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The Policy Research Collaborative is an interdisciplinary, applied research and technical assistance center at Roosevelt University working with community partners to address social inequities and strengthen communities through transformative policy research and advocacy.

Advisory Board

The Policy Research Collaborative Advisory Board includes both university and community representatives, reflecting the collaborative nature of our applied research and programing. Serving in an advisory capacity, the Board provides input on programs and initiatives, and works to broaden and enhance our impact with community organizations and institutional partners.

We are currently accepting nominations for our inaugural Advisory Board.


Charlie Barlow

Charlie is passionate about building relationships that better understand, appreciate, connect with, and enhance our communities. For more than eight years, he has joined rank with community residents as co-investigators on a range of participatory action projects that reimagine traditional approaches to housing mobility and racial equity in Chicago and the United Kingdom. He also serves on the boards of directors for the National Public Housing Museum and Housing Choice Partners.

Laura Nussbaum-Barberena
Research Coordinator

Laura’s research and teaching focus on exploring and developing equitable forms of producing and sharing knowledge, at every stage of the research process. She has collaborated with immigrant rights organizations in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Chicago, centering the disparities community members articulate in access to social services, programs and protections. These activities informed efforts to reform immigration, social welfare and disaster recovery programs and policies, targeting inequity at the intersection of gender, racial, ethnic and class positions. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology-Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies from Whitman College.

Madeleine Hamlin
Research Assistant

Madeleine holds Masters degrees in Geography and Public Administration from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Her primary research interests include public and affordable housing policies, carceral geographies, and geographies of policing. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 with a BA in English, and now lives and works in Chicago.


Asli Baz

Asli is a third year Psy.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Laurentian University in Canada, an M.A. in Applied Forensic Psychology from York University in the UK, and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. Prior to joining the Collaborative, Asli was involved in a range of research projects including advertising and its effects on perceptions of domestic violence, as well as forensic psychological issues. Her current interests include microaggressions in therapy, immigrant mental health professionals, and the intersection of the mental health and criminal justice systems.

Randy Colon 

Randy is a third year undergraduate student at Roosevelt University, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Social Justice Studies. He previously worked at DePaul University’s Center for Community Research and was a summer research fellow at the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative. Randy is interested in community-based research on urban policy issues and public health. He holds an Associate of Arts from Harry S. Truman College.

Rebecca Kan 

Rebecca is a first year Psy.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University. She has research experience in the healthcare field from her time as a Health Coach at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Rebecca also works for a national crisis line and has a background in crisis prevention.​ She holds a B.A. in Psychology from McGill University. ​ 

Thanh Ngo 

Thanh is a fourth year Psy.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from University of Rochester and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. Prior to joining the Policy Research Collaborative, Thanh was involved in a wide range of research projects including​ community behavioral health, gender equality, and criminal justice issues. Her current interests include social policy research, law enforcement accountability, and the intersection of the mental health and criminal justice systems. 

Stephanie Sommers

Stephanie is a second year Psy.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University. Her prior research background focused on understanding biases against racial and sexual minorities. Stephanie is interested in improving mental health access for under-served populations and combating mental health stigma on college campuses.