Stephanie Acquilano, MA

Research Project Manager | (603) 271-5747 |

Monica Adams-Foster

DAC Operations Manager | (603) 646-5604 | Read Bio

Monica began working at The Dartmouth Institute in October 2014 coordinating complex projects. She spent several years leading facilities management for the Institute and was instrumental in multiple successful department relocations. Monica previously chaired the TDI Work-Space Work Group, which is dedicated to creating a balanced, productive, conflict-free working environment. In 2017, she took on two new roles, working closely with the Data Analytic Core to support compliance and training operations and with TDI Communications to assist with project management. Monica has also served in a key role in work culture development as the TDI-designated community builder. Monica brings a contagious positive and caring attitude towards relationship development and nurturing networking opportunities, particularly with new employees. Currently, Monica serves as the Data Analytic Core (DAC) Research Compliance Coordinator, where she works with faculty and clinicians from both the College and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to maintain the DAC online security training program, oversee IRB and DUA administration, and collaborate with the broader DAC infrastructure team in support of initiatives to improve DAC operational efficiencies. Monica brings a particular passion in healthcare around mental illness.

Leila Agha, PhD

Assistant Professor | Read Bio

Leila Agha is an assistant professor of economics at Dartmouth College. Her research focuses on how the organization of health care impacts productivity, as well as technology diffusion and innovation in health care markets. Recent projects have studied the impact of care fragmentation and physician team relationships on costs and quality. She has also analyzed the adoption and misapplication of medical technologies. Her work has been published in leading journals including the American Economic Review and Science. Agha has taught health economics in the online Master of Public Health program at The Dartmouth Institute. In addition, she teaches statistics at Dartmouth College. Prior to her appointment at Dartmouth, she taught at Boston University's Questrom School of Business. Agha received her PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, and her SB from MIT in 2006. She is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. For more about her work:

Devang Agravat

Biostatistician |

Ellesse-Roselee Akré, PhD, MA

Assistant Professor | (603) 646-5535 | View Full Profile

Jennifer Alford-Teaster, MA, MPH

Interim Director, Data Analytic Core |

Maureen Aulis

Project Assistant | (603) 646-5606 |


Shoshana Bardach, PhD

Program Manager | (603) 646-5608 |

Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS


John E. Wennberg Distinguished Professor in Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Professor of Medicine | (603) 646-5237 | View Full Profile

Paul Barr, PhD, MSc

Associate Professor | View Full Profile

Paul Batalden, MD

Professor | (603) 650-6513 |

Charlotte Beaton

Operations Assistant, Education | (603) 646-5610 |

Laura Beidler, MPH

Research Project Coordinator | (603) 646-5611 |

Nancy Birkmeyer, PhD

Principal Research Scientist | (603) 650-8529 | Read Bio

The focus of Dr. Birkmeyer's research is collaborative quality improvement, comparative effectiveness research, and health services research. In her role as a principal research scientist at the Dartmouth Institute, Birkmeyer participates in studies to evaluate treatments and improve the quality of care for a variety of conditions.

Early in her career, her work was devoted to improving the quality of surgical treatment by filling holes in its underlying evidence base. Specifically, in designing and conducting clinical trials to provide answers to critical unanswered questions in surgery. Another strand of her work has focused on policy relevant-health services research. These studies, frequently based on analyses of large administrative databases, have identified structural characteristics of care that underlie variations and disparities in clinical outcomes and relationships between the costs and quality of care. Using meta-analysis, decision analysis, and mixed qualitative and quantitative methods to improve clinical and patient decision-making has also been a focus of her research.

During her 10 years at the University of Michigan, Birkmeyer served as the founding director of the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative (MBSC). In her role as the MBSC director, she engaged surgeons and morbid obesity patients as active participants in research leading to changes in clinical care, improved outcomes, and changes in related national insurance coverage and policy. Her work showing that the technical skills of bariatric surgeons varied widely and that higher skill ratings were associated with lower complication rates was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and resulted in an NIH-funded study of a peer-coaching intervention to improve surgeon’s proficiency.  

She received a BA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1990, completed an MS in epidemiology and fellowship in the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease at Harvard in 1992, and was the first graduate of the PhD program at Dartmouth's Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences in 1997.

Jacob Borodovsky

PhD Student | Read Bio

Jacob Borodovsky is a PhD candidate at The Dartmouth Institute and at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health. As a graduate student, he has conducted epidemiological research aimed at evaluating the effects of state-level cannabis legalization in the United States. He is particularly interested in determining how the idiosyncratic regulatory infrastructures that underlie each state's medical and/or recreational legal cannabis laws, differentially affect population-level use of novel methods of cannabis administration (e.g., vaping, edibles, dabs). His ultimate goal is to conduct research that can be used to help develop rational, data-driven, and public health-oriented regulatory models for legal cannabis.

Jacob’s other line of research concerns buprenorphine—a medication used to treat opioid use disorder. The unique regulations that guide prescribing and dispensation of this medication offer public health advantages over the traditional methadone-model treatment. However, there are still barriers to effective buprenorphine treatment delivery for clinical subgroups—particularly adolescents and young adults. Jacob has worked towards developing novel technology-based buprenorphine treatment platforms and establishing the utility of longer-term buprenorphine treatment for young people with opioid use disorders.

Jacob received his B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University in 2012.

Jacob’s contributions to the literature can be found here.

Reed Bratches

PhD Student |

Kristen Bronner, MA

Managing Editor, Dartmouth Atlas | (603) 646-5612 | Read Bio

Kristen Bronner is the managing editor of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. She has been a member of the Dartmouth Atlas project team since 1995 and has been lead editor since 2007. She edits manuscripts, designs graphics, and supervises production for all Dartmouth Atlas publications. She works with faculty investigators, as well as programmers and analysts, to improve and expand the Atlas database. She is also the webmaster and primary content developer for the Dartmouth Atlas web site, and the initial point of contact for users interested in learning more about the Dartmouth Atlas project. She earned both a BA (1991) and an MA in liberal studies (1996) from Dartmouth College.

Jeremiah Brown, PhD

Professor | View Full Profile

Martha Bruce, PhD, MPH

Professor | Read Bio

Martha Bruce is a professor of psychiatry and of community and family medicine at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. As an implementation scientist, she integrates clinical, sociological, and public health perspectives in the development of clinically relevant interventions designed to reach as many individuals in need as possible. In developing interventions targeting depression in frail older adults, she has worked in partnership with community providers (e.g., primary care, home healthcare, aging services) to enhance sustainability and scalability. The overarching goal of this research is reducing their risk of depression, suicidality, and disability, increasing ability to live independently, and improving access to quality mental health care. Bruce’s career has also focused on mentoring graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career investigators. She has been principal investigator of two NIH-funded R25 grants that support national mentoring networks for early and mid-career researchers, co-director of three NIH postdoctoral training programs, and member of the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health and Society Scholars Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Dartmouth, Bruce was a professor of sociology in psychiatry at a Weill Cornell Medical College. There, she served as psychiatry’s associate vice chair for research, and as co-director of Cornell’s NIH-funded Advanced Research Center for Geriatric Mood Disorders. Bruce received her PhD in sociology, MPH in health services, and completed postdoctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology at Yale University.


Rebecca Butcher, MS, MPH

Senior Research Scientist | (603) 502-9178 |

Madge Buus-Frank, DNP, APRN-BC, FAAN

Instructor |


Kathleen Carluzzo, MS

Senior Research Project Manager | (603) 646-6441 |

Andrew Carmichael

IT Administrator | (603) 646-5108 |

Deanna Chyn, MPH

Analytic Project Manager |

Maia Crawford, MS

Research Project Manager | (603) 646-5620 |

Aleen Cunningham, MIA

Director of Operations | (603) 646-5621 |


Louise Davies, MD, MS

Associate Professor | View Full Profile

Parminder Deo, MPH

Communications Assistant |

Alka Dev, DrPH, MHS

Assistant Professor | View Full Profile

Aurora Drew, PhD

Lecturer | (603) 646-3098 |


Glyn Elwyn, MD, PhD, MSc

Professor | (603) 646-5650 | View Full Profile

Rebecca Emeny PhD, MPH

Research Scientist | (603) 646-5624 |

Jaclyn Engel

Research Assistant III | (603) 646-5625 |


Elliott Fisher, MD, MPH

Professor | (603) 653-0756 | View Full Profile

Judith Fitzpatrick, MBA

Senior Research Administrator | (603) 646-5626 |

Kristina Fjeld-Sparks, MPH

Senior Research Scientist | (603) 646-5627 |

Rachel Forcino, MS

Research Associate B | (603) 646-5334 |

Lynn Foster-Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor | View Full Profile

Tina Foster, MD, MPH, MS

Professor | Read Bio

Tina Foster is a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, and vice-chair for education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and preventive medicine. She is program director for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency, a unique residency focused on the improvement of health and healthcare services for populations served by Dartmouth-Hitchcock. At The Dartmouth Institute, she co-directs the Microsystem Academy and leads two courses in the residential Master of Public Health program as well as the practicum course for its online program. She has also taught in Dartmouth’s Master of Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) and The Dartmouth Institute's online certificate programs. From 2013-2014 she served as national director for the Veteran's Affairs Quality Scholars and chief resident in Quality and Safety programs. She is a member of the leadership team for the International Coproduction of Health Network (ICOHN). Other areas of interest include cognitive simulation, patient safety, effective communication, and encounter-based decision aids. A graduate of University of California San Francisco medical school, she earned an MPH in 1998 from the Harvard School of Public Health and an MS in 2001 from Dartmouth’s Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences (now The Dartmouth Institute) while she was a fellow in the Veteran's Affairs Quality Scholars national fellowship program in White River Junction, VT.

Seneca Freyleue

Research Programmer/Analyst I |


Carol Gage

Operations Assistant, Finance | (603) 646-5628 |

Sarah Gagne, MBA

Admissions Marketing Manager | (603) 646-5629 |

Matthew Gilliland, MS

Data Governance Analyst |

Daisy Goodman, DNP, MPH, CNM

Assistant Professor | Read Bio

Daisy Goodman, DNP, MPH, CNM, CARN-AP is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine. She also teaches healthcare quality improvement at The Dartmouth Institute. Her clinical background is as a nurse midwife, in which role she has practiced in settings from federally qualified rural health centers to the academic medical center. She also is certified in advanced practice addiction nursing. She received a PhD in nursing practice from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, an MPH from The Dartmouth Institute, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in healthcare improvement through the VA Quality Scholars program. She served as a maternal infant health advisor for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) from 2016-2017 and represented the American College of Nurse Midwives in the development of the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health Patient Safety Bundle for the Perinatal Care of Women with Opioid Use Disorders.
Goodman directs women’s health services for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program and was one of the first wave of advanced practice nurses in New Hampshire to become a buprenorphine prescriber. Her research and work in quality improvement focus on improving access to treatment for opioid use disorders for pregnant and parenting women through integrated delivery models. She currently leads a three-year initiative to implement best practice in the care of pregnant women with opioid use disorders through the Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network and a multi-site comparative effectiveness study comparing models of care for medication assisted treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorders funded by  the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

David Goodman, MD, MS

Professor | (603) 646-5631 | View Full Profile

Philip Goodney, MD, MS

Associate Professor | (857) 991-9345 | View Full Profile

Christine Gunn, PhD

Assistant Professor | (603) 646-5430 | Read Bio

Health services researcher Christine Gunn, PhD, is an assistant professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She also serves as the health equity liaison to the Community Outreach and Engagement Program of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. 

Dr. Gunn’s research program is focused on risk communication, decision-making, and the utilization of evidence-based care. She has conducted a range of studies on how patients and providers negotiate the experience of being at risk for cancer—in particular, breast and prostate cancer—and its impact on the utilization of health services.  

She has extensive experience in qualitative research methods, surveys, and mixed methods approaches and has a special interest in studying how health literacy affects health decision-making and behaviors. Gunn has received national attention for documenting how state-level dense breasts notification policies do not meet population literacy needs, and the impact they have on both patients and providers.  

The focuses of Dr. Gunn’s current research projects include: designing a tool to promote informed breast cancer screening decisions for women with limited health literacy; understanding and optimizing women’s reactions to dense breast notifications; and improving equity in prostate cancer treatment.   

Dr. Gunn comes to Dartmouth from Boston University, where she held dual appointments as an assistant professor in the School of Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine; and in the School of Public Health, Department of Health Law, Policy and Management.  

She holds service positions with several prominent organizations—including as a member of the Association of Community Cancer Center’s Health Literacy and Clear Communication eLearning Advisory Committee, AcademyHealth’s Education Council, and the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention, Screening, and Health Promotion Peer Review Committee. Gunn also serves on the editorial board of Behavioral Medicine.  

Dr. Gunn earned Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Western Ontario and a PhD in health services research at Boston University.  

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Brianna Hardy

Research Programmer/Analyst |

Robert Holley, EdM

Director of Advancement | (603) 653-0733 | Read Bio

Robert “Bob” Holley leads fundraising initiatives at The Dartmouth Institute and collaborates on shared projects within the Joint Development Office to support of the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth Hitchcock Health. Prior to joining Dartmouth, Bob served as vice president and chief development officer for several national and international public policy, educational, and public health organizations. He holds a BA from College of The Atlantic, an EdM in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University, and a Certificate in Value Based Health Care from The Dartmouth Institute.

Megan Holthoff, MSHS

Research Project Director | (603) 646-5632 | Read Bio

Megan Holthoff currently serves as a Research Project Director at The Dartmouth Institute supporting the development of learning health systems for the adults with inflammatory bowel disease and people with serious illness. Since 2015, Megan has been working with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation developing the IBD Qorus learning health system, a quality of care initiative focused on coproducing better health outcomes and high value care for adults with inflammatory bowel disease. She and her team support a mix of 50 academic and private practice IBD clinical teams across the U.S. on the uptake and use of a shared dashboard to support patient and clinician partnerships utilizing quality improvement science methodology. 
Megan also is Co-Director of the Promise Partnership, a real world, practical, scalable, prototype of a person-centered, learning health system for coproducing better health care experience, value, and oncology and palliative care delivery science. She leads multiple interdisciplinary care teams in engaging researchers, patients, families, clinicians, and other stakeholders in co-designing tools to achieve better care experiences, higher health care value, and more knowledge on the science of oncology and palliative health care delivery. 
She has 19 years of experience in clinical research administration, including project management, data management, regulatory and contracting, human subject protections, and oversight of clinical and behavioral health research to assure compliance with local and federal rules and regulations. Megan earned a BS from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY and a MSHS from George Washington University, Washington, DC.



Karen L. Huyck, MD, MPH, PhD, FACOEM

Assistant Professor | (603) -30-8-2215 | Read Bio

Dr. Karen Huyck, MD, PhD, MPH, FACOEM is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth in the Section of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a board-certified OEM physician. She is currently serving as the Medical Director for Vermont RETAIN, a project with the Vermont Department of Labor the aims to increase employment retention and decrease work disability across the state and inform national disability programs and policies. She received her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology, completed her MPH in Environmental Health, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Environmental Molecular Epidemiology. Her clinical and research work includes management and treatment of complex work injuries, functional assessment and recovery, prevention of work disability, and gene-environment interaction in complex human disease. She is a co-founder of the New England Work Injury Collaborative and a member of the Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT) consortium through the The National Institutes of Health Medical Rehabilitation Research Infrastructure Network (MRRIN). Prior to her position at Dartmouth, she worked in diverse OEM settings, including as an on-site physician for biotechnology companies, staff OEM physician, researcher, disability consultant, utilization reviewer, impartial medical examiner, and expert witness.


Christopher R. Jacobs

Operations Assistant, Administrative | (603) 646-5237 |

Lisa Johnson, MBA

Research Project Director | (603) 646-5634 | Read Bio

As a project director, Lisa Johnson works closely with others at The Dartmouth Institute to adapt and implement a learning health system approach to several chronic disease populations with the goal of optimizing health and health care value for those patient populations. At the core of the model is the patient and clinician partnership for co-producing care. Johnson and others are working to increase involvement of patients (and parents and families) in their care, which is believed to lead to better care experiences, increased likelihood that care plans will be followed, and, ultimately, better health outcomes and value. Johnson has over 20 years of experience in the health care industry, primarily focused in the areas of clinical and population health improvement. She enjoys coaching and advising frontline teams engaged in clinical quality improvement efforts. She holds an MBA from the University of Virginia, where she also obtained her undergraduate degree.


Brian Kelly

Career Services Manager | (603) 646-5635 |

Alice Kennedy, MPH

Research Project Manager | (603) 646-5636 | Read Bio

Alice joined The Dartmouth Institute's coproduction team in June of 2018 as a research project coordinator for IBD Qorus.  She became interested in coproduction after hearing Dr. Stephen Bartels speak about his work at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Her interests are in efficiency and impact of care, equity in access to high-quality, high-value care, and learning as much as possible from a global examination of health care systems.  

Alice is new to the Upper Valley, having lived most of her life in Philadelphia and the past four years in Louisville, Kentucky.  She looks forward to finding ways to become involved in the health of her immediate community as well as working to help The Dartmouth Institute and its partners move our evolving healthcare system forward in an equitable way.

Alice received her BA from New York University and her MPH from the University of Louisville.

Inas Khayal, PhD

Assistant Professor | (603) 646-5637 | View Full Profile

Ashleigh King, MPH

Research Programmer/Analyst II | (603) 646-5638 |

Joel King

Research Assistant III | (603) 646-5639 |

Linda Kinney, MPA

Senior Research Analyst | (603) 646-5640 |

Kathryn Kirkland, MD

Professor | Read Bio

Kathryn B. Kirkland, MD, a professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, with a secondary appointment at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, serves as chief of the section of palliative medicine.  She holds the Dorothy and John J. Byrne, Jr, Distinguished Chair in Palliative Medicine.  In addition to her leadership role, she is actively engaged in clinical work with patients who are facing serious illness, and in teaching medical students, residents and fellows.  

Her primary scholarly interest is in the field of narrative medicine, which focuses on building capacity of clinicians to receive the stories of others, and to use them to ensure that patients receive individualized healthcare that is aligned with their values. She has received grant support from the Mellon and the Gold Foundations for work in medical humanities.  

For the first 20 years of her professional career, Kirkland was an infectious disease specialist and healthcare epidemiologist at Dartmouth and at Duke.  She has served as vice chair for quality in the department of medicine and as a coach and associate program director for leadership development in the innovative Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency program at Dartmouth. 

Kirkland holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MD from Dartmouth Medical School.

Erin Knight, PhD

Senior Research Analyst |

Elizabeth Koelsch

Registrar, TDI Graduate Programs | (603) 646-5641 |


Vrushabh Ladage, MHCI

PhD Student |

Roland Lamb, MPH

Residential MPH/MS Program Manager | (603) 646-5642 |

Christopher Leggett, PhD

Research Programmer/Analyst II |

Terri Lewinson, PhD, MSW

Associate Professor | View Full Profile

JoAnna Leyenaar, MD, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor | (603) 653-0855 | View Full Profile

Hilary Llewellyn-Thomas, PhD, MSc

Professor | (802) 649-3507 |

Meghan Longacre, PhD

Senior Lecturer | (603) 650-1565 | View Full Profile

Brian Lucas, MD, MS

Associate Professor |

Rachael Lugo, MAcc

Senior Research Administrator | (603) 646-5643 |

Jon Lurie, MD, MS

Professor | View Full Profile


Carolyn Maezes

PhD Student |

Robert McLellan, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FAAFP

Professor, Active Emeritus | View Full Profile

Ellen Meara, PhD

Adjunct Professor | (603) 646-5644 | View Full Profile

Katy Milligan, PhD, MBA

Program Director, Master of Health Care Delivery Science | (603) 646-1223 | Read Bio

Katy Milligan has been the director of the Master of Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) program at Dartmouth College since the program’s founding in 2010. In this role, she has overseen all aspects of the development and administration of the MHCDS program, a collaboration between the faculties of the Tuck School of Business and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. The program is designed for executive-level leaders in health care delivery and was the first degree program in the Ivy League to use blended (online/residential) learning. Milligan is also an adjunct professor at Tuck and teaches the MHCDS Action Learning Project course. In this experiential-learning course, students work in teams to solve strategically significant real-world problems for health care client organizations. Students learn to determine the scope of a project, develop a work plan, conduct primary and secondary research, implement the project, measure its results, and create and deliver an effective presentation. She received an AB from Dartmouth College, a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Tuck.

Manish Mishra, MD, MPH


Interim Director of Student Affairs

Director of Professional and Outreach Education | (603) 646-5645 | View Full Profile

Erika Moen, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor | View Full Profile

Vanessa Moy, MS

Senior Research Administrator | (603) 646-5646 |

Albert Mulley, MD, MPP

Professor | (603) 646-5647 | Read Bio

Al Mulley is the managing director of the Institute’s Global Health Care Delivery Science Program. The program is dedicated to forging partnerships around the world to build the capabilities essential to achieving sustainable health care economies. Prior to his appointment at Dartmouth, he was at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as chief of general medicine for nearly three decades. In the past, his clinical training and research interests have spanned from intensive medical care to the integration of primary care and population health, always with a focus on the quality of decisions made, whether it’s from the frontlines of care to the leadership level of health systems. Mulley is the founding editor of the text, Primary Care Medicine, with the eighth addition currently in preparation. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves as a visiting professor and/or Fellow in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom and China.

He holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and an MPP from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

James Murphey, MPH

Research Assistant III |

Megan Murphy, MS

Research Programmer/Analyst | (603) 650-1458 |

Carolyn Murray, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor | View Full Profile


William Nelson, PhD, MDiv

Professor | (603) 646-5648 | View Full Profile

Eugene C. Nelson, DSc, MPH

Professor | (603) 646-5649 | View Full Profile


Nancy O'Brien, MBA

Preference Laboratory Coordinator

nancy.l.o' | (603) 646-5650 |

Sharon O'Connor, MBA, MS

Senior Research Scientist

sharon.o' | (603) 646-5651 | Read Bio

As a research scientist with the Center for Program Design & Evaluation (CPDE), Sharon O’Connor is an evaluator and project manager with expertise in providing clients with meaningful and actionable results. She is experienced in mixed-methods program evaluation, survey design and analysis, and creating powerful reports that clearly and concisely present and interpret key findings. Working closely with clients and PIs, O’Connor helps shape programs by adding intellectual and research value and providing key input and feedback that allows for mid-stream course corrections and adjustment to the intervention or program content. Instead of just dumping data tables in front of clients and PIs, she analyzes, interprets, and coalesces data from multiple sources to create top-level, digestible, and actionable intelligence that can be used to help a program achieve its goals. O’Connor directs the evaluation plans and activities for several concurrent projects and programs, ranging from 5-year multi-site NIH- and CDC-funded grants to shorter-term federal and state funded programs. She has been an invited speaker at state, regional, and national level conferences, and has contributed to grant applications, funder reports, and publications since helping launch CPDE in 2010. She holds an MS in healthcare research from The Dartmouth Institute, an MBA from Boston University, and a BA cum laude from Simmons College.

Elizabeth O'Donnell, MPH

Research Project Manager

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Brant Oliver, PhD, MS, MPH, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Associate Professor | (603) 653-6869 | View Full Profile

James O’Malley, PhD

Professor | (603) 646-5653 | View Full Profile


Devin Parker, MPH

PhD Student |

Honor Passow, PhD, MSME, PE


Director of Academic Affairs | (603) 646-5654 | Read Bio

Honor Passow, PhD, teaches research methods, including biostatistics, epidemiology, survey research methods, and technical writing in The Dartmouth Institute’s graduate programs.  About half of her research has been at the Institute. Her research experience has spanned a wide array of methods, including interviews (regarding patient decision making), surveys (regarding student cheating and professional competencies among engineers), Medicare administrative data (regarding prostate cancer screening), linked data between Medicare and the Nurses’ Health Study survey (regarding cognitive decline in the elderly), document review (regarding the influence of medical journals’ press releases on the quality of newspaper coverage), experiments (regarding the flow of slurries under vibration), narrative literature synthesis (regarding screening mammography), and systematic literature review (regarding on-the-job competence among engineers and “exnovation”, that is, how physicians reject or abandon an innovation after adopting it). She is a peer reviewer for journals that focus on the education of professionals.


Amanda Perry

Research Project Specialist | (603) 646-5162 |

Curtis Petersen

PhD Student | Read Bio

After several years of working in molecular research, Curtis Petersen decided to try to understand how macro factors influenced the micro systems he had been working with and studying. His interest led him to study epidemiology as a master's student at The Dartmouth Institute where he focused on breast cancer. In 2014, he helped start a remote medical sensing group that seeks to determine how we can best use technology and big data to help people manage their health. This process spurred him into thinking about how we might be able to use this information to interpret epigenetic changes. Petersen's current research interests include examining next-generation phenotyping and bridging the gap between the exposome and disease. He aims to link the huge amount of data that we are now continuously collecting from people to molecular changes and genetic expression. He is of the opinion that our health systems can be greatly improved through advanced analytics of data directly impacting patients, and he hopes that this work will help influence how policy is shaped and how we measure quality health care.

Sukdith Punjasthitkul, MS

DAC Technical Director

Sukdith.Punjasthitkul@Dartmouth.EDU |

Lisa Purvis, EdD, MBA, MPH

Lecturer | (603) 653-3151 | Read Bio


Nithya Ramesh, MPH

Senior Research Analyst | (603) 646-5655 | Read Bio

Dr. Nithya Ramesh is a dentist and a health care researcher, who serves as a curriculum specialist at The Dartmouth Institute. Her areas of interest include measuring and improving the quality of health care delivery, and epidemiology of oral diseases. As part of her role with The Dartmouth Institute, Ramesh is responsible for course design, management, and evaluation for the online and residential MPH programs. She also assists faculty and instructional designers with developing and implementing new technology and pedagogy into the residential and online classrooms across courses. She also conducts a variety of learning activities for students in conjunction with course faculty. Ramesh is a 2017-18 Global Health Fellow at The Dartmouth Institute. She has previously worked at the Rhode Island State Department of Health in the Oral Health program to help develop and maintain the state's School Oral Health initiative. Ramesh holds a B.S. in dental surgery from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India, and an MPH from Brown University.

Megan Read, MPH

MPH Hybrid Program Manager | (603) 646-5656 |


Catherine Saunders, PhD, MPH

Research Associate B | Read Bio

Catherine Saunders is a health services researcher focused on empowering patients with good communication. She learned the power of good communication as a healthcare communications consultant. In that role, she helped translate complex health information, such as trends in vaccine-refusal rates, into language regular people could understand.

Her current work focuses on care and communication when people are seriously ill—a time when communication is more difficult and coupled with complex, emotion-laden decision making. She is currently developing a measure of serious illness experience, called consideRATE, and a conversation guide to help people who are seriously ill and their families have more meaningful conversations with their care teams.

Saunders’ long-term research goal is to challenge assumptions about the patient experience, drawing on knowledge and techniques from across disciplines and leveraging learnings from the most difficult populations, those with serious illnesses and older adults.

She was honored with the Henry Masters Award for spirit and passion in efforts to improve health and healthcare and make a lasting difference, especially for underserved populations. She was also a part of a team that received both the North American Platinum SABRE award and Global SABRE award for its work in the aftermath of the first Ebola case in the United States.

Saunders received an MPH from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and an AB from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

Andrew Schaefer, PhD

Sr. Research Programmer/Analyst |

Karen Schifferdecker, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor | (603) 646-5659 | View Full Profile

Rachel Schmidt, MS

Research Programmer/Analyst II |

Florian Schroeck, MD, MS

Associate Professor | View Full Profile

Danielle Schubbe

Research Project Specialist | (603) 653-0808 |

Katherine Semple Barta, JD

Research Project Manager | (603) 653-1457 |

Lisa Sharp Grady, MPH

Program Specialist | (603) 646-5658 | Read Bio

Lisa Sharp Grady is managing the execution of the successful launch and on-going operation of The Dartmouth Institute’s new undergraduate Dartmouth Health Care Foundations and Eric Eichler ’57 Fellowship in Health Care Leadership. She helps create new approaches to health care education so that undergraduate students will be motivated to explore the challenges in healthcare and respond to the new demands of a potential career in healthcare. She works to ensures successful delivery of the on-campus and online programs and facilitates effective and meaningful mentoring relationships between students and faculty mentors. She is the first point of contact about the program and is active in recruiting students and building cross-campus partnerships. Lisa serves on her town's select board, where she is faced with public health issues from the perspectives of environmental health and public safety. Previously, she met the administrative needs of The Preference Laboratory at The Dartmouth Institute, served as a development assistant for the Dartmouth College Fund, and began her career at Dartmouth working as an administrative assistant in the Faculty-Employee Assistance program. Lisa also spent nine years working in financial aid at Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs, OH. She earned a BA in management with concentrations in marketing and international management from Antioch University Midwest. She received her Master of Public Health from Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH.

Scott Shipman, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor | Read Bio

Scott Shipman, MD, MPH, is director of clinical innovations and director of primary care affairs at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Shipman works with a wide range of health system leaders to promote effective innovations in ambulatory care delivery and teaching. A general pediatrician and health services researcher by training, he has studied the health care workforce extensively.  He guides AAMC activities promoting emerging high-value ambulatory care models within AMCs and affiliates, with a focus on improving care at the interface of primary care and specialty care. At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Shipman supports care transformation efforts on a limited basis, including a growing community health worker program and efforts to improve communication, coordination, and efficiency between primary care and specialty care physicians in the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth and its affiliated community practices. He works with online students in the Dartmouth Institute MPH program on their practicum requirement. He received an MD from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, completed a residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins, where he also received his MPH.  

Corey A. Siegel, MD, MS

Professor | Read Bio

Corey A. Siegel, MD, MS, is the Section Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Co-Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He is a Professor of Medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Dr. Siegel received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts in 1998.  He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.  Dr. Siegel served as chief medical resident at Dartmouth from 2001-2002, where he also completed a fellowship in gastroenterology.  From 2004-2005, he completed a fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Siegel’s research interests include understanding risk/benefit tradeoffs in IBD, developing models to predict outcomes in Crohn’s disease, creating tools to facilitate shared decision making, expanding telemedicine services to patients with IBD living in rural locations, and improving the quality of care delivered to patients with IBD. He has been funded by the NIH, AHRQ, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, and the Helmsley Charitable Trust for this work.  He has lectured nationally and internationally, and published numerous journal articles and book chapters on this and other topics in IBD. Dr. Siegel was inducted into the International Organization for the Study of IBD (IOIBD) in 2013. He lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with his wife and three boys.

Ailyn Sierpe, MSc

Research Assistant III |

Brenda Sirovich, MD, MS

Associate Professor | Read Bio

Brenda Sirovich is a general internist, researcher, and educator at The Dartmouth Institute and Geisel School of Medicine. Practicing at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont, Sirovich has been caring for and learning from her veteran patients for nearly 20 years, and also attends on the in-patient medicine service. Along with Phil Goodney, she co-directs the VA Outcomes Group, a small multidisciplinary research group, where she enjoys mentoring fellows and junior faculty in many specialties. Her research examines clinical practice intensitythe tendency of clinicians to order tests, referrals, and treatments for patients, exploring both causes and consequences of different practice patterns. Delighted to be entering her 8th year directing an intermediate level Epidemiology and Biostatistics elective in the Institute’s residential MS/MPH program, From Observational Data to Valid Inference: Regression and Other Approaches, she has also been deeply involved (some might aptly say buried) in building and directing a new 2-year course sequence at Geisel. Now in its 3rd year, Patients & Populations: Improving Health & Healthcare seeks to develop in medical students the knowledge, capabilities, and motivation to allow them to make a difference on a larger scale, improving the health of communities and populations, and the effectiveness and value of health care.

Sirovich is a proud graduate of Hunter College High School (NYC). She earned a BA in applied mathematics from Harvard College, an MD from the Yale University School of Medicine, and an MS from the Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth (now The Dartmouth Institute).


Jonathan Skinner, PhD


James O. Freedman Presidential Professorship | (603) 646-2535 | View Full Profile

Rebecca Smith, MS

PhD Student | Read Bio

Rebecca Smith is part of The Dartmouth Institute’s Comparative Effectiveness Research Program led by Dr. Anna Tosteson. As a Fellow and coordinator, she contributes to multiple projects under a large research portfolio examining how innovations in health care impact health outcomes, cost, and quality of care. She has particular interest in understanding the sources of disparities in care for vulnerable populations including patient, provider, and system level factors, and how those factors may impact decision making. She is currently involved in multiple grants with the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) looking at the effectiveness of breast cancer screening and patient reported outcomes. She also is engaged in the analysis for the U.S. component of The International Costs and Utilities Related to Osteoporotic Fractures Study (ICUROS) comparing costs, and impact of osteoporotic fractures on quality of life and resource utilization. Smith has worked on various research projects under the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth including the InSHAPE study, and a NIAAA sponsored clinical trial. She has held positions as a Global Health Scholar (2015-2016) and Global Health Fellow (2016-2017) both with The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. She earned her MS in health policy and health service research from The Dartmouth Institute in 2017. In 2011, she completed her dual BS in business administration and international affairs at The University of New Hampshire. As an undergraduate, she conducted research abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai China examining the changing structures and regulations for non-governmental organizations in China.

Christian Spalding, MPH

Research Project Director |

Gabrielle Stevens, PhD

Research Scientist | (603) 653-0814 |

Amanda Stofesky, MPH

Assistant Director, Admissions and Recruitment | (603) 646-5236 |

Kathy Stroffolino

Research Project Assistant | (603) 646-5660 |

Patrick Stuchlik, PhD

Senior Technical Research Programmer/Analyst | (603) 646-5536 |

Colleen Sullivan

Research Administration Manager | (603) 646-5661 |


Jordan Taylor

Research Project Coordinator |

Courtney Theroux, MS

Director of Admissions and Operations | (603) 646-5662 |

Rachael Thomeer

Research Assistant III |

Michelle Thompson, MBA

Project Administrator |

Marisa Tomaino

Research Project Specialist |

Anna N. A. Tosteson, ScD


James J. Carroll 1948 Professor of Oncology | (603) 646-5237 | View Full Profile

Karen Trenosky, MS

Senior Instructional Technologist | (603) 646-5665 |


Abigail Underhill

Employee Services Manager | (603) 646-5666 |

Benjamin Usadi, MPH

Analytic Project Coordinator |


Danielle Vaclavik, PhD

Senior Research Analyst | (603) 646-5667 |

Aricca Van Citters, MS

Senior Research Scientist | (603) 646-5668 | Read Bio

Aricca Van Citters works closely with others at The Dartmouth Institute to co-design, implement, and test learning health systems for people with chronic or serious illness. Her research interests include understanding how learning health systems can enhance patient and clinician partnerships, improve health outcomes, and support the delivery of high value care. She has lead co-design processes and formative evaluations of registry-based learning health system projects that support coproduction of healthcare services for people living with serious illness, adult inflammatory bowel disease,  rheumatology conditions, and cystic fibrosis.


Ms. Van Citters has 20 years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative process and outcomes evaluations in a variety of health care settings. Previous research efforts including understanding factors that contribute to rapid improvement in hospital quality, costs, and mortality; and studying health service interventions for older adults with serious mental illness.  She has provided technical assistance to states and organizations implementing evidence-based mental health care for older adults, and coaching to hospitals around methods to improve the patient experience of care. Ms. Van Citters received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Dartmouth College, and a master of science degree from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.


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Dale Vidal, MD, MS

Professor | (603) 442-5699 |


Eric Wadsworth, PhD, MBA, CPA

Assistant Professor | (603) 646-6587 | View Full Profile

Meghan Waldner

Residency Coordinator for Leadership Preventive Medicine | (603) 653-0809 |

Qianfei Wang, MS

Senior Research Analyst | (603) 653-3560 |

John Wennberg, MD, MPH

Emeritus Professor

Emeritus Director

Founder | (603) 646-5669 | View Full Profile

Craig Westling, DrPH, MPH, MS

Executive Director of Education | (603) 646-5671 | View Full Profile

Kristina Wolff, PhD, MPH

Curriculum Specialist | Read Bio

Kristina B. Wolff is a curriculum specialist with the Learning Innovation Lab and capstone faculty at The Dartmouth Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, she was a curriculum specialist with MHCDS and senior strategic research analyst with the NCHIP National Learning Collaborative. As an associated health post-doctoral Fellow in the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Patient Safety she coached quality improvement teams and was involved in numerous patient safety projects. She has held faculty positions in sociology and women and gender studies at a variety of institutions. She is a medical sociologist specializing in the relationships between systematic inequality, public policy, and health care among underserved populations. Her current work focuses on health policy and practices around the intersections of social determinants and trauma informed care; particularly pregnant women with substance use disorder and women veterans. She was a Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID) Fellow from 2013-2015. She earned a BA from the University of Minnesota; an MS from Minnesota State University – Mankato; an MA, MPA, and PhD from Syracuse University; and MPH from The Dartmouth Institute.

Steven Woloshin, MD, MS

Professor | (603) 646-5672 | View Full Profile


Wendy Yang, MS

Research Programmer/Analyst |

Renata Yen, MPH

PhD student | (603) 646-5670 |

Crystal Young, PhD

Senior Research Analyst | Read Bio

Dr. Crystal N. Steltenpohl Young is a mixed-methods community psychologist and senior research analyst for the Center for Program Design and Evaluation. She joined CPDE in 2021 and brings 10 years of experience conducting research and evaluations in the areas of aging, education, gaming, and online communities, tobacco cessation, and healthcare. Dr. Young has taught research methodology and statistics for four years and has expertise in project planning and management, open science practices, qualitative data analysis, and strategizing research communication to a variety of audiences. Crystal is involved in a variety of CPDE projects using mixed methods approaches. 


An active voice in the open science movement, Dr. Young serves on the executive board for the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science and routinely guides labs and departments in exploring qualitative methods, the role researchers play in the research process, and other topics. She has been invited to speak at several organizations, including but not limited to the Riot Science Club, Team Liquid, the University of Utah, the University of Glasgow, the University of California Davis, and the University of the Philippines Diliman. 


Dr. Young earned a B.A. in English and psychology from the University of Southern Indiana, MA in applied psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a PhD in community psychology from DePaul University.


Wenyan Zhao

Statistical Research Analyst | (603) 653-3526 |

Weiping Zhou, MS

Senior Technical Research Programmer/Analyst | (603) 646-5673 |

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