Students Kenneth Aduba Kenneth Aduba joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2014. He holds a medical degree from the University of Nigeria and MPH from the University at Albany School of Public Health, New York. In Nigeria, he worked as a civilian physician with the Nigeria Air Force and as a volunteer doctor for several non-profit organizations. He has also worked with the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, Albany, New York – developing and evaluating health programs; and with the New York State Department of Health – evaluating the utility of the congenital malformations registry. His research interests include: global health systems, health policy, long-term care, infectious diseases and medical decision-making. He enjoys soccer, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. Xi Cen Xi Cen joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2013. She received a B.S. and an M.S. in Statistics from Xiamen University in China, as well as an M.A. in Economics in San Francisco State University. Xi is interested in health economics, quality of care and health disparities. Before coming to Rochester, she worked at UCSF Medical Center on evaluating health resource utilization in neurosciences clinics. Xi also interned at Amgen Global Health Economics Department, where she focused on an independent project evaluating the burden of skeletal related events on health recourse utilization among cancer patients with bone metastasis. She is currently working on racial disparities in Nursing Home care and impacts of state policies. Michael Chen Michael Chen joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2011. He completed his undergraduate studies in economics and community health at Brown University. Michael worked in community organizing, affordable housing advocacy, and public health consulting throughout the New England states. Michael is primarily interested in maternal and child health as well as household and family demography. In addition to working toward the development of his dissertation, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and supporting his hometown team, the Toronto Raptors. Teraisa Chloros Teraisa Chloros joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2013. He earned a Bachelor's in Medical Informatics with a concentration in psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology. She continued her education at the University of Rochester and earned a Master's in Medical Informatics with a concentration in public health. Teraisa’s research interests include the electronic medical record, patient portal utilization and patient outcomes. She plans to investigate how technology in the medical field affects patient behavior. Alina Denham Alina joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2015. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Samara State University in Russia and earned an MS in International Management with a focus on Health Systems from the University of Liverpool. She completed a master’s dissertation on socioeconomic disparities in healthcare utilization in Bashkortostan, Russia. Her research interests include health disparities, socioeconomic determinants of health, health among immigrant and minority communities, health systems in transition, health economics, and Medicaid reform. Alina loves traveling and learning languages; before coming to Rochester she worked and volunteered in China, Vietnam, and Peru. Twylla Dillion Twylla Dillion joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2011. She has a BA in Health and Society from The University of Rochester and an MBA from St. John Fisher College. She is interested in the complementary infant nutrition, breastfeeding, obesity, patient-provider relationship and social determinants of health. Nicolas Goldstein Nicolas Goldstein joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2010. He received his BA in Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently enrolled in the MD/PhD program at URSMD. Nicolas has interned/volunteered in hospitals, student clinics, non-profit organizations, and non-governmental organizations. He has served as a research associate on projects involving childhood influenza vaccination, childhood HPV vaccination, childhood obesity, pediatric health economics, and the utilization of minority health data. His research interests include pediatric health, premature birth, pregnancy outcomes, neonatal health, pediatric asthma, pediatric vaccination, health disparities, and urban health. Elizabeth Greener Elizabeth Greener joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2012. After completing undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Elizabeth worked in the Nebraska child support and child welfare systems, and in inpatient substance abuse and psychiatric facilities. Elizabeth’s research interests include healthcare disparities, access issues, and quality of care in vulnerable and underserved populations. She enjoys travelling, running marathons and finding new adventures in Rochester with her husband Viji Kannan Viji Kannan joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2010. She graduated from Emory University, with a MSPH in Health Policy and Management and the University of Georgia, with a BBA in Management Information Systems,. Her research interests include health choices and decision making, public opinion, media message framing, health communication, and psychology theory, pharmaceuticals, food, wellness, built environment, and healthcare utilization & access. Teaching interests are psychology theory, and statistics. Viji’s dissertation examines the phenomenon of care-seeking delay among people experiencing a myocardial infarction. Lack of success in intervening to reduce delay has prompted delay researchers to call for the use of psychology theory to explain patient delay. Viji’s dissertation identifies values, regulatory focus, and executive function theories as potential explanations for MI care-seeking delay. Tiffany Lee Tiffany Lee joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2014. Prior to entering the department, she received her BA and MPH from the University of South Florida. She also previously worked for a managed care organization for the quality department. Her research interests include quality assurance reporting, healthcare information technology, rural health and integrated delivery models. Lianlian Lei Lianlian Lei joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2014. She received her BA in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China, and MA in Economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China. Her research interests included management of chronic disease, health disparity, long term care insurance, etc. Teaching interests were statistics, mathematics, method, and economics. She enjoys playing badminton, table tennis, tennis, traveling and finding new adventures in U.S. Chelsea Lyons Chelsea Lyons joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2010. She 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 joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2010. He received a Master’s degree in physical therapy from Nazareth College and was a practicing physical therapist in the Rochester area prior to enrollment in the doctoral program. His research interests focus on consumer decision-making with regards to health and long-term care insurance products using principles from both economics and psychology. In particular, his work focuses on the interaction between public policy, private marketplaces, and insuring behavior, with particular focus on disparities and the many insurance-related decisions facing U.S. seniors. His dissertation examines the effect of consumer decision-making abilities on long-term care insurance ownership. This work is supported by an AHRQ R-36 dissertation grant. Chintan Pandya Chintan Pandya joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2010. He 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, public health policy, and long term care and health outcomes in older cancer patients. Mechelle Sanders Mechelle Sanders 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. Micah Segelman Micah Segelman joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2011. He is completing a PhD in health services research and policy at the University of Rochester and is interested in healthcare policy and analytics. Micah’s policy oriented and highly quantitative work has primarily focused on long term services and supports (LTSS) for the elderly. He has worked closely with the National Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Association (NPA) in order to study the costs and effectiveness of the PACE program and his dissertation work explores the impact of Medicaid home and community services spending on nursing home admissions and hospitalizations. A native of Rochester, NY, Micah simultaneously pursued Talmudic studies while doing undergraduate work in mathematics and economics. After studying, earning Rabbinical ordination, and working in the NYC area, Micah returned to Rochester, together with his wife and family, to pursue graduate studies in statistics and health services research and policy. Wei Song Wei Song joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2013. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in administrative management and a Master’s degree in social medicine and health management from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China. Her research interests include public reporting system, quality of care measurement and health care services for the elderly. Caroline Thirukumaran Caroline Thirukumaran joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2010. She received her Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Mumbai and Master’s in Hospital Administration from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. She brings with her a rich professional experience in hospital project planning and operations management. Her research interests include health policy evaluation, quality & safety of care rendered in hospitals with a special focus on surgical care, and the role of health information technology in enhancing the quality of care. Patrick G. G. Walsh Patrick Walsh joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2009. He received a Bachelor’s degree in managerial economics from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Rochester. His focus is on outcomes and quality of care with regard to mental health and chronic pain care. Patrick’s research interests include suicide prevention, older adult depression, pain care, and psychiatric emergency service utilization. Sijiu Wang Sijiu Wang joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2014. She received a Bachelor of Medicine in Preventive Medicine from Peking University in Beijing, China, and a Master’s of Science in Health Service Research from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also worked as a research assistant for Risk Science Center in the University of Michigan. Sijiu’s current research interests include home and community based long-term care, as well as quality of care received by the elderly. Huiwen Xu Huiwen Xu joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2014. Prior to entering UR, he received his BA in Public Management from China University of Political Science and Law, and MA in Health Administration from Beijing Normal University. With an interdisciplinary background, Huiwen participated in research projects involving health reform, health financing, health workforce (especially village doctors), and mental health in China. Currently, Huiwen is interested in improving the efficiency and quality of care through payment reform and innovative delivery models. Zhiqiu (Qiuqiu) Ye Zhiqiu Ye joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2010. She graduated from Shandong University in China with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and worked in a tertiary care hospital in Shandong Province as a registered nurse. Her research interests include patient safety in hospitals and nursing homes, patient-centered outcomes, health disparity and public reporting.