Analyst Team - Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC)
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Analyst Team

Bob Handley, PhD

Bob Handley, PhD, has worked as a Data Analyst for CIVIC since 2018. Prior to CIVIC, he was the Director of Strategic Analysis and Reporting at Washburn University from 2013-2018. He taught at the University of Denver from 2010-2013, and earned his PhD from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas in 2010.



Alex Hickok, MS

Alex Hickok, MS, is a Biostatistician and joined CIVIC in 2016. He primarily works with Dr. Hynes evaluating VA Community Care services and Care Coordination and their impacts on patient outcomes. Alex also works with fMRI data using machine learning techniques to investigate substance use disorders and treatments. He has also specialized in understanding and utilizing Community Care data sources within the VA. He received a MS in Biostatistics from Oregon Health & Sciences University and a BA in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College.



Beth Hooker, MS, MPH

Elizabeth Hooker, MS, MPH, joined the Portland VA and CIVIC in 2017 as a Biostatistician. She works with many of the Core Investigators, Fellows, and their teams throughout the research process, from study design and statistical support on grants, to complex data analysis and manuscript preparation. She also enjoys working one-on-one with colleagues to provide guidance around statistical concepts and using statistical programs. One of her primary goals is to make analysis accessible and understandable to all. Her interest in research began in 2010 with ethnographic fieldwork for her MS Conflict Resolution degree. A curiousity about combining this experience with quantitative research led her to OHSU's MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics program, where she graduated in 2015.



Elizabeth Hulen PhD

Elizabeth Hulen, PhD, is a medical sociologist and health services researcher at CIVIC where she specializes in designing qualitative studies, conducting interviews and focus groups, and qualitative data analysis using a variety of theoretically informed approaches. Dr. Hulen's research interests include complex care delivery, rural health, interprofessional health care teams, community-engaged research, and sociocultural perceptions of risk and expertise. She completed a PhD in Sociology from Portland State University, an MA in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University, and a BS in Sociology and Family and Human Development from Arizona State University.



Lorie Jacob, ScM

R. Lorie Jacob, ScM is a data analyst whose previous interests and experience have included HIV epidemiology, examining frailty in end stage renal disease patients, studying health systems effectiveness at Oregon Health & Science University, and exploring access to care in the safety net population at OCHIN. Lorie joined CIVIC in October 2019 and during her time at CIVIC has worked on research exploring the impact of Community Care Organizations on Veterans' health and access to care; examining rates of depression screening among Veterans with end stage renal disease, and reporting on trends and outcomes among VA robotic surgeries as a part of a VA evidence synthesis data pilot. Lorie received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.



Megan Lafferty, PhD

Megan Lafferty, PhD, is an anthropologist ad health services researcher at CIVIC where she specializes in qualitative research design, data collection, and analysis. She is trained in ethnography and uses multiple methods such as observation, focus groups, interviews, video reflexive ethnography, and DIPEx. Dr. Lafferty is currently supporting a variety of VA studies, including health experiences of Gulf War Veterans, prevention of firearm injuries among rural Veterans, and Veteran decision making around receiving VA or community care. She created and runs QualForum at CIVIC and helps advise and train colleagues in qualitative methods. Some of her research interests include ethnography, masculinities, intimacy, mobility, and rural health. She received a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne, an MA in Political Science from San Diego State University, and a BS in Public Relations and Psychology from the University of Florida. 

You can contact Megan Lafferty at Megan.Lafferty@va.gov.



Lauren Maxim, PhD

Lauren Maxim, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and a health services researcher at CIVIC since 2020. Prior to joining CIVIC she directed and contributed to many applied research and program evaluation studies of public health initiatives, behavioral health treatments, and education interventions. Her interests include mixed methods, fidelity of implementation, and translation of research findings into real-world applications. Lauren completed her BA at Stanford University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Emory University.



Summer Newell, PhD, MPH

Summer Newell, PhD, MPH is a sociologist and qualitative methodologist, serving at CIVIC since 2014. She has supported a variety of research projects within the VA, including two QUERI-funded partnered evaluation centers looking at (1) efforts to integrate interprofessional education into primary care clinics and the (2) outcomes associated with the VA Innovator’s Network. Other projects have included research aimed at improving and expanding care for woman-identified veterans, including those experiencing interpersonal violence. Other research interests include the experiences of corrections-involved individuals, in particular during the transition period following incarceration. She holds an MPH and a PhD (Sociology) from Portland State University, and a BS (Psychology; Women’s Studies) from the University of Oregon.



Meike Niederhausen, PhD

Meike Niederhausen, PhD is a CIVIC Affiliate Investigator and Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the OHSU-PSU School of Public at Oregon Health & Science University. She has been conducting health services research at the VA since 2017, designing and analyzing a wide range of studies. Dr. Niederhausen is a faculty advisor for OHSU’s Biostatistics & Design Program and teaches graduate biostatistics courses for the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and the School of Medicine. She completed her MS in Statistics and PhD in Mathematics at Purdue University.



Allison O'Neill, MPH

Allison O'Neill, MPH has trained in epidemiology, survey methodology, and sociology. Her career in research began in 2006 and progressed to healthcare research in 2010. She has assisted in the development, execution and analyses of many substance abuse studies and continues to pursue this topic as an interest. She has also contributed to research into gender identity and its role in gaps in health care coverage, as well as PTSD, comorbidity algorithms, infectious diseases, and medical marijuana use. Her BA was completed at Washington State University and her MPH was completed at Boston University.



Rachel Phillips, MS

Rachel Phillips, MS, joined CIVIC in summer 2021 as a Heath Services Research Data Analyst. She will be working half time with CIVIC and half time with the Office of Rural Health. She has a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Sant Mary’s College of California and a Masters in Data Science from University of San Francisco.



Apoorva Salvi MPH

Apoorva Salvi, MPH, joined OHSU in December 2020 as a Biostatistician and currently works half time between The Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) and The Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine (CPR-EM). She received her MPH in Epidemiology from Texas A&M and her Dental degree from India. She supports the Center with study design, grant application, and data analysis. She started her research in dental public health after graduating and has worked in health services research previously.



Jennifer Scott, MS

Jennifer Y. Scott, MS, joined CIVIC as a Research Data Analyst in 2020. She has contributed to VA health services research for the past 15-years and plans to continue to do so for many more. Her current work involves supporting the Pulmonary Care and Critical Care Research Team whose goal is to improve the quality of healthcare and outcomes for critical care and pulmonary disease patients through their quantitative and qualitative studies. Jennifer also supports the Health Economics Resource Center (HERC) at VA Palo Alto. Her work with HERC focuses on an economic evaluation of a national telehealth program established to increase veteran access to primary and mental health services. Jennifer received her MS in Statistics in 2007.



Sarah Shull, PhD

Sarah Shull, PhD, is a CIVIC Health Services Research Data Analyst supporting multiple CIVIC research projects, primarily through cohort identification and preparation of analytic data sets utilizing VA Electronic Health Record data. Dr. Shull trained in cognitive linguistics and has worked in clinical data management and database programming for clinical trials across a wide spectrum of treatment areas, including metabolic disease, oncology, gastroenterology, and dementia. She has worked in Electronic Health Record-based research since 2012. Her interests include database programming and design, linguistics, natural language processing, cognitive science, and mental health. She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Two Domestic Felines.

You can contact Sarah Shull by email at Sarah.Shull@va.gov.