Meet the Staff

Julia Tomassilli, PhD

Dr. Tomassilli received her Ph.D. in Social & Personality Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2010. She has conducted public health research at the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training in New York City and The Fenway Institute in Boston. Since 2005, Dr. Tomassilli has worked on a variety of public health research projects exploring substance use/abuse, HIV transmission and prevention, the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities and people living with HIV, and the effect of stigma and discrimination on risk behaviors and physical and mental health.

Jessica Gollaher, MA
Operations Coordinator

Mrs. Gollaher received her Master’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis in research methodology. She has over 6 years of experience in survey research working with CSUS’s Institute for Social Research as well as the Public Health Institute. Mrs. Gollaher has worked in many aspects of applied research including survey and sampling design, data analysis, and report writing. Her research interests include reproductive health and adolescent health.

Samantha Bryant, MA
Research Analyst

Ms. Bryant achieved her degree in applied Sociology in 2012 from CSU Humboldt. She has since held research positions at both CSU Humboldt and CSU Sacramento. Ms. Bryant has over three years of experience in survey research including, survey design, survey distribution, data collection, and data analysis.

Ross Wise, BS
Information Technology Support Coordinator

Mr. Wise is a Sacramento State alum, having received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science here in 1986. He has worked in the social services area for many years; including building the Information Technology department at WEAVE, Inc. He developed and supported the Statistical Tracking and Reporting (STAR) system used at WEAVE and 90 other Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault programs throughout California.

Linda Jensen, MA
Administrative Support Coordinator

Ms. Jensen received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology here at Sac State. Her thesis was on family size and its relationship to depression and locus of control. After graduating, she spent many years as a technical writer, business analyst, and security analyst in IT primarily at Delta Dental of CA. After leaving the IT world, she decided to return to the academic world and work in administrative support.