Health Equity Research Lab
1035 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02141
Nicole Benson, MD
Nicole Benson, M.D, joined us as a PGY-3 resident in the the combined child and adult residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital. Her clinical interests include the treatment of adolescents and young adults with acute psychosis while her research interests focus on the delivery of mental health care to psychiatric patients. Dr. Benson is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Vermont School of Medicine. She is currently completing her residency.
Maria Jose Sanchez, MD
Maria Jose joined the Health Equity Research Lab after working as a research fellow at Boston Children's Hospital in a neurology laboratory. She obtained her medical degree in Quito, Ecuador. Her interests in research include patient preferences in diverse communities, and promotion of patient empowerment on decision making. Maria is currently an MPH student at the George Washington Milken School of Public Health.
Timothy Creedon, PhD
Senior Research Associate
Timothy Creedon was a Senior Research Associate at the Health Equity Research Lab and a PhD candidate in Social Policy with a concentration in Behavioral Health Policy at Brandeis University. He was the recipient of an F31 predoctoral training grant from NIDA and was previously supported by a T32 grant from NIAAA. His research interests include access to behavioral health services, racial/ethnic health disparities, social determinants of health, and community-based interventions (e.g., supportive housing) for individuals with serious mental illness. He holds a MA in Social Policy from Brandeis University and a BA in History from Tufts University. He is currently a member of the IBM Watson Health team.
Tali Fleitman Soffer
Tali was a Research Assistant at the Health Equity Research Lab. She attended Brandeis University as an undergraduate student, majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy and minoring in Economics and French. Her previous work is in the non-profit sector where she focused on increasing access to health care for underserved populations by developing community outreach strategies. She is currently a MBA/MA student at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Rajan Sonik, JD, MPH, PhD
Rajan was a postdoctoral fellow at Health Equity Research Lab interested in the connections between poverty alleviation, health, and health care costs. He received his PhD from the Heller School at Brandeis University, his JD from Harvard Law School, his MPH from the University of California, Davis, and his BA in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College. Rajan has a background in advocating for low-income children with sickle cell disease, and he was an Equal Justice Works Fellow from 2012-2014. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California.
Summer 2017 Research Interns
Gabe Halperin-Goldstein returned to Haverford College student to complete his major in Sociology and minor in Health Studies and Economics. He spent his fall semester abroad in Mendoza, Argentina.
Fred Lu graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Biology and joined the HER Lab as a Research Assistant.
Sara Banbury returned to Tufts university to complete her BA in Community Health. She is currently preparing to defend her seniors honors thesis in the department and also working on Rufus Gifford's congressional campaign in the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District.
Ye Wang was a data analyst collaborator at the Lab. She completed her Economics Ph.D at Boston University and received her Bachelor's of Science in Economics from the University of Michigan. Her expertise is centered on econometrics and statistical modeling and as well as on Health Economics and Labor Economics.
Anita Mathews, MD
Anita Mathews, then a 4th year medical student at Tufts University Medical School pursuing her MD/MPH degree, finished her Applied Learning Experience with us. Her project was an extension of our PCORI study, "Improving methods of incorporating racial/ethnic minority patients' treatment preferences into clinical care". She focused on the refinement of our survey instrument, and she will soon present to our Community Partners about how soliciting patient preferences may be included in medical training. Anita Mathews graduated from the Tufts University School of Medicine and is a Family Medicine resident at the University of Colorado.
Sherry (Shu-Yeu) Hou, MPH
Research Coordinator/Project Manager
Sherry Hou, M.P.H. was a Research Coordinator and Project Manager at the Health Equity Research Lab. She received an M.P.H. with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics from Tufts University School of Medicine. Her role at the Health Equity Research Lab and the Center for Multicultural Mental Health has been assisting with data management, literature review, manuscript preparation, and statistical analyses