INVESTIGATORS

Gillian Bartlett-Esquilant, PhD

Gillian Bartlett-Esquilant, PhD

Associate Dean for Population Health and Outcomes Research

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Dr. Bartlett specializes in primary care research and knowledge translation. Her current concentration is on knowledge translation and stakeholder engagement around health care utilization and outcomes for vulnerable populations; implementation of precision medicine using patient-oriented strategies; and the use of education innovations to advance the discipline of family medicine and primary care. Dr. Bartlett has a strong interest in research capacity building. While completing a 10-year mandate as Research and Graduate Program Director at McGill, she led the development and successful accreditation of three training programs that now have had over a hundred trainees enrolled – an MSc in Family Medicine, a PhD in Family Medicine and Primary Care and the Clinician Scholars Program which is an Enhanced Skills third year family medicine residency program focusing on research skills. She is currently the Executive Director for the Network Coordinating Office of the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) Network.

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Amy Braddock, MD, MSPH

Amy Braddock, MD, MSPH

Associate Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine

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Dr. Amy Williams is a practicing family physician and researcher whose work focuses on child obesity, especially in low-income and racial and ethnic minority families. She is investigating the influence of stress from racial discrimination on child obesity, clinic and community-based approaches to preventing and treating childhood obesity, as well as policy initiatives to remove soda from children’s menus.

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Shannon Canfield, PhD, MPH

Shannon Canfield, PhD, MPH

Research Assistant Professor

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Dr. Canfield earned her PhD in social work from MU. She currently serves as Associate Director of MU’s Center for Health Policy.

canfieldsm@health.missouri.edu

Kevin Everett, PhD

Kevin Everett, PhD

Associate Professor, Margaret Proctor Mulligan Scholar

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Dr. Kevin Everett’s research is focused on making it harder for youth to start using tobacco and also making it easier for them to quit using tobacco. He also wants to eliminate the population’s exposure to the toxic chemicals produced by tobacco use. His projects include organizing youth leadership programs designed to prevent tobacco use, developing innovative treatments to help people quit smoking and supporting coalition-building approaches to creating healthier smoke-free environments in the workplace.

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Richelle Koopman, MD, MS

Richelle Koopman, MD, MS

Professor, Director of Family Medicine Research, Jack M. and Winifred S. Colwill Endowed Professor, Vice Chair for Research and Faculty Affairs

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Dr. Richelle Koopman is committed to promoting EHR design that makes it easy for patients and physicians to make good decisions to improve health. She seeks to leverage improved data visualization, electronic support for decision making and patient-physician information sharing to enable people with chronic conditions and their physicians to make well-informed shared decisions that lead to better health outcomes.

Having patients contribute their own data to the EHR to aid in decision making is an emerging trend in health care. Dr. Koopman has led an effort to bring home blood pressure data, including better data visualization, to the clinical EHR to help patients and physicians make better shared decisions about hypertension control.

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Robin Kruse, PhD

Robin Kruse, PhD

Research Professor Emerita

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Dr. Robin Kruse is a health services researcher focused on how the delivery of health care affects patients’ outcomes. Dr. Kruse is working on several studies that involve health care delivery, including a randomized trial to improve pain management for hospice patients, a study that compares patient outcomes for open and endovascular procedures, and comparing outcomes for patients who were discharged to a skilled nursing facility or home following radical cystectomy.

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Melissa Lewis, PhD

Melissa Lewis, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Melissa Lewis partners with indigenous communities to revitalize traditional lifeways that can ameliorate the negative effects of colonization, thereby improving health and well-being. By revitalizing traditional beliefs, activities, culture and language, native communities are healing themselves from historical loss and trauma.

In her research, Dr. Lewis has partnered with communities to create training protocols for mental and medical health professionals to provide better care for indigenous patients and clients. She also partners with her own tribe, Cherokee Nation, to evaluate and co‐create programs aimed to reduce cardiovascular disease by harnessing the power of cultural learning.

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Jane McElroy, PhD

Jane McElroy, PhD

Associate Professor

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Dr. Jane McElroy is an epidemiologist interested in influencing the trajectory of chronic diseases, with particular emphasis on cancer. She has explored cancer etiology through biomarker and spatial analyses; patterns of disease incidence and prevalence associated with environmental exposures and urban-rural status; and psychosocial needs among cancer patients. Her other area of research focuses on improving health status among sexual and gender minority (SGM; aka LGBTQ) individuals. She has worked on increasing breast cancer screening among black women, improving lesbian and bisexual women’s health through achieving a healthy weight and exploring tobacco use among SGM individuals.

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David Mehr, MD, MS

David Mehr, MD, MS

Professor Emeritus

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Dr. David Mehr a family physician, geriatrician and health services researcher whose history of funded research has focused on improving care of older adults. He has received four major federal grants, several foundation grants and has been a co-investigator on numerous other projects.

Dr. Mehr’s studies have included projects on outcomes of lower respiratory infections in nursing home residents, pneumonia as a terminal event in dementia, and using health information technology innovations at MU to improve ambulatory chronic illness care. He was awarded a $4.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2013 to develop infrastructure to support patient-centered outcomes research.

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Sonal Patil, MD, MSPH

Sonal Patil, MD, MSPH

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Sonal Patil is a health services researcher and family physician interested in improving individual and population level health outcomes in low‐resource communities. Her research focuses on building sustainable clinic‐community linkage interventions that fill health service gaps and reduce health disparities, particularly related to cardiovascular disease. Her research interests come from working in diverse primary care settings in the U.S. and at a public hospital in India.

Dr. Patil collaborates with researchers from other disciplines and is conducting ongoing projects with community health champions and public high schools. She has conducted systematic reviews, meta‐analyses and pilot clinic and community‐based studies. She has received funding from the AAFP Foundation and Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences.

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Abigail Rolbiecki, PhD, MPH, MSW

Abigail Rolbiecki, PhD, MPH, MSW

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Abigail Rolbiecki wants to help family members make meaning of their caregiving and bereavement experiences. If family caregivers are distressed and have poor social support during active caregiving, they are at greater risk of developing prolonged or complicated post-loss grief. Those who are able to build a network of social support during the caregiving process are more likely to function better after their loved one dies.

Dr. Rolbiecki’s background in narrative therapy and storytelling informs most of her work. She is using various storytelling intervention approaches to engage caregivers in a meaning-making process. She ultimately hopes to reduce distress during caregiving, which can also reduce grief intensity.

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RESEARCH SUPPORT

Jamie Smith, MA

Jamie Smith, MA

Research Analyst Lead

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Jamie Smith conducts statistical analysis on a variety of faculty and surgical research projects, including database development, data collection, interpretation of findings, and manuscript/grant preparation.

smithjami@health.missouri.edu

Nuha Wareg, MPH

Nuha Wareg, MPH

Lead Research Specialist

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Nuha Wareg assists on research projects that focus on an EMR clinic decision tool that aims to address childhood obesity, EHR-documented home blood pressure readings, and chronic disease/end of life research.

WaregN@health.missouri.edu

Gwen Wilson, MLS, AHIP

Gwen Wilson, MLS, AHIP

Medical Librarian

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Gwen Wilson’s research interests focus on the role information literacy plays in evidence-based practice, the role of librarians in inter-professional education and the challenge of reporting meaningful metrics in relation to research impact. Gwen, who earned her MLS from Emporia State University, is a senior member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

wilsongs@health.missouri.edu