Alt Email Address:Allison.Kempe@cuanschutz.edu
Dr. Allison Kempe, Ergen Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Outcomes Research at Children's Hospital Colorado, is the founding Director of ACCORDS. She is a tenured Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and has conducted health services, outcomes, and implementation/dissemination research for over thirty years. She has extensive experience in conducting pragmatic trials, in program evaluation and in the conduct of surveys, with over 200 publications focusing on improving health care and health care delivery. Finding and testing methods of improving immunization rates and other preventive care delivery and decreasing disparities in health and health care delivery for children have been the major focus of her own research. She has received numerous R01 level grants from NIH, AHRQ, and the CDC throughout her career. Additionally, Dr. Kempe has played a major mentorship role for many fellows and junior faculty. She directed two federally funded primary care research fellowships for over 10 years and developed a fellowship for surgical and subspecialty faculty who wish to become outcomes or health services researchers. Currently, she is a Co-Director of a K12 from NHLBI that focuses on implementation and dissemination science.
Associate Professor, Deparment of Pediatrics
Dr. DeCamp is an associate professor and the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. DeCamp has research and programmatic expertise focused on increasing healthcare engagement of Spanish-speaking Latino families and reducing disparities in healthcare quality and safety for patients and families with limited English proficiency (LEP). Dr. DeCamp is faculty in the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science and the CU School of Medicine and the Latino Research and Policy Center at CU School of Public Health. Dr. DeCamp graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Spanish. She graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and completed a general pediatrics residency at University of North Carolina Hospitals, where she also served as a chief resident. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan.
Contact: Email | 303.724.6499
Dr. De Keyser is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and practices in the Breathing Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She completed her undergraduate education with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, and she completed her medical school, residency and fellowship training at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. De Keyser was trained in health services research through the SCORE (Sub-specialists Clinical Outcomes Research) fellowship at ACCORDS. Additionally, she obtained a Masters in Clinical Science through the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. De Keysers’s primary research focus is medication usage patterns in asthma, focused on high-risk groups. She has completed grants from the Children’s Hospital Colorado Research Institute as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to evaluate medication use patterns and medication adherence in children and adolescents with asthma, and she obtained K23 funding from the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI) to study long term medication use patterns in adolescents with asthma using sensor technology.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Attending Physician; Children's Hospital Colorado Special Care Clinic & Child Health Clinic
Dr. James Feinstein is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Feinstein has pursued a research career focused on children with complex chronic conditions (CCCs). Dr. Feinstein is a fellowship-trained health services researcher and he has expertise with observational study design, large data analytic methods, secondary data analysis, and statistical programming. Dr. Feinstein’s long-term research goals are to improve medication safety and health outcomes for children with polypharmacy, with a focus on implementing and evaluating technology-based strategies to improve signal detection of adverse drug events in children with CCCs.
Contact: Email | 303.724.9769
Dr. Amy Feldman is an Associate Professor in the Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the University of Colorado and is the Program Director of the Pediatric Advanced Hepatology and Liver Transplant Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Feldman earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her pediatric residency and Chief Resident year at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, her pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado, and an advanced fellowship in liver transplantation at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. She also received a Master’s of Science in Clinical Science at the University of Colorado. Her clinical interests include the management of children with liver disorders including those who require liver transplantation. Her research focuses on immunizations and vaccine-preventable infections in the pediatric solid organ transplant population. She is currently funded by an AHRQ K08 Career Development Award focused on improving immunization rates in the transplant population through the use of a mobile health app.
Analyst co-lead, ACCORDS Analytical Core
Anna co-manages the efforts of the ACCORDS analytic team as well as performing data analysis on a number of projects. She has worked as a data analyst for several health and education organizations throughout Colorado, Michigan, and most recently, Mississippi. She works with projects involving both pediatric and adult health outcomes.
Director, Investigator, ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Program
Dr. Glasgow is Director of the Dissemination and Implementation Program of ACCORDS and research professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to Fall 2013, he was Deputy Director for Implementation Science in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science at the U. S. National Cancer Institute (http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/IS/). Dr. Glasgow is an implementation scientist and evaluation expert who has worked on many transdisciplinary research issues including chronic illness self-management, worksite health promotion, primary care based interventions, and community-based prevention programs involving community health centers.
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Hankinson completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Spanish at Middlebury College in Vermont. He then spent a year working in the oncology department at New York University, conducting clinical trials in malignant melanoma. Dr. Hankinson completed both medical school and neurosurgery residency training at the Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University. He then proceeded to complete subspecialty training in pediatric neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama. During medical school, Dr. Hankinson also completed a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Oxford.
Dr. Hankinson’s clinical and research interests include the surgical management of central nervous system tumors and cervical spine disorders in children. He leads Advancing Treatment for Pediatric Craniopharyngioma, a multicenter North American Consortium that shares tissue and clinical data for research into the biology and outcomes of childhood craniopharymgioma. He collaborates closely with colleagues in Europe and throughout North America.
Dr. Hankinson's other research interests include the surgical management of pediatric cervical spine disease, trauma and pediatric hydrocephalus. In this capacity, he is Children's Hospital Colorado's investigator at the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network, a leading group conducting multicenter research regarding the management of hydrocephalus.
Contact: Email | 720.777.6100
Director of ACCORDS Qualitative & Mixed Methods (QM2) Research Core
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Brooke Dorsey Holliman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the School of Medicine. She specializes in the use of qualitative and mixed methods in health services research, and is skilled at health policy and program evaluation. Dr. Dorsey Holliman’s research focuses on health disparities and inequalities due to socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and social and structural factors. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, she was the founding Director of the Qualitative Core for the Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. Dr. Dorsey Holliman earned her B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina Central University, a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver.
Senior Implementation Scientist, ACCORDS; Associate Director, ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Research Program
Professor and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Holtrop is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine and Senior Implementation Scientist with the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She has extensive experience as an implementation scientist, qualitative and mixed methods researcher, health educator, and practice-based research director. She has participated in primary care research for over 20 years which includes serving as a Principal Investigator on NIH, AHRQ, and foundation grants. Methodologically, she has expertise in the use of qualitative and mixed methods to inform research questions and is skilled in utilizing theoretical models as a lens in which one can understand how implementation works and to produce generalizable findings regarding the how, why, who, and what of interventions. Dr. Holtrop has directed large studies with extensive qualitative components incorporating both theoretical models as a guide as well as grounded theoretical approaches and is skilled in facilitating focus groups, depth, and cognitive task analysis interviews, analyzing qualitative data utilizing Atlas.ti, developing logic models and conducting analysis using qualitative comparative analysis. A large focus of her work has been studying the implementation of health promotion and chronic disease management in primary care. Finally, she is a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) with expertise in patient education and health behavior change, including motivational interviewing, which are applied to intervention development in programs and approaches in a variety of settings.
Associate Professor, Clinician-Investigator, Division of General Internal Medicine
Chair, Society of Behavioral Medicine Education, Training, and Career Development Council
Lead Scientist, Community Education, and Outreach, University of Colorado Center for Women’s Health Research
Dr. Huebschmann began her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BS in Environmental Engineering. She earned her medical degree in 2000 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Continuing her education, most recently she earned an MS in Clinical Sciences in 2015 at the University of Colorado. Dr. Huebschmann is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Women’s Health Research. She is funded by a K23 career development award from the National Heart Lung Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and was previously funded by a KL2 award from the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her overarching research goal is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes by overcoming barriers to physical activity and by optimally controlling other cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension. To achieve this overarching goal, Dr. Huebschmann seeks to work with clinics and communities to implement evidence-based programs to promote physical activity for people with Type 2 Diabetes.
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Hurley received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico in 1997 and completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Colorado. She worked as a hospitalist for two years, both in Colorado and New Mexico, before joining Denver Health's medical staff in 2004 as a primary care physician. She completed a HRSA Faculty Development Fellowship in 2008 during which time she completed her Masters in Public Health. She has been involved in research related to adult immunization since 2005 when she began working on the Vaccine Policy Collaborative Initiative with Dr. Kempe. Her other research interests include cardiovascular health disparities and healthcare for undocumented individuals. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Physicians as well as the Society of General Internal Medicine.
Instructor, Department of Pediatrics
ACCORDS Primary Care Research Fellow
Andrea Jimenez-Zambrano, a native Peruvian, is an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics and an APCRF fellow with ACCORDS. As a Latinx immigrant growing up in Colorado, she observed disparities in health outcomes across diverse communities. This experience inspired her to pursue interdisciplinary training in public health and social science through a double major in Spanish (BA) and Biology (BS), an MPH in Community and Behavioral Health, and a PhD in Health and Behavioral Science. Her research interest includes addressing health inequities in primary care through research that enhances the health and well-being of Spanish-speaking populations. Dr. Jimenez-Zambrano is a health and behavioral researcher with over 10 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative methods and extensive experience in community-based participatory research. She has expertise in building capacity for qualitative data collection methodologies, including but not limited to training professionals for data collection, coding, and analysis for in-depth interviews and focus group observations.
Contact: Email | 303.714.1083
Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Christine D. Jones is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Colorado and a Core Investigator in the VA Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation. Dr. Jones' work focuses on improving care transitions from the hospital to post-acute care through improved communication and symptom management across the care continuum. Dr. Jones has experience using qualitative and mixed methods to better understand care coordination from the perspectives of hospitalists, primary care providers, home health nurses, patients, and caregivers. She also has experience using VA data, Medicare data, and all-payer claims data to investigate outcomes including readmissions and mortality following acute care hospitalization.
Contact: Email | 720.848.4289
Instructor, Division of Cardiology
Chris Knoepke is an Instructor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado, having joined ACCORDS and the Shared Decision Making Core in 2015 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His research investigates means by which to improve the inclusion of patient values and voice in medical decisions, especially those which are technologically complex, emotionally burdensome, or for stigmatized conditions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Monmouth College, a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver. His work is currently supported by three NIH-funded trials of decision support materials (two from NHLBI and one from NIMH), pilot project funding from both the Palliative Care Research Collaborative and the Colorado Center for Women’s Health Research, and a career development award from the American Heart Association.
Contact: Email | 303.724.9938
Associate Professor of Pediatric and Neurology
Kelly Knupp is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Colorado. She received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico - School of Medicine, completed her residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of New York followed by a Pediatric Neurology Residency at Columbia University at Children’s Hospital of New York. After her residency, she trained as a Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Epilepsy at the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Knupp practices at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, CO and is an Associate Research Director of Neuroscience Institute and Director of the Dravet Program. Her interests are epileptic encephalopathies including Dravet Syndrome and infantile spasms. She was a founding member of the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium and continues on the steering committee. This group focuses on developing collaborative research across the country for children with epileptic encephalopathies. She also serves on the medical advisory boards of the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado, Roundup River Ranch and the Dravet Syndrome Foundation.
Contact: Email | 720.777.4636
Director, ACCORDS Education Program
Associate Professor and Associate Vice Chair of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine
Director of Dissemination & Implementation, Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI)
Bethany Kwan, PhD, MSPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010, following a MSPH from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2005. She holds a BS in Chemistry and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University (’01). As an investigator in the University of Colorado’s Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), she conducts pragmatic, patient-centered research and evaluation on health and health care in a variety of areas. With an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and dissemination and implementation (D&I) methods, her work addresses the integration of physical and behavioral health, chronic disease self-management, improving processes and systems of care to achieve the Quadruple Aim, pragmatic trials using electronic health data, and enhancing quality of life for patients and care partners. She works with patients and other stakeholders at all phases of research, from prioritization, to design, implementation, and dissemination of research. She mentors and teaches students, trainees, and fellow faculty on Designing for Dissemination to ensure that research innovations are efficiently and effectively adopted, used, and sustained in real world settings to improve health and well-being for all. Dr. Kwan directs the ACCORDS Education program as well as the Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Dissemination & Implementation Research Core.
Contact: Email | 303.724.5153
Associate Professor of Medicine
Hillary Lum is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine at theUniversity of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, and research physician at the VA Eastern Colorado GeriatricsResearch Education and Clinical Center (GRECC). She is a geriatrician, palliative medicine physician and researcher. Dr. Lum’swork focuses on improving care for older adults with serious illnesses, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, and family care partners. She is particularly interested in designing real-world interventions with diverse older adult stakeholder input for primary care and community settings. Her work includes design and testing of novel interventions to improve patient-centered outcomes related to advance care planning, use of the patient portal, telehealth to reach older rural veterans, and virtual reality and music therapy. She mentors trainees and junior faculty through her roles as Co-Director for the Clinical Faculty Scholars Program, NIA T32 Palliative Care and Aging Fellowship Program Executive Leadership Team, and the GRECC.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Dr. Carmen Lewis is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She is a practicing general internists and a health services researcher. She completed her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and a Residency in Preventive Medicine at the University of North Carolina. Her current and past research includes broad areas of medical decision making, preventive care and cancer screening, and health care quality. Dr. Lewis has developed decision support for patients and physicians and has evaluated methods to implement decision support into ambulatory practices. She has been funded by the National Cancer Institute through a K07 career development award and two R21 grants through AHRQ studying individualized decision making for colorectal cancer screening in the elderly. She recently completing a randomized controlled trial funded through AHRQ aimed at promoting appropriate colon cancer screening using a targeted decision aid for elderly adults. She was also a co-principal investigator on an ARRA award through Health and Human Services to test three methods of implementing decision support on prostate cancer screening and treatment decision making.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. McIlvennan is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado. Colleen earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Marquette University and her Masters of Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and PhD degrees at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She currently works as the Lead Nurse Practitioner in the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Section at the University of Colorado. Her clinical experiences with patients who have advanced heart failure have led her to pursue a research career grounded in this patient population. She has experience with qualitative methodology and mixed methods. Her research focuses on family caregivers, decision making, end-of-life preferences.
Director, Colorado Program for Patient-Centered Decisions
Associate Professor, Medicine-Geriatrics
D2V Patient & System Value Core
Dr. Dan Matlock is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative care. His research is aimed at fundamentally changing and improving how patients make decisions around invasive technologies. He has been funded under an NIH career development award, three NHLBI RO1s (two Co-I, one PI), and four PCORI projects studying shared decision making among older adults making decisions around invasive technologies. He has participated in the American College of Cardiology’s shared decision making task force and he is also an active participant of the International Patient Decision Aid Standards writing committee. Recently, he has also been named Director of Implementation Research for the Denver Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center.
Director, ACCORDS mHealth Core & Informatics Core
Associate Director, mHealth Impact Lab, Colorado School of Public Health Research
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Moore received her BS in biological sciences from the University of New Orleans, her MSPH from the Colorado School of Public Health, and completed her doctorate in health and behavioral sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to her research career, Dr. Moore worked in information technology (IT) for ten years, focusing primarily on implementation and support for software systems and technical education, training, and evaluation. Her ongoing research interests include consumer health informatics, digital health innovation, interoperability and clinical decision support, and the use of mobile and digital health technology to deliver patient-centered care.
Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine
Founder, Director of Learning Collaborative to Address Disability Equity in Healthcare (LEADERs)
Dr. Morris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the School of Medicine. She earned her BS in Communication Disorders from Boston University, an MS in Speech-Language Pathology, an MPH with a Health Policy and Systems Concentration, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Morris serves as a qualitative and mixed methods expert on multiple health services research studies. She has worked across a multitude of clinical areas and is particularly interested in employing qualitative methodologies and methods to engage key stakeholders in identifying and addressing disparities in care experienced by vulnerable populations. In her own research, she aims to identify and address provider- and organization-level factors that contribute to healthcare disparities experienced by patients with disabilities. She is the founder and director of the national Learning Collaborative to Address Disability Equity in HealthcaRe (LEADERs).
Contact: Email | 303.724.3535
Director, ACCORDS Practice Based Research and Community Engagement
Green-Edelman Chair for Practice-Based Research
Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Community, Dept. of Family Medicine
Director of Community Engagement & Research, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Director, State Networks of Colorado Ambulatory Practices & Partners
President, International Balint Federation
Don Nease is the Vice Chair for Community in Family Medicine, and Director of the Community Engagement and Research for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Dr. Nease’s work is dedicated to improving health from the level of individual doctor-patient interactions to community and population-based interventions. His research is conducted largely within communities and their primary care practices, most notably in the areas of Chronic Illness and Systems Change. Don received both his B.A. and M.D. degrees at the University of Kansas. He did his Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina/Department of Family Medicine and a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. O'Leary is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. He received a BA in Environmental Studies from Brown University in 1991 and graduated from University of Texas Houston Medical School in 1996. After completing pediatric residency at The Children's Hospital in Denver in 1999, he moved to Fort Collins where he practiced as a general pediatrician for 8 years. Dr. O’Leary is the director of the Colorado Children’s Outcomes Network (COCONet), Colorado’s pediatric practice-based research network. His research focuses on identifying barriers to vaccination and developing and testing interventions to address those barriers. He serves as the liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He is also on the AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee). He serves as a co-chair of the Policy Committee for the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) and co-chair of the Immunization Committee for the Colorado Chapter of the AAP.
Contact: Email | 303.724.1582
Association Professor, Department of Family Medicine - University of Colorado School of Medicine
Director, High Plains Research Network
Dr. Oser is Associate Professor and Director of the High Plains Research Network in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and did her residency at UPMC, Shadyside. She has clinical expertise in many practice settings, and currently sees a diverse patient population of all ages in a rural Federally Qualified Health Center. She has a breadth of experience in a varied array of primary care settings, having also practiced in suburban and inner city environments spanning various practice models. As Director of the High Plains Research Network (HPRN), she leads a practice-based research network that consists of rural primary care practices, hospitals, health care facilities, and communities located in rural eastern Colorado. Her research focuses on chronic disease management, the value of online peer support communities in self-management of diabetes, as well as use of diabetes technologies in primary care.
Contact: Email | 303.724.2060
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics
Dr. John Rice is an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics in the Colorado School of Public Health. He received his MSPH in Biostatistics from Emory University in 2010, and his PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan in 2015, where his dissertation focused on statistical methods for cancer research. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester in 2017, where he worked in the areas of HIV testing behavior and cardiovascular outcomes, prior to joining the faculty at UC Denver. His research interests include longitudinal data analysis, recurrent events, and semiparametric regression methods for binary and semicontinuous outcomes data.
Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology
Dr. Scherer received a PhD in social psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine and Ann Arbor VA. She was an Assistant Professor at University of Missouri Department of Psychology before moving in 2018 to pursue a focus on medical decision making research at the University of Colorado. Her research lies at the intersection of behavioral science, decision-making and medicine, and seeks to understand patient preferences, healthcare seeking vs. avoidance, and how to facilitate shared decision making and improve communication between doctors and patients. Methodological expertise: survey research, experimental design, measurement scale development and validation.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Co-Director, TL1 Program, Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute
Co-Director, Emergency Medicine Scientist Training and Intensive Mentorship (EM-STIM) program, Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Sills has been a health services delivery research investigator at ACCORDS since 2002. Her research has focused on using electronic health data methods to define and model systems- and patient-level factors associated with process and outcome measures of health care quality, with a focus on asthma in acute and primary care settings for children. This work has assessed variation in quality of care for various conditions, and has demonstrated the importance of rigorous methods in selecting and implementing quality metrics. These publications have highlighted the importance of the following in quality measurement: (1) selecting process measures only when they have demonstrated association with outcomes of value; (2) using risk-adjustment that extends beyond adjustment for the severity of the acute condition to encompass chronic medical complexity and social determinants of health; and (3) incorporating adjustment for structural measures of quality, including crowding and occupancy measures.
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
IMPACT K12 Scholar
Matthew Simpson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. As a clinician-researcher, he has an active clinical practice at the AF Williams Family Medicine Clinic and serves as the associate director for the Colorado Research Network (CaReNet), a practice-based research network of primary care clinics that are focused on delivering care to medically underserved patients. Through the IMPACT K12 program, he is focused on improving detection of sleep apnea in primary care, particularly because of its role as a cardiovascular disease risk factor and its possible contribution to racial/ethnic health disparities in heart disease and stroke.
Contact: Email | 303.724.8589
Professor of Physical Therapy, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program
Director, Muscle Performance Laboratory
Co-Director, CU RESTORE group
Dr. Stevens-Lapsley is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. She is focused on identifying, integrating and advancing innovative evidence-based medicine solutions for older adult rehabilitation through highly effective research methods and partnerships. She has almost 20 years of clinical research experience in patients with osteoarthritis planning joint arthroplasty, and more recently, medically complex patient populations. Her research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings. More specifically, her research focuses on clinical trials, includes the evaluation of care bundling strategies for joint arthroplasty, pragmatic interventions in medically complex patient populations, and health services research to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance. Dr. Stevens-Lapsley earned her PT degree at the University of Delaware, where she went on to complete a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science with a focus in Applied Physiology. She then completed post-doctoral training at the University of Florida.
Implementation Scientist, Dissemination & Implementation Science Program
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Dr. Studts’ mixed methods research focuses on the systematic adaptation and implementation of evidence-based health promotion interventions with underserved populations. She has a strong interest in increasing access to interventions enhancing parenting skills and parent-child relationships, particularly those that help prevent or reduce the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). In addition to leading her own program of community-engaged research, Dr. Studts serves as an implementation scientist on teams studying implementation in a variety of topical areas, including lung cancer screening, nutrition and physical activity practices in child care settings, sexual risk reduction, diagnostic testing after failed newborn hearing screens, and others.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics
Krithika Suresh is a research assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics in the Colorado School of Public Health. She received her MMath in Biostatistics from the University of Waterloo, and her PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include survival analysis, longitudinal data, joint modeling, and prediction models, with applications in cancer research and other health outcomes.
Research Medical Director, Director of the Pediatric Asthma Research Program, Institute of the Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Section.
Interim Medical Director, Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado
Dr. Stanley Szefler is currently the Research Medical Director and Director of the Pediatric Asthma Research Program in the Breathing Institute of the Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Section and Interim Medical Director for the Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is also a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus.
Dr. Szefler’s major contributions are directed toward the individualized use of asthma therapy. He has identified biomarkers and asthma characteristics that are associated with asthma exacerbations and response to asthma therapy. He is the Co-Principal Investigator for the Denver site of the NHLBI PrecISE Network that is focused on precision medicine for severe asthma.
For the past fifteen years, he has directed a school-centered asthma program (AsthmaCOMP) funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Cancer, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease Program for the State of Colorado. This program identifies students most significantly affected by asthma and then establishes lines of communication between schools, primary care physicians, and specialists to assure that these children have consistent medical care.
Assistant Professor - General Internal Medicine
Dr. Tate is an Assistant Professor in General Internal Medicine and an investigator in the Colorado Program for Patient Center Decisions. She joined ACCORDS in 2015. Dr. Tate is also a recipient of the University of Colorado Cancer Centers Rising Stars in Research Endowed Chair. She is a Colorado native who grew up in Boulder. She attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH where she earned a B.S. degree. Dr. Tate began her research career working in the private sector at a biotech company before earning an MPH degree at the Colorado School of Public Health in 2008. She received her PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Tate has worked on a variety of research projects for both the University of Colorado and at Denver Health. Her research interests include working with disparate populations and health disparities, aging populations, hospice, and end-of-life care transitions, and shared decision-making.
Dr. Tietbohl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and a methodologies with the ACCORDS Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Tietbohl’s research focuses on how communication shapes health care experiences, especially as it relates to medical decision-making and its consequences. Her work uses qualitative and mixed methods to investigate how social categories, medical conditions and contexts, authority, and external forces come to bear on physician-patient communication and contribute to variations in health care.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Tyler is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado and serves as the Director of Quality Improvement for the Section of Hospital Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and did her residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Tyler is fellowship trained in health services research and implementation science. She completed the SCORE (Sub-specialists Clinical Outcomes Research) fellowship at ACCORDS, and was a scholar in the National Institutes of Science (NIH) Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) and the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI) IMPlementation to Achieve Clinical Transformation (IMPACT) K12. She completed her Master of Science in Clinical Science and has advanced training in improvement science through the Advanced Improvements Methods (AIM) course at the James M Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. As an implementation scientist, Dr. Tyler’s research focuses on “de-implementation” to identify processes and strategies to stop or reduce over-testing and over-treatment that can be broadly adapted to varied contexts and disease processes to improve the delivery of guideline concordant, evidence-based care and improve patient outcomes.
Contact: Email | 303.724.0854
Associate Professor of Pediatric Urology, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Director of Research and Associate Residency Program Director, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery
Dr. Vijaya Vemulakonda is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Urology, Director of Urologic Research, and Associate Residency Program Director for the Division of Urology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She earned her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School and her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. She completed her urology residency at Baylor College of Medicine and her pediatric fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington School of Medicine. She is also a graduate of the Clinical Faculty Scholars Program at the University of Colorado. She is active in the American Urological Association, serving on the Board of Directors for the South Central Section, as well as on the Executive Committee for the Society for Fetal Urology.
Her clinical interests include the management of antenatally detected congenital urologic anomalies, including UPJ obstruction, vesicoureteral reflux, posterior urethral valves, and cloacal and bladder exstrophy variants. Her research focuses on the development of evidence based guidelines to optimize surgical outcomes in children with congenital urologic anomalies and the use of the electronic health record to facilitate prospective multi-center collaborative surgical research. Current funding includes a K08 Career Development Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality studying variations in care for infants with suspected UPJ obstruction. She is also the first pediatric urologist recipient of the American Urological Association’s Rising Stars in Urology Research Award, funded by the Frank and Marion Hinman Urology Research Fund.
Associate Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
Jeanette Waxmonsky is the Director of Research Innovation at Jefferson Center’s Office of Healthcare Transformation, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Waxmonsky received her B.A. in Psychology and English from Lafayette College, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Administration and Evaluation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to joining Jefferson Center, Dr. Waxmonsky was an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry, she was involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of integrated behavioral health programs for thousands of Coloradans. She has had a lead role in securing over $7 million in grant funding to support integrated care programs and evidence based treatment interventions for medically underserved and minority populations.
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Venice Ng Williams is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Prevention Research Center for Family & Child Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her research relates to improving the implementation of home visiting programs like Nurse-Family Partnership through mixed methods, cross-sector collaboration, and systems integration. Dr. Williams has a range of experience in health services research, including conducting health impact assessments to inform child welfare policy, evaluating systems-change interventions with Urban Indian health centers, and developing collegiate tobacco control policies. Dr. Williams received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of British Columbia, M.P.H. from UCLA, and Ph.D. in Health Services Research from the Colorado School of Public Health. She is passionate about working with communities to improve health outcomes among families experiencing adversities.