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Research in Progress Seminars

Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

MassMutual 5 conference room (unless otherwise noted)

The Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science weekly 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 IHDPS 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 IHDPS. 

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
  • The Mass Mutual Wing is located on the main Baystate Medical Center campus. Use the Daly parking garage. Driving directions and campus map (pdf).

Meeting Schedule

Upcoming Sessions

Date  Presenter   Topic
January 8, 2020 No meeting 
January 15, 2020 Angie Mae Rodday, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Using SEER-Medicare to Understand Treatment and Outcomes in Older Adults with Hodgkin Lymphoma
January 22, 2020 Lewis Cohen, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School – Baystate, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine

The Dementia Predicament: Making End-Of-Life Choices That Reflect The Life One Lives
January 29, 2020 TBD TBD
February 5, 2020 Lawrence King, PhD, MA, Professor of Economics, UMass Amherst The political economy of the opioid epidemic: county-level determinants of deaths from drug use disorders
February 12, 2020 Natalia Shcherbakova, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Pharmacoeconomics, Western New England University and Kam Capoccia, PharmD, Clinical Professor of Community Care Practice, Pharmacy Practice, Western New England University Community pharmacists’ interventions and documentation during medication therapy management encounters delivered face-to-face versus via telephone: The devil is in the details
February 19, 2020 Christian Salmon, PhD, MS, Interim Chair, Associate Professor, and Director of PhD Program, Engineering, Western New England University Gap analysis of healthcare system capabilities vs. population healthcare needs in the Congo
February 26, 2020 Anna Norweg, PhD, Research Assistant Professior, Rehabiliation Medicine, NYU Grossman School of Medicine  TBD
March 4, 2020 Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH, Rheumatologist, Berkshire Medical Center; Director, Patient-Centered Population Health Research, Berkshire Health Systems
 Cardiac/pulmonary pilot trial
March 11, 2020 Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup, DHS, MS, MA, Research Fellow, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute An assessment of implementation barriers and facilitators to confirmatory genetic testing for familial hypercholesterolemia: A research update
March 18, 2020 Brian Lucas, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Darthmouth Institute, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine  TBD
 March 25, 2020 Liz Friedman, MEd, MFA, Co-Founder, Group Peer Support  TBD

Past 2019 Sessions

Date  Presenter   Topic
January 2, 2019 No meeting 
January 9, 2019 Natalia Shcherbakova, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Pharmacoeconomics, Western New England University Impact of access restriction on use of short-acting prescription opioids in a US health plan
January 16, 2019 Timothy Mader, MD, Program Director, Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship; Professor, UMMS-B A contemporary analysis of epidemiology and public health impact of drug related out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the US
January 23, 2019 Benjamin Bearnot, MD, Associate Faculty, Ariadne Labs; Instructor, Harvard Medical School Meeting People Who Use Drugs Where They Are: Career Development in Addiction Research and Implementation
January 30, 2019 Ruben Vaidya, MD, attending neonatologist, Baystate Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, UMMS-B Volume Ventilation in the Delivery room for Preterm Infant Born <32 weeks: A pilot study
February 6, 2019 Kenneth Riley, MBA, Director, Patient and Population Health Technologies, Baystate Health Patient and Population Health Technologies
February 13, 2019 Mark Metersky, MD, FCCP, FACP, Associate Chief of Service, Department of Medicine; Director, Center for Bronchiectasis Care; and Professor of Medicine; UConn Health TBD
February 20, 2019 Seppo Rinne, MD, PhD, Investigator, Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, US Department of Veterans Affairs; Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine Clinician burnout
February 27, 2019 Steven Bernstein, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health; and Vice Chair, Academic Affairs; Yale University School of Medicine Tobacco Control in the Hospital Emergency Department
March 6, 2019 Katherine Dixon-Gordon, PhD, MA, Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Emergency Contexts: A Pilot Study
March 13, 2019 No meeting
March 20, 2019 Erica Spatz, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Cardiology; Clinical Investigator, Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE); Yale School of Medicine TBD
March 27, 2019 No meeting
April 3, 2019 Theodore “Jack” Iwashyna, MD, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan; Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research; Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor VA HSR&D Center of Excellence Mechanisms Generating Persistent Critical Illness
April 10, 2019 No meeting
April 17, 2019 Joshua Wherry, MIS, Director of Data Management, Analytics, and Development, Baystate Health; CTO, TechSpring
Introduction to the Data Warehouse
April 24, 2019 Richard Greene, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine; Director, Health Disparities Education; NYU Transgender health
May 1, 2019 Daniel Elliott, MD, MSCE, Medical Director, Quality Partners Accountable Care Organization, Christiana Care Christiana ACOs
May 8, 2019 Shannon Carson, MD, Professor of Medicine; Division Chief, Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine, UNC School of Medicine Deconstructing Clinical Trial Results in ICU Communication Through Cohort Studies, Secondary Analyses, and Qualitative Analysis
May 15, 2019 Research & Education Celebration 2019
May 22, 2019  No Meeting
May 29, 2019 Mayuko Itofukunaga, MD, FCCP, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School Implementation of Informed Proactive Patient and Provider-Communication Technology (I2P3-CT)
June 5, 2019 Sylvia Brandt, PhD, Associate Professor, Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Sarita Hudson, MTS, Director of Programs & Development, Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts
Paul Visintainer, PhD, Director, Epidemiology & Biostatistics; Professor, UMMS-B
Springfield Healthy Homes Asthma Project
June 12, 2019 Michelle Stransky, PhD, MA, Lecturer, Community Health, Tufts University Examining the Health and Healthcare Outcomes of Adults with Communication Disabilities in the National Health Interview Survey
June 19, 2019 Mihaela Stefan, MD, PhD, Associate Director, IHDPS; Associate Professor; UMMS-B Implementation of interprofessional training to improve uptake of noninvasive ventilation in patients hospitalized with severe COPD exacerbation
June 26, 2019 Karin Johnson, MD, Medical Director, Baystate Health Regional Sleep Program; Associate Professor, Neurology, UMMS-B Mild obstructive sleep apnea
 July 3, 2019 Christian Salmon, PhD, MS, Interim Chair, Associate Professor, and Director of PhD Program, Engineering, Western New England University Lowering barriers to healthcare at the frontiers of global health
 July 10, 2019 Joeli Hettler, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician; Assistant Professor, UMMS-B A Cost Comparison of Pediatric Behavioral Health Boarding: Emergency Department vs an Inpatient Medical Unit
 July 17, 2019 Laura Madore, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, UMMS-B The impact of human breast milk analysis and target fortification on the preterm infant
 July 24, 2019 Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH, Professor Adjunct, Rheumatology, Yale School of Medicine Why and How to Measure Patient Preferences
 July 31, 2019 Margaret Samuels-Kalow, MD, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Harvard Unmet needs at the time of emergency department discharge: Language, literacy, and social context
 August 7-28, 2019 No meetings
 September 4, 2019 Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH, Associate Professor and Chief Innovation Officer, Icahn School of Medicine, Mt Sinai
Digital Transformation Across Specialties: The Time is Now!
September 11, 2019 Alyna Chien, MD, MS, Pediatrician & Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School The Early Healthcare Trajectory Persons with Complex or Disabling Health Conditions
September 18, 2019 No meeting
September 25, 2019 Jeff Schnipper, MD, MPH, Research Director, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Development and Evaluation of a Novel Patient Safety Dashboard Integrated into a Vendor EHR
October 2, 2019 David McManus, MD, MSc, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School TBD
October 9, 2019 Kathleen Szegda, PhD, MPH, MS, Director of Community Research and Evaluation & Kim Gilhuly, Research and Population Health Manager; Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts Baystate Community Health Needs Assessments 
October 16, 2019 Jomol Mathew, PhD, Chief Research Informatics Officer, University of Massachusetts Medical School Data Integration and Informatics to enable clinical and translational research
October 23, 2019 Jennifer Carnahan, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine; Research Scientist, Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute & Indiana University School of Medicine Transitions of Care for Patients Going from Hospital to Skilled Nursing Facility to Home
October 30, 2019 Raphael Arku, ScD, Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences Developing high-resolution air and environmental noise pollution estimates in sub-Saharan African cities
November 6, 2019 Hasmeena Kathuria, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University Implementing tobacco dependence treatment for hospitalized smokers
November 13, 2019 Molly Waring, PhD, MA, Assistant Professor of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, UMass Medical School Leveraging social media for weight management among pregnant and post-partum women
November 20, 2019 No meeting 
November 27, 2019 No meeting 
December 4, 2019 No meeting 
December 11, 2019 Mona Al-Amin, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Healthcare Administration, Suffolk University; Kate Li, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management, Suffolk University Hospitalists: staffing levels, technology, and hospital performance
December 18, 2019 Jennifer Tjia, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, UMass Medical School Stakeholder Engagement in Clinical Trial Research
December 25, 2019 No meeting 
January 1, 2020 No meeting