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.
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.
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.
Narmeen Rehman - Research Assistant
Narmeen Rehman is a Research Assistant in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim health Care Institute. Narmeen will be working on the Precision Medicine and Treatment (PreEMPT) Model. Narmeen received her BA in Community and Global Public Health from the University of Michigan (U-M). Prior to joining the Department of Population Medicine, Ms. Rehman conducted health disparities research with U-M's Comprehensive Stroke Center. Passionate about the intersection of medicine, health policy, and health equity, Ms. Rehman hopes to continue conducting health services research and ultimately pursue an MD/MPH to promote greater access to quality, equitable care.
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, Alon Peltz 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.