Trainees & Scholars

Trainees & Scholars

CHeSS is proud to support nearly 30 trainees and scholars who are affiliated with the Center's various training programs. Learn more about each of our trainees and scholars below.

Demography and Economics of Aging Training Program (NIA T32) | Health Services Research Training Program (AHRQ T32) | Oral Health Dissertation Fellowship | MD-PhD Program in Medicine, the Social Sciences, and Humanities (MeSH)Externally Funded Affiliates | Research Scholar | Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Faculty Development Program (K12)


Demography and Economics of Aging Training Program (NIA T32)

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Kathryn-Demanelis.jpgKathryn Demanelis, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Public Health Sciences
Doctoral degree: PhD in Environmental Health Science, University of Michigan
Current research interests: Biologic aging, biomarkers of aging, health disparities, cancer and environmental epidemiology, and global health

Emily-Forden.jpgEmily Forden, Predoctoral Fellow, History
Current research interests: Ancient Roman history, ancient economics, urbanism, gender and sexuality, and ancient funerary culture

Alexis-Howard.jpgAlexis Howard, Predoctoral Affiliate, Comparative Human Development
Current research interests: Health and healthcare disparities among older adult immigrant populations, relationships between social lives and health, survey methodology

UC-Shield-fall-2012.jpgMichael Kaufman, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology
Doctoral Degree: PhD in Psychology and Human Development, University of Chicago
Current research interests: Developmental trajectories of well-being in adulthood; social and emotional development; clinical conceptions and approaches to observing happiness and well-being

Haena-Lee.jpgHaena Lee, Predoctoral Affiliate, Sociology
Current research interests: Contextual effects on disparities in health and healthcare


Eloesa-McSorley.jpgEloesa McSorley, Predoctoral Fellow, Public Health Sciences
Current research interests: Social Epidemiology and Aging, Cognitive Aging, Racial/Ethnic differences in aging trajectories

Kristina-Pagel.jpgKristina Pagel, Predoctoral Fellow, Comparative Human Development
Current research interests: Interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors on health.  Current focus on explaining sex differences in heart disease and inflammatory mechanisms

David Press.jpgDavid Press, Predoctoral Affiliate, Department of Public Health Sciences
Current research interests: Cancer epidemiology, neighborhoods, and health disparities


Alicia-Riley.jpgAlicia Riley, Predoctoral Affiliate, Sociology
Current research interests: Sociology of health inequalities and social epidemiology. Population health distributions response over time to the patterning of structural racism | Personal website

Amanda-Valdez.jpgAmanda Valdez, Predoctoral Fellow, Sociology
Current research interests: Life course, graduate student parents


Mai See Yang_0.jpgMai See Yang, Postdoctoral Fellow
Current research interests: Mental health issues related to older minorities, and subjective well-being among aging Veterans.

Health Services Research Training Program (AHRQ T32)

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Cliff-Bersamira.jpgCliff Bersamira, Predoctoral Fellow, School of Social Service Administration
Current research interests: Substance use disorder services policies, funding, organization; addiction recovery-oriented services and systems of care; behavioral health disparities among Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

Julia-Caldwell.jpgJulia Caldwell, PhD, Postodoctoral Fellow, Hospital Medicine
Doctoral degree: PhD in Public Health, UCLA
Current research interests: Neighborhoods and health, health disparities

Carlos-Cardenas-Iniguez.jpgCarlos Cardenas-Iniguez, Predoctoral Fellow, Psychology
Current research interests: Greenspace and health, poverty and neighborhood factors and brain development and cognitive function, perception of social status

grant ganaway.jpgGrant Gannaway, Predoctoral Fellow, Department of Economics
Current research interests: Health Economics


Rebecca Gorges.jpgRebecca Gorges, Predoctoral Fellow, Harris School of Public Policy
Current research interests: Impacts of long-term care policy on families, health disparities


Keith-Green.jpgKeith Green, Predoctoral Fellow, School of Social Service Administration
Current research interests: Impact of health reform on community based organizations that provide HIV prevention services; dissemination and uptake of biomedical HIV prevention approaches

Ashley-Haddad.jpgAshley Haddad, MD, Postdoctoral Affiliate, General Internal Medicine
Doctoral degree: MD, Louisiana State University
Current research interests: Population health management and the clinical application of public health insights regarding social and environmental determinants of diet-related chronic diseases

Michael-Huber.jpgMichael Huber, MD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hospital Medicine
Doctoral degree: MD, University of Chicago
Current research interests: Palliative care for seriously ill hospitalized patients

Robert-Nocon.jpgRobert Nocon, Predoctoral Fellow, Public Health Sciences
Current research interests: Financing and organization of care for vulnerable populations. Growth of Medicaid Managed Care

Veena Sriram.jpgVeena Sriram, Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral degree:  PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Current research interests: Health policy and systems research in low- and middle-income countries, particularly India


Liz Tung, MD, Postdoctoral Affiliate, General Internal Medicine
Doctoral degree:  MD, New York Medical College
Current research interests: Health disparities, community engagement and practice-based integration in chronic disease care, neighborhood context, lifestyle modification

Brian-Tuohy.jpgBrian Tuohy, Predoctoral Fellow, Sociology
Current research interests: Immigration, urban sociology and health

Oral Health Dissertation Fellowship

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Haena-Lee.jpgHaena Lee, Predoctoral Fellow, Sociology
Current research interests: Contextual effects on disparities in health and healthcare


Brian-Tuohy.jpgBrian Tuohy, Predoctoral Fellow, Sociology
Current research interests: Immigration, urban sociology and health


MD-PhD Program in Medicine, the Social Sciences and Humanities (MeSH)

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Adam-Bain.jpgAdam Baim, MD-PhD student, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science
Current research interests: Anthropology of biomedicine, medical education, clinical interpretation and judgment, history of the visual sciences

Nina Gao edited_0.jpgNina Gao, MD-PhD student, Harris School of Public Policy
Current research interests: Mental healthcare, healthcare provider supply and incentives, public economics


Jennifer-Ghandhi.jpgJennifer Ghandhi, MD-PhD student, Harris School of Public Policy
Current research interests: Home care medicine, health care labor markets, transitions of care, and demography of aging

Maya-Lozinski.jpgMaya Lozinski, MD-PhD student, Harris School of Public Policy
Current research interests: Health economics; healthcare markets, innovation and incentives


Steven-Server.jpgSteven Server, MD-PhD student, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science (CHSS) and History
Current research interests: Public health and social medicine in 1930s Mexico


Externally Funded Affiliates

Tania-Jenkins.jpgTania Jenkins, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology
Doctoral degree: PhD in Sociology, Brown University 
Current research interests: Medical sociology, sociology of professions, medical education; burnout; stratification and inequality, gender, qualitative methods, ethnography | Personal website

Hui-Zhang.jpgHui Zhang, PhD, MBA, Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral degree: PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
Current research interests: Healthcare operations research, multi-scale decision making, game theory, health economics, health policy, system dynamics, management systems engineering

Andrea-Kass.jpgAndrea Kass, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry
Doctoral degree: PhD in Clinical Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis
Current research interests: Prevention and treatment of obesity and eating disorders, Cost-effectiveness of evidence-based behavioral interventions

Sivan Spitzer-Shohat.jpgSivan Spitzer-Shohat, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Current research interests: Organizational healthcare disparities reduction strategies, quality improvement and health care disparities, transition in care and organizational change, social network analysis, qualitative methods

Research Scholar

Sarah Huang.jpgSarah Huang, Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry, MBA, MPH, Research Scholar
Current research interests: Health economics, public health, comparative health policy, healthcare management and administration, healthcare leadership


Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Faculty Development Program (AHRQ K12)

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Rochelle-Naylor.jpgRochelle Naylor, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Rochelle Naylor, MD, is a pediatric endocrinologist, specializing in the care of children and adolescents with diabetes and other endocrine disorders, including disorders of growth and puberty, thyroid disease, and adrenal disease. She graduated from Mayo Medical School and completed her Pediatrics residency, Pediatrics chief residency, and Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship at the University of Chicago Medicine. An active researcher, Dr. Naylor focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of monogenic diabetes - an uncommon form of diabetes caused by genetic mutations. She studied a subset of monogenic diabetes know as maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY). She aims to facilitate diagnosis and appropriate management of MODY, which is frequently misdiagnosed and mistreated. As a part of this work, Dr. Naylor maintains the MODY section of the Kovler Monogenic Diabetes Registry, a nationwide database of individuals affected by these genetic forms of diabetes. Her current research addresses racial/ethnic inequities in monogenic diabetes, including work examining the perceptions of African Americans toward genetic precision medicine for diabetes.

Micah-Prochaska.jpgMichah Prochaska, MD, Instructor of Medicine
Dr. Prochaska recieved his B.A. from the University of Chicago with a degree in the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science and Medicine. He recieved his MD from Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is an Instructor of Medicine in the Section of Hospital Medicine and his research focuses on how red blood cell transfusions in hospitalized patients with anemia affected patients' symptoms of anemia over time and once patients have been discharged from the hospital. Dr. Prochaska aims to become an independent clinical investigator in patient centered outcomes research with a focus in how hospital based interventions for chronic medical conditions affect patient reported outcomes longitudinally.

20170405-Sobotka-Sarah-PhysicianPortrait_0.jpgSarah Sobotka, MD, Instructor of Pediatrics
Dr. Sarah Sobotka is a Pathways to Independence Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Sobotka sees patients with delays and disabilities. She has a particular interest in patients whose disabilities are a sequelae of medical complexity, particularly after prolonged critical illness. Her mixed methods approach focuses on studying trends and improving health systems to support families of children with medical complexity and disabilities, especially those with technology dependency.  Specifically, she is interested in creating efficient and effective healthcare service models, which minimize hospitalizations and provide support for families, and most importantly enable children with severe disabilities to reach their developmental potentials. Dr. Sobotka received her medical degree and a master’s degree in public health sciences from the University of Chicago. Her clinical training includes pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and fellowship training in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Chicago.

Miwa-Yasui.jpgMiwa Yasui, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration
Miwa Yasui is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Professor Yasui recieved her undergraduate degrees in Comparative Culture from Sophia University in Tokyo and in Psychology at the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon. She completed her APA-accredited clinical internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Psychiatry, Institute for Juvenile Research. During her doctoral studies, she examined the role of implicit associations of stigma as a NIMH Development, Emotion, and Psychopathology predoctoral trainee and also developed an innovative observational measure of ethnic-racial socialization as a Predoctoral NIMH National Research Service Awardee.  Prior to joining SSA, Professor Yasui completed her NIMH Postdoctoral National Service Award Individual Fellowship during which she developed a culturally enhanced engagement intervention that integrates observational methodology with cultural sensitive clinical probes to increase treatment engagement among ethnic minority families seeking mental health services.  Professor Yasui is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has been actively engaged in clinical practice during her predoctoral and postdoctoral training. Her current research addresses the significant public health issue of racial and ethnic disparities in mental health service utilization and treatment outcomes by moving beyond logistics and knowledge to developing and testing the clinical utility of a clinical tool that identified under-examined key cultural and contextual mechanisms of engagement that impede client service use and satisfaction among ethnic minority children and families.