Faculty, Certificate Program in Integrated Care Management

 

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Course Director

Alexa Connell, Ph.D. - Ali is the Assistant Director of the Center for Integrated Primary Care. She is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine. A graduate of our fellowship inClinical Health Psychology in Primary Care, she completed her undergraduate studies at Clark University in Worcester MA and earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Duke University is Durham, NC. Her pre-doctoral internship in Behavioral Health was completed at the Medical University of South Carolina. Ali’s research and clinical interests include the interaction of depression with obesity and obesity related illnesses, as well as the use of mindfulness and acceptance based strategies for chronic pain.

Blount photo Alexander Blount, EdD – Sandy is the Director of the Certificate Program. He is a psychologist and Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Director of Behavioral Science in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He is the Editor of Families, Systems, and Health, the official Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a national organization dedicated to promoting collaborative care between medical providers and behavioral health clinicians and past President of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.
 Boucher photo Mary Boucher, MD - graduated in 2011 from UMass Medical School and earned her BS in Biochemistry at Simmons College in 2006. Raised in Tyngsboro, MA, Marcy has served as a co-coordinator of the UMass FMIG and as a Committee member for the MA Medical Society. Her personal interests include skiing and golfing.
 Broadhurst photo James Broadhurst, M.D. – Jay is the Associate Residency Director at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester Family Medicine Residency Program. He is also a Sports Medicine Physician serving as the team physician, in the Department of Athletics at the College of the Holy Cross.
  Nelly Burdette, PsyD -  Nelly is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Integrated Care at the Providence Center in Providence, RI. Her clinical interests specific to the primary care population include the following: patient-doctor communication, motivational interviewing for health-behavior change, smoking cessation, healthy weight maintenance and weight loss, female reproductive issues and chronic health issues in the elderly. 
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Stephanie Carter-Henry, MD, MS--Education Director, Hahnemann Family Health Center
Assistant Professor
Commonwealth Honors College at University of Massachusetts-Amherst (BS, 2003) (MS, 2004)
Family Medicine Residency: UMass Worcester Family Medicine Residency, 2011
Areas of Interest and Research: Dr. Carter-Henry's academic interests are in curriculum development, graduate medical education in maternal health, and medical student specialty choice. Her clinical interests include family centered maternity care, behavioral and mental health, and group prenatal care. 

 

Caroline L. Cranos, MPHis aConsultant with University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.  She has consulted on numerous NIH, CDC and privately-funded public health grants to promote cancer screening and informed decision-making among diverse patient populations and self-management behaviors among chronically ill patients.  Projects include evaluation studies of colorectal cancer education materials and a prostate cancer decision aid, development and implementation of reminder systems for patients overdue for routine cancer and health screenings, coordination of a project working with stakeholders to develop evidence-based guidelines for lung and prostate cancer screening, a pilot project encouraging self-management of health behaviors among patients with heart failure, and interventions to encourage breast cancer screening among at-risk or resistant patient populations.

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Joseph DiFranza, MD, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health is a recognized national expert on adolescent tobacco utilization. Since 1980, Dr. DiFranza has been conducting research on the topic of tobacco. His research covers a range of tobacco-related topics including the onset of nicotine dependence, the effects of tobacco advertising, tobacco industry public relations programs, tobacco-related complications of pregnancy, school smoking cessation programs, and the effects of environmental tobacco smoke. Dr. DiFranza is recognized nationally for his contribution to the efforts to prevent the illegal sale of tobacco to children.

 Garcia photo Erik Garcia, MD - Erik is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Medical Director of the Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Project in Worcester.
  Denise Jolicoeur, MPH, CHES - Denise is a program director in Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she teaches and manages the internationally recognized UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) training program. She joined the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers in 2008 and is trained in the use of the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) Coding System. Denise conducts training in motivational interviewing with a variety of participants including tobacco treatment specialists and Head Start staff. She holds a BA in Social and Rehabilitation Services, a Master of Public Health degree and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
   

K.Ahmed Hussain, MD, - Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, received his medical training at Kasturba Medical College in Managlore, India and served his residency at Indiana University.  In 2013 he completed a Masters program in Healthcare Delivery Science at Dartmouth College, a joint effort of the Tuck Business School and the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice Medicine. He has been recognized for his outstanding teaching of residents at Indiana University.

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Alice LeBlanc, RN received her nursing degree from Fitchburg State College and works as a Clinical Care Manager at the University of Massachusetts Barre Family Medical Center.  There she is focused on the multidimensional needs of its high risk population completing bio-psychosocial  assessments and creating a collaborative care plans of patients’ needs, concentrating on patient strengths and primary care physician concerns.

   

Justine Rovezzi, RN, BSN—Justine pursued her nursing studies at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA.  She currently works for Community Healthlink in Worcester MA as a Wellness nurse care manager for Adult populations with a specialty in substance abuse/mental illness

  Christine Runyan, PhD – Tina is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Family and Community Medicine where she practices integrated care and teachesfamily medicine residents to work collaboratively delivering patient centered primary care. Dr. Runyan also directs the APA-accredited post-doctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology in primary care. She spent six years on active duty in the US Air Force (USAF) as a psychologist where she served as the project manager for the USAF Surgeon General’s initiative that defined integrated care services for the Air Force Medical Service. Since leaving the USAF, Dr. Runyan has been a behavioral health clinician at two Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Dr. Runyan received her PhD from Virginia Tech in 1998.