Student Biographies

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Rachel Butler

linkedin.com/in/rachel-butler-mha-mph-65090023

rachel.butler@pitt.edu

Research interests: Medical decision making in serious illness and at the end-of-life; organization, management, and utilization of palliative care and end-of-life care services; patient-provider communication; implementation science; and health policy communication.

Biographical statement: Rachel Butler is a doctoral student in health services research and policy. She is a senior member of Dr. Douglas White’s Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness within the Department of Critical Care Medicine’s CRISMA Center at the School of Medicine, where she manages research studies in the intensive care unit setting. Within HPM, Butler is working with Dr. Howard Degenholtz on examining the use of palliative care and hospice among dual-eligible beneficiaries in Pennsylvania. Butler grew up in Indiana where she obtained master’s degrees in health administration and in public health from the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and worked as a research assistant for serious illness and end-of-life decision making research. In her “free time,” Butler is an active volunteer in Pittsburgh’s end-of-life and deathcare community and flexes her creative muscles by playing with yarn.

Noelle Cornelio

noc17@pitt.edu

Research interests: Economic modeling, systematic literature reviews, pharmacoeconomics, and Medicare and Medicaid policy

Biographical statement: Noelle Cornelio is a first-year PhD student in health services research and policy at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She is currently a GSR under Lindsay Sabik looking at the changes in the dual Medicare-Medicaid senior population. She previously worked at Pharmerit International, a health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) consulting company, where she built economic models, helped perform meta-analyses, and conducted literature reviews. She graduated as a Levine Scholar and with a BS in biology and economics from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte in 2015.

Kirsten Eom

kirsten.eom@pitt.edu

Research interests: Policy analysis; cancer prevention and control; cancer health disparities; health insurance and health outcomes

Biographical statement: Kirsten Eom is a PhD student in health services research and policy at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management. Having experienced different health systems around the world, Eom became more cognizant of the invisible yet tangible attributes of systems and pursued her master’s degree in public health at Brown University. Prior to her time in Pittsburgh, she focused on evaluation of health systems response and capacity to the older adult population, particularly in the areas of quality of chronic condition management, long-term care services, and integration of post-acute health and social services. Currently, she is investigating the effect of state health reform in Massachusetts on staging at diagnosis and guideline-concordant treatments among breast and colorectal cancer patients under the supervision of Lindsay M. Sabik. Eom is also closely looking at the guideline-concordant screening behaviors after the effect of Massachusetts health reform in 2006 and expanding her work to frameworks of other health reforms in the U.S. Kirsten is a lover of building intricate models, and this extends to statistical analysis, computer programming, and physical objects such as Nanoblocks.

Alice Gao

yig28@pitt.edu

linkedin.com/in/yitong-alice-gao-mph

Research interests: Opioid prescribing and social, economic, and clinical outcomes related to opioid prescribing, Medicare and Medicaid policy, program evaluation, quality improvement

Biographical statement: Alice Gao is a first year PhD student in health services research and policy at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. She is currently working with Julie Donohue and other faculty on a statewide opioid dashboard project. She previously worked at Mathematica Policy Research in D.C., where she helped develop and test quality measures. She has a BA in public health and an MPH from the University of Rochester. She recently adopted her first cat and is trying to find ways of being worthy of her cat’s attention.

Mara Hollander

mhollander@pitt.edu

Research interests: Financing and delivery of mental health and substance use disorder (MHSUD) treatment, integration of MHSUD care and physical health care, application of novel analytic methods to the study of MHSUD treatment.

Biographical statement: Mara Hollander is a graduate student researcher at the University of Pittsburgh’s Medicaid Research Center and a doctoral student in health services research and policy. Under the guidance of Director Julie Donohue and Research Director Evan Cole, she has led research examining health care use and spending among populations with high rates of mental health and substance use disorders (MHSUD), including Medicaid expansion enrollees and Permanent Supportive Housing residents. Mara has experience working with Medicaid and Medicare claims and encounter data as well as other large administrative databases. Her primary research interest is evaluating how the financing of MHSUD treatment impacts its use and outcomes. Mara is also interested in applying novel analytic methods to study MHSUD treatment more broadly, including using group-based trajectory modeling, cluster analysis, and other methods to identify patterns hidden in data.

Tumader Khouja

tuk4@pitt.edu

Research interests: Health economics, dental public health, cost-effectiveness analysis and decision making in dentistry, health care in the Middle East and North Africa region, with a special focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Biographical statement: Tumader Khouja is a PhD student in health services research and policy at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management. She received her master’s degree in public health in December 2013 through the Multidisciplinary Master’s of Public Health program, Pitt Public Health. She also obtained a certificate in health system leadership and management. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Khouja worked as a dentist and a demonstrator in the department of dental public health, faculty of dentistry, King AbdulAziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which is sponsoring her post graduate studies.

Praveen Kumar

prk52@pitt.edu

Research interests: Decision science, health policy, pharmacoeconomics, modeling and simulation methods

Biographical statement: Praveen Kumar is a first-year doctoral student in health services research and policy at Graduate School of Public Health. Under the guidance of Mark Roberts and Adrian Lee, he is currently working as a GSR on an economic analysis of an infection prevention program. Prior to joining graduate school, he was working with Novartis in health economic modeling team based out of India. His main responsibilities included building early cost-effectiveness and budget impact models. He completed his graduation in textile technology from IIT Delhi, India.

Amy C. Raslevich

amy.raslevich@pitt.edu

linkedin.com/in/amy-raslevich/

Research interests: Children’s health; health disparities and health services access inequities; Medicaid financing and policy and health-related legislative policy and regulation; integration of primary and behavioral health care services.

Biographical statement: Amy Raslevich is a graduate student researcher at the University of Pittsburgh’s Medicaid Research Center and a doctoral student in health services research and policy working under the guidance of Director Julie Donohue, Research Director Evan Cole, and Professor Marian Jarlenski. Raslevich has 30 years of work experience with a variety of health care providers, payers, and consulting organizations in administration, budgeting, strategic planning, data analytics, and policy and legislative analysis. She earned an MPP in health policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy and an MBA in health sector management from the Fuqua School of Business, both at Duke University where her master’s project focused on the evaluation of primary care school-based clinics. She holds a BS in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in public policy management and health care management