CHPR is home to a robust and diverse staff with extensive administrative and/or research expertise. CHPR staff offer a wide range of knowledge and experience in various research methods, policy analysis and research administration. They have diverse academic and professional backgrounds in public health, sociology, psychology, statistics, economics, and communications. The majority of CHPR staff members have advanced degrees, including doctoral degrees. This transdisciplinary team provides unique in-house support for faculty with diverse research needs.

UC Davis students also work on CHPR research projects. Our undergraduate student research assistant program provides inspiration for students to enter careers in healthcare and health services research.

Administrative Staff (Including Grant Development and Financial Management)

CHPR administrative staff assist faculty researchers with a variety of research-related tasks, including:

  • identifying appropriately skilled, available CHPR staff for research projects
  • maintaining compliance for grant and human subject reviews
  • managing project budgets
  • identifying funding opportunities
  • assisting with grant development

Research Staff

CHPR research staff members are highly flexible and versatile, capable of utilizing multiple research methods to conduct various types of studies (e.g., randomized-controlled trials, cohort studies, research employing simulated patients, qualitative analyses, survey research, etc.) to address a broad range of research questions. Staff members—statisticians, health policy analysts, qualitative researchers, project managers, etc.—work on research teams led by CHPR faculty.

CHPR project managers manage a variety of projects, including multi-site, randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, and qualitative investigations, that involve complex data analyses. Project managers work with researchers at UC Davis and other institutions to optimize project resources, supervise research staff, develop study recruitment and enrollment protocols, manage IRB submissions and modifications, and prepare research manuscripts and reports.

CHPR’s health policy analysts conduct systematic and rapid evidence reviews. These analysts also staff the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP) projects, providing rapid (within 60 days) medical effectiveness and public health impact analyses of proposed health insurance legislation for the California State Legislature. Health policy staff members also give annual guest lectures on health policy topics to first- and second-year medical students and for the MIND Institute, and also train UC colleagues in conducting systematic reviews

Research assistants support PI and project team members with developing surveys; conducting online, in-person and telephone surveys; entering and analyzing data; conducting secondary research and drafting reports or manuscripts. Other areas of experience among our staff include: 

  • training and managing simulated patients
  • recruiting and enrolling diverse patient populations
  • engaging research subjects in a variety of interventions

Led by Professor Daniel Tancredi, CHPR statisticians and data analysts assist researchers in developing effective study designs and analytic plans for clinical research studies including cluster-randomized trials, longitudinal studies, and surveys that use complex, probability sampling techniques. They conduct complex analyses of large datasets including national, state, and insurance datasets. They have experience with a wide variety of biostatistical, psychometric, and econometric applications, including instrument development and validation and the specification and interpretation of regression models for multilevel, time-series, and panel data.

CHPR’s prevention and community-based researchers advance health and well-being at both the individual and population levels by conducting applied research in prevention and population health. Many of these staff are based in the Prevention Policy & Practice Group (3PG), one of the programs within CHPR, but are also represented by other faculty affiliates and personnel. Such researchers focus on improving social determinants including: healthy eating, active living, stress management, and tobacco cessation in a whole health context.

CHPR’s qualitative research team members, trained and led by Melissa Gosdin, Ph.D., work with principal investigators within the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and on the main UC Davis campus, investigating a wide variety of topics. Specific studies focusing on doctor/patient interactions, opioid tapering, barriers and facilitators to improving healthcare delivery, social isolation and its relationship to chronic pain, life context in primary care, sexual assault and HIV prevention, smoking cessation, collaborative depression care, and impacts of COVID-19 on frontline physicians are examples of current and recent research conducted by our qualitative team.

CHPR has staff expertise in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS coding and has provided support for the AHRQ Quality Indicators conversion project and for development/implementation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) morbidity surveillance measures for ICD-10-CM/PCS. Staff have also reviewed indicator specifications to support proposed ICD-10 maps as participants on expert panels.

CHPR Staff

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Desiree Backman, Dr.P.H., M.S., R.D.

Prevention Policy & Practice Group 

Bethney Bonilla

Bethney Bonilla, M.A.

Clinical Research Analyst

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Tasleem Chechi, M.P.H.

Project Policy Analyst
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Camille Cipri

Camille Cipri, B.S.

Clinical Research Analyst

Ryan Ciuffetelli

Ryan Ciuffetelli, M.A.

Project/Policy Analyst

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Bill Daehler, M.A.

Digital Communications Specialist

Crystie Dao

Crystie Dao, M.S.

Communications Specialist
Prevention Policy & Practice Group 

Xinran Dhaliwal

Xinran Dhaliwal, M.P.H.

Quality Improvement Specialist
Prevention Policy & Practice Group 

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Shao-You Fang, Ph.D., M.S.

Data Systems Analyst

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Margaret Fix, M.P.H.

Clinical Research Analyst

Julia Fleuret

Julia Fleuret, M.P.H.

Clinical Epidemiologist
Prevention Policy & Practice Group 

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Melissa Gosdin, Ph.D.

Qualitative Research Analyst; Supervisor

Shannon Haggitt

Shannon Haggitt, B.A., M.S.W.

Project Policy Analyst
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Rebecca Hsieh

Rebecca Hsieh, B.S.

Communication and Education Coordinator
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Julia Huerta, B.S.N., R.N., M.P.H.

Clinical Research Analyst

John Kennedy

John Kennedy, C.D.I.P., C.C.S.

ICD Clinical Coding Expert

Neal Kohatsu

Neal Kohatsu, M.D., M.P.H., FACM

Chief Health Strategist
Prevention Policy & Practice Group

Beatrice Le

Beatrice Le, B.S.

Research Administrator

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Carrie Lewis, M.P.H.

Principal Statistician

Sabrina Loureiro

Sabrina Loureiro, B.S.

Project Policy Analyst

Belinda Martineau

Belinda Martineau, Ph.D.


Camlyn McCracken

Camlyn McCracken, B.S.

Community Liaison
Prevention Policy & Practice Group 

Marykate Miller

Marykate Miller, B.S., M.S.

Health Policy Analyst

Katrine Padilla

Katrine Padilla, M.P.P.

Project Policy Analyst

Andrew Padovani

Andrew Padovani, Ph.D.

Data Research Analyst

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Dominique Ritley, M.P.H.

Senior Health Policy Researcher; Supervisor 

Moreen Sharma

Moreen Sharma, B.S.

Project Policy Analyst
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Irina Tokareva, R.N., B.S.N., M.A.S., CPHQ

Quality Measurement Clinician Researcher

Kirstin Truitt

Kirstin Truitt, B.S.

Administrative Officer II

Cindy Valencia

Cindy Valencia, M.P.H., Ph.D. 

Operations Director
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Cynthia Vela

Cynthia Vela, B.S.

Project Manager
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Michael Webster

Michael Webster, B.S.

Chief Administrative Officer

Gary Weinberg

Gary Weinberg

Survey Researcher

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Meghan Weyrich, M.P.H.

Health Policy Analyst; Supervisor

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Liane Winter, B.S.

Quality Improvement Specialist

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Guibo Xing, Ph.D.

Principal Statistician

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Yi Zhang, Ph.D., M.S.

Postdoctoral Scholar