2020 Scholars

Kendra Liljenquist, PhD, MPH

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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

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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

Yates Coley, PhD

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Dr. Coley is a biostatistician at KPWHRI who has served over the past 3 years as part of the Institute’s Learning Health Systems team. During her fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Coley helped develop risk prediction modeling for prostate cancer treatment. As a CATALyST scholar, she is deepening 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. She is also working to develop a racially-equitable suicide risk prediction model. 

Coley mentorship team: Greg Simon, MD, MPH (primary), Susan Shortreed, PhD, James Ralston, MD, MPH, David Arterburn, MD, MPH

Gwen Lapham, PhD, MPH, MSW

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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

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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


Linnaea Schuttner, MD, MS

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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. Her LHS research while part of the CATALyST program is aimed at improving primary health care and patient-centeredness for people with multiple chronic diseases. She is therefore seeking to develop a tool that would facilitate discussions about patient priorities and care decisions between providers and their patients.

Schuttner mentorship team: James Ralston, MD, MPH (primary), Karin Nelson, MD, MPH, Diana Buist, PhD, MPH

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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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