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Xi Cen

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

Micael 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 DenhamAlina Denham 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 DillionTwylla 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

Nicola GoldsteinNicolas 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 GreenerElizabeth 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

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.

Chinmayee Katragadda

Chinmayee Katragadda has a M.S. in Health and Pharmaceutical Outcomes from University of Arizona and MBA from Gonzaga University . Her prior research and work experience have been in the area of health services, policy and outcomes research including patient outcomes in cancer and end stage renal disease population, healthcare disparities and patient safety. Her hobbies include reading and classical music. 

Yeunkyung Kim

Yeunkyung KimYeunkyung Kim joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2016. He completed his undergraduate studies in economics and mathematics at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include health insurance, health care utilization by the elderly, long-term care, nursing home, health disparity and provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He enjoys playing tennis and traveling, and also supporting Green Bay Packers.

Tiffany Lee

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 LeiLianlian 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 LyonsChelsea 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.

Yunjiao Mao

Yunjiao MaoYunjiao Mao joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2017. She graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China, with a M.S. in Business Management. Her current research interests includes health economics, health insurance and health disparity, etc. In her spare time, Yunjiao enjoys reading, music and traveling.

Jessica Orth

Jessica OrthJessica Orth joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2016. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Statistics from the University of Minnesota-Morris, a Master of Science degree in Statistics from the University of Iowa, and a Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in population health analytics from the University of North Dakota. She is continuing her education by studying health services research and policy in order to combine statistics and public health into health policy that effectively impacts the health of populations through the health care sector. ​

Zhi Pan​

Zhi PanZhi Pan earned her Master of Science in biostatistics from Columbia University. After graduation, she worked for the Prevention Center and Center for Health Behavior Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and also received her MPH degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests focus on improving quality and outcomes of healthcare. Outside of work, she enjoys music, reading, swimming, and cooking.

Mechelle Sanders

Mechelle SandersMechelle 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.

Wei Song

Wei SongWei 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.

Phillip Vaughan

Phillip VaughanPhillip Vaughan (pronouns he, him, his) joined the HSR & Policy PhD Program in 2017. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also completed substantial graduate work in Public Health. Phillip is very excited to continue his Public Health graduate work so that he can ultimately research Minority Health Equity (primarily around LGBTQ+ and Black/PoC populations) and train future public health students. Phillip spends the majority of his free time planning his upcoming wedding, but also enjoys musicals, movies, concerts, and aggressive napping.

Huiyang Wang

Huiying WangHuiying Wang joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2016. She received a M.D. in Southern Medical University in China, as well as an M.S. in Clinical psychology in Central South University. Huiying is interested in suicide prevention, mental health long-term care and health disparities. Before coming to Rochester, she worked at Mental Health Center of Xiangya Hospital as a psychiatrist. Huiying also focused on behavioral and social sciences, especially improving outcomes for patients suffering from mental diseases.

Sijiu Wang

Sijiu WangSijiu 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.

Yunna Xie

Yunna XieYunna Xie jointed the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2015. She received her Bachelor's degree in Dentistry from West China School of Stomatology, Sichuan University, and Master of Science degree in Health Economics from Heidelberg University. Yunna's research interests are focused mainly on health economics, integrated care for the elderly, and cultural influence on health care delivery and financing.

Huiwen Xu

Huiwen XuHuiwen 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.

Di Yan

Di YanDi Yan joined the HSR & Policy PhD Program in 2017. He received a Bachelor of Medicine in Preventive Medicine and a MS in Social Medicine and Health Service Management from Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing, China. Then, he worked as an assistant researcher in Hospital Management in the Peking University Cancer Hospital & Institute. Di’s research interests are human resource of health in rural areas and payment for physicians in hospitals.

Zhiqiu (Qiuqiu) Ye

Zhiqiu YeZhiqiu 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.

Meiling Ying

Meiling YingMeiling Ying joined the HSR & Policy PhD program in 2016. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China. And she obtained a Master’s degree in Economics from Nankai University, China. Her research interests include aging, health disparities and health economics.