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Prior Education: BA in Ecomomics, National Taiwan University, MS in Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, MS in Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Interests: Cardiovascular disease epidemiology
Mentor: Robert Goldberg, PhD
Dissertation: Hospital Treatment Practices, 30-Day Hospital Readmissions, and Long-Term Prognosis in Patients Hospitalized with Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Dissertation
Post Graduation: Dr. Chen is an Assistant Professor (Research) at UTHealth.
Prior Education: MD, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; MS, Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Study design and patient safety
Mentor: Becky Briesacher, PhD
Dissertation: Comparative Effectiveness of Alendronate and Risedronate on the Risk of Non-Vertebral Fractures in Older Women: An Instrumental Variables Approach
Post Graduation: Dr. Chen is an Epidemiologist and Senior Scientist at Merck Corporation
Prior Education: BS in Biology, Hampton University; MPH, New York Medical College
Research Interests: Health disparities and international health
Mentor: Jeroan Allison, MD, MScEpi
Dissertation: "Exploring the Psychosocial and Behavioral Determinants of Medication Adherence Among African Americans with Hypertension"
Post Graduation: Dr. Cuffee is a postdoctoral fellow at New York University Medical School's Center for Health Behavioral Change
Prior Education: BA in Sociology and Psychology, Trinity College and an MSW in Casework and Groupwork, Boston University School of Social Work
Research Interests: Biopsychosocial determinants of health and mental health, and in clinical interventions and public health efforts to address health disparities, health care access, health literacy, and improved health outcomes in this population
Mentor: Eric Mick ScD
Dissertation: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Screen Time, Physical Activity, and Diet Quality
Post Graduation: Associate Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. Within the Shriver Center, Dr. Curtin is the Director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs.
Dr. Curtin is currently a Research Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also a Lecturer in Pediatrics at the Tufts University School of Medicine and an Instructor at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.
Prior Education: MD, Anhui Medical University of China; MPH, Shanghai Medical University
Research Interests: Quantitative risk analysis and risk reduction interventions, clinical drug trials
Mentor: Terry Field, PhD
Dissertation: Bone Health and Coronary Heart Disease in Postmenopausal Women with Breast Cancer Treated with Tamoxifen
Post Graduation: Dr. Ding holds joint appointments as a Commissioner's Fellow at the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and an epidemiologist at National Center for Food Safety and Technology, Division of Food Processing Science and Technology
Prior Education: BA in Economics, Swarthmore College; MS in Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health
Research Interests: patient-reported outcomes measurement
Mentor: John Ware, PhD
Dissertation: "Psychometric Evaluation of Joint-Specific Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Before and After Total Knee Replacement"
Post Graduation: Dr. Gandek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Director of Research at John Ware Research Group
Prior Education: AS in Culinary Arts & BS in Clinical Nutrition, Johnson and Wales; MS in Nutrition and Public Health & Med in Community Nutrition, Columbia University
Thesis Advisor: Lori Pbert, PhD
Dissertation: The Effect of Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load on Glucose Control, Lipid Profiles and Anthropometrics among Low-Income Latinos with Type 2 Diabetes
Post Graduation: Dr. Gellar is a tenure-track assistant professor position in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Tennessee
Prior Education: BS in Health Sciences, Northeastern University; MPH, University of Connecticut
Research Interests: epidemiological methods and cognition in aging
Mentor: Jane Saczynski, PhD
Dissertation: "Cognitive Status and Initiation of Lifestyle Changes Following Acute Coronary Syndrome"
Post Graduation: Dr. Hajduk is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Training Program in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology & Aging-Related Research at the Yale University School of Medicine
Prior Education: BS in Technical Communications (Biomedical Sciences Concentration), Northeastern University; MPH, Umass Amherst
Research Interests: health services and outcomes research
Mentor: Arlene Ash, PhD
Dissertation: "Outpatient Emergency Department Utilization: Measurement and Prediction"
Post Graduation: Dr. Lines is a Health Services Researcher, RTI International and Instructor, Quantitative Health Sciences, UMassMed
Prior Education: BS in Special Education, Boston University; MPH, University of New Hampshire
Research Interests: Patient safety improvement and medical error prevention
Mentor: Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH
Dissertation: Early Detection and Treatment of Acute Clinical Decline in Hospitalized Patients: An Observational Study of ICU Transfers and an Assessment of the Effectiveness of a Rapid Response Program
Post Graduation: Dr. Lord holds joint appointments as a Patient Safety Consultant at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and a Patient Engagement Consultant at the Foundation for Healthy Communities New Hampshire
Prior Education: AB in Community Health, Brown University and MPH in Sociomedical Sciences - Aging and Public Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Research Interests: long-term care, cancer-related symptom management among older adults, person-centered care, pharmacoepidemiology
Mentor: Kate Lapane, PhD
Dissertation: Use of Opioids for Pain Management in Nursing Homes
Post Graduation: Dr. Pimentel is a postdoctoral fellow in the Prevention and Control of Cancer: Training in Implementation Science (PRACCTIS) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is based at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) at the Bedford VA Medical Center.
Prior Education: BA Colgate University, MPH (International Health) Boston University School of Public Health
Research Interests: Improving healthcare, policy
Dissertation: A Population-Based Epidemiological Description of Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Predictors of Severity Among Hospitalized H1N1 Cases in Massachusetts
Post Graduation: Dr. Placzek is a Senior Analyst in health outcomes for WellPoint, Blue Cross Blue Shield Division of Clinical Research
Prior Education: BS (Magna Cum Laude) in Biology, Rider University; MPH, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Public Health
Research Interests: mental health in the context of chronic physical disease
Mentor: George Reed, PhD
Dissertation: "Depression in Rheumatoid Arthritis and an Estimation of the Bi-Directional Association of Depression and Disease Burden"
Post Graduation: Dr. Rathbun is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Epidemiology of Aging Training Program at the University of Maryland School Medicine
Prior Education: BS in International Studies with a concentration in Biochemistry, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Research Interests: addiction, health disparities, policy driven research, advocacy, and the dissemination of relevant translational research abroad
Mentor: Joseph DiFranza, MD
Dissertation: "Developing Three New Pathophysiologically Based Measures of Nicotine Dependence: A Dissertation"
Post Graduation: Dr. Ursprung is a Deputy Director in the Office of Statistics and Evaluation at the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA
Prior Education: BA in Zoology, Miami University, and an MPH in Epidemiology, Boston University
Research Interests: Reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, treatment of chronic illnesses during pregnancy, neurodevelopmental disorders of children, and causal inference and epidemiologic methods
Mentor: Jean Frazier, MD
Dissertation: Causal Inference Methods for Assessing Neurodevelopment in Children Following Prenatal Exposure to Triptan Medications
Post Graduation: Dr. Wood is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo in Norway. She spends about 5 months of the year in Oslo, and the remaining time at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her work is on safety and efficacy of medication use during pregnancy. Dr. Wood also does methodologic work related to causal inference, measurement error, and unmeasured confounding.
Prior Education: Degree in clinical medicine from Jilin University, China; MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Research Interests: nutritional epidemiology and women’s health with a focus on psychosocial and behavioral factors leading to weight management during pregnancy and postpartum
Mentor: Molly Waring, PhD
Dissertation: Diet Quality And Evening Snacking In Relation To Sleep Duration And Quality Among Women With Young Children
Post Graduation: Dr. Xiao is a research scientist at PatientsLikeMe. Prior to this position, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health examining the impact of psychosocial factors on chronic health conditions.