Fellows

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.

Pediatric Health Services Research Fellows

Ryan Barbaro, MDRyan Barbaro, M.D.
Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow

Dr. Ryan Barbaro attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed his residency training in pediatrics at the University of North Carolina. As a third year pediatric critical care fellow, Dr. Barbaro’s clinical interests include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, acute respiratory failure and end-of-life care. His primary research focus is studying the effect of regionalizing critical care technology such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation on patient outcomes.


April Inniss, MD, MScApril Khadijah Inniss, M.D., M.Sc.
Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow

Dr. April Khadijah Inniss attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed her residency training in pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Inniss is interested in general pediatrics and how to best convey health information to optimize patient engagement. Her core research interest is in designing and evaluating entertainment-based health promotion campaigns, with a focus on vulnerable populations. 


Lauren O'Connell, MDLauren O'Connell, M.D.
Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow

Dr. Lauren O’Connell is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician with clinical interests in parenting support, learning disabilities, ADHD, and behavior management. Her primary research interests are in optimizing the support of best practice parenting by primary health care providers and in optimizing parental engagement in care. She is also interested in applying “N of 1” analysis to ADHD medication management. Dr. O'Connell attended medical school at the University of Michigan and completed her residency training at Children's Memorial Hospital at Northwestern University.


Emily Whitfield, MDEmily 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

Sandra GarciaSandra Garcia, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Effectiveness

Sandra Garcia received her Ph.D. in Economics in 2014 from Claremont Graduate University.  Her areas of expertise are health and behavioral economics.  Sandra’s research draws upon theoretical and methodological approaches from economics, psychology, and public health to examine health policy decision-making and program implementation. During her time at CHEAR, Sandra will be looking at the long-term health and economic outcomes of newborn screening programs.


Sarah ReevesSarah Reeves, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Applied Epidemiology

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.