Kahle, Sarah, Ph.D., M.Ed., is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on children's self-regulation. Her postdoctoral work will explore effective, brief interventions for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties, and how self-regulation can be addressed in primary care. 




Dove, Melanie, M.P.H., ScD is an epidemiologist with a focus on health policy, tobacco control, and maternal/child health.  Her dissertation assessed the impact smoke-free air laws have on children's exposure to secondhand smoke and respiratory illnesses.  Her research also includes the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health insurance among pregnant women and access to contraceptives among women of reproductive age.  In addition, she is examining California Helpline data (with a focus on pregnant women) during the Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Project, which gave smokers incentives for calling the Helpline and engaging in cessation counseling.  Melanie has an interest in analyzing publicly available survey data to answer research questions.  Melanie received a Bachelor's Degree from UC Irvine, MPH from Boston University and ScD from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Hood-Medland, Eve Angeline, M.D., is a general internal medicine physician offering primary care for adult patients. Dr. Hood-Medland additional roles as clinical research fellow and medical student / resident educator keep her up-to-date on evidence based medicine. Dr. Hood-Medland's research interests include systems-based care, community medicine, and primary care based mental health and addiction services. Dr. Hood-Medland's other academic interests include clinical staff wellbeing, underserved medicine, and medical education. 


Kim, Christopher, M.D., M.P.H., is a staff physician in Pediatrics, Primary Care and Post-Doctorate Fellow with CHPR. Dr. Kim's research interests are in the health consequences of school absenteeism, and is investigating novel strategies to prevent school absenteeism due to chronic illness.




Ronit Ridberg, Ph.D. M.S., has spent more than 15 years engaged in research and policy analysis to improve public health and community nutrition. Current areas of research are healthy food incentive programs in and outside the clinical setting, including analyses of pediatric fruit and vegetable prescription programs and of a fruit/vegetable voucher program for low-income pregnant women. Previous research topics include healthy food procurement policies in prisons, hospitals, schools and state agencies, and expanding regional food system distribution infrastructure. Ridberg holds a PhD in Nursing Science & Health Care Leadership from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and an MS in Nutrition, Food & Agriculture Policy from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.