Cynthia B. Wilson, Ph.D., CFLE (Executive Director)

Dr. Cynthia Wilson joined the Florida Center for Prevention Research as Executive Director in February 2019. Dr. Wilson has served as Principle Investigator on multiple private, state, and federally-funded projects, including grants in the areas of sexual violence prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, juvenile delinquency prevention, and child nutrition. She is an experienced program evaluator, and has evaluated programs in marriage enrichment, teen pregnancy prevention, and alcohol abuse prevention. Dr. Wilson has a Bachelor’s degree in Family & Child Sciences and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Family Relations from Florida State University. Dr. Wilson is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), coordinates FSU’s CFLE program, and has experience delivering a variety of community-based family life education programs, primarily in the areas of parenting, human sexuality, and relationship education. In addition to her role at FCPR, she has a cross-appointment as a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Family and Child Sciences at FSU. Dr. Wilson has served in academia since 2010, having formerly taught at Baylor University and the University of Montevallo prior to joining the faculty of FSU in 2017. She has also worked in local church ministries for over 20 years in the areas of children, youth, and family ministry.


Marie Denis-Luque (Research Faculty)

Marie Denis-Luque is a Project Coordinator for FCPR. She holds an MSPH in Epidemiology and an MPH in Community Health from the University of South Florida. Before her role as Specialized Research Faculty at FCPR, she worked in the FSU Department of Family and Child Sciences on multiple projects. Ms. Denis-Luque has worked in different research areas, including maternal and child health, women’s health, and infectious diseases’ projects at four universities, and taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at three different institutions. She has a long career in Public Health, having served as a researcher at the USF Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies, Community Project Director at Augusta University, Project Manager and Evaluator at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University, Teaching Faculty at Georgia Southern University, and Teaching Faculty at the School of Health and Human Performance at the Georgia College and State University. Marie is a passionate child advocate and is the founder and director of Caring for Haitian Orphans with AIDS (CHOAIDS), a nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance the quality of life for HIV-positive children, and the only institution dedicated to this vulnerable population in Haiti. Marie’s education, diverse background, and experience in Public Health are strengths that she applies in her work at the FCPR.


Dr. Scott C. Helzer (Research Faculty)

Dr. Scott Helzer holds an earned doctorate from Texas A&M University, with concentrations in statistics, experimental design and welding engineering, as well as broad and diverse research interests that is in excess of fifteen million dollars. Dr. Helzer joined the Florida Center for Prevention Research in 2000, while working on Medicaid Reform, and was later the program manager and executive director for Florida CURED. His most recent program responsibilities have focused on statistical analyses of data streams to determine the casual relationships in treatment programs for martial and family dynamics as a result of enrichment / prevention programs and the determinant outcomes over time. He has held university instructional & research postings at Texas A&M University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and The University of Northern Iowa.


Richard L. Howell (Research Faculty)

Richard L. Howell is a Project Manager for FCPR. He has managed numerous social and health related projects involving the Florida Department of Health, Department of Children and Families, National Social Norms Center, and Florida State University. Mr. Howell specializes in social norming approaches to preventing alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, having published several articles on the subject. Prior to joining FCPR in 1999, Mr. Howell served as a career officer in the United States Army. He holds an M.S. in Marketing Communications.


Kaley de Leon, CFLE-P (Researcher)

Kaley de Leon is a Researcher at FCPR and assists with a number of projects. Kaley graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Family and Child Sciences and a minor in Psychology. Through her specialized coursework at FSU she obtained her license as a provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). She currently works as a certified high school Green Dot facilitator and teaches Bystander Intervention skills intended to combat Power Based Personal Violence. In addition to her work at FCPR, Kaley works as a Board Member for the Florida Council for History Education (FLCHE) and as a staff member of the Killearn Lakes Elementary School Extended Day Enrichment Program.