Kathleen Szegda, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S. is the Director of Community Research and Evaluation. Dr. Szegda oversees research and evaluation activities at PHIWM and was the lead author on PHIWM's Western Massachusetts Casino Health Impact Assessment Report and Springfield Health Equity Report. Dr. Szegda is an epidemiologist with over 15 years of public health/research experience working at the national, state and local level at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emory University, Baystate Children’s Hospital, and University of Massachusetts. Dr. Szegda holds a Ph.D. in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts, an M.P.H. from Emory University, and an M.S. in Counseling from Georgia State University. Her research focuses on health disparities and the intersection between mental and physical health. Dr. Szegda's most recent publication includes a study of underweight women and early menopause.