CHeRP Faculty/Staff

CHeRP includes general pediatricians, pediatric specialists, epidemiologists, social scientists and research/administrative staff.

Faculty

Associate Faculty

Staff

Claire Abraham, MD – Research Fellow

Claire graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology prior to attending medical school at Wake Forest University. She completed her pediatric residency at NYP-Columbia in New York and is now a General Academic Pediatrics Fellow and Health Services Research Fellow at Boston Children's. Claire is working with Alison Galbraith on a project examining variations in flu vaccine uptake.

Claire.Abraham@childrens.harvard.edu

Mikaela Batista, MA – Senior Administrative Specialist

Mikaela Batista is a Senior 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, Davene Wright, Katherine Yih, Joanne Sordillo, and Pamela McMahon. Her other responsibilities include designing materials for research dissemination within CHeRP and PROMoTeR. Ms. Batista graduated from Stony Brook University and received her MA in Art History in 2016 and completed her graduate certificate program in Visual and Digital Health Communication from Boston University in 2020.

(617) 867-4580

Mikaela_Batista@harvardpilgrim.org

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. 

(617) 867-4582

Elena_Faugno@harvardpilgrim.org

Amy Han, MPH – Project Manager

Amy Han is a Project Manager for the Center for Healthcare Research in Pediatrics (CHeRP). Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, she worked in clinical trial conduct and management with experience on the site level at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as well as in project management at an academic research organization, Baim Institute for Clinical Research. She received her BS in Premedical Health Studies at MCPHS University and her MPH at Boston University School of Public Health.

(617) 867-4581

Amy_Han@harvardpilgrim.org

Madison Hickingbotham, MS – Research Assistant

Madison Hickingbotham is a Research Assistant at CHeRP. She primarily assists Dr. Kurt Christensen with the Sanford and PreEMPT projects. Madison received her BS in Public Health Sciences with a focus area in the Social Dynamics of Health from UMass Amherst in 2020, and received her MS in Health and Wellness Management from Merrimack College in 2021. While completing her MS, Madison worked as a research fellow on health behavior and health outcome disparities of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. Her research interests include social and behavioral epidemiology and epigenetics.

Madison_Hickingbotham@harvardpilgrim.org

Jessica LeBlanc, MA – Senior Project Manager

Jessica LeBlanc is a Senior 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.

(617) 867-4865

Jessica_LeBlanc@harvardpilgrim.org

Alicia Lourekas, MPH - Project Manager

Alicia Lourekas is a Project Manager for the Center for Healthcare Research in Pediatrics (CHeRP). She provides project support for CheRP’s research portfolio. Prior to joining HPHCI, Alicia worked in clinical trial management at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and in grants management at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She received an MPH from Emory University with a focus on behavioral sciences and health education. While in graduate school, she had the opportunity to work on epidemiology and health communication projects for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also holds a BS in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Alicia.Lourekas@point32health.org

Isdin Oke, MD – Research Fellow

Isdin is a pediatric ophthalmologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and a fellow in the Harvard-wide pediatric health services research program. He is interested in using large administrative and clinical databases to identify disparities in vision care and surgical outcomes. His interests also include cost-effectiveness analysis and simulation modeling of novel screening strategies for eye disease. Before joining CHeRP, he completed a clinical fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at Boston Children’s Hospital, residency at Boston Medical Center, and medical school at Harvard Medical School. 

Isdin.Oke@childrens.harvard.edu

Georgia Okolita, BN – Administrative Specialist

Georgia joined both CoRAL and CHeRP in November 2021 as an Administrative Specialist. She provides administrative support for both Brittany Charlton and Ann Wu. Georgia graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, Georgia worked at the Neurosciences Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital as a Practice Assistant. She then went on to join the Department of Genetics and Population Sciences at Dana Farber Cancer Institute where she worked as a Genetic Testing Coordinator for the last three years.

Georgia_Okolita@harvardpilgrim.org

Daniel Shapiro, MD – Research Fellow

Dan is a research fellow in in the Center for Healthcare Research in Pediatrics (CHeRP) as part of the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program. He is also a clinical fellow in pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. Prior to joining CHERP, Dan completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and residency in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. His research focuses on a variety of topics related to low-value care for acute illnesses in children.

(617) 355-6624

daniel.shapiro@childrens.harvard.edu

Natalie Smith, PhD - Research Fellow

Natalie is a postdoctoral research fellow working with Davene Wright in the Center for Healthcare Research in Pediatrics (CHeRP). Natalie’s main research interest is to promote the implementation of evidence-informed policies to prevent cancer and chronic disease. To that end, she pursues research geared towards (1) using decision support methods, mainly simulation modeling, to assess the comparative health and economic effects of public health policies, and (2) improving how researchers disseminate findings from simulation modeling studies to policymakers. She earned her PhD in Health Policy and Management and her MS in Biostatistics from UNC Chapel Hill.

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.

(617) 867- 4525

Sarah_Stein@harvardpilgrim.org

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.

(617) 867-4403

Kirsten_Voorhies@harvardpilgrim.org

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.

(617) 867-4848

Ryan_Walsh@harvardpilgrim.org

Monica Hsiung Wojcik, MD – Research Fellow

Dr. Wojcik is a neonatologist and clinical geneticist at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School whose research focuses on the application of genomic medicine in the perinatal setting, particularly related to genetic diagnosis in the neonatal intensive care unit - where she practices clinically - and related to understanding genetic causes of infant mortality via genomic autopsy. ​

(617) 355-5355

monica.wojcik@childrens.harvard.edu