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Faculty and Staff of CPPCD

​Faculty ​​​​

Dan D. Matlock, MD, MPH matlock-dan-2010.jpg

Director, Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions

Dr. Dan Matlock is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative​ care. His research is aimed at fundamentally changing and improving how patients make decisions around invasive technologies. He is currently funded under an NIH career development award and three PCORI projects studying decision making among older adults making decisions around implantable cardioverter–defibrillators (ICD) and left ventricular assist devices. He is a member of the Colorado Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Group, one of the top outcomes research groups in the country. He has participated in the American College of Cardiology’s shared decision making task force and he recently participated in the writing group for an American Heart Association’s scientific statement entitled “Shared Decision Making in Heart Failure.”  He is also an active participant of the International Patient Decision Aid Standards writing committee. 

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Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Carmen Lewis is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She is a practicing general internists and a health services researcher. She completed her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and a Residency in Preventive Medicine at the University of North Carolina. Her current and past research includes broad areas of medical decision making, preventive care and cancer screening, and health care quality.  Dr. Lewis has developed decision support for patients and physicians and has evaluated methods to implement decision support into ambulatory practices. She has been funded by the National Cancer Institute through a K07 career development award and two R21 grants through AHRQ studying individualized decision making for colorectal cancer screening in the elderly. She recently completing a randomized controlled trial funded through AHRQ aimed at promoting appropriate colon cancer screening using a targeted decision aid for elderly adults. She was also a co-principal investigator on an ARRA award through Health and Human Services to test three methods of implementing decision support on prostate cancer screening and treatment decision making.

Larry Allen, MD, MHS 

Associate Professor of Medicine

Larry Allen is an Associate Professor of Medicine who splits his time between clinical duties as the Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure at the University of Colorado and research activities with ACCORDS and the Colorado Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (CCOR) Consortium. Dr. Allen’s interests include improving our ability to anticipate progression into end-stage heart failure and then helping patients at highest risk make decisions regarding invasive therapies and palliative care options that are concordant with clinical realities and individual preferences. Dr. Allen has demonstrated early success in his research career through receipt of a K23 Career Development Award from the NIH (2011-2016) and a grant for a Multicenter Trial of a Shared Decision Support for Patients and their Caregivers Offered Destination Therapy for End-Stage Heart Failure from PCORI (2014-2017). He holds a number of leadership positions within the American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America.

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Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology

Dr. Scherer received a PhD in social psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine and Ann Arbor VA. She was an Assistant Professor at University of Missouri Department of Psychology before moving in 2018 to pursue a focus on medical decision making research at the University of Colorado. Her research lies at the intersection of behavioral science, decision-making and medicine, and seeks to understand patient preferences, healthcare seeking vs. avoidance, and how to facilitate shared decision making and improve communication between doctors and patients. Methodological expertise: survey research, experimental design, measurement scale development and validation. ​

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Colleen McIlvennan, RN, DNP (PhD candidate, College of Nursing)

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Assistant Professor of Medicine

Colleen K. McIlvennan, RN, DNP 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. 

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Christopher E. Knoepke, PhD, MSW, LCSW

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Instructor, Division of Cardiology

Chris Knoepke is an Instructor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado, having joined ACCORDS and the Shared Decision Making Core in 2015 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His research investigates means by which to improve the inclusion of patient values and voice in medical decisions, especially those which are technologically complex, emotionally burdensome, or for stigmatized conditions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Monmouth College, a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver. His work is currently supported by three NIH-funded trials of decision support materials (two from NHLBI and one from NIMH), pilot project funding from both the Palliative Care Research Collaborative and the Colorado Center for Women’s Health Research, and a career development award from the American Heart Association.

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Director, ACCORDS Qualitative Core

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. Prior to her current position, she was a faculty member at Mayo Clinic and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. The aim of her research is to identify and address provider- and organization-level factors that contribute to healthcare disparities experienced by patients with disabilities.

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​​Research Staff

Channing Tate, MPH
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Sr. Professional Research Assistant

Program Manager (PhD candidate, Health and Behavioral Sciences)

Channing Tate, MPH, is a Professional Research Assistant with ACCORDS in the Shared Decision Making Core. Channing is a Colorado native who grew up in Boulder, Colorado. She attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH where she earned a B.S. degree. She began her research career working in the private sector at a biotech company for seven years. She obtained a MPH at the Colorado School of Public Health in 2008. Since 2008, Channing has worked as a research assistant on a variety of different research projects for both the University of Colorado and at Denver Health. Her research interests include health disparities, end-of-life care, and the aging population, to name just a few. Currently, she is working on a PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver.

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Jocelyn Thompson, MA


Senior Professional Research Assistant

Jocelyn Sterling Thompson, MA, joined ACCORDS in 2013 as a professional research assistant for the Shared Decision Making Core. Now the project manager of the DECIDE-LVAD Trial, Jocelyn works with advanced heart failure patients facing end-of-life medical decisions. The DECIDE-LVAD Trial, funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, is a multi-site randomized control trial evaluating the implementation of a shared decision support intervention for those considering left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy. Leading up to this trial, Jocelyn worked to create the decision aid pamphlet and video for the intervention, and has assisted on several heart failure and LVAD related studies at University of Colorado School of Medicine. Jocelyn has a Master of Arts in Health Communication from Emerson College in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Journalism from the University of Portland.​

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​​Pilar Ingle, MSW, LSW


Professional Research Assistant

Pilar Ingle, MSW, LSW, 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 disparities. Pilar grew up in Denver and loves spending time in the mountains no matter what season.

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Bryan Wallace
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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.​

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Gracie Finnigan-Fox, BA 

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Professional Research Assistant

Gracie Finnigan-Fox, BA, joined ACCORDS as a professional research assistant for the Cardiovascular Outcomes group and Shared Decision Making Core in 2015. Previously, she worked as a CNA for Dignity Care, LLC. She received her BA in Professional Music from the Berklee College of Music in 2010, and has now returned to school and is working on completing her BS in Psychology at CU Denver, after which she plans to pursue post-graduate education in medicine, with a focus on neurology. 

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Professional Research Assistant

Kenny Pierce joined ACCORDS as a professional research assistant for the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions in 2018. He received his BA in Public Health for the University of Colorado Denver in 2017. While his focus is public health, he has a variety of computer skills like graphic design, website design and computer programing in addition to his interest in all aspects of public health and health outcomes research. He is always looking to learn something new and plans on pursuing a MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2019.

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Professional Research Assistant

Monica Edwards joined ACCORDS in April 2018 as a Professional Research Assistant in the Shared Decision Making Core. She received her BA in History and Asian Studies in 2013 from the University of Puget Sound and holds a certificate in Secondary Education. Prior to joining ACCORDS, she taught middle school History and English in low-income schools in Phoenix and Denver. Her research interests include mental health, health disparities, and end-of-life care. She is currently pursuing her MPH at the Colorado School of Public Health. In her free time, Monica enjoys hiking up mountains and skiing back down them in the winter and running rivers in the summer.

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Profession​al Research Assistant

Ellie Brereton joined ACCORDS in November 2018 as a Professional Research Assistant for the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions. She received her BS in Psychology in 2014 from Northern Arizona University and worked as a Behavioral Health Specialist after graduation. She completed her MA in Medical Anthropology from DU in 2018 and has a background in qualitative research. Ellie is the proud dog-mom of a golden doodle named George.