Josephine (Jo) Korchmaros, PhD, will assume the position of SIROW Director with Ms. Claudia Powell serving as SIROW’s Associate Director starting July 1, 2017! Both have worked at SIROW for over 10 years and have been key researchers at the University of Arizona.
Jo Korchmaros holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She has worked at SIROW since 2006 and is currently an Associate Research Professor and the Director of Research Methods and Statistics at SIROW. During the past 11+ years she has developed, implemented, evaluated, and provided training and technical assistance for multiple grant-funded research projects of importance to underserved populations. Her research has focused on treatment models; reduction of risk behaviors; addressing group-based (e.g., culture and gender identification) health disparities; and system and policy improvement in areas such as sexual health, substance use, and justice-involvement. Dr. Korchmaros takes a research-to-practice focus and has extensive experience conducting and assisting others to conduct cultural and gender-informed interventions and research. She is dedicated to working to reduce barriers and improve the quality of lives of underserved and disadvantaged populations locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.
Claudia Powell holds a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Northern Arizona University. She has worked at SIROW since 2002 and is currently a Research Social Scientist and the Director of Evaluation Services at SIROW. During the past 15+ years, she has conducted program evaluation and provided services for people experiencing homelessness (primarily for LGBTQ+ -identified people), people at-risk for or enrolled in substance abuse treatment, and others. Her work also includes research and services related to HIV prevention, health promotion, and domestic violence. As a researcher, Ms. Powell is committed to engaging in culturally-competent, community-based participatory action research that is conducted in conjunction with communities, with a true spirit of collaboration that aims to improve systems that serve marginalized communities. She serves as the Chair of the Pima County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, the Vice-Chair for the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness Executive Board, and as a member of SIROW’s Community Advisory Board.