Pilot Studies Core

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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Brody, Ab – PhD, RN, FAAN
Credentials: PhD, RN, FAAN
Role:

Core Leader, Pilot Studies Core
Member, Steering Committee

Primary title: Associate Professor of Nursing and Medicine
Primary Institution: New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing
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Associate Professor of Nursing and Medicine, New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Associate Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
Founder, Aliviado Health

Bio: Ab Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN is associate professor of nursing and medicine, Associate Director of Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and Founder of Aliviado. His work focuses on the intersection of geriatrics, palliative care, and equity, seeking to improve quality of care for older adults with serious illness. He is principal investigator for two NIH-funded large-scale pragmatic clinical trials: one focusing on improving care quality, quality of life, and healthcare utilization for people living with dementia in home health (R01AG056610) through Aliviado Dementia Care for Home Health; another, the HAS-QOL trial (R61AG061904), focusing on implementing Aliviado Dementia Care for Hospice, with a primary outcome of reducing inappropriate antipsychotic use that can lead to reduced function and quality of life. He is passionate about mentoring and developing the nursing and scientific workforce, leads the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Leadership Development Program, is Enrichment Program Director of NYU Meyer’s P20 Exploratory Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations (P20NR018075), and maintains an active practice on the Geriatric and Palliative Consult Services at NYU Langone Health.
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Chodosh, Joshua – MD, MSHS
Credentials: MD, MSHS
Role:

Executive Committee, Pilot Studies Core

Primary title: Professor, Departments of Medicine and Population Health
Primary Institution: New York Langone Health
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Professor, Departments of Medicine and Population Health, NYU Langone Health
Staff Physician, VA New York Harbor Healthcare System

Bio: Joshua Chodosh, MD, MSHS, holds the inaugural endowed Michael L. Freedman professor of Geriatric Research in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care in the Department of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. He is a clinical geriatrician, seeing patients in the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and is founding Director of the Freedman Center on Aging, Technology, and Cognitive Health (CATCH) and co-Director of the NYU Aging Incubator. Dr. Chodosh conducts multiple AD/ADRD NIH and VA pragmatic clinical trials and leads the Outreach and Recruitment Core of the NYU Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He has held a number of leadership roles focused on healthcare policy impacting the quality of care for patients with chronic disease, particularly those living with dementia. Dr. Chodosh served as chair of the State of California Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Advisory Committee and co-chaired a statewide effort leading to the California State Plan for Alzheimer’s disease.
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Galvin, James – MD, MPH
Credentials: MD, MPH
Role:

Executive Committee, Pilot Studies Core

Primary title: Professor
Primary Institution: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Bio: James E. Galvin, MD, MPH, is a professor at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is founding Director of the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health and professor of nursing at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University. A board-certified neurologist, Dr. Galvin has authored over 230 scientific publications, 25 book chapters, and three textbooks on healthy brain aging, cognitive health, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and related disorders. His research has focused on developing novel tools for the detection, diagnosis and characterization of cognitive impairment, testing novel non-pharmacological, psychoeducational, and pharmacologic interventions in improving patient- and caregiver-centered outcomes. Dr. Galvin’s research has been funded by the NIH, CDC, Florida Department of Health, and numerous private and family foundations. Learn more about Dr. Galvin’s research here.
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Hepburn, Kenneth – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Executive Committee, Pilot Studies Core

Primary title: Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Primary Institution: Emory University
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Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University

Bio: Ken Hepburn, PhD, is a professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University and the Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Core. He is Director of Emory’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. A gerontologist, he has focused principally on developing and testing programs aimed at enhancing the skills, knowledge and sense of mastery of individuals providing informal care for people living with dementing illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. He is the principal author of the Savvy Caregiver program, a widely disseminated, evidence-based, in-person group psychoeducation program that has produced significant reductions in caregiver distress and significant improvements in caregiver mastery. With support from the NIA, he is currently testing Tele-Savvy, a synchronous/asynchronous version of the program, and also developing an online system to enable organizations to implement the Savvy Caregiver program and to train local program facilitators.
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Troxel, Andrea – ScD
Credentials: ScD
Role:

Executive Committee, Pilot Studies Core

Primary title: Professor of Population Health; Director of Biostatistics
Primary Institution: NYU School of Medicine
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Professor of Population Health and Director of Biostatistics, NYU School of Medicine

Bio: Andrea Troxel, ScD is a professor in the Department of Population Health and Director of the Department’s Division of Biostatistics. The goal of her research is to develop novel analytic approaches and apply them to a wide range of areas in health and health care. She is an expert in statistical methods for longitudinal and missing data and the design and analysis of randomized clinical trials. In particular, Dr. Troxel has developed novel approaches to pragmatic trials and rapid-cycle innovation, with a special emphasis on behavioral interventions. Her collaborative research focus is in chronic disease and behavioral economics. Her research has received substantial extramural funding. Dr. Troxel is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and has served on numerous NIH study sections and Data Safety Monitoring Boards. She has co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, nationally and internationally, in biostatistics and biomedical collaborations.
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Unroe, Kathleen – MD, MHA
Credentials: MD, MHA
Role:

Executive Committee, Pilot Studies Core

Primary title: Research Scientist MD MHSA
Primary Institution: Indiana University/Regenstrief Institute
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Associate Professor, Indiana University Department of Medicine
Center Scientist, Indiana University Center for Aging Research
Investigator, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Bio: Kathleen Unroe, MD, MHA is a geriatrician and nursing home physician. Her research focus is quality of care in nursing homes, as well as the use of palliative care and hospice in long-term care settings. Dr. Unroe is co-PI of an NIA R21/R33 pragmatic clinical trial to improve advance care planning in nursing home, is the PI of OPTIMISTIC, a $30.3 million CMS demonstration project, and was an NIA Beeson K23 scholar. She served as chair of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Research Committee and is chair of the American Geriatrics Society Public Policy Committee. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. She completed a three-year geriatric medicine fellowship and internal medicine residency at Duke University. She received her MD, with a Specialization in Aging, and Masters in Health Administration from the Ohio State University.
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