2020 Scholars

Kendra Liljenquist, PhD, MPH


Dr. Liljenquist, a rehabilitation scientist, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine and an investigator at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Her research focuses on addressing racial and economic disparities in child development outcomes through enhanced access to high-quality pediatric preventive care services and community-based programs. Dr. Liljenquist is partnering with families, clinicians, and staff at the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle to design and integrate a new developmental and family resource needs screening and response program for families of children ages 2 to 5 years old.

Liljenquist mentor team: Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA, Julie Kientz, PhD, Dagmar Amtmann, PhD, Bonnie Duran, PhD

Leah Marcotte, MD


Dr. Marcotte is associate medical director for population health at UW School of Medicine and a primary care physician at UW General Internal Medicine Center. Her research is aimed at understanding and improving how feedback is delivered to clinicians to improve patient care. Her goals are to leverage experience in health systems leadership with a skill set in research to help develop and lead in learning health system models.

Marcotte mentor team: Josh Liao, MD, MSc, David Flum, MD, MPH, Karin Nelson, MD, MSHS 


2019 Scholars

Gwen Lapham, PhD, MPH, MSW


Dr. Lapham is a substance use and mental health researcher at KPWHRI. She has parlayed 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.

Lapham mentorship team: Paula Lozano, MD, MPH (primary), Susan Shortreed, PhD, Kathy Bradley, MD, MPH

Magaly (Maggie) Ramirez, PhD, MS, MS


Dr. Ramirez is a member of the Health Services faculty at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. She 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 research focuses on developing and implementing technology to support Latino caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ramirez mentorship team: Rob Penfold, PhD (primary), James Ralston, MD, MPH, India Ordelas, PhD


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CATALyST Program Administrator

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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 spring 2021.

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CATALyST meeting sparks learning for health care transformation

With a focus on learning health system research, scholars and faculty from the program’s four institutions shared insights and support.

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CATALyST K12 Scholar Program: A spark for future LHS researchers

Drs. Diana Buist and Paula Lozano are leading a statewide collaboration to train the learning health system researchers of the future.