Trainees

Our Trainees are undergraduate, Masters' and Ph.D. level students and postdoctoral fellows who actively participate in the conduct of health services research under the mentorship of CHEAR faculty. These learners come from academic disciplines that include clinical psychology, epidemiology, health informatics, health administration, medicine, and public health. They participate in all facets of CHEAR research including participant recruitment, data collection, management and analysis, literature review, manuscript preparation and the application of machine learning and data mining techniques to advance the CHEAR mission.

Research Fellows

Caroline M. Hogan, M.D.
Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow

Dr. Hogan is a joint fellow in the Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program and the National Clinical Scholars Program. She obtained her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2018 and completed her residency at Seattle Children's Hospital at the University of Washington. She began her fellowship July 1, 2021 and is investigating the sociopolitical underpinnings of childhood vaccine hesitancy, including concerns regarding SARS-CoV-2 vaccination, as well as novel communication strategies to promote vaccine uptake.

Cara Janusz, Ph.D
Cara Bess Janusz, Ph.D
Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow

Dr. Janusz focuses her research on evaluating and optimizing immunization programs and outcomes. She holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She also has a Master of Public Health in Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation and a Master of Arts in Latin American and Western Hemispheric Affairs. Dr. Janusz is delighted to continue developing her research goals and career under the mentorship of CHEAR faculty who share a desire to connect research to practice and policy.

Melinda Rushing, Ph.D.
Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow

Dr. Rushing received her Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science and a Data Science Certificate from the School of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She also holds a Master’s in Social Work. Melinda began her fellowship at CHEAR on July 1, 2021. Her research focuses on improving access and quality of care among sickle cell patients as well as the application of various data science techniques to evaluate patient outcomes among sickle cell patients. 

Behzad Sorouri Khorashad
Research Fellow

Dr. Behzad Khorashad became a CHEAR fellow, under the supervision of Dr. David Sandberg, in September, 2021. His research focuses on the psychosocial development of individuals diagnosed with a disorder of sex development (DSD). Behzad obtained his M.D. from the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (Iran) in 2014. He conducted several studies on people with DSD conditions and gender dysphoria in the Iranian population. He later continued his research on neuropsychological characteristics of individuals with gender dysphoria at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. His research training in CHEAR currently involves analysis of psychosocial data collected by the DSD Translational Research Network and development of training materials in shared decision making for providers delivering DSD care in preparation for an implementation trial of decision aids for parents of infants and young children born with a DSD. 

Xin Wen
CHEAR-Life Sciences Institute Child Health Policy Scholars Program Fellow

Ms. Wen focuses on applying smartphone/online programs to help the treatment of obesity among adolescents as part of the research team led by Dr. Susan Woolford. She is a doctoral candidate in Dr. Klionsky’s lab in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan. Ms. Wen’s favorite thing about CHEAR is that it provides her a great opportunity to learn new skills and conduct more practical disease-related research in the context of public health.

Student Interns

Christopher Cadham
Graduate Student Research Assistants
Ellen Kim Deluca
Ellen Kim Deluca
Graduate Student Research Assistant

Ellen is a doctoral student working with Dr. Lisa Prosser. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Texas at Austin.

Janamarie Perroud
Graduate Student Research Assistants