Kirsten Helgeson is a Research Associate II/Data Manager with the Prevention Research Center of PIRE. Her primary responsibility is to manage data for the Environmental Approaches to Prevention project. She is also providing support with dissemination of research and with the Local Alcohol and Marijuana Policies project. She completed her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and an MA in Linguistics focusing on language documentation and conservation. For her dissertation, she spearheaded an interdisciplinary project using multivariable models to investigate social and environmental factors linked to Indigenous language vitality in North America. During this time, she was also a visiting researcher with the Max Planck Institute’s Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution in Germany.