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John Duncan “Dunc” Williams, Jr.

John Duncan “Dunc” Williams, Jr. is a NRSA Pre-Doctoral Fellow assessing the financial impact of mergers on rural hospitals. Dunc is currently pursuing a PhD in health policy and management at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health, with an emphasis on health care financial management. Dunc graduated from the University of… Read more »

Aaron Mitchell, MD

Aaron Mitchell is a fellow in medical oncology at the University of North Carolina. Aaron grew up in North Carolina, and received his BS in biology from Yale University in 2005. He received his MD from New York University School of Medicine in 2011, before returning to his home state to train in internal medicine… Read more »

Mike Belden, PhD

Academic Interests I am interested in the dissemination and implementation of innovative interventions for persons with multiple morbidities – mental illness, substance abuse, and chronic physical health problems. My research interests also include disparities in access to high-quality services for mental health and substance abuse disorders in the US, and internationally.   Current Research Projects… Read more »

Sam Savitz

Sam Savitz is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. His research interests include medical decision-making, health economics, and cost-effectiveness. His dissertation focuses on how patients select among treatment alternatives when there is clinical uncertainty. At UNC, he has been… Read more »

Maria Martinez, PhD

Maria Martinez is a NRSA postdoctoral fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research whose research broadly focuses on improving access to and quality of child and family mental health services. Maria has clinical and research experience developing screening measures and interventions for families in community and clinical settings at-risk for chronic… Read more »

Nadya Belenky, MSPH

Nadya is a doctoral student in Epidemiology at UNC. Her dissertation focuses on Medicaid-Medicare dual eligibles with HIV and she is conducting a pre-post comparison to estimate changes in health outcomes associated with the transition to Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Before coming to Chapel Hill, Nadya worked as a research analyst for a… Read more »

Jacqueline Burgette, DMD

Jacqueline is excited to focus her research career as an NRSA postdoctoral fellow at the Sheps Center. She completed her third year of residency in pediatric dentistry at UNC in June 2015, and is taking time away from clinical training to focus on health services research. Her research interests include pediatric oral health services. Currently,… Read more »

Michelle Vitko

Michelle Vitko is a third year doctoral student in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is interested in policies governing healthcare and is excited to focus her dissertation research on medical utilization patterns and cost-effectiveness of generic antiepileptic drug substitution legislation in the United States. Prior… Read more »

Terence Johnson

Terence Johnson is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. While at UNC, Terence has worked on several studies that investigate factors that influence HIV related disparities among low-income and disadvantaged populations. For Terence’s dissertation research, he will assess racial disparities in… Read more »

Will Hall, MSW, PhD

Academic Interests My area of interest centers of the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth, particularly regarding internalizing psychological problems and the promotion of empowerment and resilience.  Specifically, I am interested in understanding the mental health disparities facing LGBTQ youth, identifying multilevel risk and protective factors for mental health problems… Read more »

San Juanita Garcia, MS, PhD

Academic Interests My research interests are immigration, sociology of mental health, medical sociology, Latina/o sociology, and the intersections between race, ethnicity, class, gender, and legal status. My research examines how “illegality” shapes the response to stressors and susceptibility to depressive symptoms among Mexican-origin women, across legal status and nativity. This research highlights the salience of… Read more »

Daniel Moseley, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow ACADEMIC INTERESTS I am a philosopher by training who is interested in mental health ethics, law, and policy. I am particularly interested in conceptual and ethical issues involved in evaluating the effectiveness and quality of mental health care and services.   CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS I am working with Dr. Jeffrey Swanson on projects… Read more »

Corey Kalbaugh, MS, MA

Corey is thrilled to join the Sheps team as an NRSA predoctoral fellow. He is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology. For his dissertation research, Corey will examine disease burden and health care utilization for individuals with clinically diagnosed peripheral artery disease. He is interested in promoting healthy aging and is committed to… Read more »

Rachel Machta

Rachel is a 3rd year doctoral student in Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Prior to coming to UNC, Rachel was a health analyst at Mathematica Policy Research in their DC office where she worked on several projects related to primary care transformation, Medicaid programs and long-term care, and… Read more »

Tyler Ellis, MD

Tyler is excited to focus his research career as an NRSA postdoctoral fellow at the Sheps Center. He completed his third year of residency in General Surgery at UNC in June 2014, and is taking time away from clinical training to focus on health services and clinical research. His research interests include rectal and pancreatic… Read more »