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Allison Kempe, MD, MPH​Allison Kempe, MD

Director, ACCORDS

Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine​ 

Director of SCORE (Surgical/subspecialists Clinical Outcomes REsearch) Fellowship

Dr. Kempe is the Director for ACCORDS.  She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Colorado School of Medicine and did her residency at the Strong Memorial Hospital at University of Rochester.  She then did a Robert Wood Johnson General Pediatrics Academic Development Fellowship at the University of Rochester, where she received a Master of Public Health degree. She has been a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver since 1992 where she is now a tenured Professor of Pediatrics.  Dr. Kempe has been involved in fellowship training and mentorship of junior faculty for twenty years and currently directs the SCORE Fellowship which trains surgeons and subspecialists to conduct outcomes research. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.1174


​Larry Allen, MD, MHS​allen_larry_11_10.jpg

Co-Director, ACCORDS Colorado Program for Patient-Centered Decisions

Associate Professor, Medicine

Associate Division Head for Clinical Affairs, Cardiology

Medical Director, Advanced Heart Failure

Dr. Larry Allen spends his clinical time as Associate Division Head for Clinical Affairs in Cardiology and Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure at the University of Colorado. The other half of his time, he does research with the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions at ACCORDS. Dr. Allen’s interests include improving our ability to anticipate progression into end-stage heart failure and then helping patients make tough choices regarding invasive therapies and palliative care options. Dr. Allen is currently the principal investigator for a PCORI-funded multicenter trial of decision support for patients and their caregivers offered a left ventricular assist device (the DECIDE-LVAD trial) as well as an American Heart Association Network Award investigating tools to increase patient engagement around heart failure medication prescribing (the EPIC-HF trial). Meanwhile, Dr. Allen keeps himself grounded by regularly seeing patients with heart failure, LVADs, and transplants, and is consistently voted as one of Denver’s “Top Doctors” in 5280 Magazine.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.7429

Mandy Allison, MEd, MD, MSPHAllison.jpg

Co-Director;  ACCORDS Primary Care Research Fellowship

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Allison graduated from Williams College then moved to Mississippi where she taught 9th grade Biology and earned her Master in Education. Mandy completed her medical school training at the University of Utah and continued there to complete her residency in Pediatrics. She then completed a Primary Care Research fellowship and MSPH at the University of Colorado. She returned to the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics from 2006 to 2012 where her clinical time was spent serving mainly low-income Latino patients and she continued to develop her research career with an emphasis on immunization delivery and school health. ​

Contact: Email | 303.724.7450

Juliana Barnard, MA Juli Barnard

Lead Qualitative Analyst, Project Manager, ACCORDS Qualitative Core

Lead, Qualitative Research in Practice

Instructor, General Academic Pediatrics

Juliana Barnard is the lead for Qualitative Research in Practice in the Qualitative Methods Core for ACCORDS and the lead qualitative and mixed methods methodologist for the ROCS Center​. Ms. Barnard is an Instructor in General Academic Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU AMC).  She earned her Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma in 1994.  Ms. Barnard has 20+ years of experience conducting qualitative and mixed methods research in environmental and occupational health sciences (at National Jewish Health) and in health services and outcomes research (at CU AMC).  She has extensive experience designing, conducting, and presenting qualitative or mixed methods studies and has several years of experience teaching and mentoring clinician scientists on qualitative research methods.​

Contact: Email | 303.724.0112​

Brenda Beaty, MSPH​​Brenda Beatty

Analyst lead, ACCORDS Analytica​l Core

Data Analyst

Ms. Beaty manages the efforts of the ACCORDS analytic team as well as performing data analysis on a number of projects. She has been a SAS Certified Base Programmer since 2003 and has been involved with SAS Users Groups at the local, regional and national levels. She works with projects involving both pediatric and adult health outcomes.  

Contact: Email303.724.1076


Tell Bennett, M​​D, MSTell Bennett 2.jpg

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Tell received his BA from Rice University and his MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed Pediatrics residency and PICU fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington and a MS in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Before joining the University of Colorado School of Medicine and ACCORDS in 2014, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Hospital for 5 years. His research interests include critical care therapies and outcomes, trauma and traumatic brain injury (TBI), computational reproducibility, and data sharing. He is currently funded by NICHD to study the effectiveness of intracranial pressure monitoring in children with severe TBI. He serves as the co-director of the Analytics core for the CU Data Science to Patient Value (D2V) program.

Contact: Email ​303.724.8661


Patty Braun, MD, MPH, FAAPPatty Braun

Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, Univers​ity of Colorado School of Medicine

Patty Braun, MD, MPH, FAAP is a Professor of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Public Health and Dental Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine, Colorado School of Public Health, and University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.  She is a practicing pediatrician at Denver Health and Hospital (a large federally-qualified health center) and an oral health disparity researcher at the University of Colorado Center for Native Oral Health Research and Adult and Children’s Consortium for Research and Dissemination Science.

Dr. Braun’s professional interest focuses on reducing oral health disparities through innovative care-delivery models outside of the traditional dental office. This work includes a NIH-funded, large cluster-randomized trial of an oral health promotion intervention in Head Start classrooms across Navajo Nation, and pragmatic trials increasing access to oral health services in medical offices both by engaging medical providers in the provision of these services and integrating dental hygienists onto medical care teams in the primary care medical setting.  Dr. Braun is also currently a Santa Fe Group Senior Founders Fellow and serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Oral Health Executive Committee.

Dr. Braun is a Colorado native, received her BA in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado Medical School, completed her pediatric residency at Yale University and received her MPH at the Colorado School of Public Health.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.6272


Assistant Professor, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Mark Brittan is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. He received his BA from Yale University and his MD from the Chicago Medical School. He completed pediatric residency at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2003 and then joined Children’s Hospital in Colorado as a pediatric hospitalist and urgent care clinician. In 2011, he completed the Primary Care Research Fellowship and obtained his MPH in public health at the University of Colorado. He has received funding via the Children’s Hospital Research Scholar Award to pursue research in his area of interest. His research interests focus on improving transitions of care and reducing readmissions in hospitalized children, particularly in those with medical complexity and complex care plans.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.5483


Maya Bunik, MD Maya Bunik

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Medical Director; Child Health Clinic

Dr. Maya Bunik is a Professor of Pediatrics at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and medical director of primary care at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Bunik received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis in 1988. She completed a residency, including a chief residency, in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver and The Children's Hospital in 1992. She was Clinical Assistant Professor UCSF working at Children's Hospital in Oakland for over 10 years. She returned to Colorado to complete the primary care research fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver including MPSH 2003-2005. Maya has published studies on quality improvement with outpatient asthma, developmental screening, second hand smoke and breastfeeding support in low-income Latinas. Her work on combination feeding in Latinas ‘los dos’ was cited in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding, January 2011.  Her book, Breastfeeding Telephone Triage and Advice, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is now in its second edition and was distributed to US hospitals as part of the WHO Baby Friendly Health Initiative.  The Trifecta Approach combining medical provider, lactation consultant and psychologist as holistic model for breastfeeding evaluation was published in Journal of Human Lactation and has been well-received as an innovation. 

Contact: Email | 303.724.5546

Director of Public Health Informatics, Epidemiology, and Preparedness (Denver Public Health)

Senior Investigator and Co-Director Primary Care Fellowship and PCOR Scholars Training Program

Art Davidson is a  graduate of State University of New York Brockport (chemistry) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was a resident in family medicine at the University of Colorado, where he also received an MSPH (epidemiology) in 1988.  He has practiced family medicine and public health at Denver Health since 1982. With University of Colorado appointments in the School of Public Health (Biostatistics and Informatics) and Medicine (Family Medicine), he has been a Primary Care Research Fellowship co-director since the 1990’s.  

Contact: Email | 303.724.9946


Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPHAmanda Dempsey.JPG

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Dempsey graduated from the University of Rochester in New York in 1991 and earned her MD and a PhD degree in Cell Biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2000. Amanda completed her residency at Seattle Children’s/University of Washington in 2003 and a Masters of Public Health at the same university in 2005. Before Amanda began her career in January 2012 with University of Colorado as the Associate Professor of Pediatrics, she held the positions of Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan from 2006-2011 and Acting Instructor for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington from 2003-2006.  Amanda’s interests include Immunization Delivery, vaccine refusal, human papillomavirus infection and mathematical modeling. Her clinical interests include sick and well general pediatrics, well newborn care and pediatric dermatology. She has been involved in health services research since 2003. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.6679

Senior Biostatistician

​Diane Received her doctoral degree in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina and has held appointments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, AMC Cancer Research Center and the University of Colorado Denver. She is a past President of the International Society for Quality of Life Research and has over 200 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Fairclough's primary research interest is Quality of Life, outcomes in palliative/hospice care, and psychosocial sequelae of cancer and its therapy in pediatric and adult patients. ​

Contact: Email | 303.724.1168

James A. Feinstein, MD, MPH Feinstein.jpg

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Attending Physician; Children's Hospital Colorado Special Care Clinic & Child Health Clinic

Dr. James Feinstein is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a pediatrician who specializes in the outpatient care of children with special healthcare needs and complex chronic conditions (CCCs). Dr. Feinstein is a fellowship-trained health services researcher and has expertise with observational study design, large data analytic methods, secondary data analysis, and statistical programming. Dr. Feinstein has begun assembling a research portfolio focused on outpatient medication safety and management for pediatric patients, specifically regarding children with CCCs. Dr. Feinstein’s long-term career goals are to improve medication safety and health outcomes for children with polypharmacy, with a focus on implementing and evaluating technology-based strategies to improve signal detection of adverse drug events in children with CCCs. Dr. Feinstein graduated from Dartmouth College in 2001 and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2007. He completed his pediatrics internship at Seattle Children’s Hospital, residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and general academic pediatrics fellowship at the University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado. ​

Contact: Email | 303.724.9769


David Fox, MDFoxDavid.jpg

Pediatrics Investigator

Dr. Fox received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ in 1996 and completed his residency and chief residency at the Children’s Hospital of New York.  For the next five years he served as the Director of Pediatric Inpatient Medicine at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx, NY.  While there, he helped to start a new pediatric residency at St. Barnabas, and served as an Associate Residency Director for three years.  After moving to Colorado in 2006 and working as a hospitalist and ambulatory pediatrician, he began a Primary Care Research fellowship.  His research interests include regional variation in pediatric care, the utilization of pediatric decision aids and fundoplication in the special needs population.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.5083


Russell E. Glasgow, PhDglasgow-photo preferred.jpg

Director, ​Investigator, ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Program

Dr. Glasgow is Director of the Dissemination and Implementation Program of ACCORDS and research professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to Fall 2013, he was Deputy Director for Implementation Science in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science at the U. S. National Cancer Institute ( Dr. Glasgow is an implementation scientist and evaluation expert who has worked on many transdisciplinary research issues including chronic illness self-management, worksite health promotion, primary care based interventions, and community-based prevention programs involving community health centers. ​

Contact: Email303.807.9079

Karl Hammermeister, MDKarl Hammermeister

Investigator of Cardiology

Emeritus Professor

Dr. Hammermeister received his undergraduate and medical school education, as well as most of his postgraduate training, at the University of Washington in Seattle. He retired from the VA in July 2004 following 34 years of service as a cardiologist. He continues to hold an appointment of Professor of Medicine and continues his long-time research interest in measuring and improving the quality of care as part-time investigator at ACCORDS.​

Contact: Email | 303.724.0164

Bill Henderson, PhDWilliam Henderson

Investigator - Biostatistics, University of Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Henderson received his BA degree in mathematics from Pomona College, Claremont, California, in 1965, and his Masters of Public Health and PhD degrees in biostatistics from the University of Michigan in 1967 and 1970.  From 1970-71, he served as a mathematical statistician at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, and from 1971-76, he was a biostatistics faculty member at the University of Iowa.  From 1976 to 2002, Dr. Henderson was Director of the Hines, IL, VA Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center, where he supervised the design, implementation, conduct, and analysis of over 40 multicenter clinical trials in the VA healthcare system.  He was founding senior biostatistician for the VA National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP).  In 2002, Dr. Henderson moved to Colorado and took a research position at COHO/ACCORDS.  At CU, Dr. Henderson has participated in the Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Program (CAIANH), and is Co-Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Applied Research (SOAR) program, a collaboration between ACCORDS and the Department of Surgery.  Between 1999 and 2010, Dr. Henderson  worked closely with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to offer the NSQIP program to non-VA hospitals.  Dr. Henderson also helped establish and served as a faculty member for clinical trial courses taught for many years in the VA and to surgeons throughout the country sponsored by the ACS.​

Contact: Email | 303.724.1165


Jodi Summers Holtrop, PhD, MCHES​Headshot - Jodi Holtrop.jpg

Senior Implementation Scientist, ACCORDS and Center on Aging

Associate Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Holtrop is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Research at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine and Senior Implementation Scientist with the Adult and Child Consortium for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) and the Center on Aging at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She has extensive experience as an implementation scientist, qualitative and mixed methods researcher, health educator and practice-based research director. She has participated in primary care research for over 20 years which includes serving as a Principal Investigator on NIH, AHRQ, and foundation grants. Methodologically, she has expertise in the use of qualitative and mixed methods to inform research questions and is skilled in utilizing theoretical models as a lens in which one can understand how implementation works and to produce generalizable findings regarding the how, why, who and what of interventions. Dr. Holtrop has directed large studies with extensive qualitative components incorporating both theoretical models as a guide as well as grounded theoretical approaches and is skilled in facilitating focus groups, depth and cognitive task analysis interviews, analyzing qualitative data utilizing atlas.ti, developing logic models and conducting analysis using qualitative comparative analysis. A large focus of her recent work has been studying the implementation of care management and the use of ancillary personnel to improve the prevention and management of chronic disease in primary care. Finally, she I a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) with expertise in patient education and health behavior change, including motivational interviewing, which are applied to intervention development in programs and approaches in a variety of settings.

Contact: Email ​| 303.724.0382

Amy Huebschmann, MD, MS, FACP​Headshot - Amy Huebchmann.jpg

Associate Professor, Clinician-Investigator, Division of General Internal Medicine

Chair, Society of Behavioral Medicine Education, Training, and Career Development Council

Lead Scientist, Community Education and Outreach, University of Colorado Center for Women’s Health Research

Dr. Huebschmann began her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BS in Environmental Engineering. She earned her medical degree in 2000 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Continuing her education, most recently she earned an MS in Clinical Sciences in 2015 at the University of Colorado.​ Dr. Huebschmann is an Associate Professor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine with the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Women’s Health Research.  She is funded by a K23 career development award from the National Heart Lung Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and was previously funded by a KL2 award from the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her overarching research goal is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes by overcoming barriers to physical activity and by optimally controlling other cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension. To achieve this overarching goal, Dr. Huebschmann seeks to work with clinics and communities to implement evidence-based programs to promote physical activity for people with type 2 diabetes.  

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.2268

Laura Hurley MD, MPHLaura Hurley MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Hurley received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico in 1997 and completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Colorado.  She worked as a hospitalist for two years, both in Colorado and New Mexico, before joining Denver Health's medical staff in 2004 as a primary care physician.  She completed a HRSA Faculty Development Fellowship in 2008 during which time she completed her Masters in Public Health.  She has been involved in research related to adult immunization since 2005 when she began working on the Vaccine Policy Collaborative Initiative with Dr. Kempe.  Her other research interests include cardiovascular health disparities and healthcare for undocumented individuals.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine.  She is a member of the American College of Physicians as well as the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.9732

Kristin Jensen, MD, MScKristin Jensen.JPG 

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Jensen joined ACCORDS in August of 2011 and is currently working at the University of Colorado as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.  Kristin received her BA in History from Duke University in 2000 and graduated from Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine in 2005.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan from 2005-2009.  Kristin stayed at the University of Michigan as a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program from 2009-2011 through which she received her Master’s degree in Health and Health Care Research in 2010.  Kristin’s interests focus primarily on improving the care of patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they age, for which she has been focusing her research on the Down syndrome population.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.6558

Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, PhDElizabeth Juarez-Colunga 3.jpg

Co-Director, ACCORDS Biostatistics and Analytics Core

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, University of Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Juarez-Colunga is an assistant professor in the Colorado School of Public Health. She received her BS in Applied Mathematics and MSc in Statistics in Mexico, and her doctoral degree in Statistics from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Elizabeth’s areas of expertise and interest include: (i) analysis of data with dependencies at different levels including longitudinal and clustered data, which builds upon generalized linear and nonlinear mixed models, (ii) analysis of repeated events data such as pulmonary exacerbations, which evolve as extension of survival analysis methods, (iii) joint modeling of multiple outcomes, and (iv) analysis of observational data. She has been involved in the design and analysis of several health outcomes research studies, including for instance, the The Scalable Architecture for Federated Translational Inquiries Network (SAFTINet) project, a pragmatic trial to assist weight loss in a low-income population, and several observational studies in surgical outcomes. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.6971

Bethany M. Kwan, PhD, MSPHBethany Kwan

Director, ACCORDS Education Program

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Kwan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder (2010), a MS in Public Health from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2005), and a BS in Chemistry and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University (2001). She is a social/health psychologist with research interests in health behavior change in primary care settings. 

Contact: Email | 303.724.5153

Director, ACCORDS Research in Outcomes for Children's Surgery Center

Dr. McLeod is a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, with a faculty appointment in the University of Colorado Adult and Child Consortium on Health Outcomes and Delivery Sciences (ACCORDS). She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Following residency she received a Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Biostatistics and Epidemiology. 

Dr. McLeod’s research focus is comparative effectiveness and outcomes research in inpatient surgical care. She is currently Principal Investigator on an AHRQ PCOR K99/R00 multi-center study of surgical site infection prevention and systems barriers to effective care in children undergoing spinal fusion surgery. She has had numerous publications and invited presentations related to spine surgery research for both general pediatric and surgical audiences, and serves as chair of the research committee for the multi-disciplinary AAP surgical comanagement sub-committee.​

Contact: Email | 303.724.####

Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH Elaine Morrato

Senior Investigator, ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Program

Director, Pragmatic Trials and Dissemination/Implementation Science Research, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTSI)

Associate Professor of Health Systems, Management and Policy

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice

Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Morrato is an Associate Professor in Health Systems, Management and Policy at the Colorado School of Public Health with secondary appointments in Pediatrics and Clinical Pharmacy. She has over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical outcomes research, including leadership of prescription and OTC drug development and commercialization programs at Procter & Gamble. Trained as an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University and board certified in public health, Dr. Morrato’s research focuses on the clinical translation of medical innovation and policy, with a particular emphasis on drug safety and risk management.

Contact: Email | 303.724.1535

Director, ACCORDS mHealth Core

Assistant Director, Center for Health Systems Research, Denver Health 

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Moore received her BS in biological sciences from the University of New Orleans, her MSPH from the Colorado School of Public Health, and completed her doctorate in health and behavioral sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to her research career, Dr. Moore worked in information technology (IT) for ten years, focusing primarily on implementation and support for software systems and technical education, training, and evaluation.  Her ongoing research interests include consumer health informatics, clinical decision support, the application of mixed methods to health systems research, and the use of mobile health technology to deliver patient-centered care. ​

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.9922

Megan Morris, Ph​D, MPH​Moore_website1.jpg

Director, ACCORDS Qualitative Core

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Morris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. She earned her BS in Communication Disorders from Boston University, a MS in Speech-Language Pathology, a MPH with a Health Policy and Systems Concentration, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Morris serves as a qualitative methodological expert on multiple health services research studies. She has worked across a multitude of clinical areas and is particularly interested in employing qualitative methodologies and methods to engage key stakeholders in identifying and addressing disparities in care experienced by vulnerable populations. In her own research, she aims to identify and address provider- and organization-level factors that contribute to healthcare disparities experienced by patients with disabilities.

Contact: Email | 303.724.3535

Don Nease Jr., MDDon Nease, Jr.jpg

Director, ACCORDS​ Practice Based Research​ and COmmunity Engagement

Green-Edelman Chair for Practice-Based Research

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Dept. of Family Medicine

Director of Community Engagement & Research, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Director, State Networks of Colorado Ambulatory Practices & Partners

President, International Balint Federation

Don Nease is the Vice Chair for Research in Family Medicine, and Director of the Community Engagement and Research for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Dr. Nease’s work is dedicated to improving health from the level of individual doctor-patient interactions to community and population-based interventions.  His research is conducted largely within communities and their primary care practices, most notably in the areas of Chronic Illness and Systems Change.  Don received both his B.A. and M.D. degrees at the University of Kansas. He did his Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina/Department of Family Medicine and a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina. ​

Contact: Email | 303.724.6270

Sean O'Leary, MD, MPHSean O'Leary, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine​

Dr. O'Leary is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado.  He received a BA in Environmental Studies from Brown University in 1991 and graduated from University of Texas Houston Medical School in 1996.  After completing pediatric residency at The Children's Hospital in Denver in 1999, he moved to Fort Collins where he practiced as a general pediatrician for 8 years. Dr. O’Leary is the director of the Colorado Children’s Outcomes Network (COCONet), Colorado’s pediatric practice-based research network. His research focuses on identifying barriers to vaccination and developing and testing interventions to address those barriers. He serves as the liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He is also on the AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee). He serves as a co-chair of the Policy Committee for the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) and co-chair of the Immunization Committee for the Colorado Chapter of the AAP.

Contact: Email | 303.724.1582

Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics


Dr. John Rice is an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics in the Colorado School of Public Health. He received his MSPH in Biostatistics from Emory University in 2010, and his PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan in 2015, where his dissertation focused on statistical methods for cancer research. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester in 2017, where he worked in the areas of HIV testing behavior and cardiovascular outcomes, prior to joining the faculty at UC Denver. His research interests include longitudinal data analysis, recurrent events, and semiparametric regression methods for binary and semicontinuous outcomes data.

Contact: Email


Marion Sills, MD, MPH  Sills closeup.png

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Co-Director, TL1 Program, Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute

Co-Director, Emergency Medicine Scientist Training and Intensive Mentorship (EM-STIM) program, Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Sills has been a health services delivery research investigator at ACCORDS since 2002.  Her research has focused on using electronic health data methods to define and model systems- and patient-level factors associated with process and outcome measures of health care quality, with a focus on asthma in acute and primary care settings for children.  This work has assessed variation in quality of care for various conditions, and has demonstrated the importance of rigorous methods in selecting and implementing quality metrics. These publications have highlighted the importance of the following in quality measurement: (1) selecting process measures only when they have demonstrated association with outcomes of value; (2) using risk-adjustment that extends beyond adjustment for the severity of the acute condition to encompass chronic medical complexity and social determinants of health; and (3) incorporating adjustment for structural measures of quality, including crowding and occupancy measures. ​

Contact: Email 

Lisa Schilling, MD, MSPH LisaSchilling.jpg    

Professor of Internal Medicine, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine​

Dr. Schiling is a board-certified in Internal Medicine and a practicing general internist with the University of Colorado. She received her BS with Honors from Brown University in 1984 and graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1990.  She completed her internship and residency at the University of Chicago and was a faculty member at there from 1993 to 1997. In 1997 she joined the University of Colorado's Department of Medicine where she is currently an Associate Professor. ​

Contact: Email | 303.724.5138

Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhDJSL.jpg

Professor of Physical Therapy, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program

Director, Muscle Performance Laboratory 

Co-Director, CU RESTORE group

Dr. Stevens-Lapsley is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. She is focused on identifying, integrating and advancing innovative evidence-based medicine solutions for older adult rehabilitation through highly effective research methods and partnerships. She has almost 20 years of clinical research experience in patients with osteoarthritis planning joint arthroplasty, and more recently, medically complex patient populations. Her research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings. More specifically, her research focuses on clinical trials, includes the evaluation of care bundling strategies for joint arthroplasty, pragmatic interventions in medically complex patient populations, and health services research to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance. Dr. Stevens-Lapsley earned her PT degree at the University of Delaware, where she went on to complete a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science with a focus in Applied Physiology. She then completed post-doctoral training at the University of Florida.

Contact: Email


Shale Wong, MD, MSPH  Shale Wong.jpg

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine​​

Dr. Wong is a pediatrician and Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. She is a Senior Program Consultant for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Education Director for the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center. Dr. Wong strives to improve children’s health through medical education, health policy and clinical care. She co-founded CU LEADS— an innovative curricular program designed to promote leadership, education, advocacy, development, and scholarship for medical students. CU LEADS inspires new leadership in health care, focusing on social determinants of health and developing advocates who are empowered to improve the health of communities through service, collaboration, civic engagement and public policy.​

Contact: Email

Vijaya Vemulakonda, MD, JDVijaya Vemulakonda.JPG 

Investigator, Urology, University of Colorado School of Medicine​

Dr. Vemulakonda earned her degrees from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA in 1996 and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2000. Dr. Vemulakonda completed her urology residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 2006. In 2008, she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital. Vijaya has been a member of the American Urologic Association and of the Society for Fetal Urology and is currently a candidate member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Pediatric Urology.​

Contact: Email ​| 303.724.1534


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Business Services Director

JD Ainsworth is the Business Services Director for ACCORDS. He earned his BS from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Healthcare Administration and has worked in the healthcare industry for the past 8 years, with extensive experience in academic healthcare settings. Previously JD served as the Business Director for GIM, the Financial Manager for Medical Oncology, and as a Finance Manager at National Jewish Health in Allergy and Immunology. JD’s primary focus is in administration and finance, leadership, and interdepartmental/team relationship building. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.9947

Sophia Arabadjis, MSc  Sophia Arabadjis

Outcomes Research

Professional Research Assistant

Sophia Arabadjis, MSc, joined the ACCORDS in December 2016 as a professional research assistant working on the SPINE APEx project. She received her Master’s in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin in 2015 and her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2013. Sophia comes to Colorado from Boston, where she spent a little under two years researching health care systems with a team at Harvard Medical School. Though her primary interests lie in health care outcomes and systems research, she is passionate about social research at all phases: methodology, ethics, scoping, analyzing, writing, presenting, and learning across disciplines.​

Contact: Email | 303.724.0976

Christine Babbel, MSPH

Project Manager

Senior Professional Research Assistant

Christine joined ACCORDS in 2016 as the project manager for the P3+ study, a NIH funded grant in collaboration with Emory University and Johns Hopkins University.  The P3+ study researches the uptake of maternal and childhood vaccinations at the practice, provider and patient levels specifically in the OB/GYN setting.  Previously, Christine conducted research through the Colorado Health Outcomes and Children’s Outcomes Research Programs starting in 2004 as a project coordinator and eventually project manager for the Vaccine Policy Collaborative Initiative. In 2010, she became the project manager for the Collaborative Influenza study.   Prior to working at ACCORDS, Christine worked as a project coordinator on several projects including the Colorado Weigh Program, the CACTI (Coronary Artery Calcification in Type I diabetes) program and the DAISY (Diabetes Autoimmunity Study in the Young) program at the University of Colorado from 1999 to 2004.  She received her Masters of Science in Public Health at the University of Colorado in 2006. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.0906

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Instructor, Family Medicine

Associate Director for Research and Engagement, Colorado Children's Outcomes Network (COCONet)

Sarah Brewer serves as Associate Director for the Colorado Children’s Outcomes Network, a state-wide practice based research network (PBRN) of pediatric practices in Colorado that is focused on answering clinically relevant research questions. She is also a project manager with training and experience in designing and conducting health services and patient-centered outcomes research using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods.  Her research interests include disease prevention and establishment of healthy behavior in pediatric care, the role of community in refugee health during resettlement, and effective implementation of community engagement in health research and the health care system.  Sarah joined the Children’s Outcomes Research Program (COR) in 2011 and has worked on a range of topics including immunization reminder/recall, immunization delivery in OB/GYN settings, and metabolic screenings for patients taking antipsychotics.

Contact: Email | 303.724.6927

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Senior Professional Research Assistant

Micheal Bronsert graduated from Union College in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology. In 1999 he completed his Master of Science in Biology at Andrews University where he studied behavioral neurobiology. For several years following his Master’s degree he worked as a Medical Technologist for Kaiser Permanente and also for Poudre Valley Hospital before deciding to purse as degree in statistics.  In 2009 he received his PhD in Applied Statistics from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Bronsert joined COHO in January 2010 as a senior professional research assistant. ​

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.1277

Michaela (Misha) Brtnikova, PhD, MPHMichaela Brtnikova (Misha)

Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Project Manager, ACCORDS

Michaela (Misha) Brtnikova was born in Brno, Czech Republic and received her Ph.D. in Kinanthropology in January 2009 at the Charles University in Prague. In her dissertation, she conducted research on improving active lifestyles of teenage girls. After coming to Denver, Misha continued in her education and finished her Master’s in Public Health in December 2014. Currently, Misha manages a project funded by the CDC designed to survey primary care providers nationally regarding important immunization issues. As an instructor, Misha teaches at the School of Medicine mostly survey research methods and implementation. 

Contact: Email | 303.724.2643

Catia Chávez, MPH 

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Qualitative Research

Program Manager

Catia was born in Lima, Perú. She earned a MPH in Community and Behavioral Sciences from the Colorado School of Public Health, CSPH, at the University of Colorado Denver. She has spent more than 9 years working with the Latino community in Colorado in education and public health programs and worked in a nutrition program with low-income elementary schools at the School of Medicine at UCD for more than 7 years. ​

Contact: Email | 303.724.7964

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Professional Research Assistant

Bryan earned a BS in Elementary Education and a BA in Spanish Education from Western Michigan University in 2006. After 10 years as an elementary school teacher, he decided to change paths and focus his analytical strengths on public health research. Bryan joined ACCORDS in June 2017 to supports the respective cores and their research, specifically focusing on web development and dissemination. He currently pursues an MPH at the Colorado School of Public Health, beginning this endeavor in the Certificate of Public Health Sciences program.​ 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.3422

Health Outcomes Research

Professional Research Assistant

Project Manager

Dennis Gurfinkel joined the Children’s Outcomes Research Program (COR) in August 2013 as a professional research assistant working on collaborative population-based reminder/recall for the Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP) and has since taken on a coordination and management roles for several immunization focused projects, as well as several educational conferences and seminars. He received his MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2012 and has worked in project coordination, data collection, and evaluation and analysis at CU and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.​

Contact: Email | 303.724.6948

Mika Hamer, MPHMika Green

Health Systems, Policy and Delivery Models

Sr. Professional Research Assistant

Mika Hamer, MPH, joined ACCORDS in 2010, working on a variety of child and adult outcomes research and evaluation projects since that time. Mika currently works on projects evaluating health systems and primary care delivery models, with an emphasis on qualitative research. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biospychology and Community Health from Tufts University in 2008. In 2013, she received a Master’s of Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Research from the Colorado School of Public Health. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Health Services Research at the Colorado School of Public Health. 

Contact: Email ​| 303.724.5921


Patrick Hosokawa, MSPatrick Hosokawa



Analyst; Biostatistics Core

Patrick Hosokawa, MS joined COHO in 2007.  He has a Master of Science in Biostatistics from the University of Colorado Denver and was previously a web and database developer. Currently he provides statistical support for the SOAR and SAFTINet initiatives as well as the department of Neurosurgery.

Contact Email​ | 303.724.1531

Pilar Ingle, MSW, LSWPatrick Hosokawa

Shared Decision Making

Professional Research Assistant

Pilar Ingle, MSW, joined the ACCORDS Shared Decision Making Core in 2017 as a Professional Research Assistant. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder, and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Pilar recently completed a year-long clinical social work internship in Palliative Care through the University of Michigan Health System. Her research interests are in patient-provider communication, end-of-life care, and health disparit​ies. Pilar grew up in Denver and loves spending time in the mountains no matter what season.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.8754

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Public Health and Qualitative Research

Senior Professional Research Assistant

Andrea Jimenez-Zambrano, MPH, a native Peruvian, completed her undergraduate education in Biology and Spanish at the University of Colorado Denver. She received a Master of Public Health degree in Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. She has experience working with Latino populations in the Denver Metro Area. After completing her MPH in 2012, Ms. Jimenez-Zambrano has been working in qualitative data methods, facilitating focus groups, developing and doing data collection through surveys, and analyzing data in SPSS. She has also worked on international rapid needs assessments in Guatemala and in Peru with the Center for Global Health. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences at University of Colorado Denver and works at ACCORDS/CGH as Sr. Professional Research Assistant.

Contact: Email | 303.714.1083

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Human Resources Program Manager

Kayla LaPerriere discovered her passion for Human Resources by ascending from reception, through two HR Coordinator positions into an HR Manager position with a home health care agency in Colorado Springs. In 2016, after five years of learning Human Resources hands-on, Kayla accepted a position with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Physical Therapy Program as the Human Resources and Finance Coordinator. Now, in 2017, she has joined ACCORDS as the Human Resources Program Manager. Currently, Kayla is studying to take her SHRM certification in December. Kayla specializes in compliance followed by training, team building and employee relations. In her spare time, Kayla loves playing modern board games and scrapbooking.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.8456

Steven Lockhart, MPHSteven Lockhart

Health Outcomes Research

Senior Professional Research Assistant

Project Manager

Steven Lockhart received his Master of Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2014. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 2008 from the University of Denver, where he majored in Psychology. He began work at COHO/ACCORDS in 2007 as a student worker on the Toolkits project with Dr. Sheana Bull. After graduating, Steven worked as a PRA on several Community Based Participatory Research studies with Dr. Debbi Main and the community group Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart. He has managed multiple projects focused on improving vaccination rates for all age groups using a variety of different interventions. He has considerable experience in project management, evaluation, and qualitative research. In addition, Steven is a member of the ACCORDS wellness committee. ​

Contact: Email | 303.724.2979

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Health Outcomes Research

Senior Professional Research Assistant

Julie Maertens earned a PhD in applied social and health psychology in 2011 from Colorado State University, where she also worked as a teaching fellow in psychology, as a research associate in the department’s Safety Management Applied Research Team, and as the manager for several youth and family program evaluation projects contracted through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Human Services. She has since been a project manager at ACCORDS for projects that aim to improve patient/provider communication, adolescent vaccination uptake, and patient adherence to antihypertensive medication.

Contact: Email | 303.724.7319

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Professional Research Assistant

Rebekah joined the ACCORDS in February 2017 as a professional research assistant conducting qualitative research for various projects. She received her Master’s in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Denver in 2016 focusing on refugees’ and immigrants’ integration experiences in Greeley, Colorado. Before joining ACCORDS, she consulted for Denver Human Services on a Prevention Institute Grant to better understand perspectives around mental health by young men of color in the Denver Metro area. Her professional interests include cultural, medical, and economic anthropology and qualitative research methodologies. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.3115


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Professional Research Assistant, ROCS

Claudia joined ACCORDS in February 2018 as a Professional Research Assistant working with The Research in Outcomes for Children’s Surgery (ROCS) Center. She received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Baylor University in 2014 and Master of Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in 2017. She has worked on several projects to include grant-funded studies involving water and health perception of a community with many oil fracking sites in Frio County, Texas and another involving health effects and chemical exposure from Hispanic domestic cleaners in San Antonio, Texas. Claudia is passionate about public health, research, and improving the lives of vulnerable populations.

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Health Outcomes Research

Data Analyst, Database Developer

Senior Professional Research Assistant

Monica McNulty, a Senior Professional Research Assistant, holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in Biometrics from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  Her primary areas of expertise include design, development and implementation of databases (MS Access and REDCap) for use in medical research studies, as well as SAS statistical analysis of the subsequently collected data. Over the years Monica’s involvement in medically-related research has covered a wide array of topics, from treatment of multiple sclerosis, to Native American mental health concerns, to quality of care in long-term health care facilities, to development of literacy in early childhood. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.1197

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Grants and Contracts Coordinator

Andrew Medlyn is excited to join the Grants & Contracts Team at ACCORDS. Prior to joining ACCORDS, Andrew worked in the Department of Physical Medicine in Research Administration. Andrew is currently pursuing a Masters of Public at the Colorado School of Public Health and volunteers with the DAWN Clinic, a student run free clinic in Aurora. Andrew enjoys research administration because of his enthusiasm for helping others and the problem solving nature of the work. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys climbing, skiing, hiking and exploring all that Colorado has to offer.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.XXXX

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Professional Research Assistant

Melody Morshed joined ACCORDS in May 2017. She is a professional research assistant currently working on an NIH funded project focused on centralized IIS-based reminder-recall to increase influenza and HPV vaccination rates. Melody also works with the entire ACCORDS team as general research support. Before joining ACCORDS she graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from the University of Colorado Denver. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.8281

Rosa Prieto

Professional Research Assistant

Rose Prieto joined the ACCORDS team in 2018. She is currently working with Traditional vs Virtually-Integrated Co-Management of Children with Medical Complexity (CMC) Between Complex Care and Community-Based Primary Care Providers Study as a professional research assistant. She brings over 15 years of research and evaluation experience working with federal, state, and private funding agencies that include: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Trust, the Denver Foundation, U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health, and U.S. Department of Labor.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.9785

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Senior Professional Research Assistant

Project Manager 

Jennifer joined the Colorado Health Outcomes and Children’s Outcomes Research Programs as a professional research assistant in December of 2006. She is the project coordinator for a study assessing the feasibility and acceptability of vaccinating adolescents in complementary health care settings. She earned her Master of Science in Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver. She comes to COHO from Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment where she worked as a public health researcher within the Tobacco Prevention Initiative Program.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.0769

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Pre/Post Award Research Administrator

Nicole joined the ACCORDS team as a Senior Grants and Contracts Manager in February 2018. She is a seasoned Research Administrator whose love of research and research administration stems from a personal life mission to “help others”. Nicole believes that to be a great research administrator, one needs to have a love of details, thought and analysis – and she is committed to that to the end. In positions with leading universities and renowned healthcare organizations, Nicole has consistently advanced research agendas through sound fiscal and operational management. Nicole received her B.S. in Biological Sciences (2009) and a M.S. in Clinical Research Management (2012) from Arizona State University. In addition to her education, Nicole holds two research administration certifications (CRA, CCRP). She comes to us with a wealth of research administration experience and is currently pursuing a MBA at the University of Colorado Denver. In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.4198

Alison Saville, MSPH, MSWAlison Saville 

Senior Professional Research Assistant

Project Manager 

Alison graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2005 with a dual master’s degree in Public Health and Social Work. She has been working with ACCORDS since October 2007. Here she has been a project manager for several types of research projects, the majority are focused on centralized reminder/recall research to increase immunizations among children and adolescents. Alison has also presented results at state and national conferences and authored and co-authored several articles related to this work. Her main research/project interests are working to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations, particularly women and children. She also co-leads the Project Management Core recently established at ACCORDs. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.  

Contact: Email​


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Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Need (CYSHCNet) Program Manager

Senior Professional Research Assistant

Charlene joined ACCORDS in 2017 as a Senior Professional Research Assistant for the Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHCNet) project, which is developing a HRSA-funded national research agenda to benefit medically fragile children and their families. Charlene received her PhD in Health & Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver and holds masters degrees in sociology and public administration; she is also an RN. Her professional interests focus on health literacy and barriers to healthcare access in low-income and rural populations. She teaches sociology at Metro State University. In her off time, Charlene travels the world, runs half marathons, skis in Steamboat, gardens, and does crafty things. She has a great husband, 4 amazing kids, 2 brilliant grandkids, and a mean old cat.

Contact: Email​

Amanda Skenadore, MPH, CHES

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Professional Research Assistant

Ya'teeh. Shi 'e'i' Amanda Skenadore yinishye'. Kinyaa'aanii' nisli' Tl'aashchi'i' ba' shischiiin. Amanda Skenadore is born for the Towering House people and born into the Red Cheek Clan and comes from a  small town called Chinle, Arizona, located on the Navajo Reservation. She earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health from the Colorado School of Public Health. She recently obtained her graduate certificate of Public Health in American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been working within the Public Health field for the past 8 years within various entities of public health. Prior to her work with ACCORDS she worked at the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) as a Program Evaluator. She assisted in the implementation of the CPHP evaluation plan, evaluation tool development, data collection and reporting. In addition, she served as the Technical Assistance and Research Center Assistant for the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH). She is  passionate about public health and is committed to reaching and helping populations in need, particularly the American Indian community. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.9668

Ellen Sullivan, BA 

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Research Program Coordinator

Ellen Joined the Colorado Health Outcomes Program as a Program Assistant/Fellowship Coordinator in November 2008. She has 10 years education experience as a Business Manager for two of her local neighborhood schools, serving preschool through 8th grade students. Previously, Ellen spent 15 years in advertising and marketing where she was responsible for the account planning, research and production departments. Her account experience includes Johns Manville, Colorado Lottery Proceeds, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Vail Valley Marketing Board, Hunter Douglas and Qwest. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University. 

Contact: Email ​| 303.724.1174

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Senior Professional Research Assistant

Project Manager

Jocelyn has been a project manager for the ACCORDS Shared Decision Making Core since 2013, working primarily on cardiovascular studies and development of decision aids. She currently manages the DECIDE-LVAD Trial, a PCORI funded, multi-center trial testing the effectiveness and implementation of a shared decision support intervention for advanced heart failure patients considering left ventricular assist device treatment. Prior to working at ACCORDS, Jocelyn earned her master’s degree in Health Communication from Emerson College in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine in 2012, and received her bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Journalism from University of Portland in 2010.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.7967

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Project Manager

Sr. Professional Research Assistant

Bryan joined ACCORDS as a Senior PRA in 2017, with Dr. Dan Matlock’s DECIDE-ICD project. He received his BS in 2009 from Calvin College in Michigan for Biology and Psychology. He comes to us with a variety of research and management experience in agriculture, microbiology, smoking cessation, impulsivity, memory, neurology, and care coordination for kids with complex medical needs. He is currently pursuing a MPH at University of Colorado Denver.​

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.7429

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Adminstative Assistant ​II

Melissa joined ACCORDS in November 2017 as an administrative assistant. Prior to joining ACCORDS, Melissa worked in medical billing and medical reception for an orthopedic and physical therapy clinic. She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in December 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Linguistics, and a certificate in Cognitive Science. She is interested in pursuing her Masters in Linguistics or attending Physical Therapy school.

Contact: Email | 303.724.8995


Rachel Zucke​r, MPH

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Senior Professional Research Assistant

Rachel Zucker joined ACCORDS in 2016 as the Data Collaborative Project Manager/SrPRA working on CHORDS (Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service) and other data sharing opportunities and projects. She received her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior from UNC – Chapel Hill in 2014, where she worked on preventive health projects ranging from HPV vaccination research to multi-unit housing smoking policies. After graduating, she worked in research and evaluation at a North Carolina nonprofit focused on organization-level employee health policies and benefits. Her professional interests include health behavior change, chronic disease prevention, community partnerships, and creating and supporting data sharing partnerships.  

Contact: Email | 303.724.9222



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Associate Clinical Professor, Family Medicine

Jeanette Waxmonsky is the Director of Research Innovation at Jefferson Center’s Office of Healthcare Transformation, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, and a licensed clinical psychologist.  Dr. Waxmonsky received her B.A. in Psychology and English from Lafayette College, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Administration and Evaluation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Prior to joining Jefferson Center, Dr. Waxmonsky was an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry, she was involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of integrated behavioral health programs for thousands of Coloradans. She has had a lead role in securing over $7 million in grant funding to support integrated care programs and evidence based treatment interventions for medically underserved and minority populations. ​

Contact: Email


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Assistant Professor of Cardiology, Primary Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Colleen K. McIlvennan, DNP, ANP is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado. Colleen earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Marquette University and her Masters of Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner in the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Section at the University of Colorado. Her clinical experiences with patients who have advanced heart failure have led her to pursue a research career grounded in this patient population. She has experience with qualitative methodology, including in-depth interviews and thematic analysis. Her research focuses on decision making, specifically patients considering a destination therapy left ventricular assist device. Colleen’s work has contributed significantly to a PCORI grant focused on implementing two novel decision aids in to clinical practice.

Contact: Email​


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Senior Director of the Institute for Health Research - Kaiser Permanente. 

Professor of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

John Steiner, MD, MPH, is the Senior Director of the Institute for Health Research as well as a professor of general internal medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is currently the vice-chairman of the HMO Research Network Governing Board and completed his 4-year term as chair of the Health Systems Research study section for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in June, 2011. His research interests include access to care, health disparities, prevention of cardiovascular disease and treatment adherence.

Contact: Email​


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Pediatric health services researcher and a practicing pediatrician - Kaiser Permanante

Matthew F. Daley, MD, is a pediatric health services researcher and a practicing pediatrician. He was born and raised in Denver, and is a proud graduate of the Denver Public Schools system. He attended Stanford University Medical School, and completed a residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver. His research interests are pediatric health services and outcomes research, in particular in the areas of immunization delivery, immunization safety, pediatric hypertension, and ADHD. He hopes to participate in an expansion of pediatric-focused outcomes and comparative effectiveness research in existing and planned national research networks. 

Contact: Email​


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Pediatric health services researcher and a practicing pediatrician - Kaiser Permanante

Elizabeth A. Bayliss, MD, MSPH, is the Director for Scientific Development and an Investigator in the Institute for Health Research. She is trained in Family Medicine and is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center. Her research interests include investigating processes of care for persons with multiple chronic medical conditions as well as methods of measuring morbidity.

Contact: Email​


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Staff Cardiologist, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

Co-Director, VA Ischemic Heart Disease QUERI

Co-Director, Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran Centered and Value Driven Care

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado. 

Dr. Ho’s research has focused on describing the prevalence of non-adherence to prescribed cardiovascular medications, understanding reasons for non-adherence, and testing interventions to improve medication adherence. Following epidemiologic work describing the prevalence of non-adherence, he recently completed a multi-site study to improve medication adherence after patients are hospitalized for an acute coronary syndrome event. In that study, the intervention improved the proportion of patients who were adherent by 15% to cardiovascular medications in the year after ACS hospital discharge. Currently, he is building on that work and conducting an implementation study to improve adherence to anti-platelet medications after patients undergo percutaneous coronary intervention.

Contact: Email​


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Associate Professor, UC Denver SOM

Director, Primary Care Residency Research, UC Denver SOM

Director, Primary Care Research Fellowship Program, UC Denver SOM

Affiliated Investigator, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente 

Dr. Binswanger’s research research focuses on finding ways to reduce the medical complications of drug use and improve the health of vulnerable populations. She is also focused on training fellows and junior faculty in research.

Contact: Email