Kelley Burns, MA, PMP
Kelley is the Program Manager for D2V. She is a Project Management Institute (PMI) certified Project Management Professional (PMP), has undergraduate degrees in English and Sociology, and earned a Master’s in International Development with an emphasis in Global Health. She spent the early years of her career working in direct service programs addressing domestic violence, substance abuse, and juvenile adjudication. She was introduced to Health Services while serving in the Peace Corps in Central America. Out of answers, she turned her attention to asking better questions and has been working in Health Services Research for the past eight years. Most recently, Kelley came to D2V from the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System. Her diversity of experience in direct services with underserved and under-resourced communities informs her work in management and system design. Her primary interests lie in integrated program and project management, scientific rigor and getting stuff done. Kelley is passionate about flow charts.
Connor Baringer, BS
Professional Research Assistant
Connor has been a Professional Research Assistant for D2V since November 2017. Hailing from the University of Missouri-Columbia (M-I-Z), Connor studied biology, chemistry, and psychological research. Connor has a background in quantitative research and is interested in pursuing big data research.
Kyle Bishop, BA2
Business Services Professional
Kyle coordinates the D2V Scholars Program and provides logistical and administrative support in a wide variety of areas including general office operations, finance and procurement, human resources, public outreach, research administration, and event coordination. Prior to joining D2V in March 2017, Kyle was the Graduate Program Administrator for the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, where he obtained undergraduate degrees in English and Legal Studies. Outside of the office, Kyle writes for pleasure and (minimal) profit and also enjoys making music, cooking, traveling, and exploring the beautiful Colorado landscape with his dog.
Rebecca Guigli, BS, BA
Project Manager/Professional Research Assistant
Rebecca graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with dual degrees in psychology and public health and a minor in biology. She is currently working on her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Her public health interests include community-based participatory research, program implementation and evaluation, mixed methods research, community outreach and engagement. Rebecca has four years of research assistant experience in human subjects research, and has worked on PI- initiated and sponsored-initiated clinical trials, as well as grant funded trials.
Phat (Steve) Luong, MS
Professional Research Assistant
Steve joined D2V in June 2018 as a PRA. He will primarily work on the Nudge project. Prior to joining D2V, Steve held myriad job titles including (but not limited to): PRA, microbiology lab technician, forensic autopsy technician, biology and chemistry teaching assistant, and gas station employee. Most recently, he spent six years as a PRA at the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital, where he worked on patient recruitment, phlebotomy, and IRB compliance.
Sharon Pincus, MA
Sharon is the NavLab Project Manager at D2V. She has experience in both managing clinical trials in the US and Australia as well as in business development for non-profit and for-profit companies. Most recently, she directed research operations for Cerebral Therapeutics’s Phase I/2 clinical trial for a new drug-device combination treatment for medically refractory epilepsy patients. Sharon holds a BA and MA in Psychology from Wesleyan University. She is enthusiastic about creating excellent communication and organizational systems to facilitate project success.
Jenna Reno, PhD
Research Instructor, Dissemination Science
Dr. Jenna Reno is a Communication and Dissemination Scientist with D2V and a Research Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine. Previously, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with CU’s Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS). Dr. Reno earned her PhD in Communication with an emphasis on health campaign and message design at the University of Kentucky. Her research aims to investigate the role of an evolving media and technology environment on health promotion. Specifically, she focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating theoretically based, mHealth specific communication and dissemination strategies to promote positive healthcare decisions and health outcomes. Her research examines mediated, technological, and social influences on health and is guided by interdisciplinary theories, specifically persuasion and behavior change theories that address the role of socio-cultural and information processing factors. Currently, she also is a member of the #HPVFreeCO
team where she works with public health departments across the state to promote HPV vaccination and reduce the burden of HPV-related disease and cancers among Coloradans.
Julie Ressalam, MPH, CHES
Julie earned her undergraduate BS in biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University in 2012 and went on to complete her MPH at Saint Louis University in 2015. She sits on D2V's Stakeholder Engagement Core and works as a project manager on two D2V-funded pilot projects: Strategies to Improve Value in Noninvasive Cardiovascular Testing and Linking Research Prioritization with Health Outcomes. Julie most recently began project managing the SigKDD-funded D2V project 'Empowering Community Members to Understand and Use Big Data and Big Data Methods'. She also works for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities in survey research, educational programming, and evaluation. Julie is a Community Health Education Specialist (CHES), a member of the Immigration and Refugee Commission for the City of Aurora, and is passionate about health equity and social justice.
Research Analytics Instructor
As an informatician and experienced software engineer, Seth has been involved in the crucial effort of improving health care and reducing health care costs through the appropriate use of information technology. Seth has been involved in a range of tasks including the development of requirements, building software solutions, testing the success of a chosen solution. He has experience with commercial software such as Cerner Millennium EHR and Oracle Hyperion, standards based platforms such as SMART on FHIR and InfoButtons, and build from scratch tools and techniques. His domains of interest are clinical information retrieval and extraction, imaging informatics, quality control and reporting, and the use of standards to improve the exchange of information as well as consistency of clinical care.
Lisa Caputo Sandy, MA
With experience managing a variety of research projects throughout the United States and abroad, Lisa works as a Project Manager at D2V to ensure pilot projects, grant applications and other research-related projects are accomplished effectively and efficiently. She holds an MA in International Development and Global Health Affairs from the University of Denver. A Pennsylvania native, Lisa has called Denver home for 13 years. Outside of the office, she can be found hiking with her dog Ernest Peter Quinn Randolph, cooking experimental dishes, or enjoying sour beers at local breweries.
Kate Ytell, MPH
Professional Research Assistant
Kate joined D2V as a PRA in May 2019.
Training & Education Core
Dr. Battaglia is an Assistant Professor with the University of Colorado School of Public Health and Faculty/Program Administrator for the LEADS Program in the School of Medicine. Dr. Battaglia is Director of the Health Services Research PhD Program and a Nurse Researcher at the Denver Veteran's Administration for the Colorado Research to Improve Care Coordination Program. She received her PhD in Clinical Sciences/Health Services Research from the University of Denver.
Dr. Bennett 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 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.
In 2014 Debashis Ghosh, PhD, stepped into the role as the chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, one of the five departments within the Colorado School of Public Health. He is responsible for planning, managing and implementing the academic, service and research initiatives of the department including collaborations between biostatistics faculty and students, and with the school’s institutional, public and community health research partners in the region. He also is an associate director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Patient & System Value Core
Dr. Gritz has over 25 years of experience in directing and managing demonstrations, evaluations, research, and technical assistance projects designed to improve the economic and other outcomes affecting the well-being of targeted populations participating in a wide range of health, education, employment, training, and other human services programs. This includes over 15 years of corporate management experience and over 18 years of experience in managing delivery and task order contracts to rapidly respond to research and analysis needs of Federal, state, and local government agencies. Dr. Gritz also has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing comprehensive program evaluations of health, education, labor market, and welfare programs at the national, state and local levels. Many of these projects have involved participants from priority populations including low-income families, Medicaid and welfare recipients, youth, veterans and other targeted populations, sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, and related agencies. These projects have utilized methodologies appropriate to address public policy questions using the most scientifically rigorous methods—including classical experimental methods, quasi-experimental methods, and matched comparison group strategies—and have involved primary and secondary data collection activities. Dr. Gritz has extensive experience working jointly with program staff, policy makers, and advisory groups to translate research and evaluation results into practical solutions that address programmatic needs and facilitate continuous program improvements. This includes assistance in strategic planning, the development and implementation of outcomes based management and the design of performance measurement systems in a variety of human services program areas including welfare, health services, employment, and education programs.
Training & Education Core
Dr. Hunter is the Director of the University of Colorado's Computational Bioscience Program and a Professor of Pharmacology (School of Medicine) and Computer Science (Boulder). He received a Ph.D. in computer science from Yale University in 1989, and then joined the National Institutes of Health as a staff scientist, first at the National Library of Medicine and then at the National Cancer Institute, before coming to Colorado in 2000.
Dr. Hunter is widely recognized as one of the founders of bioinformatics; he served as the first President of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), and created several of the most important conferences in the field, including ISMB, PSB and VizBi . Dr. Hunter's research interests span a wide range of areas, from cognitive science to rational drug design. He has published more than 100 scientific papers, holds two patents and has been elected a fellow of both the ISCB and the American College of Medical Informatics.
Dissemination & Academic Industry Collaboration Core
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.
Patient & System Value 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.
Data & Informatics Core
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 a Professor.
Stakeholder Engagement Core
Dr. Wynia’s career has included developing a research institute and training programs focusing on bioethics, professionalism and policy issues (the AMA Institute for Ethics) and founding the AMA’s Center for Patient Safety. His research has focused on novel uses of survey data to inform and improve the practical management of ethical issues in health care and public policy. He has led projects on a wide variety of topics related to ethics and professionalism, including understanding and measuring the ethical climate of health care organizations and systems; ethics and quality improvement; communication, team-based care and engaging patients as members of the team; defining physician professionalism; public health and disaster ethics; medicine and the Holocaust (with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum); and inequities in health and health care. He has served on committees, expert panels and as a reviewer for the Institute of Medicine, The Joint Commission, the Hastings Center, the American Board of Medical Specialties, federal agencies, and other organizations.
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
David Albers joined D2V in September 2018 after 10 years with Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics. He holds a PhD in mathematical physics from the University of Wisconsin and worked on dynamical systems, artificial neural networks, and random matrices before moving into biomedical informatics. Dr. Albers develops and applies methods ranging from simple machine learning to signal processing and data assimilation with physiologic modeling to solve problems in biomedicine, including disease phenotying, treatment pathways in the ICU, chronic disease self-management, and physiology.
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
A practicing internist and philosopher, Matthew DeCamp's research employs both conceptual and empirical methods in diverse areas of bioethics, from patient engagement in health care organizations to social media & Big Data ethics to human rights and global health. He recently completed a K08 Career Development award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that investigated how a recent health reform, the accountable care organization (ACO), engages patients in board-level decisions about ACO priorities and programs. Additional projects have involved ethical and regulatory issues in the use of social media and digital data to improve mental health; examining ethical challenges for humanitarian health workers subject to violent attacks abroad; and ethical issues in global health generally (with special emphasis on short-term global health training). He has other relevant experience as an Institutional Review Board member, an award-winning graduate and undergraduate teacher, and mentor who has been recognized for excellence.
Chris Knoepke is an Instructor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. After completing both his Ph.D in Social Work at the University of Denver and his MSW at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Knoepke completed a postdoctoral fellowship in shared decision making and health services research at the Adult & Child Consortium for Outcomes Research & Delivery Science (ACCORDS) at the UC School of Medicine. His current research interests include the assessment, elicitation, and inclusion of patient values in treatment decisions, especially decisions which are technologically complex, emotionally burdensome, or stigmatized. He is also interested in patient information acquisition activity outside the medical encounter, especially as this information informs treatment planning decisions.
Assistant Professor, Cardiology
Laura Scherer's expertise includes the study of how basic judgment and decision making processes influence decisions in medical contexts. Her theoretical work has contributed to the basic understanding of the influence of emotional and cognitive processes, and intuitive versus more deliberative decision strategies. Her research has also examined the psychological factors—such as miscalibrated worry and anxiety— that contribute to problems in communicating about health interventions. Dr. R research has tested several interventions designed to inform patients, improve utilization, improve trust, and reduce problematic emotional responses in contexts such as cancer screening and HPV vaccination.
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
Dr. Soares' research interests include clinical decision support systems and data analytics with the goal of developing solutions for healthcare providers to offer quality personalized services to patients at the point of care. He also investigates the use of natural language processing to extract relevant data from clinical notes to support data-driven decisions. Dr. Soares received a Ph.D. in Information Sciences and Technology from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Computer Science from the Federal University of Santa Catarina - Brazil, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Valley of Itajai - Brazil. Prior to joining D2V in July 2017, he held positions as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Computational Bioscience Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and as an Associate Professor in the School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies at Southern Illinois University. Before becoming an academic, Dr. Soares worked in industry in various roles, including systems analyst, software engineer, computer programmer, and system/network administrator.
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Informatics
Fuyong Xing is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, M.S. from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and bachelor's degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University. His current research interests include medical image computing, bioimage informatics, and machine learning.
Dr. Richardson’s research interests include the use of econometric, machine learning, and other quantitative methods to analyze various policy changes and their impact on economic and health outcomes. His current research interests include behavior economics, policy analysis, big-data analysis, and the use of advanced analytical approaches in solving various research questions. He is currently beginning work on propensity score matching at larger scales through the use of machine learning. Dr. Richardson received his Ph.D. in Health Services Research from the University of Colorado, a M.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado Denver, and a B.A. in Economics also from the University of Colorado Denver.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Schaffer received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She combines her training in health economics and decision science to investigate how patients, providers, and policymakers make decisions about health and how they can make better decisions when faced with uncertainty and competing priorities. Her research interests include health preference assessment, behavioral economics, comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness research, and predictive modeling. She is skilled in the design, implementation, and analysis of choice experiments and randomized trials; analysis of large, longitudinal datasets; and the construction of decision-analytic models to evaluate and predict the impact of health interventions and technologies. Much of her work has focused on HIV prevention and treatment strategies, and she has conducted research supported by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Institute of Mental Health. With D2V, Beth is excited to investigate and enhance decision-making for chronic diseases and end-of-life care.
Dr. Schierholz is a first year postdoctoral fellow in the Data Science to Patient Value Pr ogram. She holds a BSN in Nursing from the Scott and White School of Nursing at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, a MSN as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing.
Her fellowship at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania focused on health services research, health policy, innovation and improvement of health care systems with an emphasis on the impact of patient safety and patient outcomes. Her dissertation work asked the research question “Are the quality of nurse work environments and the qualifications of the registered nurses in neonatal intensive care units related? and how are these factors individually or jointly related to mortality, intraventricular hemorrhage and length of stay for very low birth weight infants?” The results of the study indicate that very low birth weight infants, cared for in the best work environments have lower risk adjusted rates of severe intraventricular hemorrhage and shorter lengths of stay.
Dr. Schierholz currently practices as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Her professional and research areas of interest include healthy work environments and organizational culture, team work, effective team member communication, provider decision, patient safety, neonatal resuscitation, simulation education, and neonatal transport. Her research interests are inspired by organizational and safety culture transformation observed in other industries, such as aviation. She is currently the editor for the Case of the Month section in the National Association of Neonatal Nurses journal, Advances in Neonatal Care.
Dr. Sullivan received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences—Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her interests include using pharmacoepidemiological methods to study adverse drug events/reactions, and their impact on economic and health outcomes. She is interested in developing her skills in machine learning for the prediction of rare events, and has done a majority of her past research on the rare adverse drug events, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Her dissertation work focused on determining the strength of association between certain prescription medications and SJS and TEN in a United States commercially insured population. She has experience working with large health insurance claims databases and survey data. In the D2V Program, she is continuing her research in adverse drug reactions and SJS/TEN.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Dr. Bekelman is a board-certified internist and psychiatrist who focuses on psychosocial and palliative care, especially in heart failure and dementia. He recently completed several projects examining the role of spirituality and depression in patients with heart failure and lung cancer. He is also the Principal Investigator on a project to develop a palliative care program for people with heart failure and their family caregivers. He directs the Supportive Care Program, an outpatient palliative care program in the University of Colorado Heart Center.
Marisha Burden, MD, FACP, SFHM
Division Head, Hospital Medicine
Stacy Fischer, MD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
Dr. Fischer is working with socially disadvantaged patients in the Denver Health Medical Center under the auspices of a Brookdale National Fellowship award. She is studying ethnic disparities in end-of-life care and the relationship between patient ethnicity and preferences for site of death.
D2V Analytics Core Lead
In 2014, Dr. Ghosh stepped into the role as the chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, one of the five departments within the Colorado School of Public Health.
He is responsible for planning, managing and implementing the academic, service and research initiatives of the department including collaborations between biostatistics faculty and students, and with the school’s institutional, public and community health research partners in the region. He also is an associate director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Amy Huebschmann, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
Dr. Huebschmann's research goals are to improve health for adults through programs to increase physical activity. She has obtained grant funding to conduct research to improve physical activity for diverse populations, including adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, African American women, and older adults with physical function impairments.
Cari Levy, MD
Professor, Health Care Policy and Research
Dr. Levy is a board certified internist, geriatrician and health services researcher. Her research focuses on end-of-life care in nursing homes. Dr. Levy graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in biology in 1993. She then attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Levy began her internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University in 1997 and served as Chief Resident in 2001. She then returned to Colorado for a fellowship in geriatrics. Following fellowship she became an assistant professor in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research. She has published research regarding end of life care in nursing homes and physician practice patterns in nursing homes.
R. Brett McQueen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. McQueen received his BA in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder, an MA in economics from the University of Colorado Denver and his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He served in a PhRMA Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Outcomes at SSPPS and most recently was a Health Economist and Researcher with the Research in Real Life (RiRL)/Observational and Pragmatic Research Institute (OPRI) located in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Pooja Mehta, MD, MSCI
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Dr. Mehta is passionate about caring for children with gastrointestinal illnesses. Her philosophy as a physician is to engage in patient and family-oriented care and working as a team to provide the best care to our patients. Her clinical interests include general gastroenterology, eosinophilic esophagitis, celiac disease, and medication adherence.
Megan Morris, PhD, MPH, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Community and Behavioral 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. 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.
Tyson Oberndorfer, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Geriatrics
Marcelo Perraillon, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health Systems, Policy, and Management
Christopher Roark, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
John Welton, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, College of Nursing
John Welton's career research interests touch on expansive ideas: How much does nursing care cost? How can we build a better nursing care system to improve efficiency, effectiveness, performance, quality, and ultimately the value of the work nurses provide to their patients? His interests started early in his career during his MSN degree program at University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where his Nursing Administration thesis project was a financial analysis of, and business plan for, an air-ambulance company. The financial numbers for the company looked so good that Welton became a nurse entrepreneur, launching National Medevac, Inc. A few years later, he met Dr. Edward Halloran at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he completed his PhD in Nursing Systems. Subsequently, his academic career path took him to the University of Maryland School of Nursing, to Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and just previous to CU, to Florida Southern College.
Laura Wiley, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Informatics
Dr. Wiley seeks to harness the power of electronic medical records (EMRs) for precision medicine. From phenomics to pharmacogenomics, her primary goal is to help improve patient care by using and applying data, big and small alike. She is interested in teaching students and researchers how to effectively use electronic medical records for research. She co-leads the course "Practical Clinical Research Informatics: Tools and Techniques" for the Biomedical Data Science Certificate Program and a big data elective for first and second year medical students