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Research in Progress Seminars

Thursdays from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Online seminars

The Department of Healthcare Delivery and Population Sciences' biweekly research-in-progress seminar is a venue where trainees, local and visiting faculty, health system leaders, and representatives of community-based organizations and industry have the opportunity to present ongoing and planned research projects.

These seminars generally consist of presenting to 15-30 people representing DHDPS faculty and staff, clinical faculty, trainees, and health system leaders, and are informal, lively, and fun. You may also be interested in scheduling a Research Help Session.

  • We provide constructive feedback for projects at all stages of development, from study conception to analysis to presentation of results for conferences or manuscripts.
  • Feedback is given with the aims of teaching and learning about study design and analysis, improving the project being discussed, and giving presenters an opportunity to find collaborators within and beyond DHDPS. 

How to Attend

  • If you would like to receive an email reminder about upcoming events or have an interest in sharing your work at one of these meetings, please contact us at

Meeting Schedule

Upcoming Sessions

 November 9th, 2023 William Soares, MD, MS, Director of Harm Reduction Services, Emergency Medicine, Baystate Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine and DHDPS, UMass Chan-Baystate SPOiLER - Safer Prescribing of Legal Opioids from the Emergency Room: Results, Lessons Learned and Next Steps
 November 30th, 2023 Cristina Huebner Torres, MA, PhD Topic TBD
 December 7th, 2023 Mat Goebel, MD Topic TBD

Past 2023 Sessions

Date  Presenter   Topic
 January 12, 2023 Ajay Bhasin, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine) and Pediatrics, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine “A Plague of Malnutrition?”
 January 26, 2023 Amy LeClair, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center's Center for Health Equity Research
Using Implementation Science to Increase Collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Data in Clinical Settings
 February 9, 2023 Todd Brown, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Cardiovascular Disease The National AACVPR Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Registries: Opportunities for Research and Future Collaborations
 March 9, 2023 Apurv Soni, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director, Program in Digital Medicine; Physician Champion for Digital Health; UMass Memorial Health Department of Medicine, UMass Chan Medical School
Novel approaches for Translational Research through Digital Medicine
 April 6, 2023 Kimberly Fisher, MD, MSc, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Pulmonary, Allergy And Critical Care Medicine, UMass Chan Medical School COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy
 April 13, 2023 Mayuko Ito Fukunaga, MD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Population & Quantitative Health Sciences, UMass Chan Medical School Technology-assisted implementation of lung cancer screening
 May 4, 2023 Karin Johnson, MD, Professor of Neurology and Healthcare Delivery and Population Sciences at UMass Chan-Baystate; Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Neurology, UMass Chan-Baystate; Medical Director, Baystate Regional Sleep Medicine Program; Facility Director, Baystate Medical Center Sleep Laboratory How to study the long-term effects of artificial time including daylight saving time
 May 11, 2023 Lawrence King, PhD, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics at the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, UMass Amherst
Understanding the opioid epidemic: Are prescription rates really exogenous?
 June 8, 2023 Lauren Westafer, DO, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Healthcare Delivery and Population Sciences at UMass Chan Medical School - Baystate
De-Implementation of Low Value Imaging in Pulmonary Education (DELVE PE) - Study Update
 June 22, 2023 Bruce Landon, MD, Professor of Health Care Policy, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Medicine and Practicing Internist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Medicare Advantage: is it all smoke and mirrors?
 June 29, 2023 Ben Bovell-Ammon, MD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Boston Medical Center
Understanding & Addressing Health Disparities Related to Mass Incarceration
 July 13, 2023 Ben Gerber, MD, Professor of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, UMass Chan Medical School - Worcester
Team Support to Improve Glycemic Control Using CGM in Diverse Populations (TEAM CGM) and Ambulatory Research Consortium (ARC)
 July 27, 2023 Rebecca Baron, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, UMass Chan Medical School - Baystate
Acute sexual assault care in the ED
 September 7, 2023 Julia Soulakova, PhD, Biostatistician and Professor of Medicine, Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Central Florida Substance Use Among Marginalized Populations: Analysis of Nation-Wide Health Surveys
 September 14, 2023 Cheryl Ackridge, Lead Clinical Researcher at Cerner Corporation
Overview of Learning Health Network
 October 5th, 2023 Ken Kleinman, PhD, Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Cluster-Randomized Trials: Applications in Infection Prevention
 October 12th, 2023 Laurel O'Connor, MD, FACP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine and Disaster Medicine, UMass Chan Medical School Implementation and Evaluation of a community-based Mobile Integrated Health Program for the Management of acute COPD exacerbation
 October 26th, 2023 Shankar Viswanathan, DrPH, MSc, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Inflicted Traumatic Brain Injury: Evidence of a Hidden Epidemic? -India Study