CHeRP includes general pediatricians, pediatrics specialists, epidemiologists, social scientists and research/administrative staff.
Mikaela Batista Administrative Specialist
Mikaela Batista is an Administrative Specialist in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She provides administrative support for Professors Alison Galbraith, Melissa Gilkey, and Ann Chen Wu on their ongoing research projects. Her other responsibilities include designing presentation support and materials for the department. Ms. Batista graduated from Stony Brook University and received her MA in Art History with a concentration in the artistic contributions of women in Ancient Greece.
Bridgit Burns Research Associate
Bridgit Burns, MPH is a Research Associate in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Her current work primarily involves analysis of qualitative interviews with healthcare providers for the VAC project, which aims to identify potential intervention bundles to reduce ventilator-associated complications in children. Previously, Ms. Burns worked as a Project Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health, where she conducted qualitative interviews, survey research, and health policy analyses focused on access to reproductive health care. She received a BS in human biology, health, and society from Cornell University and an MPH in population and family health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
Rachel Gruver Project Manager
Rachel Gruver, MPH is a Project Manager in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Ms. Gruver manages a number of health policy, health services, and epidemiologic research projects. These include several studies related to vaccine delivery and safety, and a study to assess the decision-making challenges and needs of non-group health insurance enrollees. She has previously worked on programs and research in the areas of maternal and child health, sexual health and HIV prevention, and she is particularly interested in research addressing health disparities. Ms. Gruver received her MPH in Population and Family Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Kelly Horan Program Manager/Senior Project Manager
Kelly Horan, MPH is a Senior Project Manager in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and the Administrative Manager for CHeRP. After receiving a BA in Psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University, she earned an MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Tufts University. Her research experience has involved managing health services and epidemiologic research projects. Examples include a study of adherence to and effectiveness of asthma controller medications, trends in cardiovascular diseases, and multi-center studies of vaccine safety. Ms. Horan's interests include health services and outcomes research and infectious disease.