Ilya Glik

Ilya Glik is the research and grant administrator for the HORIZON Center through the Psychology Department at UMass Boston. He has extensive administrative and managerial support experience. Prior to joining the HORIZON Center he worked for the Children's Hospital, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center in Needham, MA.

Carolina Gómez

Carolina Gomez joined the HORIZON Center as student intern in the spring of 2010. She became a full-time research assistant at the Horizon center after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UMass Boston. Previously, she was an intern at the newspaper El Planeta and a research assistant at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Chioma Nnaji

Chioma Nnaji works as a Research Coordinator for the Community Engagement Core. She holds a Master's degree in Public Health, with a concentration in International Health and a Master's degree in Education from Boston College, with a concentration in Curriculum & Instruction.

Deirdre Neylon

Deirdre Neylon is the Research Coordinator for the Internet-Enhanced Health Promotion for Obese Ethnic Minority Adolescents (iTeen study) at UMass Boston. Deirdre received a B.S. in Human Development from Wheelock College and an M.A. in Health Communication from Emerson College. Prior to joining the HORIZON Center she worked in research at Partners HealthCare. Deirdre has also been a fitness instructor for 15 years.

Celia Moore

Celia Moore, PhD, is the Director of the HORIZON and Developmental Sciences Research Center at the University of Massachusetts  Boston. Dr. Moore is a developmental behavioral neuroscientist who studies how the nervous system and behavior are constructed from diverse internal and external resources available to the organism in natural context. She focuses on mother-infant dyads using a developmental systems approach.

Roland Smart

Roland Smart is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the HORIZON Center. He has been active in public health initiatives throughout Greater Boston since 1985.

Jesse Tauriac

Jesse Tauriac is a postdoctoral fellow at the HORIZON Center. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in clinical psychology from UMass Boston, his B.A. from Boston University, and was an American Psychological Association Minority Fellow. His research focuses on factors promoting academic engagement and success among Black American males and females, first-generation college students, and other racially- and ethnically-diverse students.

Part Time Staff

The work of the Center also depends on the valuable assistance from our many part time employees.