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

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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
Cara Bess Janusz
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.

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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. 

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

Huey-Fen Chen
Huey-Fen Chen
Graduate Student Research Assistant

Huey-Fen focuses on the cost-effectiveness of newborn screening as part of the research team led by Dr. Lisa Prosser. She holds a Master of Health Administration degree from National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan.

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.

Tran Doan
Tran T. Doan
Graduate Student Research Assistant

Tran conducts cost-effectiveness analysis to project the long-term economic and health outcomes of preventing tooth decay among children as part of the research team led by Dr. Lisa Prosser. She is a doctoral candidate in Health Services Organization and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, a RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar and a Rackham Merit Fellow. Tran's favorite thing about CHEAR is connecting to mentors, faculty, and staff across many departments.