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, Katherine Yih, 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.
Lauren Cripps, MA
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.
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.
Joe Hero 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 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.