Directory

Allore, Heather – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Core Leader, Design and Statistics Core (DSC)

Primary title: Professor
Primary Institution: Yale School of Medicine
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Professor, Yale School of Medicine
Professor, Yale School of Public Health

Bio: Heather Allore, PhD focuses on research collaborations and methodological development work as leader of the Data Management and Statistics Core of the Yale Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and for 12 years as Director of Biostatistics at the Yale Program on Aging. She founded the field of Gerontological Biostatistics where innovative designs for multicomponent interventional trials and biostatistical methods are required to rigorously address scientific questions related to geriatric health conditions. Her research focuses on issues related to the design and analysis of studies of multiple chronic conditions using both clinical trials and observational studies. Dr. Allore has a wealth of experience conducting epidemiologic studies and is a recognized authority on longitudinal statistical methods, including extended Cox models for state transitions, generalized estimating equations, mixed effects models, latent class trajectory models, joint models, and recently modified the average attributable fraction for a time-to-event outcome with time-varying medical conditions.
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Aranda, Maria – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Executive Committee, Health Equity Team (HET)

Primary title: Associate Professor
Primary Institution: USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
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Associate Professor, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Executive Director, USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging
Director, Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core, USC Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Bio: Maria P. Aranda, PhD is an associate professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Executive Director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, and Director of the outreach, recruitment and engagement core of the USC Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. She holds a joint appointment with the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and is a psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience providing mental health services to middle-aged and older adults and their families. Dr. Aranda developed the first Spanish-language support group for families affected by Alzheimer's disease. She is well-known among community leaders for establishing model support programs such as the El Portal Latino Alzheimer's Project, Programa Esperanza, and Siempre Viva for individuals and families in East Los Angeles affected by depression and Alzheimer's disease. Her research specializations address the unique needs of middle-age and older adults with co-occurring medical and psychiatric illnesses, and their caregiving families. She focuses on psychosocial intervention development, and evaluation of bilingual, evidence-based interventions on behalf of adults with chronic medical conditions and disabilities.
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Baier, Rosa – MPH
Credentials: MPH
Role:

Team Leader, Data Sharing & Standards
Executive Committee, Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core
Executive Committee, Health Care Systems (HCS) Core

Primary title: Q&I Center Director
Primary Institution: Brown University School of Public Health
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Associate Director, Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation
Associate Professor, Health Services, Policy & Practice, Brown University School of Public Health

Bio: Rosa Baier, MPH is associate professor of practice at Brown. She leads the Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation (Q&I)--the IMPACT Collaboratory's administrative home--which aims to improve care for older adults by testing and disseminating proven interventions, and has particular strength in post-acute and long-term care settings. Prior to launching Q&I in 2015, she spent 14 years collaborating with healthcare providers and stakeholders to implement and evaluate Medicare quality improvement initiatives. This hands-on experience informs her approach to pragmatic research: combining rigorous methods and evaluation with the flexibility necessary to implement interventions under real-world conditions and constraints. Among her scientific contributions is co-creating the Readiness Assessment for Pragmatic Trials (RAPT) model, which helps trialists assess an intervention when determining whether or not to proceed to a pragmatic trial and how to design that trial. Her research interests also include characterizing nursing centers able to implement interventions successfully.
Barnes, Deborah – PhD, MPH
Credentials: PhD, MPH
Role:

Executive Committee, Pilot Studies Core

Primary title: Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Primary Institution: University of California, San Francisco
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Professor, Psychiatry and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco
Research Health Science Specialist, San Francisco VA Health Care System

Bio: Deborah Barnes, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with broad expertise in research methodology related to the design and analysis of observational studies, clinical trials and implementation studies. She has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, including many in high-impact journals such as JAMA and Lancet Neurology. In addition, Dr. Barnes has received independent research support from a wide range of funders including the NIH, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and Alzheimer's Association. Her research focuses on: 1) identification of modifiable risk factors for cognitive impairment and dementia in older adults; 2) development of dementia risk models to estimate the impact of risk reduction strategies and to target interventions toward those who are at greatest risk; and 3) development and evaluation of behavioral interventions to delay onset and slow progression of cognitive impairment and dementia.
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Bayliss, Elizabeth – MD, MSPH
Credentials: MD, MSPH
Role:

Executive Committee, Health Care Systems (HCS) Core

Primary title: Senior Investigator
Primary Institution: Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research
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Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research
Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Bio: Elizabeth A. Bayliss, MD, MSPH, is a senior investigator at the Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado and professor of family medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her research focuses on processes of care and methods for studying care delivery for patients and populations with complex care needs. She is also interested in the interaction between health policy and care delivery for this population. Dr. Bayliss completed her medical training at the University of Colorado Denver, where she also received her Master of Science in Public Health degree. She has served as principal investigator on studies of competing demands affecting individuals with complex care needs, developing quality measures for complex patients, assessing the impact of primary and specialty care continuity within an integrated delivery system, and improving medication prescribing practices for older adults with multiple chronic medical conditions.
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Bennett, Antonia – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Executive Committee, Patient/Caregiver Reported Outcomes (PCRO) Core

Primary title: Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Primary Institution: University of North Carolina
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Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina

Bio: Antonia Bennett, PhD is a patient-reported outcomes methodologist and health services researcher. Her research investigates valid and reliable approaches for assessing patient-reported outcomes in longitudinal studies, in particular symptoms, physical function and quality of life. Currently, her research is focused on the use of patient-reported outcome measures in patient populations where dementia may be present. The objective is to determine at what level of cognitive impairment can patients no longer provide valid and reliable responses. Dr. Bennett is a Director of the Measurement Core of the NINR-supported Palliative Care Research Cooperative. She is also investigating the potential value of activity trackers and other wearable device data in clinical trials and clinical care. Dr. Bennett is Faculty Director of the UNC Patient-Reported Outcomes Core (PRO Core), which provides consultation and software for administering PRO studies.
Credentials: MS
Role:

Team Leader, Communications & Knowledge Dissemination Team

Primary title: Project Director
Primary Institution: Hebrew SeniorLife's Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
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Project Director, Hebrew SeniorLife's Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

Bhattacharyya, Partha – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

NIA Project Officer

Primary title: Program Director
Primary Institution: National Institute on Aging
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Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)

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Boltz, Marie – PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Credentials: PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Role:

Executive Committee, Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core

Primary title: Elouise Ross Eberly and Robert Eberly Endowed Chair and Professor
Primary Institution: Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing
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Elouise Ross Eberly and Robert Eberly Endowed Chair and Professor, Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing
Associate Director, Pennsylvania State University Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

Bio: Marie Boltz, PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN is the Elouise Ross Eberly and Robert Eberly endowed chair and professor at Penn State College of Nursing, and is the Associate Director of the Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Dr. Boltz's areas of research focus on dementia dyadic interventions and models of care that support functional recovery and caregiver coping/efficacy during hospitalization and post-acute periods. Her work includes the development and evaluation of tools and resources that support organizational readiness for evidence-based care across settings, and approaches to implementation that engage care recipients, families, clinicians, and administrators. Dr. Boltz's research interests include: interventions to promote functional health and cognition in older adults, caregiving efficacy and coping with dementia and delirium, complex aging-related care issues, translational and health services research. A certified geriatric nurse practitioner, she has extensive clinical and administrative experience across care settings and serves as a quality of care consultant for government and regulatory agencies.
Credentials: MPA
Role:

Team Leader, Grants Administration

Primary title: Subcontract and Finance Specialist
Primary Institution: Brown University School of Public Health
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Subcontract and Finance Specialist, Brown University School of Public Health