Meet The Team

Adam Perzynski, Ph.D.

Director

Dr. Perzynski is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sociology in the Center for Health Care Research and Policy at MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University. His doctoral degree is in sociology and his current research interests include: novel strategies to eliminate health disparities, outcomes measurement over the life course and mixed methods research. His methodologic expertise spans the continuum from focus groups and ethnography to psychometrics and structural equation modelling. He routinely shares this expertise locally in undergraduate and graduate courses and nationally at scientific meetings. His publications span many disciplines and stand out against the backdrop of a career long effort to infuse the study of biomedical scientific problems with the knowledge, theories and methods of social science.

Eamon Johnson, Ph.D.

Faculty

Dr. Johnson's research focuses on distributional semantics for information extraction from large repositories of clinical text. He defended my doctoral dissertation Methods in Text Mining for Diagnostic Radiology in March 2016 (advisor: Gultekin Ozsoyoglu). He defended his master's thesis Enforcing Authorization and Attribution of Internet Traffic at the Router via Transient Addressing in July 2011 (advisor: Michael Rabinovich). Previously, he's worked for Diamond Management and Technology Consultants (now part of PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and, before that, Digital Innovators (now part of Humana). His undergraduate computer science degree is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also studied computer applications to music at the Experimental Music Studios.

Joe Sudano, Ph.D.

Faculty

Dr. Sudano has been trained as a medical sociologist and health services researcher and is currently the Co-Director of the Social and Behavioral Science Unit in the Center for Health Care Research and Policy, Case Western Reserve University at The MetroHealth System and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University. His current research interests include: disparities in health care access, utilization and health outcomes concentrating on minorities and other vulnerable populations; social determinants of health including community/contextual characteristics (e.g., residential segregation, SES/poverty, job opportunities); measurement equivalence in cross-cultural health status measurement; measurement of health status and health outcomes; general cognitive ability, personality, and education in relationship to health literacy, health status and health behaviors; structural equation modeling/path analysis in health outcomes research; health related survey data collection and analysis; international health services research.

Mary Jo Roach, Ph.D.

Faculty

Dr. Roach is an Assistant Professor in the Department of PM&R at Case Western Reserve University and a Senior Research Scholar in the Center for Health Care Research and Policy at the MetroHealth System. Dr. Roach was trained as an urban sociologist and has been involved with national multi-site health related research projects, as well as, community health issue projects in Northeast Ohio. Her research interests are in medical decision making, long-term physical and social health outcomes and health disparities. Dr. Roach’s research population focus has been with persons with traumatic spinal cord injury and persons with traumatic brain injury.

Amy R. Sheon, Ph.D.

Faculty

Amy R. Sheon, PhD, MPH is Executive Director of the Urban Health Initiative at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and holds a PhD in Public Health (Health Policy and Management) from Johns Hopkins University and an MPH from the University of Michigan. With Dr. Scott Frank, she co-leads HealthDataMatters.org and hdm.LiveStories.com, open community health data platforms for innovation and population health improvement. She leads the Community Health and Wellness Track for the Cleveland Medical Hackathon, and supports these efforts year-round through the Public Health Innovation Meetup Group. Consistent themes of her extensive professional history at the National Institutes of Health, University of Michigan, and more include emerging public health issues (HIV, obesity, ethical issues in genetics), disadvantaged populations, maternal and child health, and use of data for decision-making and innovation. She is pleased to collaborate with the Patient-Centered Media Lab to develop, test and expand use of low cost internet access, digital health tools and technology to improve health and reduce health disparities.

Sandy Andrukat

Project Coordinator

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Sarah Shick

Graduate Research Associate

Sarah Shick is a Research Associate in the Center for Health Care Research and Policy at MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Shick is doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University, specializing in medical sociology and disability, with interests in health disparities, global health trends, and health measurement. Ms. Shick has extensive experience in community outreach, medical education, women’s health, disability assessment, and research.

Roger Williams

Research Associate

Williams has been involved in research, development and evaluation activities for over 20 years in the non-profit sector, Cleveland, Ohio. At the Northern Ohio Recovery Association (NORA) he was responsible for quarterly evaluations of ongoing drug prevention programs aimed primarily at troubled youth throughout Northern Ohio. In addition, he was responsible for funds development and procurement that led to ongoing sustainability of NORA outreach programs. More recently, he had been able to envision new uses of instructional technology to act as motivators for weight loss, as at the SISTERS project jointly developed and carried out by HealthSpanMercy and the YMCA of Cleveland, Ohio (to be reported in The Permanent Journal, December, 2016).

Interns

Isaac Nicholas

Intern, Summer 2016

Isaac is a Senior undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University studying Computer Engineering. He also works for the Department of Research Administration at CWRU doing marketing work as well as video production.

Anupama (Anu) Cemballi

Intern, June 2015 - present

Anu's interest in studying health disparities and interdisciplinary studies brought her to the Center for Health Care Research & Policy back in June 2015. She is a fourth-year medical anthropology (BA) and bioethics (MA) student graduating from CWRU in May 2017 and has worked on a variety of projects including Healthy Life HRA, Sisters II: VR Weight Loss, and The Digital Divide. Beyond PCML, Anu works towards reducing health disparities through her involvement in Advocates for Cleveland Health, a public health organization at CWRU that she founded to address the stark divide in accessibility to primary health care in Cleveland.

Tynan Smith

Intern

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