CHM Staff

Staff

Kirsten Bahnson
Clinical Research Coordinator I

Ms. Bahnson has been working in clinical research at Duke for almost five years—most recently with the Duke Clinical Research Institute’s Outcomes Group on multi-site registry and implementation science projects. She graduated from Davidson College with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, focusing on biological anthropology and cultural determinants of health. 

Erin Daniell
Senior Clinical Research Specialist

Ms. Daniell is a Clinical Research Specialist in the Department of Population Health Sciences' Center for Health Measurement. She recruits study participants , conducts qualitative interviews and literature reviews, and codes qualitative transcripts. As an undergraduate, she completed anthropological research on food insecurity in a rapidly gentrifying historically black neighborhood in Asheville, North Carolina. Prior to joining the team at Duke she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tsau, Botswana where she and her colleagues focused on education-based solutions to the HIV epidemic.

Ms. Daniell received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Debra Henke
Senior Clinical Research Specialist

Ms. Henke is a Senior Clinical Research Specialist in the Department of Population Health Sciences' Center for Health Measurement. She conducts qualitative interviews, literature reviews, and assists in the coding and analysis of qualitative transcripts. For her undergraduate research experience, she worked in developmental psychology, social psychology, and neuroscience labs. Ms. Henke received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hollins University.

Alexy Hernandez
Senior Clinical Research Specialist

Ms. Hernandez supports the Center for Health Measurement as a senior clinical research specialist where she leads participant recruitment efforts, conducts qualitative interviews with diverse populations, and assists in the coding and analysis of qualitative transcripts. In her undergraduate research experience, she assisted with study implementation in clinical and social psychology research with a focus in minority health disparities. In her current role, she is expanding her knowledge and experience in qualitative research and the development of patient reported outcome measures for diverse populations.

Ms. Hernandez received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Li Lin
Senior Biostatistician

Ms. Lin is a Senior Biostatistician in the Center for Health Measurement (CHM) at the Department of Population Health Sciences. She earned her master’s degree in statistics with a biomedical concentration at North Carolina State University partially sponsored by the GlaxoSmithKline Graduate Student Traineeship. She has worked extensively in clinical trials from study design, protocol development and review, randomization, safety monitoring to data analysis, reporting, and manuscript publications. Since joining Duke in 2007, she has expanded her areas of expertise to survey studies and observational studies in patient reported outcomes, medical decision-making, quality of life, and bioethics. She was involved in developing and validating the PROMIS® (Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System) item bank on the sexual functioning domain in 2009. Since then, Ms. Lin has participated in developing and validating multiple health measurements and has provided data analysis as well as consulting to support research in both statistics and psychometrics.

Nicole Lucas
Clinical Research Coordinator

Ms. Lucas is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Center for Health Measurement in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She has over two years of experience working on a range of research studies and currently manages patient contact including screening, consenting and scheduling patients for research visits; assisting with IRB protocol submissions; and conducting literature reviews. Additionally, she has conducted qualitative interviews and participated in qualitative data analysis. 

Ms. Lucas received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ball State University.

Courtney Mann
Research Program Leader

Ms. Mann is a Research Program Leader with the Center for Health Measurement in the Department of Population Health Sciences. Over the past 12 years, she has managed research studies in education, public health, and clinical settings. Ms. Mann has experience with managing multi-site and international projects; interventional and observational research design; development of research interventions, protocols, and data collection instruments; training research staff; conducting and managing qualitative and quantitative data collection in school, clinic, and community settings; and developing and engaging community advisory boards. She specializes in the conduct of concept elicitation and cognitive interviews, focus groups, and bookmarking methodologies. Her current portfolio includes a program of 7 research studies focused on the development and validation of clinical outcomes assessments, including pediatric patient reported outcomes, observer (parent proxy) reported outcomes, and clinician reported outcomes assessments for 1) pediatric populations with chronic illness, 2) pediatric patients with acute pain, and 3) transgender children and adolescents.

Ms. Mann received her M.A. in early childhood, intervention, and literacy research methodology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a certified clinical research professional (CCRP) through the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA).

Molly McFatrich
Administrative Director

Ms. McFatrich is the Administrative Director of the Center for Health Measurement in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She has extensive experience coordinating public health research in a variety of intervention and measurement-validation research settings. Her work has focused on study protocol development, quantitative and qualitative survey development, data management, and interviewing diverse study populations. Ms. McFatrich also specializes in conducting cognitive interviews for developing patient reported outcomes, and in using a range of qualitative methodologies, including conducting concept elicitation interviews, utilizing photovoice, and leading focus group discussions. Her portfolio includes studies related to adolescent sexual health, intimate partner violence prevention, HIV medication adherence, reproductive health, and the development and validation of patient-reported outcomes (PROs). Recently, she managed the longitudinal validation of the Pediatric PRO-CTCAE measure. Her research interests include PROs within pediatric and young adult populations, as well as translating research into practice.

Ms. McFatrich received her MPH in health behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Veronica Mills
Staff Assistant

Ms. Mills supports the faculty and staff in the Center for Health Measurement. She has over 22 years of administrative experience with the Duke University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Center for Health Measurement, she supported the Department of Pediatrics for 18 years. Ms. Mills has earned the Certified Executive Administrative Professional (CEAP) Designation and is an active member of the inaugural Duke CEAP Network.