Doctoral Students

Current PhD Candidates in the Health Services Research Doctoral Program

  • Haley Appaneal

    Advisor: Theresa Shireman, Year Admitted: 2016, Year of Candidacy: 2019

    Research Interest: Antimicrobial stewardship and long-term care

    Undergraduate Institution: University of Connecticut, School of Pharmacy

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    Elliott Bosco

    Co-Advisors: Vincent Mor | Andrew Zullo, Year Admitted: 2017

    Research Interests: Pharmacoepidemiology, comparative effectiveness research, evidence synthesis, the pharmaceutical industry, and regulatory policy.

  • Shekinah Fashaw

    Advisor: Kali Thomas, Year Admitted: 2017

    Research Interest: Home and Community Based Services, Health Disparities, Aging, Quality/Access to Care

  • Cyrus Kosar

    Advisor: Vincent Mor, Year Admitted: 2015

    Research Interest: Aging, long-term care, health economics, quasi-experimental research methods

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    Kevin Nguyen

    Advisor: Amal Trivedi, Year Admitted: 2017

    Research Interest: Medicaid policy, quality of care, patient experience of care, care delivery reform

  • Margot Schwartz

    Advisor: Vincent Mor, Year Admitted: 2015

    Research Interest: Quality Improvement and measure development, patient and family centered care, patient engagement, patient safety

Current Students in the Health Services Research Doctoral Program

  • Gaelen Adam

    Advisor: Ethan Balk, Year Admitted: 2019

    Research Interests:  Development and evaluation of methods to (1) streamline the systematic review process through the use of text mining, machine learning, and text modeling

  • Courtney Baird

    Advisor: Vincent Mor, Year Admitted: 2019

    Research Interests: Payment and delivery reform, value-based care, long-term care, quality measurement/improvement

  • Catherine Ettman

    Advisor: Patrick Vivier, Year Admitted: 2018

    Research Interest: Social determinants of health, urban health, and the non-medical policies that shape health

  • Susan Hayes

    Advisor: Amal Trivedi, Year Admitted: 2019

    Research Interest: Coverage and access to and affordability of care, particularly for vulnerable populations; the politics of state and federal health reform; comparative analysis

  • Andrew Huang

    Advisor: TBD, Year Admitted: 2020

    Research Interests: Transportability of machine learning models in healthcare, generalizability in causal inference, algorithmic fairness, simulation studies

  • Hannah James

    Advisor: TBD, Year Admitted: 2020

    Research Interest:  Payment and delivery reform, value-based care, affordability, state health policy

  • Courtney Johnson

    Advisor: Omar Galárraga, Year Admitted: 2019

    Research Interests:  Mixed methods research, comparative effectiveness research, quality improvement, social determinants of health, chronic diseases, and health economics

  • Nicholas Jones

    Advisor: Ira Wilson, Year Admitted: 2018

    Research Interest: Emergency digital health innovation team, health disparities, the economics of health technology and digital health

    Awards: 2019-2020 Pfizer/Brown GMIA Fellow

    Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University

  • Derek Lake

    Advisor: Vincent Mor, Year Admitted: 2017

    Research Interest: Value-Based Care

    Undergraduate Institution: Rider University, BBA Accounting/Finance

  • Mauricio Lopez-Mendez

    Co-aDVISORs: ERIC JUTKOWITZ | TOM TRIKALINOS, YEAR ADMITTED: 2018

    Research Interest: Health Decision Science, Causal Inference 

    Undergraduate Institution: Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, ITAM

  • Kevin McConeghy

    Advisor: Stefan Gravenstein, Year Admitted: 2019

    Research Interest: Health services and outcomes research in the area of antimicrobial use; influenza and pneumonia vaccination in the acute and long-term care ...

  • Debbie Nyakaru

    Advisor: TBD, Year Admitted: 2020

    Research Interests: Health disparities, health outcomes, integrated care, policy evaluation, long-term care 

  • Emily O'Neill

    Advisor: TBD, Year Admitted: 2020

    Research Interests:  Infectious diseases epidemiology and control, antimicrobial stewardship for low and middle-income countries, global health disparities impacting HIV treatment

  • Eunhae Grace Oh

    Advisor: TBD, Year Admitted: 2020

    Research Interests:  Medicaid policy; access to care; affordability of care; hospital payment systems; safety net providers; health disparities

  • Hyesung Hace Oh

    Advisor: Theresa Shireman, Year Admitted: 2018

    Research Interest: Healthcare markets, health reform, business strategy, healthcare disparities

    Fellowships: 2018-2019 Pfizer Pre-Doctoral Fellow

  • Sarah Robertson

    ADVISOR: ISSA DAHABREH, YEAR ADMITTED: 2018

    Research Interest:  Comparative effectiveness research, generalizability/transportability

  • Joe Silva

    Advisor: TBD, Year Admitted: 2020

    Research Interests:  Infectious disease epidemiology; Pharmacoepidemiology; Long-Term Care; Comparative effectiveness research

  • Bishnu Thapa

    Advisor: Omar Galarraga, Year Admitted: 2018

    Research Interests: Health economics and financing; health insurance in low-income settings; health disparities; NCDs; health systems strengthening

  • Kathryn Thompson

    Advisor: Ira Wilson, Year Admitted: 2018

    Research Interests: Medicaid policy, issues/outcomes related to maternal and child health, and health disparities in rural/under-served areas

  • Rebecca Thorsness

    Advisor: Amal Trivedi, Year Admitted: 2016

    Research Interest: Medicaid, health disparities and vulnerable populations; access to and quality of care for populations with complex chronic disease

  • Emma Tucher

    Advisor: Amal Trivedi, Year Admitted: 2018

    Research Interest: Innovative state/insurer efforts to connect healthcare to other social services and minimize spending while improving outcomes targeting the Medicaid ...