Trainees

Our Trainees are undergraduate, Masters' and Ph.D. level students and postdoctoral fellows who actively participate in the conduct of health services research under the mentorship of CHEAR faculty. These learners come from academic disciplines that include clinical psychology, epidemiology, health informatics, health administration, medicine, and public health. They participate in all facets of CHEAR research including participant recruitment, data collection, management and analysis, literature review, manuscript preparation and the application of machine learning and data mining techniques to advance the CHEAR mission.

Anton Avancena
Research Assistant
Huey-Fen Chen
Huey-Fen Chen
Graduate Student Research Assistant

Huey-Fen focuses on the cost-effectiveness of newborn screening as part of the research team led by Dr. Lisa Prosser. She holds a Master of Health Administration degree from National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan.

Emma Collins
Research Assistant
Ellen Kim Deluca
Ellen Kim Deluca
Graduate Student Research Assistant

Ellen is a doctoral student working with Dr. Lisa Prosser. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tran Doan
Tran T. Doan
Graduate Student Research Assistant

Tran conducts cost-effectiveness analysis to project the long-term economic and health outcomes of preventing tooth decay among children as part of the research team led by Dr. Lisa Prosser. She is a doctoral candidate in Health Services Organization and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, a RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar and a Rackham Merit Fellow. Tran's favorite thing about CHEAR is connecting to mentors, faculty, and staff across many departments.

Aria Grabowski
Aria Grabowski
Research Assistant

Aria works on smartphone technology to develop individually and culturally tailored messages to encourage African American adolescents to make healthy food choices for the Improving Nutritional Choices in Adolescents project as part of the research team led by Dr. Susan Woolford. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Michigan. Aria enjoys cooking, baking, and gardening.

Madison Helsel
Volunteer Research Assistant
Cara Janusz
Cara Bess Janusz
Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow

Cara focuses her research on evaluating and optimizing immunization programs and outcomes. She is a doctoral candidate in Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She also has a Masters of Public Health in Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation and a Masters of Arts in Latin American and Western Hemispheric Affairs. Cara is delighted to continue developing her research goals and career under the mentorship of CHEAR faculty who share a desire to connect research to practice and policy.

Emma Kaplan
Volunteer Research Assistant
Joseph Kohne
Joseph Kohne
Health Services Research Fellow

Joseph focuses on evaluating and improving long-term outcomes after pediatric respiratory failure. He holds a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Louis University. Joseph enjoys being outside, gardening, cooking, and spending time with his wife Leigh and poodle Lucy.

Catherine Mykolajtchuk
Volunteer Research Assistant
Samantha Philipp
Volunteer Research Assistant
Lilly Richter
Lilly Richter
Research Assistant

Lilly supports subject recruitment as part of the research team led by Dr. Ellen Selkie. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Lilly's favorite thing about her work at CHEAR is conversing and interacting with patients and their families. Lilly enjoys reading, cooking, and learning new languages.

Kristina Suorsa
Kristina Suorsa
Research Assistant

Kristina examines biopsychosocial outcomes and the process of shared decision making among patients with a Difference of Sex Development (DSD) and their caregivers as part of the research team led by Dr. David Sandberg. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Kristina enjoys camping, hiking, and rock climbing.

Xin Wen
CHEAR-Life Sciences Institute Child Health Policy Scholars Program Fellow

Xin focuses on applying smartphone/online programs to help the treatment of obesity among adolescents as part of the research team led by Dr. Susan Woolford. She is a doctoral candidate in Dr. Klionsky’s lab in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan. Xin’s favorite thing about CHEAR is that it provides her a great opportunity to learn new skills and conduct more practical disease-related research in the context of public health.