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Megan Adams, MD, JD, MSc  


Areas of Interest

  • Appropriate use of procedural sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • High-value care in gastroenterology
  • Healthcare policy/delivery, specifically as it relates to gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Health law/medico-legal issues

Fred C. Blow, PhD, MA 

  • CCMR Investigator since 1992
  • Director, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Research
  • Co-Leader, CCMR Communications Core
  • Publications [PubMed]*

Areas of Interest

  • Serious mental illness
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Older adults and aging

Amy Bohnert, PhD, MA 


Areas of Interest

  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Mental, cognitive and behavioral disorders

Kipling Bohnert, PhD, MA 


Areas of Interest

  • Mental health services research
  • Psychiatric epidemiology with emphases on PTSD and substance use
  • Advanced biostatistical methods

Nicholas Bowersox, PhD, MA 


Areas of Interest

  • Care disparities in persons with serious mental illness
  • Recovery
  • Evaluation of national mental health care practices

Tanner Caverly, MD, MPH 


Areas of Interest

  • Shared decision making
  • Risk communication
  • Minimally disruptive medicine
  • Overuse-underuse of health services

Vineet Chopra, MBBS, MD, MSc 


Areas of Interest

  • Hospital patient safety
  • Health information technology
  • Epidemiology and risks associated with hospital-acquired infections

Laura Damschroder, MPH,MS 


Areas of Interest

  • Implementation science
  • Diabetes prevention
  • Lifestyle behavior change
  • Health care policy and delivery
  • Mixed methods

Sonia Duffy, PhD, MS, RN 


Areas of Interest

  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Health behavior change
  • End-of-life issues

Jane Forman, ScD, MHS 


Areas of Interest

  • Implementation science
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Mixed methods
  • Bioethics

Sarah Hawley, PhD, MPH 


Areas of Interest

  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Patient decision making and communication
  • Health disparities

Rodney Hayward, MD 


Areas of Interest

  • Performance measurement
  • Analysis and reporting of clinical trials data to inform policy
  • Health economics

M.E. Michele Heisler, MD, MPA 


Areas of Interest

  • Patient chronic disease self-managemen
  • Patient-provider communication
  • Peer support
  • Implementation research
  • Health and human rights

Timothy Hofer, MD, MSc 

  • CCMR Investigator since 1993
  • CCMR Associate Director for Analytic and Information Resources
  • Co-Leader, CCMR Methods Core
  • Publications [PubMed]*

Areas of Interest

  • Methodological and practical issues in measuring/profiling the quality of heath care
  • Physician profiling
  • Quality measurement and physician decision making using multilevel statistical models

Mark Ilgen, PhD, MA 

  • CCMR Investigator since 2007
  • Associate Director, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Research
  • Co-Leader, CCMR Mentorship Core
  • Publications [PubMed]*

Areas of Interest

  • Addictions health services research
  • Relationship between suicide and substance use
  • Dual diagnosis of psychiatric and substance use disorders

Theodore Iwashyna, MD 


Areas of Interest

  • Critical care outcomes
  • Critical care organization
  • Health system organization
  • Network analysis

Eve Kerr, MD, MPH 


Areas of Interest

  • Diabetes quality assessment and improvement
  • Complex chronic disease care
  • Performance measurement
  • Health care policy and delivery

Amy Kilbourne, PhD,MPH 


Areas of Interest

  • Integrated care models to improve medical and psychiatric outcomes for mental disorders
  • Implementation strategies to enhance the uptake of evidence-based practices
  • Application of large outcomes databases to inform mental health policy/practice

Myra Kim, ScD 


Areas of Interest

  • Decision Support Techniques
  • Health Care Evaluation Mechanisms
  • Outcome Assessment

Sarah Krein, PhD, RN 


Areas of Interest

  • Chronic illness care and complex chronic disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Organizational behavior
  • Patient safety with a specific focus on infection prevention
  • Health economics

Jeffrey Kullgren, MD, MPH, MS 


Areas of Interest

  • Behavioral economic interventions to promote preventive behaviors
  • Diabetes prevention
  • Consumer-directed health care
  • Impact of public reporting
  • Access to care

Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD 

  • CCMR Investigator since 1999
  • Co-Director, Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP)
  • Publications [PubMed]*

Areas of Interest

  • Epidemiology & economics of aging-related chronic conditions, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

Julie Lowery, PhD, MHSA 

  • CCMR Investigator since 1984
  • CCMR Associate Director for Operations
  • Co-Leader, CCMR Communications Core
  • Publications [PubMed]*

Areas of Interest

  • Implementation research
  • Resource allocation
  • Telemedicine
  • Organization and delivery of chronic wound care
  • IRB best practices

Donovan Maust, MD 


Areas of Interest

  • Late life depression
  • Use of psychotropic medication in older adults
  • Telephone-based psychiatric care

Lillian Min, MD, MSHS 


Areas of Interest

  • Quality of care delivered to complex older ambulatory care patients
  • Longitudinal analysis of recurring events in response to health service intervention

John McCarthy, PhD, MPH 

  • CCMR investigator since 2002
  • Director, Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center (SMITREC), Office of Mental Health Operations (OMHO)
  • Director, National Primary Care – Mental Health Integration Evaluation, SMITREC, OMHO
  • Publications [PubMed]*

Areas of Interest

  • Access to mental health services
  • Health system quality assessment and performance measurement
  • Long term care for patients with mental illness
  • Integration of mental health with primary care

Brahmajee Nallamothu, MD,MPH 


Areas of Interest

  • Improving the delivery and quality of specialized cardiovascular procedures through population-based approaches

Paul Pfeiffer, MD, MS 


Areas of Interest

  • Measuring and improving depression care
  • Implementing peer based interventions
  • Promoting effective care transitions

John Piette, PhD, MSc 

  • CCMR Investigator since 2001
  • Director, VA/UM Program on Quality Improvement for Complex Chronic Conditions (QUICCC)
  • Leader, CCMR Patient Centered Technology Core
  • Publications [PubMed]*

Areas of Interest

  • Interventions for self-management support of complex chronic conditions
  • Cost-related medication adherence problems
  • Management of diabetes, depression, and heart failure

Edward Post, MD, PhD 

  • CCMR Investigator since 2007
  • National Medical Director, Primary Care-Mental Health Integration
  • Publications [PubMed]*

Areas of Interest

  • Mental health services
  • Depression
  • Chronic Disease Management in Primary Care
  • Medical Comorbidity

Hallie Prescott, MD, MSc 


Areas of Interest

  • Long-term outcomes after severe sepsis
  • Healthcare use and re-hospitalization
  • Role of microbiome in critical illness and population health

Sameer Saini, MD, MS 


Areas of Interest

  • Decision making for colorectal cancer screening
  • Modeling of risk/benefit profiles to tailor care to individual patients based on their personal risk/benefit

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH 

  • CCMR Investigator since 1998
  • Director, Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP)
  • Publications [PubMed]*

Areas of Interest

  • Enhancing patient safety by preventing healthcare-associated complications
  • Translating research findings into practice through implementation science
  • Medical decision making

Anne Sales, PhD, MSN, RN 

  • CCMR Investigator since 2007
  • Co-Leader, CCMR Partnerships for Implementation and Evaluation (PIE) Core
  • Publications [PubMed]*

Areas of Interest

  • Implementation science
  • Healthcare workforce
  • Quality improvement

Erika Sears, MD, MS 


Areas of Interest

  • Treatment and process variation
  • Efficiency and value of surgical care
  • Utilization of patient-reported outcomes in clinical practice
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery outcomes

Ted Skolarus, MD, MPH 


Areas of Interest

  • Quality of cancer survivorship care
  • Cancer-related expenditures
  • Care coordination among specialists and primary care providers
  • Prostate cancer

Becca Sripada, PhD 


Areas of Interest

  • Physical comorbidity in posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Treatment utilization and outcomes

Jeremy Sussman, MD,MSc 


Areas of Interest

  • Personalizing medical care
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Decision analysis

Akbar Waljee, MD, MSc 


Areas of Interest

  • Prediction modeling to risk stratify and individualize care for patients
  • Decision support systems for physicians
  • Medical and surgical outcomes in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Wyndy Wiitala, PhD 


Areas of Interest

  • Quantitative methods

Kara Zivin, PhD, MS, MA 


Areas of Interest

  • Serious mental illness
  • Predictors and health outcomes of depression
  • Impact of health policies and health system initiatives on diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of mental disorders
  • Relationships between depression and employment outcomes

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