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University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty and Staff

  • Jeroan Allison

    Jeroan Allison, MD, MscEpi


    Dr. Allison is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he also serves as Associate Vice Provost for Health Disparities Research. His research focuses on implementation science with an emphasis on eliminating racial/ethnic disparities, and perinatal mental health. He has a twenty-year history of sustained funding from several extra-mural sources, including the NIH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  • Melissa L. Anderson

    Melissa L. Anderson, PhD, MSCI


    Melissa L. Anderson, Ph.D. is a hearing psychologist and clinical researcher in the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC), Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School. She completed her graduate work at Gallaudet University, where she studied intimate partner violence and trauma in the Deaf community. At UMass, Melissa directs theDeafYES! Center for Deaf Empowerment and Recovery, where she provides individual therapy to Deaf clients recovering from trauma and addiction and conducts research on adapting evidence-based practices and research methods to be more accessible and engaging for Deaf sign language users. Melissa and colleagues were recently awarded pilot funding from the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science to develop and test the first American Sign Language measure to screen for depression among Deaf perinatal women.

  • Arlene Ash

    Arlene Ash, PhD


    Dr. Ash is Professor and Division Chief for Biostatistics and Health Services Research in the Department of Quantitative Health Services at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is an internationally recognized methods expert in health services research and pioneer of tools for using administrative data to monitor and manage health care delivery systems, including those now used by the US Medicare program. Her research reflects long-standing interests in women’s health; gender, age, and racial disparities; and quality, equity, and efficiency in health care financing and delivery.

  • Mary Beauregard

    Mary Beauregard, BS

    Mary Beauregard is an Administrative Assistant II supporting Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd and the Lifeline4Moms Center. She has assisted in a variety of administrative initiatives in educational, hospital, and home health care settings as well as the private sector. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Fitchburg State College and an Associate Degree in Executive Office Administration from Mount Wachusett Community College.

  • Josephine Boateng

    Josephine Boateng, BS

    Ms. Boateng is a Research Coordinator I for Lifeline4Moms’ consultative services, its network of perinatal services, and serves in other aspects of the organization such as in the PRISM study. She has experience working in the behavioral and mental health field, specifically with children diagnosed with Autism and family systems work, prior to her role at Lifeline4Moms. Ms. Boateng continues her education and hopes to acquire a Master in Public health with a concentration in Global Health. Her research interest include: Perinatal mental health, Community-based health promotion, Health equity in populations of color, childhood trauma in family systems, mental health access, Infant and maternal health, global health, determinants of health in populations of color, and women’s health.

  • Linda Brenckle

    Linda Brenckle, MS, RD, PMP


    Ms. Brenckle is the Research Project Director for the Program In Support of Moms (PRISM) research study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She has also been a Clinical Engagement Specialist for the Provider-Based Sampling study and a Program Director for the Parental Mental Health study, both sub-studies of the NIH-funded National Children’s Study. Her research interests include maternal and child health and community-based intervention research.

  • Robin Clark

    Robin Clark, PhD


    Dr. Clark is Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a faculty member in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He specializes in the economic evaluation of health care interventions and policies. His current work focuses on efforts to manage costs and improve the quality and effectiveness of care, with a particular focus on high-cost underserved populations.

  • Sarah L. Goff

    Sarah L. Goff, MD


    Dr. Goff is dual boarded pediatrician-internist and health services researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. Her research centers on maternal-child health care quality, and emphasizes health care disparities, shared decision-making, and translation of evidence-based guidelines into practice. Dr. Goff uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to address issues of health care quality for women and children, and is interdisciplinary in her collaborations with natural and social scientists as well as community partners.

  • Robyn Leonard

    Robyn Leonard, BS

    Ms. Leonard is an Administrative Assistant II supporting Dr. Nancy Byatt and the Lifeline4Moms Center. Robyn has been employed by University of Massachusetts Medical School since 2004. She previously held positions as a Project Coordinator in Property Management, an Administrative Assistant II in Space Management & Planning and as a Development Assistant for the UMass Memorial Foundation. Robyn holds Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Nichols College and an Associate Degree in Business from Endicott College.

  • Dee Logan

    Dee Logan, BA

    Ms. Logan is Project Associate is a Project Associate for Lifeline4Moms and Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) at UMass Medical School. She supports Lifeline4Moms knowledge translation, dissemination, and utilization activities. Ms. Logan has led the knowledge translation (KT) activities including printed materials, video production, social media, webinars, and e-newsletters/e-blasts for iSPARC for the past 7 years. She is a Co-Director for iSPARC’s Stakeholder Engagement Program whose mission is to lead the mental health research community and beyond in working in partnership with individuals with lived mental health experience, their families, and the agencies that serve them.

  • Melissa Maslin

    Melissa Maslin, MEd

    Ms. Maslin is the Project Director for Lifeline4Moms’ consultative services and its Network of Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs. She brings several years of research-related project management and leadership experience to her role. Prior to joining Lifeline4Moms, she was a Research Project Director at the E.K. Shriver Center at UMass Medical School, where she coordinated and directed several research projects focused on health promotion in youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Elizabeth Peacock-Chambers

    Elizabeth Peacock-Chambers, MD

    Dr. Peacock-Chambers is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Baystate Campus. Her research takes a multidisciplinary community-engaged approach to the development of home-based parenting programs for postpartum women in recovery from substance use disorder. She is currently studying the integration of an intervention, "Parenting from the Inside Out," developed by Dr. Nancy Suchman at Yale, which has been shown to improve parent-infant interaction and reduce the risk of relapse in mothers. She uses qualitative and quantitative methods to explore engagement in services among this population.

  • Sharina Person

    Sharina Person, PhD


    Dr. Sharina Person is an Associate Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She has extensive experience in research grant development, all aspects of statistical analysis, as well as study design and analysis particularly in large-scale collaborative research studies. During her career she has developed a research interest in health equity and examining the health status of immigrant and non-US populations.

  • Padma Sankaran

    Padma Sankaran, MA


    Ms. Sankaran is a Research Coordinator II at the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her research interests include clinical and community based mental health, ethics and regulatory affairs, and alternative therapeutic interventions. Ms. Sankaran is part of the PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM) study team, a CDC-funded cluster randomized controlled trial exploring collaborative care strategies to best support obstetric providers and perinatal women around issues of maternal mental health.