February 4, 2019

2019 CATALyST scholars


Inaugural scholars for CATALyST Learning Health System Training Program are (front row, left to right): Maggie Ramirez, Linnaea Schuttner, Yates Coley, and Gwen Lapham. KPWHRI's CATALYsT team members (back row) are Susan Brandzel, Paula Lozano, Diana Buist, and Mariam Ashmawi.

Yates Coley, PhD


Dr. Coley is a biostatistician at KPWHRI who has served over the past year as part of the Institute’s Learning Health Systems team. During her recently completed fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Coley helped develop risk prediction modeling for prostate cancer treatment. As a CATALyST scholar, she plans to deepen her expertise in risk prediction modeling using data from a person’s health history, diseases, treatments, and other information to predict, in an automated manner, how they will respond to treatment for depression. Her primary CATALyST mentor will be KPWHRI’s Greg Simon, MD, MPH, a leader in depression and LHS research. For a more detailed synopsis of Dr. Coley’s research, please reference her current abstract here.

Gwen Lapham, PhD, MPH, MSW


Dr. Lapham is a substance use researcher at KPWHRI. She plans to parlay her social work and health services training into research about the integration of adolescent behavioral health into the primary care setting. She aims to develop an LHS research career focused on evidence-based care for substance use among medical patients and is already making important forays into understanding cannabis use among primary care patients. Dr. Lapham will work with primary mentor, Lynn DeBar, PhD, a leader in behavioral health and LHS research, who is also based at KPWHRI. For a more detailed synopsis of Dr. Lapham’s research, please reference her current abstract here.

Magaly (Maggie) Ramirez, PhD, MS, MS


Dr. Ramirez recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest from Los Angeles for a faculty position in Health Services faculty at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. Dr. Ramirez is a systems engineer and is leveraging that expertise to make innovative inroads in health care delivery. She has expertise in the use of technology to more effectively support health care and reduce health disparities. Dr. Ramirez’s CATALyST work will focus on developing and implementing technology to support Latino caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Her primary CATALyST mentor will be KPWHRI’s Rob Penfold, PhD, whose current research also focuses on LHS and improving support for caregivers of people with dementia.

Linnaea Schuttner, MD, MS


Dr. Schuttner is a primary care physician and investigator at the VA Puget Sound’s Department of Health Services Research & Development, and is an acting instructor of medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Schuttner’s LHS research plans are aimed at improving primary health care and patient-centeredness for people with multiple chronic diseases. This work is intended to not only optimize care for patients, but also to lower costs by reducing low-value care. Dr. Schuttner’s primary mentor, the VA’s Christian Helfrich, PhD, MPH, has been conducting research within the VA’s learning health system to facilitate the de-implementation of low-value care. For a more detailed synopsis of Dr. Schuttner’s research, please reference her current abstract here.

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CATALyST K12 Washington Learning Health System Scholar Program

Our program trains early-career scientists in learning health system (LHS) research. The next cohort of CATALyST scholars will be recruited in mid 2020.

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