2022 Summer Launch Speakers
Dr. Burns has more than 10 years of experience working with youth (ages 0-21) in a variety of clinical, community-based and academic settings. Her research is centered on innovative approaches using community-engaged research and technology (e.g., social media, mobile apps, messaging) to improve healthcare and sexual health outcomes among adolescents at community health care centers. Her secondary area of interest is improving nursing practice and training programs in underserved areas.
Dr. Ashley E. Cureton is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work and School of Education at the University of Michigan as well as a faculty affiliate in the Center for Equitable Family & Community Well-Being. Dr. Cureton examines the educational and mental health needs and outcomes of refugee and migrant children and youth and their families with a specific focus on understanding how displacement and exploitation impact their overall academic and social development, sense of belonging and cultural identity. Over the last decade, Dr. Cureton’s research has been focusing on child and adolescent development among migrant and refugee populations and other marginalized groups in global contexts like South Africa, Morocco, Peru and Ecuador, to name a few.
Dr. Englesbe’s interests focus on improving quality and implementing best practices in care. He is also the director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Funded Quality Improvement Collaboratives serving the State of Michigan. He also directs the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) and co-directs the Michigan Opioid Prescribing and Engagement Network (Michigan OPEN). He is dedicated to the education of students and residents and holds several educational positions within the Medical School and Department of Surgery. Dr. Englesbe is a member of the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation Institute Leadership Team.
Dr. Lane studies patient reported outcomes and access to gender affirming surgery. She is particularly interested in financial toxicity in gender affirming surgery and the effect of legislation on access to these procedures.
Joyce Lee is a pediatrician, diabetes specialist, and clinical and health services researcher. She is very interested in the notion that human centered design and design thinking combined with emerging technologies such as mobile technology, data visualization, and social media can transform the research enterprise and the delivery of clinical care. She attended Brown University for her undergraduate education, the University of Pennsylvania for her medical degree, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society, and she completed her internship and residency in General Pediatrics at the Boston Combined Residency Program (Children’s Hospital, Boston, and Boston Medical Center). She is one of few individuals across the country who has completed dual training in Pediatric Endocrinology and Pediatric Health Services Research. In addition, she received her Master in Public Health degree from the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. Lee is the principal investigator on several NIH-funded studies focusing on childhood obesity, and on type 2 diabetes risk. To study obesity and diabetes, she incorporates a variety of methodologies, including cross-sectional and longitudinal epidemiologic analyses, transition state modeling techniques, agent based modeling techniques, applied clinical research, and cost-effectiveness analysis. She co-directs the Program in Mobile Technology for Enhancing Child Health, which has the goal of creating mobile technology systems that can enhance chronic disease adherence in children, with a specific focus on adolescents with type 1 diabetes. In addition, in June 2013, she was appointed as the first Social Media Editor for JAMA Pediatrics.
Dr. Reeves’ research is focused on identifying opportunities to improve the health of those living with sickle cell disease. She currently is the PI of the Michigan Sickle Cell Data Collection (MiSCDC) Program, a cooperative agreement with the CDC. The objective of MiSCDC is to implement a statewide sickle cell disease surveillance system. Her R01 (funded by AHRQ) uses machine learning and mixed methods to shed light on mechanisms related to receipt of preventive services among children with sickle cell anemia. She is the steward of three NQF-endorsed quality measures for recommended preventive care among children with sickle cell disease: receipt of transcranial Doppler screening, appropriate antibiotic prophylaxis, and use of hydroxyurea therapy. Dr. Reeves holds a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health.
Dr. Sonneville is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Human Growth and Development. Dr. Sonneville also holds an adjunct appointment at Harvard Medical School and is a Collaborating Mentor for the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED) at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a registered dietitian, behavioral scientist, and public health researcher whose research focuses on the prevention of eating disorders among children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Sonneville uses a weight-inclusive framework to study how to promote health and well-being without inadvertently increasing body dissatisfaction, disordered eating, and weight stigma. Dr. Sonneville received a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Michigan State University, a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and Doctor of Science in Public Health Nutrition from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
V.G.Vinod Vydiswaran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences and the School of Information in the University of Michigan. His research interests are primarily in clinical and consumer natural language processing, information trustworthiness, large-scale text mining and analysis, and medical information science. His current research focuses on mining and analyzing health information from multiple sources, including scientific literature, community health forums, and social and information networks., with special interest in analyzing online medical textual information to infer credibility of sources and the claims they make.
Marika Waselewski is the program manager for MyVoice and a research project manager in the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine. Her research interests are in the use of technology to improve public health outcomes and quality of care. In her free time Marika enjoys cheering on Michigan sports, laughing with friends, playing with her baby boy, and being active!
Dr. Justine Wu is a family physician with advanced clinical and research training in family planning through a Reproductive Health Fellowship and Master of Public Health Degree at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Wu’s research interests focus on supporting contraceptive decisions, particularly for people with chronic medical problems, breast cancer, or disabilities. She has expertise in the application of mixed methods to contraceptive research. She is a program faculty member of the University of Michigan Mixed Methods Program (link is external) and a former scholar of the NIH Mixed Methods Research Training Program.