Lin Fan is a fourth year PhD student in HSR. He received his Masters degree in Social Medicine from Fudan University (formerly Shanghai Medical University). His interests include healthcare for vulnerable populations, rural health, and health insurance. He has worked on projects focusing on emergency department use among rural elderly, and on urban-rural differences in myocardial infarctions and heart failure prevalence and incidence rates. Currently, he is a research assistant in the Wilmot Cancer Center.
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 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.
Qinghua Li is a third year PhD student. She works as a research assistant on MADIT project. Her research interests include quality of care and outcomes of mental health services, and the application of quantitative methodologies to health services research.
Xiaolei Li is a first year PhD student in HSR. She received her Bachelors degree in Life Sciences from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario). Her interests include quality of care and outcomes in primary care, and the effect of patient-physician interaction in the primary care settings.
Chelsea Lyons is a first year PhD student. She earned her MA in clinical psychology from Cal State Northridge and her BA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include quality of mental health services as well as long-term care and prevention of chronic and severe mental illnesses.
Kevin Makino is originally from Hawaii, but moved to sunny Rochester to pursue both his MD and PhD degrees at the University of Rochester through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). His research interests lie in understanding the impacts of family socioeconomics on children’s health and life trajectories, and his dissertation will seek to elucidate the interaction between socioeconomic status, health insurance, and educational success among children in the United States. In addition to pursuing his research interests, Kevin serves as Chair of the local student chapter of AcademyHealth and serves on the Diversity Committee of the medical school.
Brian McGarry received his Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from Nazareth College in Rochester. Prior to becoming a full-time doctoral candidate at the University of Rochester, Brian worked as a physical therapist in both the pediatric and orthopedic outpatient settings. His research interests include clinical decision making and cost-effectiveness analysis.
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.
Nan Qiao is a first year student in the Health Services Research & Policy doctoral program. She received a Master in Management Science degree from Fudan University in China. Her research interests focus on health policy for the elderly, especially long term care insurance. She is also interested in informal care, home care policy, and community health reform in China.
Micah Segelman holds a BA in Math and an MA in Statistics, both from the University of Rochester. He is interested in the impact and cost effectiveness of interventions designed to encourage individuals to maintain wellness and prevent disease. He is also interested in assessing the impact and cost effectiveness of interventions designed to change the way that both medical providers and patients manage chronic illness. Micah graduated from the Talmudical Institute of Upstate New York and The Rabbinical Seminary of America and was ordained as a Rabbi. He taught both math and Judaic studies in Queens, NY.
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.
Patrick G. Walsh received his Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester. He is a part-time PhD student who matriculated in Spring 2009. His research interests are outcomes and quality of care research with regard to psychiatric emergency and older adult mental health care. Patrick has worked on research related to access to emergency and psychiatric care, suicide prevention, substance abuse and suicidality, and older adult depression involving psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and emergency department populations.
Matthew Wojtesta is a doctoral candidate and his research focuses on physician-patient interaction. His dissertation seeks to explain variation in physicians' responses to patients' requests. Matthew earned his BA in economics and political science as an undergraduate at the University of Rochester. His professional experiences include being a summer research associate in health policy for the RAND Corporation, stock brokerage, HIV counseling and testing, and research support for a "smart growth" urban planning advocacy organization.
Jingping Xing is a second year PhD student in Health Service Research and Policy. Before comimg to Rochester, she was a physician in Nephrology. Her research interests are quality and costs of dialysis care and reimbursement policy of end-stage renal disease.
Zhiqiu Ye earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Shandong University in China. During her studies she was awarded a university grant to investigateprofessional stress among nurses in the rural areas. After graduation, she practiced as a clinical nurse in the Shandong Province. Her research interests lie in the quality of care and patient outcomes in different health care settings. She is also interested in exploring possible ways to strengthen nursing home capacity to address the health demand of the aging population in China.
N. Tracy Zheng received her B.S. in finance and law from BeiHang University (Beijing, China). In the course of her doctoral studies, she started to work as a research assistant on a project funded by the National Institute of Aging, examining the relationship between work environment, organizational performance and quality of care in nursing homes. N. Tracy Zheng’s primary research interests are focused on the organization of nursing home care, quality of care for end-of-life residents, and the relationships between the two.
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