Research Administration and Staff

Vanessa K. Dalton, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Chair for Research

Dr. Dalton graduated with a Medical Degree from the University of North Carolina in 1997 and a Masters of Public Health in 1996. She completed her OB/GYN residency at the University of Michigan in 2001, at which point she joined the faculty. Dr. Dalton is the director of the Program on Women’s Health Care Effectiveness Research (PWHER) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the U-M Medical School. Her research examines the impact of healthcare reform on reproductive health services utilization and the effect on cost of using patient treatment preferences in reproductive loss. Other research interests include family planning, miscarriage management, and human rights and health. 


Research Manager

Julie Tumbarello
Julie Tumbarello, M.A., CCRP
Research Manager

Ms. Tumbarello received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with minors in Southeast Asian Studies and Women's Studies from Northern Illinois,1993. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for research in Sulawesi, Indonesia titled “Mother’s, Midwives and Modern Medicine.” She graduated in 1996 with a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University. She went on to complete two years in Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco/Berkeley. She has worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan for over 13 years in various research roles. She currently is the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Research Manager.


Research Staff

Melissa Schon
Melissa Schon, M.P.H.
Pre-Award Grant Submission Specialist

Ms. Schon received her BS in Physiology and BA in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 2001.  She then went on to receive her Master in Public Health from the University of Michigan in 2004. Melissa serves as the Pre-Award Grants Specialist for the department.  In that capacity she supports the department in all areas of proposal preparation including but not limited to: finding funding opportunities, budget development, completing the Proposal Approval Forms (PAF), and routing and obtaining University approval.

Sarah Block
Sarah Block
Research Support Specialist

Ms. Block received a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Michigan in 1992. In her role as Research Support Specialist for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, she provides support in the areas of, PubMed Central coordination and management, manuscript and proposal editorial and submission assistance, and other data projects.

Anita English
Anita English, B.A., C.R.A.
Post-Award Research Administrator

Ms. English earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 1996, and certification in research administration from the Research Administrators Certification Council in 2016. She has worked for the University of Michigan in several administrative support roles since 1989, and has served as a research administrator since 1998. She joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2014 and provides post-award research administration support, including financial and administrative management.