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Monthly Departmental Research Forums

The department hosts a monthly research forum (coordinated by Judy Savageau, MPH) at which faculty and students are encouraged to present research in progress, new grant ideas, data analysis plans, etc. The goal for these forums is to provide faculty with the necessary feedback and assistance to bring scholarly projects to completion. Listed below are presentations made during the past two academic years (2020-2022).

2019-2020 Department Research Forums

September 18, 2020:
Lee Hargraves, PhD (Director, Center for Survey Research, UMass Boston)
“Assessing Patients’ Experiences during the Time of COVID-19: Designing and Evaluating a CAHPS Questionnaire” 

October 16, 2020:
Kristina Gracey, MD, MPH and Zaineb Dar (UMass Chan medical student)
“Women-centered Care: Developing a Framework for Addressing Requests for Female-only Care on Labor and Delivery”
November 20, 2020:

Rachel Gershon, MD, MPH (CWM – Health, Law and Policy Unit)
“Conversation about MassHealth basics, including eligibility, enrollment, spending, and policy changes”

December 18, 2020:
Rachel Davis-Martin, PhD (joint faculty appt in FMCH and Emergency Medicine)
Integrating Computer Adaptive Testing into Electronic Health Records and Clinical Care

January 15, 2021:
Yara Halasa-Rappel, DMD, PhD (CWM – Research and Evaluation Unit)
“The Cost Effectiveness of Fluoride Sealants on Primary Molars in High Caries Risk Children Under 6 Years Old”

February 19, 2021
Dan Mullin, PsyD, MPH; James Anderson, PhD, and Steve Martin, MD, MEd
"Project ECHO and Primary Care Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders: Implementation and Clinical Outcomes

March 26, 2021
Warren Ferguson, MD and Jesse Joseph Feierabend-Peters, MS-IV
“Coming Home: Understanding Navigator Best Practices to Assist Formerly Incarcerated Persons with Health and Human Service Needs”

April 16, 2021

Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH
“Assessment of the Clean Energy and the Climate Plan for 2030” 

May 21, 2021
Ekaterina (Kate) Pivovarova, PhD
“Perceptions of the Causes of Addiction by Persons who Use Drugs: Are They Relevant to Engagement and Retention in Treatment?”

June 18, 2021 – cancelled due to Junteenth Day celebration

2021-2022 Department Research Forums

September 17, 2021

Susan Hogan, MD, MPH and Suzanne Cashman ScD
“Understanding Medical Student Perceived Priorities in Addressing the Social Determinants of Health” 

October 15, 2021
Kathy Petkauskos, Senior Program Director at CWM and the Director of the Work Without Limits Program; accompanied by several of her colleagues in the Research and Evaluation Unit
“A Qualitative Study of Vocational Rehabilitation and Community Living Services for People with Disabilities in Massachusetts”

November 19, 2021
Haley Schachter, MS (MD candidate) and Aisling Ryan, MS, FNP-C (DNP candidate)
“Implementing an Individualized Client Needs Assessment Tool for a Navigator Program on Rural Cape Cod”

December 17, 2021:
Anushay Mistry (MS-4; MD Candidate)
“Worcester Refugee Assistance Project (WRAP) Mentoring Program”

January 21, 2022:
Rick Sacra, MD, Olga Valdman, MD, and Maria “Gurutze” Barluenga
“Liberia: An Open Opportunity for Family Medicine Research and Collaboration”

February, 2022 – research forum cancelled

March 11, 2022:
Alison Karasz, PhD (job talk; Einstein College of Medicine)
“Addressing Social Determinants of Health: The Promise of Integrated Intervention Models” 

April 15, 2022:
Emily Adler, MEd (MD Candidate, MS-4) and Ariana Perry (MD Candidate, MS-4)
Emily Adler: “Beyond Mentoring: What Student-Doctors Learned from an Intervention Program with Teen Mothers Experiencing Homelessness”
Ariana Perry: “Urban Health Scholars Pathway”

May, 2022 – research forum cancelled

June 17, 2022:
Emma Dudley (MD Candidate, MS-2) and Brian Argus (MD Candidate, MS-4)
Emma Dudley: “The Interaction of Recovery Court (RC) Participants with Structures of Support”
Brian Argus: “A Team-Based Learning Approach to Doctoring