Scholar Bios

Erika Cottrell

Erika Cottrell, PhD, MPP
Research Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Erika Cottrell holds a PhD in Sociology and Demography. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development on international HIV/AIDS policy and is interested in bridging the gap between research and policy. Her current research focuses on patient and provider decision-making about childbirth, and the range of non-medical factors that shape policy and practice around mode of delivery.

Recent Publications, Awards, Honors:

Dr. Cottrell received the "Best Student Poster" award at the 2011 Academy Health Conference for the poster "Understanding Safety Events in Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Services for Children" detailing the findings of the first phase of an NIH-funded R01 project, led by Dr. Jeanne-Marie Guise.

Dan Hartung

Dan Hartung, PharmD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, College of Pharmacy

Dan Hartung is a PharmD with additional training in public health research. His research interests focus on quantifying the use of prescription drugs in real world populations using large administrative data sources. He is currently evaluating the comparative effectiveness of Medicaid drug policies on patients with mental illness. He hopes to gain insight into how patients with limited financial resources and mental illness respond to cost barriers and hopes to use this information to inform future drug policy decisions.

Recent Publications, Awards, Honors:

Hartung DM, Guise JM, Fagnan LJ, Davis MM, Stange KC.  Role of practice-based research networks in comparative effectiveness research.   Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research.  2012;1:45-55

Evans DV, Hartung DM, Andeen G, Mahler J, Haxby DG, Kraemer DF, Fagnan LJ. One practice's experiment in refusing detail rep visits.  J Fam Pract. 2011 Aug;60(8):E1-6.

Morrato EH, Druss BG, Hartung DM, Valuck RJ, Thomas D, Allen R, Campagna E, Newcomer JW.  Small area variation and geographic and patient-specific determinants of metabolic testing in antipsychotic users.  Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2011 Jan;20(1):66-75.

Amy Starmer

Amy Starmer, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Amy Starmer recently completed a fellowship in pediatric health services research at Children's Hospital Boston.  Her research interests focus on the comparative effectiveness of strategies to improve provider handoffs of care and communication.  She is currently serving as the project leader of a multi-site initiative to improve resident physician handoffs of care at nine pediatric institutions across the country.

Recent Publications, Awards, Honors:

Daru JA, Holmes A, Starmer AJ, Aquino J, and Rauch DA.  "Pediatric Hospitalists' Influences on Education and Career Plans." Journal of Hospital Medicine 2011 Oct 13. doi: 10.1002/jhm.962. [Epub ahead of print]

Starmer AJ, Spector ND, Srivastiva R, Allen AD, Landrigan CP, Sectish TC; the I-PASS Study Group.  "I-PASS, a Mnemonic to Standardize Verbal Handoffs".  Pediatrics 2012 Feb;129(2):201-204. 

Jessica Weiss

Jessica Weiss, MD
Assistant Professor, Nephrology

Jessica Weiss is a nephrologist who recently completed an AHRQ-funded T32 research training program in health services research. She has spent the past several years pursuing an interest in clinical research in the area of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in older adults. Her current CER interest is in the effect of age-neutral guidelines for treatment of chronic kidney disease, and their consequent effect on morbidity and mortality in the elderly.

Recent Publications, Awards, Honors:

Dr. Weiss received an NIH R03 for her proposal, "Predicting Mortality in Older Adults with Kidney Disease: A pragmatic risk score."

Weiss JW, Johnson ES, Petrik A, Smith DH, Yang X, Thorp ML. Systolic blood pressure and mortality among older community-dwelling adults with CKD. Am J Kidney Dis. 2010;56(6):1062-1071.

Weiss JW, Thorp ML, OHare AM. Renin Angiotensin System Blockade in older adults with Chronic Kidney Disease: a review of the literature. Curr Opin Nephrology and Hypertens 2010 Sept: 19(5): 413-19.