R. Mark Gritz, PhD
R. Mark Gritz, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Vice-Division Head of the Division of Health Care Policy and Research and the Director of Operations for the Adult and Child Consortium for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS). His earlier
research focused on the effectiveness of education and employment programs, welfare and nutrition assistance programs, and improving the earnings and well-being of low-income parents and youth. After years providing product development support services
to biotechnology industries, Gritz directed a team conducting studies in support of the Military Health System and the Department of Veterans Affairs. At the University of Colorado, his research focuses on improving the health and well-being of economically-disadvantaged
and other vulnerable populations, including Medicaid and Child Health Insurance Program beneficiaries.
Christine Jones, MD, MS
Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Hospital Medicine Division at the University of Colorado. Her research aims to (1) improve care transitions for older adults discharged from the hospital with home health care
services and (2) improve care coordination between clinicians caring for patients in different clinical settings, including post-acute care. She is interested in identifying and studying innovative ways to connect clinicians across care settings to
improve patient outcomes.
Cari Levy, MD, PhD
Dr. Levy is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Health Care Research and Policy at the University of Colorado, Denver and Denver Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. Her clinical work as a geriatrician and Director of Palliative Care at the Denver
VA Medical Center informs her research which focuses on quality of life at the end-of-life in nursing homes, disparities in care among persons living in institutional care settings, and quality of care in non-institutional care settings such as the
VA Home Based Primary Care Program and Medical Foster Home Program.
Hillary Lum, MD, PhD
Dr. Lum is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Eastern Colorado VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC). She conducts patient-centered
outcomes research to improve advance care planning for older adults and individuals with serious illnesses. She is testing and implementing novel advance care planning interventions, such as ENACT, and multi-pronged interventions to integrate advance
care planning into health care systems and inform associated policies. Her research uses implementation science to implement evidence-based models into real-world clinical settings.
Kathryn Nearing, PhD, MA
Dr. Nearing is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Associate Director for Education and Evaluation for the VA Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center. She supports strategic initiatives of the
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DEICE) and serves on the Chancellor’s DEICE Leadership Council and on the executive committee of the Multidisciplinary Center on
Aging. Areas of expertise include health services research, including dissemination and implementation science; research translation, including health systems change in response to clinical innovation; community-based participatory research
and stakeholder engagement; and, education, training and career development.
Mustafa Ozkaynak, PhD
Dr. Ozkaynak is an Assistant Professor in the University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing. He completed his PhD in industrial and systems engineering with emphasis on health informatics. His research focus is on social and organizational consequences
of health information technologies and he develops novel workflow approaches for various clinical and non-clinical health care settings. He was part of the UTIDecide team who developed a workflow-informed decision support system for nursing homes.
Marcelo Coca Perraillon, PhD
Dr. Perraillon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Systems, Management & Policy in the University of Colorado School of Public Health. Broadly, his research interest lies in program and economic evaluations of health interventions
and applied statistical methods. His current research relates to the nursing home sector, particularly in studying the effects of public reporting of quality on consumer and provider behavior and cancer care in nursing homes. His research also involves
economic evaluations and mixture models for the prediction of health utilities in cost-effectiveness.
Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD
Dr. Stevens-Lapsley is a Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program 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.