Mark Wolfson is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Initiative.
Dr. Wolfson is a Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy (SSHP) at Wake Forest School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Communication. Dr. Wolfson has extensive experience conducting research on substance use, with a particular focus on the role of community and organizational factors in understanding alcohol and tobacco use by youth. His recent work focuses on (1) the intended and unintended effects of alcohol and tobacco policy and programs, and (2) the interaction of collective action by citizens and professional groups and the work of state actors in shaping public policy on alcohol and tobacco use. Dr. Wolfson is the Principal Investigator of several studies: the Study to Prevent Alcohol Related Consequences (funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), the Evaluation of Two Demonstrations of Strategies to Limit Teens' Access to Alchohol (funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the Social Host Ordinance Development and Enforcement Trial--a CBPR Approach (funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), Identifying the Effect of Local Policies and Enforcement Strategies to prevent Alcohol use by Older Adolescents (funded by the Office of Juvenille Justice and Delinquency Prevention), Dissolvable Tobacco Perceptions and Use among Young Adults in Test Markets (funded by the National Cancer Institute) and Smokeless Tobacco Use in College Students (also funded by the National Cancer Institute).
Dr. Wolfson has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among other funders. He presents extensively at scientific conferences, both at the national and international level, and has published over 75 peer reviewed articles, as well as book chapters, book reviews, reports, and one book.
Dr. Wolfson received his Ph.D. in sociology from the Catholic University of America. He was a NIMH post-doctoral fellow (Organizations and Mental Health) at Stanford University and a NIAAA post-doctoral fellow (Social Epidemiology of Alcohol Use) at the Alcohol Research Group/University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining the faculty at Wake Forest in 1998, Dr. Wolfson was on the faculty of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.
Montez Lane, MPH is a Research Assistant in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She is the Program Manager for the North Carolina Coalition Initiative in which she coordinates training and technical assistance for the capacity-building efforts of coalitions working to prevent substance abuse. She is also works for the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity to assist with its community outreach efforts. With fifteen of years of experience in community organizing, coalition building and program development, Ms. Lane has also provided technical assistance and training under the Faith in Action National Program Office, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program; the ECHO Council, a grassroots effort to build social capital; and a program manager for a youth-development program for young girls.
Dr. Kimberly Wagoner, DrPH, MPH is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She currently oversees two community trials which use a coalition-based approach to implement environmental factors to prevent underage drinking and reduce high-risk drinking among college students. Additionally, leads the evaluation of the North Carolina Coalition Initiative, a program funded by the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services to build the capacity of local coalitions to reduce substance use in communities. She’s worked with multidisciplinary teams and various community groups to design, implement, and evaluate interventions focused on underage drinking prevention, women’s health issues, and childhood obesity.
Eun-Young Song, Ph.D., is a senior research associate in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her research interests include methodological, statistical, and Geographic Information System application issues concerning health behaviors, as well as evaluation of programs intended to prevent or reduce health risk behaviors.