator, a college lecturer, and a high school teacher.
Abayomi Israel – RCMD Processor
Abayomi Israel was born in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago and is a 2007 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, where he double majored in Mathematics and Economics. After being the first intern in the 2005 ICPSR Summer Program, Abay returned to ICPSR in August of 2007 as a Research Technician Senior with the Minority Data Resource Center (MDRC). His most recent studies include the American Community Survey Series, Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging and the Survey and Assessment of Vietnamese Youth (SAVY). In addition, he works with senior technology staff in the development of dynamic tools to increase batch processing efficiency and innovative methods for displaying data interactively, and is the 2009 ICPSR summer internship coordinator. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts program in Applied Economics at the University of Michigan. With experiences ranging from pharmaceutical and demographic research in the Caribbean to investment banking in Manhattan, Abay plans to one day pursue a Ph.D. in Economics with a concentration in international development.
David L. Thomas – RCMD Project/Processing Manager
David Thomas has been with ICPSR since 2003 and an University of Michigan employee since 2001. As a processing supervisor he supervises staff in both the General Archive and RCMD. He began his ICPSR career by processing ABC News/Washington Post and CBS News/New York Times polls. Now, his team is responsible for processing public opinion polls for ICPSR. In addition to polling data, his team processes the National Election Pool data, the American National Election Survey data, American Community Survey, and the Latino National Survey for ICPSR.