People

CHeSS Staff

David Meltzer, MD, PhD, Director

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Dr. David Meltzer is a professor in the Department of Medicine and an associated faculty member in the Harris School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics. In addition, he serves as Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Director of the Urban Health Lab, and Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science. His research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis. He also examines the effects of managed care and medical specialization on the cost and quality of care, especially in teaching hospitals. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator for the Comprehensive Care Program (CCP), which examines whether care for patients at high risk of hospitalization is improved when they have the same physician in hospital and in clinic. He received his MD and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.


Ellen Cohen, Executive Director

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Ellen Cohen oversees day-to-day operations at CHeSS and serves as Executive Director of the MyCHOICE program. She is the former Dean of Students at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, where she collaborated with faculty on interdisciplinary curriculum development, training programs, research, and applied learning opportunities for students. She also worked with external groups to create forums where researchers, practitioners, and students apply evidence-based analysis to policy problems across domains. Before joining the Harris School, Ellen held administrative positions at DePaul University, the Art Institute of Chicago, Brandeis University, and Brown University. She holds a Master’s degree from the Harris School and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Brown University.


Kelsey Bogue, MA, Associate Director of Training Programs & Communications

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Kelsey Bogue manages training programs and grants at CHeSS. She also oversees the Center's communications, including the website, e-newsletter, and social media. Prior to her role at CHeSS, Kelsey served as the Assistant Director of Training Programs at CHeSS. She holds a Master's degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. 


Valerie Burgest, MA, Pre-Award Grants and Contracts Coordinator

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Valerie Burgest is part of the pre-award and contract development team. She has more than 20 years of experience working in community health and grants management, and she holds a master's degree in industrial and organizational psychology with a concentration in health administration.


Diane Daviera, Post-Award and Operations Manager

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Diane Daviera administers grants once they have been awarded. This includes tracking and reporting expenditures, creating budgets, and coordinating with project managers, principal investigators, and university administrators. With more than 18 years of financial and administrative experience, Diane comes to CHeSS from the University of Chicago Department of Medicine, where she served as Post-Award Administrator. She has also worked as a financial administrator for the Sections of General Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Prior to her time at University of Chicago, Diane earned a secretarial and accounting diploma from Sawyer College of Business in Hammond, Indiana.


Sandra Ham, MS, Statistician of Methods Core

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Sandra Ham has more than 20 years of experience in research methods and data analysis. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked for ten years before coming to the University of Chicago, she used survey research methods, statistical analysis, and Healthy People objectives to oversee public health surveillance. Ms. Ham has earned a Master’s Degree in nutrition, a Master's Degree from the Divinity School at UChicago, and a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering. Her areas of expertise include survey research and research methods; data management; statistical programming and analysis in SAS, Stata, and R; data visualization; surveillance epidemiology; policy and health recommendations and evaluation; obesity and the psychology of eating; multidisciplinary research; agent-based modeling; and social sequence analysis. 


Angelique Johnson, Director of Grants Administration

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Angelique Johnson brings several years of grant and contract management experience in pre-award and contract development work at the Center. Angelique received her bachelor’s degree in Biology/Pre-Med from Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college and university.


Christopher S. Lyttle, MA, Director of Methods Core

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Christopher Lyttle is a health services researcher with a background in social psychology. He received his Master's degree from the University of Chicago and has been a project manager and analyst for projects on a wide variety of topics, such as barriers to health care, graduate medical education, oral health, asthma, nursing home initiatives, and defining episodes of care. These projects have ranged from the very small to international in scale. His primary interest is in research methodology, with additional interest in social equity.


Susie McGee, MA, MBA, Administrative Specialist

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Susie McGee provides administrative support to the Center, and she helps coordinate a variety of events including the Health Economics Workshop (HEW) and the CHeSS Annual Conference. Susie has more than ten years of administrative experience at the University of Chicago and served as the project administrator for the Divinity School's Martin Marty Center before joining the Center in August 2014. She earned a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership and another in Business Administration from Chicago State University.


Liz Nida, MSW, Director of Operations and Business Development, Comprehensive Care Program (CCP)

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Liz Nida oversees business development efforts and operations for the University of Chicago's Comprehensive Care Program (CCP).  She previously served as Associate Director of Training Programs at the Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS) and still contributes to some CHeSS based projects, such as the PCOR K12 program and the Oral Health project.  Prior to recieving her MA at the University of Chicago's School of Social Administration (SSA), Liz studied business administration at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  After spending time in the private sector working in marketing and public relations, she now focuses on strengthening the links between business and social services within health care settings. 


Violet Rucci, Post-Award Manager

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Violet Rucci manages financial and administrative aspects of grants after they have been awarded. She administers various post-award processes, including effort and financial reports, and has 15 years of experience in project management, data analysis, and financial reporting.  Violet studied Computer Information Systems at DeVry University. She has developed and managed systems for Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University and, most recently, for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).


Abby Stayart, PhD, myCHOICE Program Director

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Dr. Abby Stayart oversees all non-technical aspects of the myCHOICE program and serves as the program's point of contact. With a PhD in Genetics, she has been associated with the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division for more than a decade, first as a graduate student in the Rothman-Denes lab, followed by postdoctoral training in the lab of Laurens Mets. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology from Rockhurst College and another in Gender Studies from the University of Chicago.