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Mateo Banegas | Kaiser Permanente Northwest | Portland State University
Investigator, Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Lecturer, Portland State University
Matthew (Mateo) Banegas began his studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2008. Banegas was a Predoctoral Fellow in the Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control Training (BCPT) Program and worked with Beti Thompson, his mentor and dissertation committee chair, to complete his doctoral work ‘Prediction, communication, and distribution of breast cancer risk,’ before graduating in May of 2012.
Banegas was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP), where he worked in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Health Services and Economics Branch with his mentor Robin Yabroff.
Currently, Banegas is an Investigator at the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Portland, Oregon. His works focuses on medical care delivery, costs and value among individuals diagnosed with cancer. Banegas also works as a Lecturer at Portland State University.
Caleb Banta-Green | Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington
Principal Research Scientist, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington
Caleb Banta-Green began his studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2005, and was an AHRQ T32 trainee while in the program. Banta-Green pursued an area of emphasis in Evaluation Sciences, and worked closely with Chuck Maynard to complete his dissertation, “Opioid drug abuse treatment: Factors associated with opioid use type and retention in treatment,” before graduating in 2008.
In 2012, Banta-Green worked as the Senior Science Adviser for the Executive Office of the President, on a very focused project on overdose prevention.
At present, Banta-Green works as a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Washington Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute and is an Affiliate Professor in the University of Washington Department of Health Systems and Population Health. He has a range of projects including clinical trials, implementation projects, building overdose surveillance capacity and technical assistance with local health departments.
Antonia Bennett | Department of Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina
Antonia Bennett began her studies in the Health Services PhD program as an AHRQ/NRSA trainee. Bennett pursued an area of emphasis in Evaluation Sciences, and worked closely with Donald Patrick to complete her dissertation, “Comparison of 7-day and repeated 24-hour recall of symptoms and impacts of disease.” Following graduation in 2010, she pursued a post-doctoral fellowship in outcomes research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.
At present, Bennett works as an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and is a member of the UNC Cancer Outcomes Research Program. In 2014 she received the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) Donna Lamping New Investigator Award. Bennett is Faculty Director of the UNC Patient-Reported Outcomes Core and is Director of the Measurement Core of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group. In addition to her work on methods for patient-reported outcome data capture that are reliable and accessible to all participants, she is bringing a measurement perspective to emerging forms of patient-generated health data (wearables, sensors) that is needed to translate these tools from the engineering lab into clinically interpretable instruments that add value in the clinical context.
Katherine Blondon | University Hospitals of Geneva
Senior Faculty, Medical Directorate, University Hospitals of Geneva
Katherine Blondon began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2011. Blondon pursued an area of emphasis in Evaluation of Patient-Focused Technologies, and worked closely with Wanda Pratt and James Ralston to complete her dissertation, “The potential for improving care in diabetes through mobile devices, patient empowerment and financial incentives,” before graduating in 2013.
At present, Blondon works as a senior faculty in the Medical Directorate of the University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland, and as a research coordinator in the interprofessional simulation center of the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She pursues research in the use of mobile technologies to improve patient engagement and self-management in chronic diseases. She is developing mobile apps for healthcare providers. She is also leading research projects to improve care transitions, particularly physician hand-offs, and interprofessional collaboration.
Amy Bonomi | Children and Youth Institute, Michigan State University
Director, Children and Youth Institute, Michigan State University
Amy Bonomi began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2001, after completing her Health Services MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. In the PhD program, Bonomi pursued an area of emphasis in Population Health and Social Determinants, and worked closely with Diane Martin on her dissertation, “Rural and urban women’s interpretations of intimate partner violence: The role of language in case finding,” before graduating in 2004.
Bonomi is Director of Michigan State University’s Children and Youth Institute, which comprises 150 staff and 17,000 volunteers across all 83 Michigan counties serving children and youth ages 0-19. Bonomi leads a visioning process to expand partnerships, build resources, support leadership development, and measure and communicate impact to policymakers on key issues affecting Michigan youth such as inclusion, mental health, leadership development and civic engagement.
From 2013-2019, as Chair of MSU’s Human Development and Family Studies department, coinciding with MSU’s initiative to improve federal awards and with MSU’s capital campaign, Bonomi led her department in a significant increase in federal grant dollars (648%) and philanthropy (997%), recruitment of nationally renowned faculty, and sharpening of graduate and undergraduate programs.
Bonomi serves as an advisor in MSU’s Office of the Provost for other administrators leading their units through change and has led a university-wide study of the needs of faculty and academic staff.
Bonomi has developed programs to support women academics interested in leadership. She co-founded MSU’s Women’s Leadership Institute, which provides evidence-based programs and networking opportunities for women students, staff, faculty and alumni. She is co-editing a forthcoming book, “Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff and Slipper” (Cognella Publishers, October 2019), which convenes the perspectives of diverse women academic leaders on power structures and implicit bias in the academy, strategic planning, leading on the glass cliff, through resistance and in the face of the double bind, and key life skills including negotiation, networking and mentoring.
Stephen Bowman | National University School of Health and Human Services
Director, Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, National University School of Health and Human Services
Stephen Bowman began his studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2002. He pursued an area of emphasis in Evaluation Sciences, and worked closely with Diane Martin to complete his dissertation, “Hospital characteristics associated with trauma outcomes,” before graduating in 2006. He also earned his BA and MHA degrees from the University of Washington, making him a three-time Husky.
Since graduating, Bowman has held faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). For several years, Bowman was an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Director of the Master in Health Services Administration program, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UAMS College of Public Health.
Bowman currently works as Associate Professor and Director of the MPH Program at the National University School of Health and Human Services in San Diego, California.
Nadine Chan | Public Health – Seattle and King County | University of Washington
Assistant Chief | Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation | Public Health – Seattle and King County
Clinical Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Nadine Chan began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2000 after receiving an MPH from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. Chan pursued an area of emphasis in Cancer Prevention and Control, and in Methods and Analysis, and worked closely with Beti Thompson to complete her dissertation, “Culture and cancer prevention among a population of Vietnamese Americans,” before graduating in 2007. Chan then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.
At present, Chan is the Assistant Chief of Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation at Public Health – Seattle and King County and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington. Chan serves as the Evaluation Lead of the CDC-funded “Community Transformation Grant” and “Communities Putting Prevention to Work Tobacco and Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity grants” to study the impact of changes in policy, systems, and the environment on health disparities due to obesity and tobacco.
Her research interests are evaluation of public health interventions, policies, and systems and practice-based research to eliminate health inequity. Chan served as the first chair for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national working group on menu labeling evaluation and served as co-investigator and project manager for the RWJF funded evaluation of the King County nutrition labeling policy. Chan is actively involved in local and national committees to improve health and promote opportunities for higher education for underrepresented populations. Her community service work includes serving as past-Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health and past-President of the University of Washington Alumni Association Multicultural Alumni Partnership. She currently serves on the Komen Puget Sound Grants Committee.
She loves introducing her toddler to mom’s other passions: salsa dancing, hiking, traveling, and eating.
Blair Darney | Obstetrics & Gynecology, OHSU School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, OHSU School of Medicine
Blair G. Darney began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2007, and was an AHRQ T32 trainee her first 2 years in the program. Darney received a pre-doctoral award from ITHS TL1 program her third year. She pursued an area of emphasis in Evaluation Sciences, and worked closely with Drs. Marcia Weaver, Emmanuela Gakidou, and Sarah Prager to complete her dissertation, “Program evaluation in reproductive health: Prospective and retrospective applications,” before graduating in 2012.
Darney was an AHRQ Postdoctoral Fellow in the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Departments of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and Obstetrics/Gynecology. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Researcher in Training Award from the Society of Family Planning in 2012 for part of her dissertation work.
Darney was awarded 2 grants from the Society of Family Planning Research Fund to focus on abortion provision in Mexico, where she was based for three years at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, in Cuernavaca, where she maintains an affiliation.
Blair is an Associate Professor in the OB/Gyn department, Family Planning Section, at OHSU and in the OHSU-Portland State University (PSU) joint School of Public Health, Health Systems & Policy. She has an active portfolio of externally funded research focused on contraceptive services in safety net clinics, Latina reproductive health outcomes, and abortion in Mexico.Publications
Beth Devine | CHOICE Institute, University of Washington
Professor, Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy and Economics (CHOICE) Institute, University of Washington
Beth Devine began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2005. Devine pursued an area of emphasis in Evaluation Sciences, and worked closely with Sean Sullivan to complete her dissertation, “Evaluating the Impact of an Ambulatory Electronic Prescribing System in a Community-based, Integrated Health System,” before graduating in 2008. During her time in the program, she was supported by an AHRQ Mentored Clinical Scientist Training Award (K-08).
Devine is a Professor in the Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy and Economics (CHOICE) Institute at the University of Washington, and as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health, Department of Biomedical Informatics, and the Department of Surgery.
Devine conducts her research program at the intersection of clinical informatics, comparative effectiveness research (CER), medication safety and quality. She served as the lead co-investigator for the Comparative Effectiveness Research Methods Core of the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program Comparative Effectiveness Research Network (PI: David Flum), where her team conducted a CER study of interventions for peripheral artery disease. She also served on the Health Information Technology Core, where she lead the research study to validate the extraction of semi-automated data from disparate electronic health records across select hospitals in Washington State. She is currently investigating the use of pharmacogenomic biomarkers in clinical practice. A second area of research interest is evidence synthesis, where she conducts meta-analyses and network meta-analyses within the Bayesian framework. She is site co-Principal Investigator of the AHRQ-funded Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center. In the Graduate Program, she teaches courses in Outcomes Research Methods and Meta-Analysis.
Prior to launching her research career, Devine practiced clinical pharmacy with advanced practice (prescribing) privileges, and served in administrative positions related to formulary management, medication safety and quality improvement, in both academic and community medical center settings. Devine completed a residency in clinical pharmacy practice at the VA Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA; and a postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research at the UW CHOICE (Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy and Economics) Institute, spending one year with Roche Pharma Business, Health Economics and Strategic Pricing Group, in Palo Alto, California.
Albert Farias | Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California
Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Albert Farias is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He is a faculty member in the Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science and Innovation and a member of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research is devoted to helping eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes by furthering the understanding of how evidence-based cancer prevention strategies and treatment are delivered by the health care system and how that influences patient adherence. Over the past many years, he has applied his academic training to explain the existence of racial/ethnic disparities and identify health inequalities. To carry out this research, he applies his advanced training in methodology and analytic approaches which is evident by his published research.
During his doctoral studies, Farias was a Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control (BCPT) trainee from 2007-2009, and was a PI on a highly competitive NIH National Research Service Award (F31) training grant studying Hispanic/Latino health and health care disparities in breast cancer. Farias worked closely with his Chair, Beti Thompson, to complete his dissertation “Access to care and outcomes in breast cancer among Hispanic women” before graduating in 2015.
After graduation, Farias completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology, Environmental Sciences, and Human Genetics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health.
Prior to entering the doctoral program, Farias earned his MPH in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in 2007 from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He also earned his BS in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.Publications
Meredith Fort | University of Colorado – Denver
Research Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado – Denver
Meredith Fort began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2006, after completing her MPH from the University of Washington’s International Health Program in 2002. Fort pursued an area of emphasis in Evaluation Sciences, and worked closely with Dave Grembowski to complete her dissertation, “Evaluation of a primary health care demonstration project in rural Guatemala: Quality, coverage, utilization and impact,” before graduating in 2011.
From 2011 to 2013 Fort was based at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama’s Research Center for the Prevention of Chronic Disease in Guatemala City where she was supported with a Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship. During that time, she was also awarded a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Junior Researcher Seed Grant that continued through 2014 and she continues her collaboration as an Affiliate Investigator at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama.
At present, Fort is a Research Assistant Professor in the Colorado School of Public Health where she holds a primary appointment in the Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy and is based in the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. Her work is community-engaged and draws on a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. Her research focuses on the design, implementation, evaluation and scale-up of strategies aimed at improving chronic disease prevention and care and reducing health disparities in low-resource primary care and community settings. Her current research focuses on hypertension control in Guatemala’s rural public primary care system, diabetes prevention and care capacity in Urban Indian Health Organizations, multi-sectoral approaches to address chronic disease, and health promotion interventions to promote equity. She teaches Comparative Health Systems and Systems Thinking and Analysis advises students in the Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy. She has recently led program evaluations on: specialty care access, cardiovascular disease risk reduction, human rights-based approaches to care, and girls’ literacy and empowerment.
Janessa Graves | College of Nursing, Washington State University
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate and Community Research, College of Nursing, Washington State University
Janessa Graves began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2008, after completing an MPH in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at UW. Graves was funded as a trainee through the NIOSH-sponsored UW Educational and Research Center (ERC). Graves pursued areas of emphasis in Evaluation Sciences and Occupational Health Services Research. She worked closely with Jeffrey Jarvik (Chair), Deb Fulton-Kehoe, and Gary Franklin to complete her dissertation, “Early advanced imaging among Washington State workers’ compensation claimants with non-specific acute occupational low back pain: An evaluation of precursors, costs, utilization, and outcomes.” This work involved linking workers’ compensation insurance claims to patient-level survey data.
After graduating in 2011, Graves completed a two-year pediatric injury research fellowship at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC; UW). While at HIPRC, she published articles on pediatric health services and injury epidemiology, working primarily with existing national, regional, and state data sources and conducting surveys of hospitals and trauma centers to examine current practices in pediatric imaging following concussion.
At present, Graves works as an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Community Research in the College of Nursing at Washington State University. Graves’ research focuses on health equity and healthcare effectiveness relating to injury, trauma, and acute care. She is particularly interested in improving access and quality of health services in rural areas. Graves lives in a small town in rural northeast Washington State with her husband Jim, son Teddy, and daughter Quinn.
Amy Hagopian | Health Systems and Population Health, University of Washington
Professor, Department of Health Systems and Population Health, University of Washington
Amy Hagopian began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2000. Hagopian pursued an area of emphasis in International Health, and worked closely with Carolyn Watts to complete her dissertation, “The International Migration of Physicians to the US,” before graduating in 2003.
Hagopian was Program Director of the University of Washington Department of Health Systems and Population Health COPHP program for eight years (through 2020), and is a Professor in the University of Washington Department of Health Systems and Population Health. Hagopian is teaching four courses: 1) a new “capstone startup course” for MPH students across the school, 2) Public Health Uganda, a study abroad course with research projects associated with Makerere University faculty, 3) War and Health, 4) Public Health Planning, Advocacy & Leadership Skills. She’s designing a new course on homelessness, and working with the Center for Health Innovation & Policy Science (CHIPS) as chair of the Housing and Health working group.
Hagopian’s research interests focus on how the maldistribution of power undermines health. Therefore, she focuses on homelessness, war, and the migration of health workers from poor countries to rich ones.
M. Courtney Hughes | School of Health Studies, Northern Illinois University
Associate Professor, School of Health Studies, Northern Illinois University
M. Courtney Hughes began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2004, and was an AHRQ trainee while in the program. Hughes pursued an area of emphasis in Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and worked closely with Donald Patrick to complete her dissertation, “Health behavior change in employee populations,” before graduating in 2008.
At present, Hughes is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Northern Illinois University. Her research focuses on health behaviors, social determinants of health, and palliative care. She teaches courses in the U.S. health care system, funding for programs in public health, health planning, and epidemiology.
Hughes is an Associate Editor at BMC Health Services Research and is a Member of the Board of Directors of CareLink Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the health and well-being of Hondurans by providing water filters and microfinancing.
Benjamin Keeney| Orthopaedics, Dartmouth
Faculty Member, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth
Benjamin Keeney entered the Health Services PhD program in September 2007 and graduated in early 2012. Support came from a department NIOSH training grant and research assistant positions with Doug Conrad. Keeney pursued an area of emphasis in Occupational Health Services and focused on workers with back injuries. His dissertation was chaired by Gary Franklin and titled “Early predictors of re-injury, clinically significant weight gain, and lumbar spine surgery following occupational back injury: A prospective study of workers in Washington State.” Keeney’s dissertation work on lumbar spine surgery predictors, since published in Spine, has been described in the San Francisco Chronicle and several prominent journals and newsletters in the fields of occupational services, spine health, orthopaedic surgery, and chiropractic care.
After his time at UW, Keeney was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Orthopaedics Outcomes Research at Dartmouth in 2012 and 2013. He then joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2013 in the Department of Orthopaedics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and its affiliated hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
In 2017, Keeney left full-time work at Dartmouth to become the Director of Health Care Research & Analytics for Berkley Medical Management Solutions, the internal data science and quality improvement group for W.R. Berkley, a Fortune 300 insurance company specializing in worker’s compensation and auto insurance. He remains on the Dartmouth faculty and continues to teach there.
Keeney’s research publications focus on total hip and total knee replacement, patient-reported measures, preoperative predictive modeling for post-surgical outcomes, provider comparisons on outcomes, orthopaedic health services, occupational health services, the impact of weight loss, health insurance exchanges, health information exchanges, and medical student and resident research training. In addition to his own research, Keeney regularly collaborates with orthopaedic clinicians on research and mentors several orthopaedic surgery residents on their research. Lastly, he is an Advisory Board Member of Spine, the most cited Orthopaedics journal, as well as of the Journal of Arthoplasty.
Ben lives near Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and 2 daughters. Keeney is happy to discuss the field of health services, the interplay between academia and industry, and the UW PhD program, to UW alumni, current students, and prospective applicants.
Deanna Kepka | College of Nursing, University of Utah
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Utah
Director of Global and International Health, College of Nursing, University of Utah
Deanna Kepka began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2006, and was an AHRQ T32 trainee and Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program (BCPT) pre-doctoral fellow while in the program.
Kepka pursued an area of emphasis in Maternal and Child Health, and worked closely with Beti Thompson to complete her dissertation, “Preventing cervical cancer among US Latinas: HPV infection, HPV vaccine education, and HPV vaccine knowledge,” before graduating in 2010.
Kepka’s main research interests are the gaps in health care access and quality for vulnerable populations. She focuses specifically on preventing cervical cancer among US Latinas, who have higher rates of cervical cancer than most other racial and ethnic groups. Utah has one of the lowest rates of completion of the HPV vaccination series in the country, and Kepka’s work with CCPS and the College of Nursing intends to develop more effective patient-provider interventions that will help increase this rate. She is also dedicated to improving health care services for cancer prevention and control among minority and underserved populations.
Kepka has worked with teams in at-risk communities, promoting positive health behaviors in Jamaica, Chicago, North Carolina, and Washington. Since 2007, she has worked with Hispanic and Latino communities in Mexico, Peru, Chicago, North Carolina, and Washington. She has also developed a radionovela (a Spanish short story broadcast) that successfully improved knowledge and sparked interest in the HPV vaccine among rural Latino parents in the United States.
At present, Kepka works as an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah College of Nursing, and as an Investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is also the Director of Global and International Health in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah.
Kepka’s research on the use of the HPV vaccine for youth in Utah was recently featured in the Salt Lake Tribune, and she recently received a KL2 Career Development Award from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Utah.
David Kim | Tufts Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center
Kim began his doctoral studies in 2012, after earning his MS in Biostatistics and his BSE in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked closed with his chair, Anirban Basu on his dissertation: “Developing a novel framework and metrics of economic evaluation in the presence of heterogeneity”. His previous work includes evaluating cost-effectiveness of medical interventions, such as bariatric surgery, hepatitis c screening and treatment in Egypt, glaucoma medications, diabetic macular edema treatment. Also, he was a lead author of the worked example included in the forthcoming textbook, Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, second edition. With Areas of Emphasis in Health Economics, his research primarily focuses on 1) improving cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) to make it more relevant to policy decisions, 2) understanding a relationship between clinical evidence and changes in clinical practice, and 3) exploring the role of uncertainty through a value of information analysis. Kim was a recipient of an AHRQ training fellowship for 2012-2014 and a Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) pre-doctoral fellow for 2014-2015. Also, he was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Doctoral Student award from the Department of Health Systems and Population Health at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Kim graduated from the PhD program in 2016, and currently works as an Assistant Professor at Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center.
Forest Kim | Health Administration, University of the Incarnate Word
Program Director, Graduate Program in Health Administration, University of the Incarnate Word
Forest S. Kim graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from UCLA in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiology and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps as a Second Lieutenant. His academic credentials include a PhD in Health Services from the University of Washington, a Master of Health Care Administration from Baylor University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and Commission on the Accreditation of Health Management Education.
Kim began his studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2006. Kim pursued an area of emphasis in Evaluation Sciences, and worked closely with Carolyn Watts to complete his dissertation, “Evaluating the impact of TRICARE for Life on Medicare-eligible military retirees,” before graduating in 2009. His current research interests include program evaluation of the Military Health System and competency development and assessment in health administration graduate education.
Kim is currently Program Director and Associate Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word Graduate Program in Health Administration in San Antonio, Texas, where he teaches courses in Quantitative Analysis and Epidemiology and Population Health. He completed a deployment to Afghanistan in 2014 where he served as a military medical advisor to the Afghan Surgeons General. He’s held previous assignments in health care administration at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas and Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington.
He resides in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Emme and three daughters, Mikaela, Abigail, and Caryss.
Anne Kirchhoff | Pediatrics, University of Utah
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Utah
Anne Kirchhoff began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2005, and was a NCI R25 and AHRQ trainee while in the program. Kirchhoff pursued an area of emphasis in Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control, and worked closely with Tom Wickizer to complete her dissertation, “Late Term Effects and Employment Outcomes for Cancer Survivors,” before graduating in 2009.
At present, Kirchhoff works as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and is an investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Cancer Control and Population Sciences.
Kirchhoff is funded by the Intermountain and Primary Children’s Hospital Foundation to assess the long-term health care needs and costs of Utah childhood cancer survivors, with the goal of improving care delivery and developing education programs to link survivors with appropriate risk-based health care. She recently received a Hyundai Hope on Wheels foundation grant to develop and test an intervention to provide pediatric cancer patients with survivor care plans following the end of therapy. Kirchhoff also has National Cancer Institute funding to conduct analyses using national survey data to evaluate quality of life outcomes for adolescent and young adult cancer patients.
Sarah Knerr | Health Systems and Population Health, University of Washington
Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems and Population Health, University of Washington
Sarah Knerr earned her MPH in Public Health Genetics from the University of Washington in 2011. Her research focuses on stakeholder engagement, health and health care disparities, and guideline implementation in cancer genomic medicine. Her Area of Emphasis was Cancer Prevention and Control, and she was a Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control (BCPT) trainee from 2011-2014 and a Research Assistant for 2014-2015.
Knerr worked closely with her Chair, Rachel Ceballos, to complete her dissertation “Sociocultural and ethical considerations for the translation of genomic health applications” before graduating in 2015.
After graduation, Knerr worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Women’s Health T-32 Training Program at Group Health Research Institute.
At present, Knerr works as Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health at the University of Washington.
Bonnie Lind | Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) | University of Washington
Research Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems and Population Health, University of Washington
Bonnie Lind began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2003. Lind pursued an area of emphasis in Methods and Analysis, and worked with her advisor, William Lafferty, to complete her dissertation, “The use of complementary and alternative medicine under insurance coverage in Washington State,” before graduating in 2005.
Lind began her career by earning an M.S. from the Biostatistics Department in 1987 and worked as a Research Scientist in that department from 1989 – 2000. She is currently employed as a Research Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University, where she serves as a Senior Statistician in the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness. Lind is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health at the University of Washington.
David Liss | Internal Medicine, Northwestern University
Research Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Northwestern University
David Liss began his studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2008, and received funding from the AHRQ T32 and ITHS TL1 traineeships while in the program. He pursued an area of emphasis in Evaluation Sciences, and collaborated with investigators from Group Health Research Institute and UW on his dissertation, “Patients with chronic illness in the patient-centered medical home: costs, use, quality and morbidity-based variation.” His dissertation was co-chaired by Robert Reid, MD PhD and Paul Fishman, PhD.
Liss is a Research Associate Professor at Northwestern University’s Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. His program of research focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating high-value systems of primary care delivery. Liss and his wife Emily live in Evanston, IL with their two children.
Courtney Lyles | Medicine, UC San Francisco
Assistant Professor, Medicine, UC San Francisco
Courtney Lyles began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2006, and was an AHRQ T32 trainee while in the program as well as a UW Magnuson Scholar. Lyles pursued an area of emphasis in Evaluation Sciences, and worked closely with Drs. Clarence Spigner and David Grembowski to complete her dissertation, “Patient and Provider Factors, Patient-Reported Racial/Ethnic Discrimination in the Healthcare Setting, and Quality of Care in the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE),” before graduating in 2010.
At present, Lyles works as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital as well as in the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. Her research focuses on harnessing health information technology to improve patient-provider communication for chronic disease self-management and to ultimately reduce disparities in health and healthcare outcomes.
Ann Nguyen| Rutgers Center for State Health Policy
Assistant Research Professor, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy
Ann M. Nguyen is an Assistant Research Professor and Implementation Scientist at Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. Her research focuses on primary care, practice transformation, physician integration, and quality improvement. She is currently the Director of the New Jersey Practice-Based Research Network and conducts mixed methods research including the evaluation of the New Jersey Medicaid Comprehensive Waiver and Visiting Nurse Association. Most recently, she supported national efforts to improve primary care as part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s EvidenceNOW initiative through implementation of evidence-based guidelines for cardiovascular disease. Her research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Healthcare Management and Journal of General Internal Medicine. She has also co-authored textbook chapters, including one with Christian Helfrich and Bryan Weiner on learning health systems in Shortell and Kaluzny’s Healthcare Management: Organization Design and Behavior.
Nguyen began her doctoral studies in 2013, after earning her MPH in epidemiology and her BS in biomedical engineering from the University of California Irvine. During her doctoral studies, she pursued an Area of Emphasis in Health Systems Research. She worked closely with her chair Chris Johnson on her dissertation, “Organizational Factors Affecting the Successful Integration of Physician Groups with Health Systems.” This work was supported by the AHRQ R36 Dissertation Award and conducted in collaboration with the University of Louisville and Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky. From 2013-16, she was also an MHA Research Assistant and Project Coordinator for the NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation at UW. From 2016-17, she was a Research Assistant for the Washington State Health Care Authority to evaluate implementation of a shared decision making tool in maternal health settings within Washington State’s Accountable Care Programs. She was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Doctoral Student award from the Department of Health Systems and Population Health at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, Nguyen completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the NYU Langone Health Department of Population Health.
Sungchul Park | Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
Assistant Professor, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
Sungchul Park is a health economist and a health services researcher with particular expertise in payment and delivery care systems, risk adjustment, and health disparities.
He has research interests in four areas:
- Understanding the impact of policy interventions on health care with a focus on risk adjustment, value-based payment models, and alternative payment models,
- Identifying high-cost/high-need patients and developing targeted programs to improve care quality while containing costs,
- Reducing disparities in care with a focus on Asian Americans and individuals with social risk factors, and
- Developing new methodologies grounded in policy through use of simulation modeling, machine learning, and big data analytics.
His research has been published in several journals including Health Affairs, JAMA Health Forum, JAMA Network Open, Health Services Research, and Health Economics.
During his doctoral studies, Sungchul pursued an Area of Emphasis in Health Economics, and his research focused on payment systems, risk-adjustment and risk selection in health insurance markets, cost analysis, machine learning, and big data analytics. He worked closely with Drs. Anirban Basu and Norma Coe on his dissertation: “Theoretical and empirical analysis of Medicare Managed Cares’ response to risk adjustment,” before graduating in 2018.
Sungchul earned his bachelor’s degree in both economics and financial engineering from Korea University (South Korea) in 2010, and MPH degree from Kyoto University (Japan) in 2013.
During her doctoral studies, Canada pursued her Area of Emphasis in Evaluative Sciences and Statistics.
Canada completed her dissertation, “Using Routinely Collected HER Data to Optimize Patient Care, Refine Clinical Care Guidelines, and Inform Healthcare Policies for Vulnerable or Low-Resource HIV Patients,” working closely with Chair Paul Fishman.
Canada was an AHRQ/NRSA T32 trainee from 2016-2018, and graduated from the program in 2020.
Prior to entering the doctoral program, Canada earned her MSPH degree in International Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2013. Canada later worked for the Center for Family Resilience at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Her research interests involve using routinely collected data to optimize individual patient care, as well as refine healthcare policies and clinical care guidelines. She is particularly interested in healthcare access and quality for low-resource and vulnerable populations both domestically and globally.
In her spare time, Canada enjoys traveling to warm climates, embarking on local outdoor adventures, and (attempting) home improvement projects.
Cynthia R. Pearson | Social Work, University of Washington
Research Associate Professor, Social Work, University of Washington
Cynthia R. Pearson began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2001. Pearson pursued an area of emphasis in International Reproductive Health and Social Networks, and worked closely with Chair Diane Martin and committee members Drs. Stephen Gloyd, Jane Simoni, and Peter Hoff to complete her dissertation, “HIV/AIDS among Mozambicans: Sexual and HIV risk behavior and development, implementation, and evaluation of a highly active antiretriovral therapy adherence intervention,” before graduating in 2006.
As Professor—School of Social Work, Adjunct Professor, American Indian Studies—and director of research at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI, P60MD006909), Pearson provides oversite for IWRI research activities including development of institute and tribal partnership polices, quantitative and qualitative methods, data-related activates (collection, analyses, storage), as well as human subject protocols. Since 2006, Pearson has collaborated with American Indian (AI) communities in designing and implementing community based prevention interventions and in the development of tribally approved research polices (data use agreement, research and publication guidelines).
Pearson research focus is on the historical and cultural determinants of physical and mental health, HIV/AIDS, and substance use disorders. Pearson also produced rETHICS, a research with American Indian and Alaska Native community human subjects’ curriculum that satisfies IRB training requirements (R01HD082181). She has over 55 peer-review publication and been the PI or Co-I on over 41 NIH funded grants. In all these community-based projects, Pearson has worked closely with communities designing and adapting culturally driven interventions and supporting tribal communities in disseminating information in peer-review publications and community venues
Please see Pearson’s UW School of Social Work page for her most frequently updated CV and project information.
Nancy Puttkammer | Global Health, University of Washington
Assistant Professor, I-TECH, Global Health, University of Washington
Nancy Puttkammer began her studies in the PhD program in 2010, and worked at the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) within the UW Department of Global Health (DGH) throughout the course of her PhD studies. Nancy worked closely with her Co-Chairs, Steven Zeliadt and Scott Barnhart, to produce her dissertation, “Data Quality and Data Use in a Clinical Information System in Haiti,” before graduating in 2014.
Puttkammer’s interests are in strengthening health information systems and promoting data use and for quality improvement of health programs in resource-limited settings. She is trained as a health services researcher, specializing in using observational, routinely-collected data from electronic medical records (EMRs) to strengthen HIV care and treatment programs. In her capacity as an Assistant Professor at I-TECH within the UW Department of Global Health, she works with informatics, evaluation, and training projects in Cameroon, Haiti, Kenya, South Africa, and Ukraine and teaches coursework on research and evaluation methods in low-resource settings.
Nancy earned her MPH in Community Health Education from the University of California Berkeley in 1995 and has worked at I-TECH since 2003.
Ian Randall | Washington Association for Community Health | University of Washington School
Senior Advisor, Washington Association for Community Health
Clinical Assistant Professor, Master of Health Administration, University of Washington
Ian Randall entered the Health Services PhD program in September 2011 and graduated in 2016. Support for his doctoral studies came from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) T32 training grant. Ian pursued an area of emphasis in Health Finance, and worked with his Chair, Chris Johnson, to complete his dissertation, “Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Patient Centered Medical Home: Assessing utilization patterns and identifying key medical home elements.” His research has focused on studying the effects of delivery system innovations.
Ian has a background in management consulting, having worked as a Consultant at Deloitte Consulting with the Strategy & Operations practice, and as a Senior Consultant at Health Management Associates in Seattle, where he was responsible for project management, market-facing analytics expertise, delivery and payment system reform, and business development roles with provider, payer, and government clients. In 2018, Ian joined the Washington Association for Community Health as a Senior Advisor, joining the state’s Primary Care Association representing Federally Qualified Health Centers serving more than one million patients across the state. Ian is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Washington School of Public Health’s Department of Health Systems and Population Health and teaches in the Master of Health Administration program.
Jeanne Sears | Occupational Health, University of Washington
Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
Research Associate Professor, Department of Health Systems and Population Health, University of Washington
Jeanne Sears began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2004, and was a NIOSH Occupational Health Services Research trainee while in the program. Sears pursued an area of emphasis in Occupational Health: Equity and Access to Services, and worked closely with Tom Wickizer and Gary Franklin to complete her dissertation, “Nurse practitioners as attending providers in the workers’ compensation system: policy evaluation of recent legislation in Washington State.”
Sears received the Gilbert S. Omenn Graduate Student Award for Academic Excellence, a prestigious School-wide honor, upon graduating in 2007.
At present, Sears is a Research Associate Professor in the UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health at the University of Washington, and Program Director for the NIOSH Occupational Health Services Research training program. She served as a member of the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics Injury Severity Advisory Group. She is also a graduate of the CIHR Work Disability Prevention training program at the Université de Sherbrooke. Her research interests include occupational health services research, occupational injury surveillance, policy and program evaluation, and disparities in health and health care access.
Megan Shepherd-Banigan | Population Health Sciences, Duke University
Core Faculty, Department of Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Duke University
Megan Shepherd-Banigan began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2010, and was a NIOSH Occupational Health Services Research trainee and a participant in the ITHS TL1 Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Program at the University of Washington. Megan worked closely with her Chair, Janice Bell, to produce her dissertation, “Examining the contribution of maternal employment to disparities in maternal and child health,” before graduating in 2014. Shepherd-Banigan’s Area of Emphasis was Evaluation Sciences and Statistics. Her other research interests include social determinants of health, family health, mental health, and occupational health services.
After graduating, Shepherd-Banigan held a 2-year position as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Durham Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, a Veteran Administration Center of Innovation in Durham, North Carolina, where she studied issues of mental health and informal caregiving among women Veterans.
Shepherd-Banigan is currently Core Faculty at the Duke University School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health Sciences.
Helene Starks | Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington
Associate Professor, Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington
Helene Starks began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2001 and was an AHRQ T32 training grant recipient for her final year in the program. Starks pursued an area of emphasis in End-of-Life Care and Qualitative Methods, and worked closely with her chair, Donald Patrick, to complete her dissertation, “Dying on one’s own terms: access to care, timing of death, and effects on families,” before graduating in 2004.
Currently, Starks is an Associate Professor in the UW School of Medicine, Department of Bioethics and Humanities. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Health Services. Her research focuses on palliative care across a variety of settings and patients and families facing a range of serious illnesses, and measuring system outcomes. She is the Director of the Metrics, Quality and Evaluation Core for the UW Palliative Care Center of Excellence. Other research interests focus on increasing capacity for communities to design and implement community-based participatory research projects, particularly those focusing on ameliorating health disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
She teaches two research methods courses (one on mixed methods; the other on qualitative methods) and works with graduate students in Public Health, Bioethics, Social Work and other departments across campus. Starks won the 2013 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Larkin Strong | Health Disparities Research, University of Texas
Assistant Professor, Health Disparities Research, University of Texas
Larkin Strong began her studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2002, and was a NIOSH trainee while in the program. Strong pursued an area of emphasis in Occupational Health, and worked closely with Beti Thompson to complete her dissertation, “Identifying strategies to promote adoption of pesticide safety practices in farmworkers and their families,” before graduating in 2006.
Strong then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan with the Kellogg Health Scholars program, a national postdoctoral program that emphasized skills in community-academic partnering as a meaningful approach for reducing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health. During this time,Strong worked in collaboration with community and academic partners in Detroit to develop, implement, and evaluate a neighborhood-based walking and social support program to promote healthy lifestyles among low-income residents.
At present, Larkin Strong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Disparities Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Strong’s current research aims to understand how social, cultural, and environmental influences help to shape patterns of cancer preventive behaviors in minority and underserved populations, with the ultimate objective of translating research findings into health promotion efforts that stimulate meaningful change in opportunities for and adoption of healthy lifestyles.
Strong’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and through institutional funding. She is the PI of a randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a family-focused intervention to promote healthy eating and physical activity among dyads of Latino adults in the Houston area. This work is conducted using a community-engaged research approach and involves community health workers to deliver the intervention. Strong was also the PI of a novel social network-based pilot intervention to promote physical activity and build social support in dyads of African American and Latina women. Finally, Strong was a recipient of a Mentored Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society that facilitated her training and research in the investigation of pathways linking physical and social environments to physical activity and sedentary behaviors in diverse samples of adults.
Joseph Unger | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Joseph Unger began his studies in the Health Services PhD program in 2009, and was an AHRQ trainee while in the program. Unger pursued an area of emphasis in Evaluation Sciences, and worked closely with Diane Martin to complete his dissertation, “Representativeness, generalizability, and diffusion of cancer clinical trial treatments,” before graduating in 2013. Unger was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Student award from the Doctoral Health Services program at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
At present, Unger works as an Assistant Member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC). Unger’s specialties at the FHCRC are design and analysis for quality of life, cancer prevention, symptom control, and comparative effectiveness studies for a national clinical trials consortium. Unger is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington.
Emily Williams | Health Services Ph.D. Program, University of Washington
Professor, Department of Health Systems and Population Health, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Emily C. Williams, PhD, MPH is an addictions health services and disparities researcher and an implementation scientist. She completed undergraduate training in political science at Lewis & Clark College, a master’s degree in public health law at Boston University, and graduated from the PhD program in Health Services at the University of Washington in 2009. She completed a fellowship with the Implementation Research Institute at Washington University in 2012. At UW her focus was in evaluative sciences, and her dissertation, entitled, “Addressing the spectrum of unhealthy alcohol use in health services: Implementing and informing development of effective methods of intervention,” was chaired by Tom Wickizer and her long-term mentor Katharine Bradley.
She currently holds a joint appointment as a Professor of Health Systems and Population Health at the University of Washington. She has affiliate appointments as an investigator at both the Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered Value-Driven Care at VA Puget Sound Health Services Research & Development and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Health Institute. Her research is focused on increasing access to evidence-based treatments for unhealthy alcohol and other substance use in primary care settings, as well as specialty settings serving patients with HIV and Hepatitis-C, and understanding equity in this care for vulnerable patient populations. She currently leads research focused on understanding patterns of alcohol use and care across transgender status, tailoring and testing practice facilitation to implement evidence-based alcohol-related care in hepatology clinics, and increasing access to medications for opioid use disorders in primary care.
She also holds administrative roles in education leadership—since 2018 she has served as Director of the Doctoral Program in Health Services at UW and served as the Associate Director of the program between 2015 and 2018. She also co-directed the post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at VA Puget Sound between 2018 and 2020.
Williams has served as an Associate Editor for Addiction Science & Clinical Practice since its inception as an open access journal in 2012 and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications. She serves on the board of the NIDA-funded NYU Substance Abuse Research, Education, and Treatment training program, on the Addictions Health Services Research Conference planning committee, and was the co-leader for the Behavioral Health theme for the 2018 and 2019 Academy Health Research Conference.