The Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit offers several research fellowships. The Pediatric Health Services Research Fellows will receive rigorous training in health services research, knowledge of issues of contemporary health services, and the opportunity to develop a specific research program to guide their future work. The Post-Doctoral Research Fellows in Comparative Effectiveness will gain research experience relevant to valuation of child health using decision science and economic evaluation approaches and have the opportunity to pursue research related to the development of new approaches for valuing child health interventions. The Post-Doctoral Research Fellows in Applied Epidemiology will develop skills in data processing and analysis to support population-level research aimed at improving chronic disease management among children. At the completion of the fellowship programs, graduates will be competitive nationally for academic faculty positions.
Emily Whitfield, M.D.
Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow
Dr. Emily Whitfield attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. Dr. Whitfield is a 2nd year Fellow in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology as well as a Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow at CHEAR. Her research interests include utilization of care by patients with IBD during the period of transition and transfer, and optimizing the process of transition and transfer for our adolescent and young adult patients with IBD.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
Nina Callens, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Nina Callens trained as a clinical psychologist and received her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from Ghent University, Belgium. Her areas of expertise include genital treatment practices in Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) and their effect on sexual quality of life. She received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation to work more closely with Dr. David Sandberg’s research team, and will be helping them developing a family decision support tool for families of newborns with a DSD.
Sandra Garcia, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Effectiveness
Sandra Garcia is a postdoctoral research fellow in comparative effectiveness. She received her Ph.D. in Economics in 2014 from Claremont Graduate University. Her research draws upon theoretical and methodological approaches from economics and public health to assess the economic burden of diseases, the cost-effectiveness of health interventions, and the social and economic determinants of health. During her time at CHEAR, Sandra has been looking at long-term health and economic outcomes of newborn screening programs for rare conditions. Other important components of her research look at the medical services utilization and costs of chronic conditions such as ADHD and depression in children.
Sarah received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan in December 2013. Her dissertation focused on opportunities to reduce the incidence of pediatric stroke among children with sickle cell disease. As a post-doctoral fellow, Sarah is expanding her work at CHEAR through continued work on improving the quality of health services among children with sickle cell disease. Additionally, she is working with the Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi (BASIC) project to investigate the relationships between ethnicity and the availability and use of rehabilitation facilities among stroke survivors.