Student Biographies

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Stephanie Doran Brubaker

Research interests: Health equity, access to care, social determinants of health, public health ethics

Biographical statement: Stephanie Doran Brubaker is a PhD student in health services research and policy. She is a graduate student researcher at the University of Pittsburgh’s Medicaid Research Center under the guidance of Dr. Julie Donohue. Prior to coming to Pitt, she worked as a research coordinator at Evidence Foundation and as a Human Research Specialist at the Mass General Brigham Institutional Review Board. Stephanie holds an MPH from Yale University, as well as an MA in bioethics and a BA in psychology and cognitive science from Case Western Reserve University. 

Rachel Butler

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.

Katherine Callaway

Katherine Callaway, Department of Health Policy and Management, Pitt Public Health

Research interests: Pharmaceutical policy, Health disparities, Access to Care/ Health Insurance 

Biographical statement: Katherine is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She currently works as a GSR with Dr. Katie Suda (Department of General Internal Medicine; Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing) on a variety of opioid-related projects. Katherine received both her B.S. and an M.P.H. in Biostatistics at Boston University. Previously, she worked as a SAS programmer/analyst in the Division of Health Policy and Insurance Research at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Institute in Boston. 


Noelle Cornelio

Noelle Cornelio, PhD candidate in health policy and management, Pitt Public Health

Research interests: Medicare and Medicaid dual eligible policy, access to care, vulnerable populations

Biographical statement: Noelle Cornelio is a PhD student in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Noelle’s research focuses on accessing the effects of changing Medicaid eligibility rules on enrollment, access to care, and utilization of health care services among low-income Medicare beneficiaries using econometric techniques. She has been a graduate student researcher under the mentorship of Dr. Lindsay Sabik since 2017 and a teaching assistant for an introductory health policy course since 2019. Noelle submitted a dissertation grant (R36) to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and completed a summer fellowship at AHRQ during which she helped assess the quality of Medicaid data collected by the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). 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 at Charlotte in 2015.

Kirsten Eom

Research interests: Health Disparities, Patterns of Cancer Care, Social Determinants of Health, Access to Care/Health Insurance, Healthcare Organizations and Environments

Biographical statement:

Kirsten is a HSRP PhD candidate and is interested in assessing the impacts of health programs and policies on individuals and populations and identifying factors associated with disparities in health services utilization among underserved Americans. In particular, Kirsten focuses on conducting rigorous and innovative health services research to support progress toward a more equitable, accessible, and affordable healthcare system in the U.S. to improve the quality of cancer care and reduce the burden of disease among underserved populations.

Her dissertation informs efforts to alleviate disparities in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among low-income adults by characterizing patterns of CRC screening and evaluating population-level impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and CRC Control Program (CRCCP) on CRC screening among non-elderly low-income Americans and by assessing the associations between characteristics of primary care services and CRC screening among PA Medicaid enrollees.

Kirsten has worked with Dr. Sabik on studies investigating how policies that expand access to care and enhance insurance plans address individual-level and social-environmental barriers to timely quality care. Prior to joining Pitt, she worked on various types of health services research, including managing a randomized controlled trial, conducting statistical analysis of diverse evaluation studies in long-term care services and comparative effectiveness studies in clinical settings, and building predictive and simulation models to inform policymakers.

Alice Gao

Research interests: Substance use, cannabis legalization, vaping/electronic nicotine delivery systems, criminal justice, opioid use disorder

Biographical statement: Alice attended the University of Rochester for both her undergraduate and graduate education (BA in public health and psychology and MPH respectively). She then worked for Mathematica Policy Research in D.C. for three years, mainly developing, testing, and implementing quality measures for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She worked with multiple faculty members to help develop an opioid dashboard for the PA Department of Health before transitioning to research projects focused on opioid use disorder among pregnant women and child welfare outcomes with Dr. Marian Jarlenski. She is interested in assessing the public health impacts of cannabis legalization, vaping or electronic nicotine delivery systems use, and substance use disorders in vulnerable populations. She’s a big film buff and enjoys boxing to blow off steam, as well as trying to impress her emotionally unavailable cat. Feel free to reach out to her if you have any questions about the program. 

Alexandra Glynn 

Research interests: Health insurance costs and health outcomes; pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare delivery technologies; chronic disease and diabetic populations; Medicare and Medicaid policy; econometric methods. 

Biographical statement: Alexandra Glynn is a PhD student in health services research and policy under the mentorship of Dr. Eric Roberts. As a graduate student researcher, her current projects utilize quasi-experimental design to examine the effects of subsidy programs for Medicare beneficiaries on prescription drug use and health outcomes, with a focus on diabetes and chronic disease populations. Her other work includes examining telehealth utilization among Medicare Advantage enrollees and investigating economic and social effects of new medical device use in children with type 1 diabetes. Prior to starting at Pitt, she spent several years as a research analyst in financial economics at the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, where she conducted data analyses for market risk research. Alexandra graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a BA in Economics (concentration in public policy) and Government. 

Praveen Kumar

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

Biographical statement: Praveen Kumar is a doctoral student in health services research and policy at the 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.

Allison Michalowski

Allison Michalowski, HPM

Research interests: Health equity; health data science; technological tools to improve accessibility, delivery, and efficacy of health services; implementation science

Biographical statement: Allison Michalowski is a graduate student researcher and PhD student in the health services research and policy program. Under the guidance of Dr. Jane Liebschutz at the Center for Research on Health Care, she is currently working on several implementation science and program evaluation projects focused on opioid use disorder prevention and collaborative care models of health services delivery. Allison graduated from the University of Delaware in 2020 with a BA in Psychology and Public Health. As an intern for Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, she helped rebuild and modernize the Pennsylvania Department of Health IRB process, created physician trainings for new policies, and contributed to research and reports in several public health sectors. Allison has also worked with the Complete Communities group at the University of Delaware where she focused on creating online tools that supported local governments and organizations in the creation of policies and programs to improve public health. 

Amy C. 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