University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty and Staff
Jeroan Allison, MD, MscEpi
Dr. Allison is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he also serves as Associate Vice Provost for Health Disparities Research. His research focuses on implementation science with an emphasis on eliminating racial/ethnic disparities, and perinatal mental health. He has a twenty-year history of sustained funding from several extra-mural sources, including the NIH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Melissa L. Anderson, PhD, MSCI
Melissa L. Anderson, Ph.D. is a hearing psychologist and clinical researcher in the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC), Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School. She completed her graduate work at Gallaudet University, where she studied intimate partner violence and trauma in the Deaf community. At UMass, Melissa directs theDeafYES! Center for Deaf Empowerment and Recovery, where she provides individual therapy to Deaf clients recovering from trauma and addiction and conducts research on adapting evidence-based practices and research methods to be more accessible and engaging for Deaf sign language users. Melissa and colleagues were recently awarded pilot funding from the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science to develop and test the first American Sign Language measure to screen for depression among Deaf perinatal women.
Arlene Ash, PhD
Dr. Ash is Professor and Division Chief for Biostatistics and Health Services Research in the Department of Quantitative Health Services at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is an internationally recognized methods expert in health services research and pioneer of tools for using administrative data to monitor and manage health care delivery systems, including those now used by the US Medicare program. Her research reflects long-standing interests in women’s health; gender, age, and racial disparities; and quality, equity, and efficiency in health care financing and delivery.
Linda Brenckle, MS, RD, PMP
Ms. Brenckle is the Research Project Director for the Program In Support of Moms (PRISM) research study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has also been a Clinical Engagement Specialist for the Provider-Based Sampling study and a Program Director for the Parental Mental Health study, both sub-studies of the NIH-funded National Children’s Study. Her research interests include maternal and child health and community-based intervention research.
Robin Clark, PhD
Dr. Clark is Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a faculty member in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He specializes in the economic evaluation of health care interventions and policies. His current work focuses on efforts to manage costs and improve the quality and effectiveness of care, with a particular focus on high-cost underserved populations.
Karen Clements, ScD
Dr. Clements is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Quantitative Sciences and Senior Project Director in the Research and Evaluation Unit at the Center for Health Policy and Research. She is a psychiatric epidemiologist with over 10 years’ experience conducting health services and health economics and outcomes research. Dr. Clements has led or participated in multiple federally funded projects that used linked administrative data to examine maternal and infant outcomes, healthcare utilization, and Early Intervention program participation.
Sarah L. Goff, MD
Dr. Goff is dual boarded pediatrician-internist and health services researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. Her research centers on maternal-child health care quality, and emphasizes health care disparities, shared decision-making, and translation of evidence-based guidelines into practice. Dr. Goff uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to address issues of health care quality for women and children, and is interdisciplinary in her collaborations with natural and social scientists as well as community partners.
Sharina Person, PhD
Dr. Sharina Person is an Associate Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has extensive experience in research grant development, all aspects of statistical analysis, as well as study design and analysis particularly in large-scale collaborative research studies. During her career she has developed a research interest in health equity and examining the health status of immigrant and non-US populations.
Padma Sankaran, MA
Ms. Sankaran is a Research Coordinator II at the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her research interests include clinical and community based mental health, ethics and regulatory affairs, and alternative therapeutic interventions. Ms. Sankaran is part of the PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM) study team, a CDC-funded cluster randomized controlled trial exploring collaborative care strategies to best support obstetric providers and perinatal women around issues of maternal mental health.
Kelly S. Wolf Craig, PhD
Kelly S. Wolf Craig, PhD, is a psychologist and clinical researcher at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical Center. She completed her graduate work at Gallaudet University, where she studied the influence of Deaf identity on body image and eating disorders. At UMass, she provides individual psychotherapy to Deaf and hearing clients who come from all walks of life and are working toward improved mental health and creating their best life! She is one of the recipients of a Pilot Project Program awarded by the UMass Center for Clinical & Translational Science, where she and a team of Deaf and hearing clinicians and community members are developing an American Sign Language translation of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.