CHeRP includes general pediatricians, pediatric specialists, epidemiologists, social scientists and research/administrative staff.
Mikaela Batista, MA - 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, Katherine Yih, Joanne Sordillo, and Pamela McMahon. 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.
Lauren Cripps, MA - Project Manager
Lauren Cripps, MA is a Research Associate in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She is currently working on conducting and analyzing qualitative interviews for the AFFORD study, which aims to better understand the health care decisions and experiences of families with asthma under different insurance plans. Previously, Ms. Cripps worked as an Assistant Study Director at the Center for Survey Research, where she was involved in the implementation and management of numerous mail, phone, web, and field surveys. Ms. Cripps received her BA in Sociology from the University of Maine Orono and her MA in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Survey Research from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Elena Faugno, MSW, MPH - Research Associate
Elena Faugno, MSW, MPH is a Research Associate in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She is currently working on conducting and analyzing qualitative interviews for the Understanding Preferences for Insurance Coverage (U-PIC) study, which aims to better understand the experiences people have when choosing and using their health insurance. Previously, Elena has practiced as a clinical social worker and has been a part of multiple research teams both at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Boston Medical Center. She is passionate about tackling issues of health disparities across the life course and thinking about ways to create communities of opportunity for children and families. Elena received her BS in Interdisciplinary Health Services and Bioethics from Saint Joseph’s University and her MSW/MPH from Boston University.
Lauren Galbraith - Research Assistant
Lauren Galbraith is a Research Assistant in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Lauren will be spending most of her time working on the PreEMPT Model and Sanford Imagenetics Project, in conjunction with Dr. Kurt Christensen. Prior to joining, Lauren work at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Genetics with the Genomes 2 People research group. She recently graduated from Truman State University, with her B.S. in Biology and Psychology. Lauren has hopes to return to graduate school to pursue a degree in Genetic Counseling.
Kelly Horan, MPH - Program Manager
Kelly Horan, MPH is a Program 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.
Ted Lee, MD - Research Fellow
Ted Lee’s research goals at CHeRP are to study the delivery of personalized medicine in health care. Specifically, he is studying the uptake of new genetic tests in the rapidly changing landscape of prenatal screening for pediatric conditions. He finished his urology residency at the University of Michigan and is currently also completing his pediatric urology and Harvard-wide pediatric health services research fellowships at Boston Children’s Hospital. His other research interests include incorporation of personalized medicine in the work-up of pediatric urinary tract infections.
Jessica LeBlanc, MA - Project Manager
Jessica LeBlanc is a Project Manager for the Center for Healthcare Research in Pediatrics (CHeRP). She provides project management support for Drs. Davene Wright, Kurt Christensen, and Katherine Yih. Before joining CHeRP in Spring 2020, Jessica served as the Operations Manager for Project Viva, a longitudinal study of mothers and children, also within the Department of Population Medicine. Jessica also worked previously as an Assistant Study Director at the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston, developing questionnaires and survey protocols and coordinating mixed-mode research projects. She earned a BA in Sociology and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire in 2011, and a MA in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2015. Her academic interests focus on the intersection of public health and quantitative research methodology.
Maria Jose Acosta Robayo (Majo) – Research Assistant
Maria Jose Acosta Robayo (Majo) is a Research Assistant in CHeRP. She will be spending most of her time working on the PreEMPT Model with Ann Wu and the rest of the team. Prior to joining CHeRP, Maria worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Medical Practice Evaluation Center. She recently graduated from Harvard University, with a major in Sociology and minor in Global Health Policy, and has hopes of pursuing a PhD in Health Policy.
Sarah Stein, PhD- Research Programmer
Sarah Stein is a Research Programmer in both the CHeRP and HPI divisions. Sarah holds a PhD in Organization Behavior from Stanford and is skilled in C++, R, Python natural language processing, data manipulation and visualization. Sarah splits her time working on decision modeling projects of newborn genomic screening (PreEMPT) with Dr. Ann Wu and of breast cancer projects with Dr. Natasha Stout.
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Kirsten Voorhies, ScM – Biostatistician
Kirsten Voorhies, ScM is a Biostatistician in CHeRP. Kirsten received her BS in Psychology and Mathematics with an emphasis in Statistics from Arizona State University. She recently graduated from Brown University with her ScM in Biostatistics. Her previous research experience includes data analysis for health services research. She will be working with Sharon Lutz on methods development and evaluation projects in statistical genetics and genomics.
Ryan Walsh - Administrative Specialist
Ryan Walsh is an Administrative Specialist in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Ryan provides administrative support for Professors Ann Chen Wu, Sharon Lutz, Kurt Christensen, and the CHeRP and PROMoTeR divisions. Ryan graduated from the University of New Hampshire and received his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and Policy: Public Health with a minor in Sociology. Prior to joining the Department of Population Medicine Ryan worked as the Program Coordinator for the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Ryan has hopes of obtaining his Master in Public Health in the near future and is interested in research surrounding mental health and health policy.