We’re excited to welcome a new research professional to Slover Linett’s Chicago office. Nnenna Okeke, an experienced researcher in the midst of her doctorate in public health, joins the firm as a research analyst. She is already firmly entrenched in some ongoing qualitative and quantitative studies in arts and culture.
Okeke has just recently started the dissertation phase of her PhD at the University of Texas Health Science Center, examining how and why exposure to family violence in childhood leads to an increased risk of both re-victimization and perpetration in adulthood. She received her master’s degree in sociology from Rutgers University and graduated with highest honors and a B.Sc. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.
Okeke comes to Slover Linett from Austin, TX where she consulted with the Texas Council on Family Violence, assessing the feasibility of adding a primary prevention component to existing Batterer Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPPs). This new component aims to expand the current BIPP curriculum beyond teaching former offenders the fundamentals of leading a nonviolent lifestyle by additionally providing them with the tools needed to become active bystanders and change agents in the fight to end domestic and gender-based violence. She also worked as a researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center where she examined the links between body image, anxiety, and other psychological factors and the use of tobacco among minority youth. Her work has been published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and BMC Public Health.
Okeke’s work has defined much of her creative output. She has written and performed socially conscious works with various Austin performance artists, and is a member of The Austin Project (tAP), a collective of artists, activists, and scholars who use experimental performance as a tool for individual, community, and social transformation.
Okeke will join the team of Chicago-based senior researcher, Karlene Hanko and Boston-based vice president for arts & culture, Sarah Lee. “I’m thrilled that Nnenna has joined our team,” says Lee. “She brings sophisticated quantitative skills in both research design and data analysis, a strong command of qualitative methods, and a passion for the cultural sector that makes her a perfect fit here at Slover Linett. I am confident she will be an immediate asset to our team and our clients.”
For more information about our growing cultural research and evaluation practice, please contact Sarah Lee at (773) 348-9200 x104 or by email.