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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 10, 2022 Samantha Farris, PhD and Mindy Kibbey Measurement of Exercise Avoidance and False Safety Behaviors in Older Adults
 December 1, 2022 Elizabeth Schoenfeld, MD, MS Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine Building Trustworthiness in the Emergency Department (Trust ED) with Shared Decision-Making
 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 TBD
 February 23, 2023 Karin Johnson, MD, Professor of Neurology at UMass Chan - Baystate How to study the long-term effects of artificial time, including daylight saving time 
 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
 March 23, 2023 Mustafa Barbhuiya, PhD, Assistant professor of Pathology at UMass Chan - Baystate
Developing disease burden and prevalence-based Essential Diagnostics List for Western Massachusetts population 
 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 TBD
 May 4, 2023 TBD  TBD
 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?

Past 2022 Sessions

Date  Presenter   Topic
 January 27, 2022 Michelle Trivedi, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population & Quantitative Health Sciences; Medical Director, Asthma Link; UMass Chan Medical School/UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center Innovations in pediatric asthma: the development, implementation and evaluation of digital and community-based interventions to advance health equity
 February 10, 2022 Natalia Shcherbakova, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Pharmacoeconomics, Western New England University  Evidence from a Regional Health Plan: Trends in High Cost Outpatient Pharmacy Claims Among Commercially Insured Members By Therapeutic Category and Date of Initial Approval
 March 10, 2022 Lili Peacock-Chambers, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, UMass Chan-Baystate; DHDPS Fellow Mothering from the Inside Out: Addressing the Intersection of Addiction, Adversity, and Attachment with Evidence-Based Parenting Intervention
 March 24, 2022 Diann Gaalema, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Vermont Cardiac Rehab: Behavior Change in Socially Disadvantaged Populations
 April 7, 2022 Grace Ryan, PhD, MPH, PRACCTIS Postdoctoral Fellow, Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, UMass Chan Medical School Engaging Healthcare Systems to Address Missed Opportunities for HPV Vaccination
 April 14, 2022 Paul Visintainer, PhD, Director of Research and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Baystate Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, UMass Chan - Baystate; Professor of Medicine, Tufts SOM; adjunct Professor of Public Health, UMass Amherst The Purpose of Pilot Studies and Consideration of Some Alternative Designs and Analytic Approaches
 May 26, 2022 Lizzie Barnett, ScD, Senior Methodologist, Research and Evaluation (Qualitative), Communicate Health Health Communication in Action
 June 23, 2022 Daniel Engelman, MD, Medical Director of the Heart, Vascular, and Critical Care Units, Baystate Medical Center; Professor of Surgery, UMass Chan-Baystate ERACS/Digital Innovation Work
 July 7, 2022 Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup, DHSc, MSc, MA, Research Director of Real-World Evidence, the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy Patient-Reported Outcomes and Genomic Data: Implications for Health Services Research, Clinical Practice, and Policy
 July 28, 2022 Austin Kilaru, MD, MSHP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, UPenn Fentanyl, Precipitated Withdrawal, and Barriers to Scaling ED Buprenorphine
 September 8, 2022 Arvin Garg, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Chair of Health Equity, Department of Pediatrics, UMass Chan Medical School Social Determinants of Health and Child Health Equity Research
 October 6, 2022 Hicham Skali Lami, MD, MSc, FACC, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Cardiologist and Associate Director, Cardiac Imaging Core Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital Increasing use of Cardiac Rehab: from local to global. Reflections and lessons from a nationwide initiative: TAKEheart
 October 27, 2022 Eric Boccio, MD, Instructor and Research Fellow, Department of Emergency Medicine, Baystate Medical Center; Fellow, Department of Healthcare Delivery and Population Sciences Research project updates