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IHDPS Adjunct Fellows

Elizabeth Evans, PhD, MA

Elizabeth Evans PhDLiz Evans is an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Policy in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Evans researches how health care systems and public policies can better promote health and wellness among individuals with opioid and other substance use disorders, mental health conditions, and infectious diseases. She completed her doctorate in public health at the University of California Los Angeles and a health services research and development postdoctoral fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation, and Policy.

Most recently, Dr. Evans has focused on the behavioral health of women, investigating the addiction health services utilization and long-term mortality outcomes of women treated for opioid use disorders, gender differences in the health effects of childhood adversity, and the comparative effectiveness of gender sensitive behavioral health care for pregnant and parenting women. Much of her research has originated from community-partnered multisite longitudinal cohort study designs and mining of linked administrative data provided by health care delivery systems, social services institutions, and criminal justice sources. Currently, she is Principal Investigator of a mixed methods study of gender differences in use and outcomes of complementary and integrative healthcare by military veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain. She is also leading a study to adapt narrative medicine methods for women with opioid use disorders to improve medication assisted treatment utilization and strengthen community integration.

Kathleen Mazor, EdD

Kathleen Mazor EdDKathy Mazor is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Associate Director of the Meyers Primary Care Institute. An experienced researcher, a major focus of her work has been understanding patients' perspectives on health and healthcare. Her research on patients' perceptions of care has helped to amplify the voices of patients and their family members, and has provided important insights into what matters most to patients. She has led and collaborated on numerous studies investigating the impact of various strategies for communicating with patients about sensitive and complex health-related topics.

She is a nationally recognized leader in health literacy where she has drawn attention to the need to focus on how patient understanding spoken health information as well as written information. Trained in psychometrics, she has developed numerous instruments for assessing knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and experiences of patients and providers. Her current research interests include physician-patient communication, patient-perceived breakdowns in care, health literacy, disclosure of medical errors, and decision-making.

Brian Nathanson, PhD

Brian Nathanson PhDBrian Nathanson is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of OptiStatim, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in mathematical modeling in health care for both commercial and academic clients. He has a doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 2013, he achieved diplomate status in the Society for Health Systems. His research interests are in benchmarking, applying operations research methods to clinical health care problems, and econometrics. A majority of his recent projects have focused on critical care or emergency medicine, with an emphasis on sepsis. He is also very active in the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers and INFORMS.

Natalia G. Shcherbakova, PhD

Natalia Shcherbakova is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences at Western New England University College of Pharmacy. She is also a health services researcher with a local health plan, Health New England. Her research interests include pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes studies, managed care program evaluation, as well as assessment of the impact of mobile technology and social media on health care and education.

Kathleen Szegda, PhD, MPH, MS

Dr. Kathleen SzegdaKathleen Szegdais the Director of Community Research and Evaluation at Partners for a Healthier Community, the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts. She completed her doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship focused on women's health.

Her research interests are in maternal and child health, mental health, and health disparities. She is also interested in research aimed at identifying effective community-level systems, policy and environmental changes to improve health equity, which is informed by her experience working to promote policy and systems change at the national level at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at a local level as the Director of the Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition. Her prior research has focused on perinatal mental health and impacts on birth outcomes among Latina women, as well as the impacts of adiposity over the life course on early menopause. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences where she teaches a course on Health Impact Assessment. She was the Co-PI on a PCORI Eugene Washington Award to build community engaged research capacity in Springfield through the Project ACCCES network, which she continues to co-lead.