Category: NRSA Fellows

Caroline Efird, MPH

Caroline Efird, MPH, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Behavior at UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her current research examines how the racialized social system of whiteness in the United States influences health beliefs, attitudes, and care-seeking behaviors for rural residents. Her dissertation is a mixed-methods examination of… Read more »

Joannie Ivory, MD, MSPH

Joannie Ivory, MD is currently a second year Hematology/Oncology Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. For undergraduate education, she attended Xavier University of Louisiana and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science. Subsequently, Dr. Ivory enrolled into Meharry Medical College,… Read more »

Christopher Jensen, MD

Christopher Jensen, MD, is a Hematology / Oncology clinical fellow, AHRQ health services research fellow, and masters student in the Department of Epidemiology at UNC. He completed his medical degree at UNC, followed by Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical interests center on hematologic malignancies and geriatric oncology, with a… Read more »

Jessica Young, PhD

Jessica Young, MSPH, PhD is a pharmacoepidemiologist interested in leveraging preexisting data sources to advance methods used in observational research aimed at improving healthcare delivery. Her dissertation research used linked electronic medical records (EMR) and insurance claims data to examine opioid prescribing for post-surgical pain and the risk of prolonged postoperative opioid use. In addition… Read more »

Ryan Kandrack

Ryan Kandrack is a PhD student in Health Policy and Management at UNC Chapel Hill where he focuses on health and labor economics. His research interests include understanding the effects of changes in primary care organization, staffing, and payment on care delivery and patient outcomes; health care labor markets; productivity and efficiency; and applied econometrics… Read more »

Kathryn Law Hale, PhD

Academic Interests My work is driven by overarching interests in the cultural, clinical, and familial management of severe mental illness, as well as interventions and policies that could improve the treatment and quality of life of psychiatric patients. I have conducted ethnographic research in both the U.S. and Mexico regarding the beliefs and practices surrounding… Read more »

Esita Patel, BSN, RN

Esita Patel is a 3rd year health care systems-track doctoral student in UNC’s School of Nursing through the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation. Her research interests include healthcare workforce policy and access to high-quality and cost-effective care. For her dissertation work, she plans to examine how state-level nurse practitioner scope of practice policy changes… Read more »

Ashley Cole, MPH

Ashley Cole is a 3rd year doctoral student in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Her research interests include pharmacoepidemiology and pharmaceutical outcomes research in oncology. Her ongoing work at UNC includes investigating the impact of generic market entry on the cost of anticancer therapies, methodological considerations of observational studies… Read more »

Lisa Spees, PhD

Lisa Spees received her BA and MA in history from Emory University in 2009, where she wrote her master’s thesis on desegregation during the civil rights movements. Inspired by her master’s research, she received her PhD in public policy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2016, where she focused on the effect of… Read more »

Sheps researchers present at AcademyHealth 2016 Annual Research Meeting in Boston

AcademyHealth is one of the largest health services research conferences of the year, and Sheps researchers will be presenting throughout the conference June 25-June 28th. See details below: NRSA CONFERENCE – Sheraton Boston Hotel Saturday June 25th   Plenary Session     8:00-8:30am Independence         Presentation of the John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award Ballroom                 (Winner: Kathleen… 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 »