Faculty and Staff
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.
Julie Pike, RDN, CDCES
Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
Julie Pike is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and the Center for Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes Prevention Research at Indiana University School of Medicine. She is a Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Julie is committed to the promotion of nutrition, health, and well-being as well as clinical excellence for disease prevention and management. She provides individualized medical nutrition therapy consults and strengths-focused health coaching based on the goals and priorities of each family. Julie is passionate about holistic approaches to obesity and diabetes prevention that prioritize equity and empower all individuals to live healthy, fulfilled lives.
Katie Haberlin-Pittz, MPH, CHES, CHWC
Certified Health Education Specialist
Katie is a health education specialist and certified health and wellness coach with the Center for Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes Prevention Research and the Youth Diabetes Prevention Clinic. Katie’s interests include obesity and diabetes prevention, motivational interviewing, utilizing best practices for behavior change and community engagement. Katie’s educational background is in dietetics/nutrition, fitness & health and public health with a social and behavioral science concentration. She works on multiple research studies related to type 2 diabetes, diabetes prevention in adolescents, gestational diabetes, weight management and behavior change. Katie also has experience with qualitative research analysis.
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
Luz is a Certified Health Education Specialist at the Indiana University School of Medicine who is passionate about the prevention of type 2 diabetes. She focuses on recruiting, consenting, and collecting data for type 2 diabetes prevention research studies. Along with those responsibilities she also conducts health education sessions with children in the ENCOURAGE Healthy Families program and health coaching sessions with women in the Positive Outcomes for Women! Study.
Janet Panoch, PhD
Visiting Assistant Research Professor
Janet Panoch, PhD, has expertise in patient-provider communication and qualitative methodology. She is interested in shared decision-making and patient engagement for research. Specifically, Dr. Panoch's areas of interest are in orthopedic surgical decision-making for sarcoma. Dr. Panoch is currently creating an osteosarcoma patient decision aid for surgical decision-making in the lower extremity and is an organizer for the first rotationplasty family camp and professional conference.