CHeRP includes general pediatricians, pediatrics 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, and the CHeRP and PROMoTeR divisions. 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.
Michael Gooch, PhD Programmer/Analyst
Michael Gooch, Ph.D., is a programmer/analyst working with Ann Wu and Tasha Stout in the Center for Healthcare Research in Pediatrics (CHeRP). He will work on the Precision Medicine and Treatment (PreEMT) Model which will simulate disease states and the impact of genomic variants on disease progression. In addition, he will work on the Age-Dependent Pharmacogenomics of Asthma Treatment (ADAPT) project which seeks to elucidate response to asthma medications. He graduated from the University of Connecticut Health program for Biomedical Science. His previous research projects involved in-silico analysis investigating the relationship of mutation load to mutation patterns in colon tumor sample data from the Cancer Genome Atlas. Dr. Gooch's research interests include genomic analysis, probabilistic modeling and simulation, and diseases influenced by genetic variation or somatic mutation.
Joe Hero, PhD Health Policy Researcher
Dr. Hero is a health policy researcher and a Thomas O Pyle Fellow at the Center for Health Care Research in Pediatrics at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. He studies opinions and attitudes regarding health and health care and how they affect health care behavior, decision-making and satisfaction. His other areas of study include comparative health systems and health care disparities. His current research focuses on decision-making and satisfaction among individuals and families who purchase health insurance on the non-group market. Dr. Hero received his PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University and a Master of Public Health from the Yale School of Public Health.
Kelly Horan, MPH Program Manager/Senior Project 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.
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 Professor Ann Chen Wu, Sharon Lutz, and Alon Peltz. 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.