Recognition April 2019

April 23 seminar honors Michael Von Korff

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) will host a special seminar and reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 to honor Senior Investigator Michael Von Korff, ScD, upon his retirement.  Speakers are Greg Simon, MD, MPH, and Lynn DeBar, PhD.  See our events page for more information.

Yu-Ru Su and Maricela Cruz hired as investigators

KPWHRI hired two new assistant investigators in March. Yu-Ru Su, PhD, and Maricela F. Cruz, MS, and will join the Institute’s biostatistics faculty later this year.

Dr. Su has worked as a scientist of biostatistics in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute since 2016. Her research interests include survival analysis, statistical genetics, and functional and longitudinal data analysis and their applications in cancer prevention. Her work at The Hutch has focused primarily on biostatistical method development and collaborative projects related to colorectal cancer risk-factor discovery and risk modeling.

Dr. Su earned her PhD in Biostatistics from the University of California, Davis in 2011.

She received a master’s degree in statistics and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan.

Ms. Cruz, who is expected to complete her PhD requirements at the University of California, Irvine in June, focuses her research on “interrupted time series” models that are useful for analyzing the impact of health care interventions, particularly in the context of complex health care treatment.

She has experience in collaborative research with health care providers at UC Irvine evaluating health interventions and with senior researchers at the RAND Corporation on understanding relationship constructs in group therapy.

Ms. Cruz earned a master’s degree in statistics from UC Irvine and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Pomona College.

Nora Henrikson leads workshop on patients’ cancer costs

KPWHRI Assistant Investigator Nora Henrikson, PhD, chaired a workshop titled “Cancer-Related Financial Hardship: Behavioral Science Approaches” at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavior Medicine in Washington, DC, on March 8.  Presenters included Matthew Banegas, PhD, from Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, along with researchers from the University of Alabama, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cancer Institute.