Administration & Management Core (AC)

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
Complete Titles:

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.
Bergman, Elaine – MS
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
Complete Titles:

Project Director, Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

Bio: Elaine Bergman, MS, is the Lead of the Communications and Knowledge Dissemination Team for the NIA IMPACT Collaboratory and a Senior Project Director within the Palliative Care Research Center at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife. Elaine is a member of the Hebrew Senior Live IRB and has managed multiple non-pharmacologic clinical trials aimed at improving care quality for people living with advanced dementia in Boston area nursing homes.
Bridge, Laura – MPA
Credentials: MPA
Role:

Team Leader, Grants Administration

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

Subcontract and Finance Specialist, Brown University School of Public Health

Dvorchak, Faye –
Role:

Team Leader, Organization & Logistics Team

Primary title: Project Director
Primary Institution: Brown University School of Public Health
Complete Titles:

Project Director, Brown University School of Public Health

Harrison, Jill – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Executive Director, Administration & Management Core (AC)
Stakeholder Engagement Team

Primary title: Assistant Professor, Health Services, Policy & Practice
Primary Institution: Brown University School of Public Health
Complete Titles:

Assistant Professor, Health Services, Policy & Practice, Brown University School of Public Health

Bio: Jill Harrison, PhD is assistant professor of practice in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University School of Public Health. Prior to joining the NIA IMPACT Collaboratory, Dr. Harrison was the Director of Research for an international non-profit advocacy organization, founded by a patient, focused on implementing person-centered care initiatives in healthcare organizations in 27 countries. In addition to her role at IMPACT Collaboratory, Dr. Harrison is a member of the Advisory Panel for Patient Engagement at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She was recently the principal investigator of a PCORI Engagement Award about how patient-family advisory councils engage in research. Her research interests include: pragmatic trials in real-world settings, engaging residents of long-term care communities as evaluators of care quality, developing culturally congruent person-centered care approaches in healthcare systems, and organizational cultural change. She completed her post-doctorate at Brown University in health services research.
Herndon, Laurie – MSN, GNP, BC
Credentials: MSN, GNP, BC
Role:

Project Director, Investigator Navigator Team
Core Navigator, Stakeholder Engagement Team

Primary title: Project Director
Primary Institution: Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Complete Titles:

Project Director, Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

Bio: Laurie Herndon, MSN, GNP-BC, is a Senior Project Director at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. In this role, she supports the Navigation and Stakeholder Engagement Teams for the NIA IMPACT Collaboratory. Passion for improving the lives of older adults, promoting cross continuum collaboration, and advocacy for improving quality for direct care staff and care recipients across settings characterizes Ms. Herndon’s work history. She has served in a variety of clinical and leadership roles in MA and nationally with particular expertise in improving Care Transitions, reducing avoidable hospitalizations from SNFs and reducing antipsychotic use.
Lima, Julie – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Team Leader, IRB & Regulation Team
Team Leader, Data Sharing & Standards Team
Executive Committee, Technical & Data Core (TDC)
Executive Committee, Regulation & Ethics Core

Primary title: Assistant Professor, Health Services, Policy & Practice
Primary Institution: Brown University School of Public Health
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Assistant Professor, Health Services, Policy & Practice, Brown University School of Public Health

Bio: Julie Lima, MPH, PhD, is assistant professor of health services, policy & practice in the School of Public Health at Brown University. She has been with Brown’s Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research for more than 15 years and is the Center’s expert on data compliance and human subjects research regulatory matters. She maintains the Center’s Handbook of Computing and Research, developed its resource sharing procedures in compliance with NIH policies, and trains faculty and research staff on best practices for acquiring and working with sensitive data. She is also a member of Brown University’s Human Research Advisory Group (BhRAG). As a health services researcher, Dr. Lima has hands-on experience working with both survey and administrative data and has collaborated with national leaders in the areas of unmet need for care for people living with functional limitations in the community; quality of care at the end of life; culture change practices in the nursing homes; and post-acute care among Medicare beneficiaries. She received her Masters of Public Health from Boston University and her doctorate from Brown University.
Luers, Erin – MS
Credentials: MS
Role:

Project Director, Communication & 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

Bio: Erin Luers, MS is a Project Director with the NIA IMPACT Collaboratory on the Communications and Knowledge Dissemination Team. She focuses on systems integration of the IMPACT SharePoint/WordPress websites and Smartsheet project management system, consulting with the Investigator Navigation Team on the capture, management, and presentation of data into dashboards, and coordinates the IMPACT Grand Rounds series. She got her bachelor’s degree in anthropology with art and biology minors at Hamilton College and received her master’s in medical sciences from Boston University School of Medicine. Ms. Luers started working at the Marcus Institute in June 2018. She enjoys cooking, skiing, and hiking.
McCarthy, Ellen – PhD, MPH
Credentials: PhD, MPH
Role:

Executive Director, Administration & Management Core (AC)

Primary title: Associate Scientist
Primary Institution: Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Complete Titles:

Associate Scientist, Palliative Care, Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Associate Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology, Harvard University
Faculty, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Bio: Ellen P. McCarthy, PhD, MPH is associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Harvard and associate scientist in the Palliative Care in Aging Research Center at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research in Boston. She is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with extensive experience in research, administration, and training. Dr. McCarthy has led research aimed at improving care of older patients with advanced illness with a focus on reducing healthcare disparities among underserved, older populations. She has worked across diverse groups of patients, caregivers, providers, healthcare systems, and investigators to inform strategies to navigate research activities across these complex environments. Her expertise includes using clinical data and Medicare-linked databases to address research questions in older people. Dr. McCarthy previously served as Assistant Dean for Development and Diversity at Harvard Medical School. She participates in several Harvard fellowship programs and has mentored many successful investigators in aging research.
Mitchell, Susan – MD, MPH
Credentials: MD, MPH
Role:

Principal Investigator, Administration & Management Core (AC)
Member, Steering Committee

Primary title: Senior Scientist
Primary Institution: Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Complete Titles:

Senior Scientist, Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Faculty, Division of Geriatrics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Bio: Susan L. Mitchell, MD, MPH is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research in Boston, where she directs the Palliative Care in Aging Research Center and co-directs the Interventional Studies in Aging Center. She is a geriatrician and health services researcher. Her research focuses on improving outcomes for older patients with advanced illness, particularly those living with dementia. She has been the principal investigator on many large research projects, including several cluster randomized clinical trials, funded by the NIH and has authored many key scientific publications related to this topic. Dr. Mitchell is an active mentor of young investigators and was supported by an NIH-NIA K24 Mid-Career Investigator Award for ten years. She is also a current recipient of a NIH-NIA Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award.