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4874-Hannon, Tamara

Tamara S. Hannon, MD

Professor of Pediatrics


Dr. Hannon is a board certified pediatric endocrinologist with specific training and expertise in patient-oriented clinical research in youth with obesity, conditions of insulin resistance, and diabetes. She serves as Director of the Pediatric Diabetes Program at Riley Hospital for Children.

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Lisa Yazel, EdD, MCHES, CCRP

Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics

Program Manager and Research Coordinator

Dr. Yazel is an assistant research professor in the Center and is adjunct professor in the Social Behavioral Sciences department in the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. Lisa’s research interests focus on obesity and diabetes prevention, the obesity and diabetes prevention workforce with emphasis on health education specialists, and implementation science methods focused on community-based grassroots food interventions and diabetes prevention. Additionally, she is engaged in building sustainable partnerships at the grassroots level to increase equitable access to healthy food. Her expertise is community-based intervention evaluation, program planning, advocacy for community health efforts, and the study of implementing community interventions.

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Julie Pike, RDN, CDCES


Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Katie Haberlin-Pittz, MPH, CHES, CHWC

Certified Health Education Specialist

Brett McKinney

Clinical Research Coordinator

Brett manages and oversee all type-2 diabetes clinical trials at Riley Hospital for Children, along with maintaining a registry for the entire population of type-2 diabetes patients. In addition to these responsibilities, he manages the human side of the Translation core laboratory, specializing in services that facilitate the conduct of research involving human subjects, including supplying low-cost, high-quality analyte measurements for a variety of hormones, cytokines, lipids and other analytes.

Luz Machuca, BSPH, CHES, CHWC

Certified Health Education Specialist

Janet Panoch, PhD

Visiting Assistant Research Professor

Janet Panoch, PhD is a health communication scholar with expertise in patient-provider communication, qualitative methodology, and the development of shared decision-making tools. Her research areas of interest are in patient engagement, osteosarcoma, orthopedics, and surgical decision-making. Dr. Panoch is also interested in meditation training techniques that patients can use independently.

Contact the Center for Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes Prevention

For inquiries about the Center for Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes Prevention, please contact Lisa Yazel, EdD, or call (317) 278-9615.

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