Category: Sheps Center

Parth Shah, PharmD

Parth Shah is a pharmacist and PhD candidate in Health Behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Parth grew up in Los Angeles, CA, and received his BS in biochemistry from the University of Southern California in 2008. He received his PharmD from the USC School of Pharmacy in 2012 before beginning the… Read more »

Dalia Khoury, PhD

Research Interests My overarching interests lie in the application of the research process to an identified need or problem. To date, my research has experience has spanned substantive areas, but the underlying commonality has been populations that are vulnerable or stigmatized (e.g., foster children with mental health problems, Arab Americans with mental health problems, poor… Read more »

Leslie Adams, MPH

Leslie Adams is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. While at UNC, Leslie has worked primarily on the M.A.N.H.O.O.D.S study, which focuses on examining the relationship between neighborhood contexts and risk-taking behavior among African American men. She has also contributed to… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Mark Fraser, PhD, MSW

Dr. Fraser is an Associate Dean for Research at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and has been at UNC for almost 20 years. His primary areas of interest include children and families at risk; antisocial and aggressive behavior in childhood; early adolescence and adolescence; risk and resilience in childhood; and prevention of conduct problems in… Read more »

Mark Toles, PhD, RN

Mark Toles, PhD, RN is an assistant professor with clinical experience in transitional care, behavioral health and nursing management. In his research, Dr. Toles seeks to expand understanding of transitional care for older adults and their family caregivers. In epidemiological and observational studies, he described the prevalence of re-hospitalizations for older adults after nursing home discharge and targets… Read more »

Erica Richman, PhD, MSW

Erica Richman (Carroll) PhD, MSW, is a Research Analyst at the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Richman received her PhD from the School of Social Work at… Read more »

Kelly Alanis-Hirsch, PhD

Academic Interests I am interested in the availability and accessibility of evidence-based practices for those with co-occurring substance use disorders and serious mental illness, particularly medications to support addiction recovery. My research interests also include mental health and primary care integration for persons with multiple morbidities—serious mental illness, substance abuse, and chronic physical illness. I… Read more »

William J. Olesiuk, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow   Academic Interests I am interested in evaluating systems of health care organization for individuals with chronic diseases and mental illnesses. In particular, I enjoy studying how novel health care delivery approaches affect cost and quality of care. My hope is that the research I do can lead to improved care for individuals… Read more »

Mona Kilany, M.S.P.H., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow   Academic Interests Mona Kilany, M.S.P.H, Ph.D., is interested in models of care management for people with chronic conditions, with an emphasis on people with mental health and physical comorbidities. Her research interests also include mental health/primary care integration as well as outcomes in the patient-centered medical home for people with severe mental… Read more »

OPINION: Gun violence, simple solutions, and mental health workforce shortage

Kathleen C. Thomas, Alan R. Ellis and Joseph P. Morrissey updated June 9, 2014 The politically acceptable solution to the current crisis over gun violence is to say it’s a ‘mental health problem.1-3 This branding distorts the facts about violence and mental illness, and creates unrealistic expectations about what mental health professionals can do to… Read more »