2016 Year in Review

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Upcoming Events

 Save the date: The Institute for Child Health Policy's Annual Research Day takes place on Thursday, April 20, from 3-6:30 p.m. on the first floor of the CTRB. Gary Freed, M.D., MPH, Percy and Mary Murphy Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, will deliver the keynote address at 3:30 p.m., followed by a poster and networking reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Abstract submission deadline is March 17. Click here to RSVP and submit a poster abstract. For more information,  contact Corinne Flowers at cflowers@ufl.edu.

The College of Medicine Celebration of Research Day will be held Monday, February 27 at the Stephen O'Connell Center from 5:30 -8:30 p.m. Click here to view more information and learn about the keynote speaker, Beverly L. Davidson, Ph.D., who will be giving a talk, Emerging Therapies for Neurogenetic Diseases.”

• Seminar: Rui Zhang, Ph.D., “Leveraging Natural Language Processing in Health Sciences,” on February 22, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in CTRB 2161.

• Seminar: Yonghui Wui, Ph.D., “Unlocking Patient Information from Clinical Narratives,” on March 2, from 1-2 p.m. in CTRB 2161.

• Seminar: Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., “School-Based Bully Prevention: Translating Rigorous Research Findings into Practice,” on April 11, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in CTRB 2161.

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Below you'll also find several updates on our research endeavors, divided into four pillars: Advancing Health Research, Improving Health Care Delivery, Leveraging Big Data, and Helping the Most Vulnerable. These sections encapsulate the work that we do, demonstrating how our efforts are moving forward on multiple fronts.

You'll also find updates on new faculty and staff as well as news from our educational programs

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Advancing Health Research

Our work pushes boundaries, creating new ways of conducting research and implementing findings in health care systems and communities. Here are a few news briefs that demonstrate our commitment to advancing the field.

HOP Chair Receives 2016 Basic Science Research Award from College of Medicine

HOP Chair Receives 2016 Basic Science Research Award from College of Medicine

Betsy Shenkman, Ph.D., received the 2016 Basic Science Research Award from the College of Medicine’s Office of Research Affairs.
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HOP Faculty Serves as Chair-elect of American Society of Nutrition’s Obesity Section

HOP Faculty Serves as Chair-elect of American Society of Nutrition’s Obesity Section

Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., R.D., has begun a three-year term as chair-elect for the American Society of Nutrition’s Obesity Research Interest Section.
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PCORI Approves OneFlorida Clinical Data Network for Research

The OneFlorida Clinical Data Research Network is officially “Approved for Research,” after a rigorous review and data characterization cycle by PCORnet, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s national research data network. READ MORE »

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Improving Health Care Delivery

As a department, we conduct research to improve health care across the entire lifespan of patients. Here are a few highlights that demonstrate our impact on health care.

HOP Researchers to be Published in Health Expectations

HOP Researchers to be Published in Health Expectations

Ryan Theis, Ph.D., is the lead author of the paper “Defining ‘Quality’ from the Patient’s Perspective: Findings from Focus Groups with Medicaid Beneficiaries and Implications for Public Reporting,” which has been accepted...
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UF Health Research Team Receives Funding to Improve Health Care for Children in Medicaid, CHIP

UF Health Research Team Receives Funding to Improve Health Care for Children in Medicaid, CHIP

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PCORI Funds Three Projects to Address Concerns of Health System Leaders, Patients through CDRN Collaborations

PCORI Funds Three Projects to Address Concerns of Health System Leaders, Patients through CDRN Collaborations

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Researchers Publish Pilot Study on Adolescent Health Risk Assessments in Maternal & Child Health Journal

In the July 12, 2016 Maternal and Child Health Journal, a team of ICHP, UF Health, and FSU researchers describe the HIT system they developed, along with the results of a recent pilot study involving 163 adolescents at 22 clinics.
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Leveraging Big Data

The diverse field of biomedical informatics plays a large role in our research portfolio. Read the entries below to learn more about this aspect of our department and institute. 

HOP Faculty Awarded Pilot Grant for Facebook App to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

HOP Faculty Awarded Pilot Grant for Facebook App to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

Jiang Bian, Ph.D. (left), and Yi Guo, Ph.D. (right), are developing a Facebook app that can calculate patients’ risk of developing colorectal cancer, offer personalized tips for reducing the risk, and send friendly reminders about colorectal cancer screening via Facebook.
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HOP Faculty Member Instructs NCI Staff on Research Methods Using Social Media

The National Cancer Institute invited Jiang Bian, Ph.D., to hold a workshop for its program officers, students, and researchers on methods for mining and analyzing data from social media sources to further health research.
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Helping the Most Vulnerable

Much of our research is dedicated to assisting the most vulnerable populations, including children, adults with multiple conditions, and populations with historic health disparities. Read the entries below to learn more about how our faculty is making a positive impact.

HOP Faculty to Serve on ADA’s National Health Disparities Committee

HOP Faculty to Serve on ADA’s National Health Disparities Committee

Ashby Walker, Ph.D., was nominated to serve a two-year term on the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) National Health Disparities Committee beginning in 2017.
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Morris Elected as APHA Governing Councilor for the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section

HOP Faculty Elected as APHA Governing Councilor for the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section

Heather Morris, Ph.D., has been elected to serve as a Governing Councilor for the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section.
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HOP Faculty Awarded CTSI Pilot Grant to Study Effects of Social Status on Eating Behaviors in Hispanic Youths

HOP Faculty Awarded CTSI Pilot Grant to Study Effects of Social Status on Eating Behaviors in Hispanic Youths

Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., R.D., was awarded a CTSI Pilot Grant to study the effects of social status on eating behaviors in Hispanic youths.
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HOP Faculty Awarded Pilot Grant to Develop Diabetes Mentoring Program for Youth

Ashby Walker, Ph.D., and Desmond Schatz, M.D., recently received a one-year $45,000 pilot study grant from the T1D Exchange Clinic. The project, “Promoting Health Equity for Youth with Type 1 Diabetes through Outreach, Networks, and Education: All for ONE!” will give UF students with Type 1 Diabetes the opportunity to mentor low-income children who also have Type 1 Diabetes. READ MORE »

Increases in Minimum Wage Associated with Better Birth Outcomes

Increases in Minimum Wage Associated with Better Birth Outcomes

Increasing the minimum wage by a dollar appears to reduce the number of low-birthweight babies born annually by 1 to 2 percent, according to a new study by researchers at Emory University...
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Education

The department's educational endeavors included student successes and approval of a new Ph.D. degree program in biomedical informatics!

Read more about our new Ph.D. program here

Walker Named Director of Education

The Department of Health Outcomes & Policy would like to welcome Ashby Walker, Ph.D., as the  director of education and training. Dr. Walker is an assistant professor in Health Outcomes & Policy who joined our faculty in 2014.
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HOP Faculty Showcase OneFlorida, New BMI Degree Programs at AMIA

Several faculty and staff from the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy attended the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium in Chicago from Nov. 12-16.
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HOP Student Wins Top Award at College of Medicine’s “Celebration of Research” Poster Event

HOP Student Wins Top Award at College of Medicine’s “Celebration of Research” Poster Event

Martin Wegman, an M.D.-Ph.D. student, won the College of Medicine’s 2016 Alpha Omega Alpha Prize for his research poster, “Difference in Drug Relapse Rates between Alternative Rehabilitation Programs in Malaysia."
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HOP Student Wins Alongside Team Members at the UF Global Health Case Competition

HOP Student Wins Alongside Team Members at the UF Global Health Case Competition and Featured in UF Health Newsletter

Sarah Chavez, a Ph.D. student and research coordinator III in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy, was featured in the May edition of The POST, UF Health’s monthly newsletter. The article, “Not From Scratch,” showcases her team’s win at the UF 2016 Global Health Case competition.
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HOP Student Featured in POST Article

HOP Student Featured in POST Article

Justin Rossi, an M.D.-Ph.D. student, was featured in the May edition of The POST, UF Health’s monthly newsletter.
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HOP Faculty Working with Undergraduates in University Scholars Program

Keval Patel (left), a first-year biology major, and Kylie Schmitt (right), a second-year nutritional sciences major, are working with Dominick Lemas, Ph.D., and Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., R.D., respectively, to develop a full scientific research project from start to finish.
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HOP Pre-Doctoral Fellow Presents at the AcademyHealth Annual Meeting and Chosen for Scholarship to Attend

Martin Wegman, an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awardee and M.D.-Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, presented an abstract at the 2016 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Boston.
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Wegman also was awarded the Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship in recognition of his commitment to the field of health services research.
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New Students

A new cohort of students joined the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy last fall:

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and working in IT for three years, Dharani Balasubramanian began her master’s studies in biomedical informatics this fall to further her interests in machine learning, applied ontology and medical image analysis. In the long run, she hopes to become a research professional in the field of biomedical informatics. Dharani enjoys sketching, painting, training for long runs and cooking in her free time.

Ronald Canepa has been a professional developer for almost ten years and enjoys teaching, making technology approachable, and creating connections between ideas and people. Current research-related interests include doctor-patient relationships, medical humanities, global health, natural language processing, graph databases, and reproducible research.

Diana Hagan, who coordinates the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s Extension publication system (EDIS) and curates its lightweight ontology, is a new graduate certificate student.

Outside work and school, Diana enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters (17 and 11).

Tianyao Huo is a statistician and a Ph.D. student in HOP. She has authored or co-authored more than thirty research articles in areas of human nutrition, brain cancer and cardiology. Currently she is interested in novel applications of statistical or machine learning techniques on health outcomes research. Tianyao spends most of her free time with her young daughter and husband. She also loves gardening and traveling.

Jamillah Khan happily serves as an administrative support assistant for Matthew Gurka, Ph.D. Prior to her joining the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy, she served as a health education intern at the UF Neuromedicine Interdisciplinary Clinical and Academic Program, where she developed and revised patient materials, and assisted in other patient quality initiatives. She aims to push her interest in patient quality experience by furthering her studies in health informatics. During her free time, Jamillah enjoys trips to Disney, being around family and friends, and spontaneous weekend trips.

Caitrin McDonough, Ph.D., who is currently a research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research in the College of Pharmacy, is a now  master’s degree student in the biomedical informatics program. Her background and training is in disease genetics and cardiovascular pharmacogenomics. She was recently appointed as a KL2 Scholar through the UF CTSI, with her project focusing on utilizing data from OneFlorida to better understand the characteristics of the resistant hypertension population.  Upon completion of the program, she hopes to be able to bring together electronic health record-based data with genomic and ‘omic-based data for research.  Dr. McDonough also enjoys spending time with her son, husband and dog.

Diana Montoya-Williams, M.D., is a pediatrician who is currently completing her neonatal intensive care fellowship at UF Health Shands Hospital.​ She is also excited to be starting her Health Outcomes & Policy master's degree this fall. She is interested in understanding the sociocultural, biologic and epigenetic factors leading to child health disparities. In particular, she is interested in a better understanding of the neonatal health disparities faced by minority communities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, dancing and traveling.

Erik Schmidt has been an employee of the University of Florida for almost twenty years and is a current student in the biomedical informatics graduate certificate program. He currently works with the biomedical informatics team and is responsible for managing servers and infrastructure critical to the OneFlorida project. Erik has been a guest lecturer for both graduate and undergraduate-level courses, as well as a frequent presenter at the annual American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) conference.

Steven Smith, Ph.D., who is a faculty member in the Departments of Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research (College of Pharmacy) and Community Health & Family Medicine (College of Medicine), is a student in the biomedical informatics graduate certificate program. He is a clinical pharmacist and clinical researcher by training, and hopes to expand his research methodology expertise to incorporate big data science, including machine learning, and gain experience working with large-scale medical record-based datasets. He also teaches population health to first-year pharmacy students pursuing their doctorate in the College of Pharmacy.

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Awards and Accolades

This past season brought many accomplishments into view as we celebrate the many awards our students, staff and faculty have received.

HOP Faculty Selected as NIH-funded Keystone Symposia Fellow

The Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology has named Dominick Lemas, Ph.D., as one of ten fellows in its two-year fellowship program for minority junior faculty.
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HOP Faculty Member Invited to Participate in NIH Training Program for Implementation Science

HOP Faculty Member Invited to Participate in NIH Training Program for Implementation Science and AAMC-Sponsored Grant-Writing Workshop

Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., R.D., was invited to participate in the University of California San Francisco’s Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE) program.
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She was also selected to attend a grant-writing workshop in San Antonio, Texas, this fall sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
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HOP Staff Selected to Participate in the University of Florida Emerging Leaders Program by the UF Leadership Academy

HOP Staff Selected to Participate in the University of Florida Emerging Leaders Program by the UF Leadership Academy

The University of Florida 2016-2017 Leadership Academy selected Roland Estrella, MSM, MBA, as one of 13 participants in its competitive nine-month leadership development program for faculty and staff. READ MORE »

HOP Student Chosen as an Outstanding Graduate Student by the UF Graduate Student Council

HOP Student Chosen as an Outstanding Graduate Student by the UF Graduate Student Council

Only two graduate students are recognized for this annual award, which honors graduate or professional students for (1) academic achievements that improve the national standing of the university, (2) service to the graduate or professional student body, and/or (3) service that has improved the graduate and professional experience at UF.
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ICHP Annual Report Receives Award of Distinction

The 2013-2014 ICHP Annual Report has won an award of distinction from the Communicator Awards, an international awards program that recognizes excellence and innovation in marketing and communication. READ MORE »

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Speaking Engagements

HOP Faculty Presents at Two Meetings

Dominick Lemas, Ph.D., presented “Gut Microbiota in Obesity: Reasons for Excitement and Reasons for Skepticism” at the American Society of Nutrition’s Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego.
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He was also invited to give a talk by the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism at a symposium on current issues in pregnancy.
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HOP Faculty Member Talks about Study Design at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Yi Guo, Ph.D., gave a talk titled, “Power and Sample Size for Multilevel and Longitudinal Study Designs: Software and Methods,” on  May 26.
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Cardel Speaks at the National Academy of Medicine’s Obesity Interest Group Meeting and ObesityWeek 2016

The National Academy of Medicine Obesity Interest Group invited Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., R.D., to give a presentation on social determinants of obesity at the group's annual meeting.
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She also presented at a symposium exploring the influence of social status on eating, physical activity and obesity at ObesityWeek 2016.
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Media Coverage

HOP Chair Featured in UF Health Newsletter

HOP Chair Featured in UF Health Newsletter

The Post, UF Health’s monthly newsletter, featured Betsy Shenkman, Ph.D., in the “Distinctions” section of the May edition, honoring her appointment as national co-chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s PCORnet Pediatrics Collaborative Research Group. 
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HOP Faculty Featured on Fox 35 Orlando on Healthy Alternatives to Favorite Foods

HOP Faculty Featured in a Variety of Media Sources

Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., R.D., was featured in a news segment about healthy eating on the TV news station Fox 35 Orlando. READ MORE »

She also wrote and published an editorial in the Orlando Sentinel encouraging readers to take a more holistic look at reducing obesity and other public health issues rather than merely taxing soda. READ MORE »

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New Faculty

Sarah Szurek

Assistant Research Scientist

Sarah M. Szurek, Ph.D., is a medical anthropologist who has joined the faculty in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy and the Institute for Child Health Policy as an assistant research scientist. Dr. Szurek will be leading a team to evaluate the Florida Healthy Kids Program. Szurek’s research interests include examining how culture and social networks affect diabetes risk in immigrant populations as well as how community-based participatory research can be used to improve health outcomes among African Americans. In addition to her professional interests, she practices yoga and travels whenever possible.

Vijay Vasudevan

Assistant Research Scientist

Vijay Vasudevan, Ph.D., is an assistant research scientist in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on Disability and Human Development at ​the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he earned his Ph.D. in disability studies. His research focuses on improving health equity and health promotion for people with disabilities. In his spare time, Vijay enjoys spending time with his family.

New Postdoctoral Researchers

Selja Seppälä

Postdoctoral Associate

Selja Seppälä, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral associate working with Amanda Hicks, Ph.D. Seppälä comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from the Departments of Philosophy and Biomedical Informatics at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she worked as a postdoctoral researcher since 2012. In her free time, she enjoys reading classic literature, watching superhero movies and practicing (synchronized) swimming.

 

Juan Antonio Lossio-Ventura

Postdoctoral Associate

Juan Antonio Lossio-Ventura, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher in the biomedical domain collaborating with Jiang Bian, Ph.D. Lossio-Ventura comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from the University of Montpellier, France, where he received his Ph.D. Lossio-Ventura has held previous biomedical research positions in Xerox Europe, University of Montpellier, and the University of Manchester. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing sports and dancing salsa.

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New Staff

Meet some of the staff members who joined the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy in 2016.

Janet Brishke

Research Coordinator III

Janet Brishke is a research coordinator III for the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium. Brishke comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from the Chicago-based American Academy of Pediatrics, where she worked as a manager of Tobacco Control Initiatives for six years. Prior to that position, she received her master’s in public health here at UF, where she also met her husband, Vijay Vasudevan, who is a new faculty member in HOP. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and chasing after her pets: Lord Bingo, a great dane-American bulldog mix, and Nemo, the resident Grumpy Cat.

O'neshia "Olivia" Carney

Clinical Research Coordinator I

O’neshia "Olivia" Carney, M.S., is the clinical research coordinator for Dominick Lemas, Ph.D. Carney comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from UF's Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology (CERHB), where she worked as a clinical laboratory technician on various biopharmaceutical projects. Carney has held previous positions at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and reading ScienceDaily: Infectious Diseases News.

Zachary Copeland

Research Coordinator II

Zachary Copeland is a research coordinator II for the Institute for Child Health Policy. Copeland comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from the Jiann Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. In his spare time, he enjoys working out and watching sports.

Stephanie Filipp

Data Management Analyst III

Stephanie Filipp is the data analyst for Matthew Gurka, Ph.D. Stephanie comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where she worked as a health care analyst in the Individual Business Unit. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BS Statistics, MPH Epidemiology, and Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics). In her free time, Stephanie enjoys running and cooking.

Corinne Flowers

Administrative Specialist II

Corinne Flowers is the departmental administrative specialist working with Meggen Kaufmann and Liz Manini. She comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from the Department of Biostatistics. Flowers previously worked in HOP as a fiscal assistant from 2009-2013. Before joining UF, she worked in marketing and accounting for private industry in San Diego. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, traveling and cooking.

Greg Forcey

Data Management Analyst II

Greg Forcey is a data management analyst with the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy. Greg has an environmental science background using SAS, R, and ArcGIS to build species distributional models for birds and bats likely to be impacted by energy development. His previous positions have been with environmental consulting firms Normandeau Associates and Pandion Systems. In his free time, Greg enjoys photographing nature at many of the local parks surrounding Gainesville.

Mengyuan Huang

Data Management Analyst II

Mengyuan Huang is a data analyst at the Institute for Child Health Policy, College of Medicine. Huang just earned her master's degree from the Department of Statistical Science at Cornell University. She's new to Gainesville and is looking forward to experiencing the lovely Gator culture.

Brett Kapper

Grants Assistant

Brett Kapper holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management. Brett developed a passion for HR after holding management positions in New York and Miami. As a Gainesville native, he is thrilled to bring his administrative experience to the University of Florida.

Jamillah Khan

Administrative Support Assistant I

Jamillah Khan happily serves as an administrative support assistant for Matthew Gurka, Ph.D. Prior to her joining the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy, she served as a health education intern at the UF Neuromedicine Interdisciplinary Clinical and Academic Program, where she developed and revised patient materials and assisted in other patient quality initiatives. She aims to push her interest in patient quality experience by furthering her studies in health informatics. During her free time, Jamillah enjoys escaping to Disney, being around family and friends, and spontaneous weekend trips.

Danmeng Li

Research Assistant

Danmeng Li is a research assistant for the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium, where she works under the supervision of Brittney Roth. Danmeng graduated with a Master of Science in epidemiology from University of Florida in May 2016. She received her master’s from Peking University and worked for two years for J&J in China.

Matthew Marsik

Data Management Analyst III

Dr. Matthew Marsik is a data scientist in the UFHealth Integrated Data Repository. Dr. Marsik comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from the Land Use and Environmental Change Institute, where he worked as a geospatial data scientist on landscape and continental scale projects to quantify land cover change. Dr. Marsik has held previous positions at The Nature Conservancy, Stanford University and the University of Washington. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities, 3D computer modeling and reading.

Yogwrat Mehta

Data Management Analyst II

Yogwrat Mehta is the data management analyst for the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy. Mehta completed his master's from the University of Florida in information and systems and operations management. He also has previous experience with Deloitte Consulting, where he worked as a QA/Reporting Analyst. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports (mostly cricket and soccer), reading books, traveling, and playing chess.

Darci Miller

Research Coordinator II

Darci Miller is the research coordinator for Dr. Michelle Cardel. Miller comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from the Department of Neurology, where she worked as a research coordinator on a stroke project. Miller is originally from Illinois where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois and a master's in public health from Southern Illinois University. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, reading, and playing kickball with friends.

Lynn Musselman

Research Coordinator III

Lynn Musselman has come to the Institute for Child Health Policy to provide oversight of the medical record review process and compliance auditing for three Florida state contracts. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications, is certified in Healthcare Research Compliance, and has over 22 years of experience in the UF Health system with previous positions in study coordination, project management, and regulatory and billing compliance for clinical research and clinical trials. Lynn is passionate about achieving, and encouraging others to pursue, optimal wellness through a nutrient-rich diet, exercise, and an overall healthy lifestyle.

Jane-Ann Norton

Research Coordinator II- IRB Coodinator

Jane-Ann Norton is the OneFlorida IRB coordinator.  Jane-Ann comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from the Division of Sponsored Programs, where she worked as the ClinicalTrials.gov coordinator in the Research Administration and Compliance Office. Jane-Ann has held previous positions at the University of Florida for more than 22 years.  In her free time, she enjoys going to the springs and reading mystery novels.

Idania Sanchez

Research Administrative Assistant

Idania Sanchez is the research administrative assistant for Mildred Maldonado-Molina, Ph.D. Idania comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from AGTC, where she worked as an executive assistant for the CEO. Idania has held previous positions at Beckman Coulter and Noven Pharmaceuticals. In her free time, she enjoys spinning and reading suspense novels.

Erik Schmidt

Systems Admin/Programmer V

Erik Schmidt is the systems admin/programmer V for the Biomedical Informatics Team. He comes to us from the CTSI, where he was an assistant director in charge of numerous software engineering projects supporting research. Erik has served in various information technology roles at UF since 1998. In his spare time, Erik enjoys playing tennis, climbing mountains, and scuba diving in underwater caves.

Sachita Shrestha

Research Coordinator I

Sachita Shrestha is the new research coordinator for Mildred Maldonado-Molina. She comes to the Department of Health Outcome & Policy from the University of Washington (UW), Seattle where she recently earned her MPH in Global Health (Leadership, Policy and Management). While at UW, she worked for the UW Cardiovascular Health Research Unit (CHRU) as a research assistant. In her free times, she enjoys travelling and reading.

Megan Smith

Research Coordinator II

Megan Smith is the research coordinator for François Modave, Ph.D. Megan comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from the UF Health Heart Station, where she worked as a scheduling coordinator. Megan is a University of Florida alumna, having received her bachelor’s degree in health science with a concentration in public health in 2013. She is currently completing her master’s degree in public health with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences here at UF. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and reading.

Kaitlin Sovich

Research Coordinator II

Kaitlin Sovich is the research coordinator working primarily with Dr. Heather Morris on the Florida CMS team. Prior to this, Kaitlin worked in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from 2013-2015 as a research coordinator on the Florida Healthy Kids EQRO team. After moving to Seattle in July 2015, she joined the University of Washington as a program assistant helping to integrate mental health care services into primary care settings. Happy to be back in Gainesville and at HOP/ICHP, Kaitlin is enjoying re-immersing herself in the downtown arts and culture scene and all that Gainesville and UF have to offer.

Shoba Subhash

Research Coordinator III

Shobha Subhash is the research coordinator for the Texas External Quality Review Organization, QI Team. Subhash comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy with six years of experience from the VA National Center for Occupational Health and Infection Control (COHIC), where she worked as a public health program specialist. Subhash has a MPH degree from University of Florida and a MS in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, MI. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and reading.

Andrei Sura

Application Programmer II

Andrei Sura is an applications developer in the Biomedical Informatics Program. Sura comes to the BMI team from the CTSI, where he was employed as a software engineer. Sura has also worked for Gleim Publications in Gainesville and held an internship at Sears Holdings Corporation. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and reading history books.

Sonya Heinz White

Assistant Director, Research Administration

Sonya White is the assistant director of research administration for the Biomedical Informatics Program, led by William Hogan, M.D. Previously, Sonya worked for AHC IT in the Enterprise Software Engineering group, where she managed custom software development projects for many different customer groups and departments in the College of Medicine. Currently, she is working with Dr. Hogan to manage research projects for the BMI Program. Sonya has over a decade of experience in the field of project management, with a focus on Information Technology projects, and holds certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI) across multiple methodologies. Her focus is on “getting the job done,” both from a project success and team success standpoint. In her free time, Sonya enjoys creating gourmet meals and desserts for friends and family, gardening, craft projects, and running.

Cynthia Wright

Research Coordinator II

Cynthia Wright is the new research coordinator II on the biomedical informatics team for Dr. William Hogan. Cynthia comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from Allied Health at Virginia College in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Cynthia was a faculty member in the Pharmacy Technician Department and the academic coordinator. Cynthia has a master’s degree in public health administration and earned a certificate as an extern at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. She enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren and traveling.

Jarvis Wright

File Clerk

Jarvis Wright is the new caller for ICHP. Wright comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from EtourandTravel, where he worked as a Telemarketer selling summer vacations. In his free time, he enjoys making short films with his son and listening to music.

Ran Xue

IT Analyst II

Ran Xue is the IT Analyst for the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy. Ran got her master’s degree in statistics last year. Previously, Ran held a position at the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee, where she worked as a research assistant for the scoring and reporting team. In her free time she enjoys reading and jogging.

Wenru Zhou

Data management Analyst II

Wenru Zhou is a data management analyst on the TEXAS team dealing with Medicare data. Wenru comes to the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy from University of Pittsburgh, where she worked as a data analyst on Hepatitis B studies. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, going to the gym and cooking delicious food.

Recent Publications

• Leverence R, Nuttall R, Palmer R, Segal M, Wood A,  Yancey, F, Shuster J, Brantly, M, Hromas R. Using Organizational Philosophy to Create a Self-Sustaining Compensation Plan Without Harming Academic Missions. Academic Medicine, 2016 (In Press)

• Kawaguchi-Suzuki M, Nasiri-Kenari N, Shuster J, Gmitter F, Cancalon P, de Oliveria F, Kight J, Handberg E, Pepine C, Frye RF, Cooper-DeHoff R. The Effect of Low Furanocoumarin Grapefruit Hybrid Juice Consumption on Midazolam Pharmacokinetics. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, In Press, 2016.

• Van Dillen C,Tice M, Patel A, Meurer D, Tyndall JA, Elie-Turenne M, Shuster J. Trauma Simulation Increases Confidence Levels in Prehospital Personnel Performing Life-Saving Interventions in Trauma Patients. Emergency Medicine International, in Press 2016.

• Hogan W, Ceusters W. Diagnosis, misdiagnosis, lucky guess, hearsay, and more: an ontological analysis. Journal of Biomedical Semantics. 6 Sept 2016. DOI: 10.1186/s13326-016-0098-5

• Zou B, Zou F, Shuster JJ, Tighe PJ, Koch GG, Zhou H. On variance estimate for covariate adjustment by propensity score analysis. Stat Med. 2016 Sep 10;35(20):3537-48. doi: 10.1002/sim.6943. Epub 2016 Mar 21. PubMed PMID: 26999553; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4961520.

• Staras SAS, Livingston MD, Komro KA. Increased Partner Risk Characteristic Among Adolescents Using Alcohol in the Moment. Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2016 Sep;43(9):537-41. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000481.

• Peterson AB, Gladden RM, Delcher C, Spies E, Garcia-Williams A, Wang Y, Halpin J, Zibbell J, McCarty CL, DeFiore-Hyrmer J, DiOrio M, Goldberger BA. Increases in Fentanyl-Related Overdose Deaths - Florida and Ohio, 2013-2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016 Aug 26;65(33):844-9. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6533a3. PubMed PMID: 27560948.

•  Li Z, Leite W, Thompson LA, Gross HE, Shenkman EA, Reeve BB, DeWalt DA, and Huang IC. Determinants of longitudinal health-related quality of life change in children with asthma from low-income families: a report from the PROMIS® Pediatric Asthma Study. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. Accepted August 24, 2016.

• Salloum RG, Asfar T, Maziak W. Toward a Regulatory Framework for the Waterpipe. American Journal of Public Health. 2016 Aug 23:e1-e5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27552262.

• Lemas DJ, Yee S, Cacho N, Miller D, Cardel C, Gurka M, Janicke D, Shenkman E. (2016) Exploring the contribution of maternal antibiotics and breastfeeding to development of the infant microbiome and pediatric obesity. 15 July 2016. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal  Medicine. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.siny.2016.04.013

• Bian J, Yoshigoe K, Hicks A, Yuan J, He Z, Xie M, Guo Y, Prosperi M, Salloum, R, Modave F. Mining Twitter to Assess the Public Perception of the "Internet ofThings". PLoS One. 2016 Jul 8;11(7):e0158450. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158450. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27391760; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4938510.

• Thompson LA, Wegman M, Muller K, Muszynski M, Rathore M, De Leon J, Shenkman EA and the Health IMPACTS for Florida Network. "Improving Adolescent Health Risk Assessment: A Multi-Method Pilot Study." MCH Journal (accepted July 2016).

• Gurka MJ, Vishnu A, Santen RA, DeBoer MD. Progression of metabolic syndrome severity during the menopausal transition. Journal of the American Heart Association 5: e003609, June 20, 2016.

• Ringham BA, Kreidler SM, Muller KE, Glueck DH (2016 June 15). Multivariate test power approximations for balanced linear mixed models in studies with missing data. Statistics in Mededicine, 35, 2921-2937. PMCID: PMC4879605

• Delcher C, Wang Y, Wagenaar AC, Goldberger BA, Cook RL, Maldonado-Molina MMPrescription and Illicit Opioid Deaths and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Florida. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jun;106(6):e10-1. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303104. PubMed PMID: 27153025.

• Salloum RG, Getz KR, Tan AS, Carter-Harris L, Young-Wolff KC, George TJ Jr, Shenkman EA. Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among Cancer Survivors in the U.S. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016 May 27. pii: S0749-3797(16)30122-2. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2016.04.015. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27242079.

• Rodriguez CS, Rowe M, Thomas L, Shuster J, Koeppel B, Cairns P. Enhancing the Communication of Suddenly Speechless Critical Care Patients. Am J Crit Care. 2016 May;25(3):e40-7. doi: 10.4037/ajcc2016217. PubMed PMID: 27134237; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4855698.

• DeBoer MD, Gurka MJ, Morrison JA, Woo JG. Inter-relationships between the severity of metabolic syndrome, insulin, and adiponectin and their relationships to future type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. International Journal of Obesity 40: 1353-1359, 24 May 2016.

• Meehan CS, Kethireddy PL, Ashcraft JK, Shuster JJ, Haller MJ. Premeal insulin decreases arterial stiffness in children with type 1 diabetes. Pediatr Diabetes. 2016 May 13. doi: 10.1111/pedi.12389. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27174580.

• Carter-Harris L, Tan AS, Salloum RG, Young-Wolff KC. Patient-provider discussions about lung cancer screening pre- and post-guidelines: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). Patient Educ Couns. 2016 May 17. pii: S0738-3991(16)30212-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.05.014. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27241830.

• Maziak W, Ben Taleb Z, Jawad M, Afifi R, Nakkash R, Akl EA, Ward KD, Salloum RG, Barnett TE, Primack BA, Sherman S, Cobb CO, Sutfin EL, Eissenberg T; Expert Panel on Waterpipe Assessment in Epidemiological Studies. Consensus statement on assessment of waterpipe smoking in epidemiological studies. Tobacco Control. 2016 May 10. pii: tobaccocontrol-2016-052958. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2016-052958. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27165995.

• Linden S, Bussing R, Kubilis P, Gerhard T, Segal R, Shuster JJ, Winterstein AG. Risk of Suicidal Events With Atomoxetine Compared to Stimulant Treatment: A Cohort Study. Pediatrics. 2016 May;137(5). pii: e20153199. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-3199. PubMed PMID: 27244795; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4845870.

• Theis RP, Stanford JC, Goodman JR, Duke LL, Shenkman EA (2016). Defining ‘quality’ from the patient’s perspective: findings from focus groups with Medicaid beneficiaries and implications for public reporting. Health Expectations. April 28, 2016. DOI – 10.1111/hex.12466.

• Lee D, Delcher C, Maldonado-Molina MM, Thogmartin JR, Goldberger BA. Manners of Death in Drug-Related Fatalities in Florida. J Forensic Sci. 2016 May;61(3):735-42. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12999. Epub 2016 Mar 30. PubMed PMID: 27122413.

• Delcher C, Puttkammer N, Arnoux R, Francois K, Griswold M, Zaidi I, Patrice Joseph YA, Marston BJ. Validating Procedures used to Identify Duplicate Reports in Haiti's National HIV/AIDS Case Surveillance System. J Registry Manag. 2016 Spring;43(1):10-5. PubMed PMID: 27195993.

• Theis RP, Stanford JC, Goodman JR, Duke LL, Shenkman EA. (2016) Defining 'quality' from the patient's perspective: findings from focus groups with Medicaid beneficiaries and implications for public reporting. Health Expect. 2016 Apr 28. doi: 10.1111/hex.12466.

• Schaefer JL, Lukowski ZL, Meyer AM, Leoncavallo AJ, Greer A, Martorana GM, Zou B, Shuster JJ; Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study Group, Sherwood MB. Comparing  Glaucomatous Disc Change Using Stereo Disc Viewing and the MatchedFlicker® Software Program in Ophthalmologists in Training. Am J Ophthalmol. 2016 Mar 30. pii: S0002-9394(16)30135-0. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2016.03.031. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27038890.

• Cannon SH, Levy JK, Kirk SK, Crawford PC, Leutenegger CM, Shuster JJ, Liu J, Chandrashekar R. Infectious diseases in dogs rescued during dogfighting investigations. Vet J. 2016 May;211:64-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2016.02.012. Epub 2016 Mar 4. PubMed PMID: 27056107.

• Gurka MJ, Vishnu A, Okereke OI, Musani S, Sims M, DeBoer MD. Depressive symptoms are associated with worsened severity of the metabolic syndrome in African American women independent of lifestyle factors: A consideration of mechanistic links from the Jackson Heart Study. Psychoneuroendocrinology 68: 82-90, 2016. PMID:27406187

• Lee AM, Gurka MJ, DeBoer MD. A metabolic syndrome severity score to estimate risk in adolescents and adults: current evidence and future potential. Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy 14: 411-413, 2016.

• Li Z, Leite W, Thompson L, Gross H, Shenkman B, Reeve B, DeWalt D, Huang, I-C. (2016) Determinants of longitudinal health-related quality of life change in children with asthma from low-income families: a report from the PROMIS® Pediatric Asthma Study. Clinical & Experimental Allergy.

• Thompson LA, Wegman M, Muller K, Muszynski M, Rathore M, De Leon J, Shenkman EA and the Health IMPACTS for Florida Network. (2016) Improving Adolescent Health Risk Assessment: A Multi-Method Pilot Study. MCH Journal.

• Hicks, A., W.R. Hogan, J. Hanna, D. Welch, M. Brochhausen, “The Ontology of Medically Related Social Entities: Recent Developments” The Journal of Biomedical Semantics. 7:47. 2016. PMID:27406187

• Li Z, Thompson LA, Gross H, Shenkman EA, Reeve BB, DeWalt C and Huang IC. Longitudinal associations among asthma control, sleep problems, and health-related quality of life in children with asthma: a report from the PROMIS® Pediatric Asthma Study.  Sleep Medicine, 2016, 20:41-50.

• Howell, CR, Thompson LA, Gross H, Reeve BB, DeWalt D, Huang IC.  Responsiveness to Change in PROMIS® Measures among Children with Asthma: A Report from the PROMIS Pediatric Asthma Study.  Value in Health, 2016 doi:10.1016/j.jval.2015.12.004.

• Black, EW, Mezzina K, and LA Thompson. Anonymous Social Media - Understanding the Content and Context of Yik Yak. Computers in Human Behavior (2016), pp. 17-22.

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