Waller, Martha

Senior Program Evaluator I

Chapel Hill

(919) 265-2631
mwaller@pire.org

Dr. Waller is a Research Scientist at PIRE at the Chapel Hill Center. She received her Ph.D. in Maternal and Child Health with a minor in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 and her M.A. in Social and Experimental Psychology from New Mexico State University in 1999. Dr. Waller was a Fellow in the Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH-PHLI). This prestigious Fellowship is a year-long leadership development program targeted to upper-level leaders in State Title V programs, family advocacy, and other organizations that work on behalf of and promote healthy families, particularly the maternal and child health populations in the US and its territories. She has served as the lead evaluator for all prevention programming funded through the New Mexico Office of Substance Abuse Prevention for the past 8 years including CSAP and SAPT block grant funded prevention programming. She is currently the lead evaluator for the NM Partnerships for Success II and the PFS 2015 grants from CSAP. In addition, she was a contractor with Indian Health services providing evaluation TA and training to 11 Health Behavior/Disease Prevention sites across the U.S. She completed an NIAAA funded R03 examining the association between alcohol outlet density, drinking patterns and IPV. Her research interests include exploring the effect of environmental characteristics associated with risk behavior and health disparities and environmental-level prevention strategies particularly among adolescent and young adult populations. She enjoys being involved in both research and evaluation opportunities.