Students

Michael Chen

Michael Chen was born in Taichung, Taiwan and grew up in Toronto, Canada. Prior to entering graduate school, Michael studied economics and community health at Brown University in Providence, RI. After college, he worked for a few years in community organizing, affordable housing development, and public health consulting. Michael is fascinated by issues related to insurance and access to care, health disparities, quality of care, and infectious diseases. In his spare time, Michael enjoys over-eating, playing sports, and spending time with his family. His favorite food is fried rice and favorite colour is blue.

Elizabeth Czirr

Elizabeth Czirr

Twylla Dillion

Twylla Dillion

Nicolas Goldstein

Nicolas Goldstein

Nicolas Goldstein received his B.A. degree in Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. During his undergraduate education, Nicolas interned/volunteered in hospitals, non-profit organizations, and non-governmental organizations. In addition, he served as a research associate on several projects involving childhood obesity, pediatric health economics, the utilization of minority health data, Chagas disease, and trachoma. His research interests include health disparities, urban health, and pediatric health.

Viji Kannan

Viji Kinna

Viji Kannan received her Bachelor’s from the University of Georgia and MSPH from Emory University. Viji is interested in health behaviors & wellness, alternative medicines, obesity, the built environment, and food policy. She would like to explore these topics from the perspective of decision behavior and complex systems.

Chelsea Lyons

Chelsea Lyons

Chelsea Lyons earned her MA in clinical psychology from California State University-Northridge and her BA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include suicide prevention in Veterans as well as care coordination and continuity of care issues for people with serious mental illness.

Brian McGarry

Brian McGarry

Brian McGarry received a Masters degree in physical therapy from Nazareth College. His research interests focus on consumer purchasing decisions related to various health and long-term care insurance products.

Chintan Pandya

Chintan Pandya

Chintan Pandya completed medical school in India. He then pursued a MPH degree with evaluative sciences major at SUNY Stony Brook. Before coming to Rochester, he worked as research assistant on health disparity project funded by the NIH. His research interests are health disparities and their impact on health services utilization.

Micah Segelman

Micah Segelman

Micah Segelman received a BA in Math and an MA in Statistics, both from the University of Rochester, as well as Talmudic/Rabbinic degrees and Rabbinical Ordination.Micah is interested in health care costs and currently focuses on long term care. He does work in the areas of home and community based services, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and nursing homes.

Caroline Thirukumaran

Caroline Thirukumaran

Caroline Thirukumaran received her Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of Mumbai, in India and Masters in Hospital Administration from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Caroline brings with her a professional experience of seven years in hospital project planning and operations management. Her interests include public health policy and quality & safety of care rendered in healthcare settings.

Zhiqiu Ye

Zhiqiu Ye

Zhiqiu Ye received her Bachelor's degree in nursing from Shandong University in China. During her undergraduate study, she was awarded a university grant to investigate work-related stress and coping strategies among nurses in the rural areas in China. After graduation, she practiced as a clinical nurse in the Shandong. Her research interests include quality of care and patient safety, patient-centered outcomes, public reporting and health disparity.

Mechelle Sanders

Mechelle is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in psychology and sociology. After graduating, she completed a teaching fellowship through the NYC Board of Education. She has worked on several NIH funded studies in the areas of cancer screening disparities, patient portals, and provider--patient communication about physical activity. Mechelle’s research interests include racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health outcomes; as well as health information technology (HIT) use in underserved populations.

Patrick Walsh

Patrick G. Walsh received a Bachelor’s degree in managerial economics from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester. His focus is on outcomes and quality of care with regard to mental health care and emergency services. Patrick’s research interests include suicide prevention, older adult depression, psychiatric emergency service utilization, and substance abuse.

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