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Faculty and Staff of PCD

​Faculty ​​​​

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

Co- director, Shared Decision Making Core

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 Pallative 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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Carmen L. Lewis, MD, MPH


Co- director, Shared Decision Making Core

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.


Assistant 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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David Fox, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

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.​ 

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

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Assistant Professor 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. 

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​​Research Staff

Amy Jenkins, MS


Senior Professional Research Assistant

bAmy R. Jenkins, MS, joined ACCORDS in 2015 as a senior professional research assistant for the Shared Decision-Making Core and has been working for the University since 2011. Amy leads research focused on the development of decision tools for patients and their loved ones faced with major medical decisions and advanced care planning. Amy’s main interest centers on the creation of the educational videos and infographics used and tested by various medical teams across the nation. Amy received her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Baltimore. 


Christopher E. Knoepke, PhD, MSW, LCSW

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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Christopher Knoepke joined ACCORDS and the Shared Decision Making Core in 2015 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In this role, he investigates means by which to improve patient-provider communication and medical decision quality among populations being treated with sophisticated interventions, with the hope of empowering patients to maximally participate in the medical care processes which affect their lives.  Christopher earned a BA in Psychology from Monmouth College, a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver. His other research and clinical experience includes outpatient mental health, health behavior change, sleep medicine, substance abuse prevention, and administrative issues in employee assistance programs (EAPs).

​​​Jocelyn Thompson, MS


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


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

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Professional Research Assistant (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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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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