Research Administration and Staff

Associate Chair for Research

Vanessa Dalton
Vanessa K. Dalton, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Chair for Research
Dr. Dalton is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan and joined the UM faculty in 2005. Dr. Dalton’s 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. 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.

Research Manager

Julie Tumbarello, M.A., CCRP

Research Manager
Ms. Tumbarello received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with minors in Southeast Asian Studies & Women's Studies from Northern Illinois in 1993. She went on to receive a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Northern Illinois in 1996 and continued for two years in Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco. Ms. Tumbarello currently serves as the Research Manager for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Research Staff


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, B.A.

Post-Award Specialist

Ms. English received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 1996. She was the SCOR budget coordinator until 2007, and currently serves as the financial manager for the Pelvic Floor Research Group.