Robin H. Pugh Yi, Ph.D., President

Dr. Pugh Yi has more than 25 years of experience conducting social science research and 20 years of experience in Federal contracting. She currently directs the FORCE XRAYS evaluation project and the Consumer Product Safety Commission consumer awareness survey study. Her experience includes evaluation of HRSA's Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP), Childhelp USA's residential services, directing Program Review for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, evaluating Job Corps' Drug Treatment Enrichment Program, conducting assessments of need for substance abuse treatment among arrestees for several single-State agencies, and coordinating reviews for the National Cancer Institute's Research-Tested Intervention Programs database. Her expertise includes study design, analytic methods, community health issues, at-risk youth, and program evaluation. Dr. Pugh Yi has been providing direct mental health and social services professionally and as a volunteer for 25 years. This experience informs her approach to research and interpretation of results for clients who will apply them in the field. Dr. Pugh Yi earned her Ph.D. in research psychology, with emphasis on social, developmental, and quantitative psychology, from the University of California, Riverside. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Dr. Pugh Yi is directly and substantially involved in implementing all Akeso projects.

Select Publications and Presentations

Pugh, R.H.; Tepper, F.L.; Halpern-Felsher, B.L.; Howe, T.R.; Tomlinson-Keasey, C.; & Parke, R.D. (1997). Changes in abused children's social and cognitive skills from intake to discharge in a residential treatment center. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth.

Pugh-Yi, R.H.; & Dearfield, C.T. (2012). The Status of Women in the U.S. Media. Prepared by Akeso Consulting for the Women's Media Center.http://www.womensmediacenter.com

Pugh-Yi, R.H., Dearfield, C.T., Bhardwaj, A. & Annand, D. (2010). Results of the DC Tobacco Free Families (DCTFF) campaign evaluation. Presentation at the American Public Health 2010  conference.

Pugh-Yi, R.H., Finkbiner, R., & Hennessey, K. (2006). Scoring criteria and documentation requirements for SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices: Implications for the Mental Health Field. Presentation at the American Public Health Association 2006 conference.

Pugh-Yi,R.H.; Muthuuri, P.; Newman, J., Enuameh, Y.& Smith, J. (2012). The Health Resources and Services Administration Radiation Exposure and Screening Education Program: Challenges and Barriers in the First 10 Years. Prepared by Systems Plus, Inc. with Synthesis Professional Services and Akeso Consulting for the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Pugh-Yi, R.H.; Tewey, B.; O'Day, B.; & Newman, S. (2003). Disabled consumers' evaluations of and suggestions for improving assistive technology. Presented at the American Public Health Association 2003 conference.

Reise, S.P.; Widaman, K.; & Pugh, R.H. (1993). Confirmatory factor analysis and item response theory: Two approaches for exploring measurement invariance. Psychological Bulletin, 114, 552-566.

Presented by S.P. Reise July 19, 1995 at "The Role of Families in Preventing HIV Infection" Conference, Chantilly, VA.

Peer Review and Professional Activity

  • Reviewer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices
  • Member American Public Health Association Governing Council 2011-2014
  • American Public Health Association Community Health Planning and Policy Development, and Public Health Education and Health Promotion abstract reviewer for 2015 national conferences
  • American Public Health Association Maternal and Child Health abstract reviewer for 2011-14 national conferences
  • Co-editor, The Role of Traditional Healing Practices in the Management of HIV. Compendium for National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center (NMAETC) at Howard University, Washington, DC.
  • Reviewer for EXPLORE: The Journal of Science & Healing

Craig T. Dearfield, Ph.D., Research Associate

Dr. Dearfield has 8 years of experience conducting social science research. He is currently the senior data analyst for the FORCE XRAYS evaluation and the Consumer Product Safety Commission consumer awareness survey study. He served as a senior analyst for the NIH BEST and BIRCWH evaluations, the Indian Health Services school bullying survey, and the Women's Media Center's annual status report on women in the media. His experience includes evaluation of the DC Tobacco Free Families Campaign, the National Cancer Institute's Center for Research on Cancer Health Disparities' Community Networks Program, and the U.S. Department of Labor's YouthBuild Program, and technical assistance for the Office of Child Care. He completed his Ph.D. from Howard University's medical sociology program, with concentrations in community partnerships, stratification and research methodology. Dr. Dearfield's independent research focuses on how consumers assess the credibility of health information. He was awarded the Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation Scholarship for the 2010-2011 year and was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society. Dr. Dearfield earned a master's degree in sociology from the University of Virginia.


Select Publications and Presentations

Dearfield, C.T. & Pugh-Yi, R.H. (2012). Neighborhood botanicos as a source of alternative medicine for Latino Americans: Implications for clinical management of HIV/AIDS. The Role of Traditional Healing Practices in the Management of HIV. Compendium for National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center (NMAETC) at Howard University, Washington, DC.

Dearfield, C.T. & Pugh-Yi, R.H. The role of community partners in the success of the DC Tobacco Free Families Campaign. Presentation at the American Public Health Association's 2011 national conference.

Dearfield, C.T., Pugh-Yi, R.H., Brady, J. & Battles, J. (2010). Analysis of AHRQ mechanisms and resources for translating patient safety research to practice. Presentation at the American Public Health Association 2010 meeting.

Dearfield, C.T., Pugh-Yi, R. H., Debnam, C., and Annand, D. (2010). Results of the "Nasty" intervention evaluation: Effects of education about tobacco marketing on attitudes and intentions of high-risk youth. Presentation at the Association of Black Sociologists' 2010 annual conference.

Oguntomilade, L., Pugh-Yi, R.H., Baughman, L., Lumpkin, S., Dearfield, C.T. & James, J. (2011). Recommendations for a 5-Year Health Initiative. Produced by AFYA, Inc. for the U.S. Office of Women's Health.

Peer Review and Professional Activity

  • Reviewer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices
  • Community Health Planning and Policy Development abstract reviewer for the American Public Health Association 2011-2015 national conferences
  • Member American Public Health Association
  • Member American Sociological Association
  • Member of Howard University's Organization for Graduate Sociologists