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
Mikayla Barry
Mikayla Barry
Research Assistant

Mikayla manages data and performs analyses for child nutrition projects as part of the research team led by Dr. Joyce Lee. She holds a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from Lee University. Mikayla's favorite thing about CHEAR is getting to work with data that has potential to make a significant public health impact.

Socheatha Chan
Research Assistant

Socheatha conducts literature reviews and assists with data mining for projects as part of the research teams led by Dr. Joyce Lee and Dr. Ellen Selkie. She is pursuing a Master of Health Informatics degree from the University of Michigan. Socheatha's hobbies include cooking and indoor gardening.

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.

Robin Deyarmond
Research Assistant
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.

Lydia Essenmacher
Lydia Essenmacher
Research Assistant

Lydia conducts Medicaid evaluations and assisting with the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health (Mott Poll) as part of the research team led by CHEAR Investigator Sarah Clark. She is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. Lydia's favorite thing about CHEAR is her coworkers. In her free time, she loves to read and drinks too much coffee.

Marina Goulas
Research Assistant

Marina performs data analysis and conducts literature reviews as part of the research team led by Dr. Kevin Dombkowski. She is pursuing a Master in Health Informatics degree from the University of Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from Michigan State University. Marina enjoys exercising outside, spending time with her family, and reading.

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.

Kristin Hess
Kristin Hess
Research Assistant

Kristen works on projects that focus on sickle cell disease and supports the Michigan Care Improvement Registry as part of the research teams led by Dr. Sarah Reeves and Dr. Kevin Dombkowski. She is pursuing a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Kristen enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs, playing the piano, and seeing musicals.

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.

Youna Lee
Youna Lee
Research Assistant
Darius Moore
Research Assistant
Michelle Ng
Michelle Ng
Research Assistant

Michelle investigates the evolution of patient-designed DIY technology to manage Type 1 diabetes as part of the research team led by Dr. Joyce Lee. She is a second-year medical student and holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Michigan. Michelle loves to go running along the Huron River.

Linh Nguyen
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.

Maya Sankaran
Research Assistant
Kristina Suorsa
Kristina Suorsa
Postdoctoral Fellow

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.

Danny Teng
Danny Teng
Research Assistant

Danny performs data analysis using machine learning as part of the research team led by Dr. Ellen Selkie. He is pursuing his Masters in Health Informatics degree and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Danny's favorite thing about his work at CHEAR is working with messy data. Danny enjoys running, video games, and drinking an unhealthy amount of coffee.