CHM Staff

Staff

Carrie Dombeck
Research Program Leader

Ms. Dombeck is a Research Program Leader in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She has over fifteen years’ experience in project management and qualitative data collection and analysis, primarily in empirical bioethics and clinical trial implementation. Ms. Dombeck has experience with a variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methodologies, including survey development and Delphi analysis. She also has experience in contributing to all phases of item writing, testing, and validation for self-reported health outcomes measures.

Ms. Dombeck has a master’s degree in cognitive psychology from Wake Forest University.

Emily Hanlen
Research Program Leader

Ms. Hanlen-Rosado is a Research Program Leader in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She has over five years of experience developing study protocols and question guides, interviewing and developing programs for diverse populations, managing study data, recruiting study participants, analyzing data, and conducting community-based participatory research. Ms. Hanlen-Rosado has also worked with community organizations to develop health promotion mobile applications and health education curricula, and to develop and evaluate the use of social media to encourage behavioral change in diverse populations.  

Ms. Hanlen-Rosado received her MPH from New York University with a focus in global health leadership and her M.Ed. from Lehman College with a focus in classroom teaching.

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, MS
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
Research Program Leader

Ms. McFatrich is a Research Program Leader in 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. 

Kevin McKenna
Research Program Leader

Mr. McKenna is a Research Program Leader in the Department of Population Health Sciences. He has over 10 years of experience coordinating qualitative research, with a focus on developing qualitative protocols and question guides, interviewing diverse study populations, managing study data, recruiting study participants, and analyzing and reporting qualitative data. Mr. McKenna also specializes in conducting concept elicitation interviews for developing patient reported outcomes, and in using a range of qualitative methodologies, such as cognitive and dyadic interviews, break-out discussions, deliberative dialogue, and ethnodrama. Most of his recent research focuses on empirical bioethics, although he has previously worked on studies related to HIV prevention, men’s health issues, and reproductive health technologies, both domestically and globally.

Mr. McKenna received his MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus in health behavior.

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.

Clinical Research Specialist

Ms. Nsonwu supports QualCore as a Clinical Research Specialist where she reviews interview transcriptions, conducts literature reviews, and assists in the coding and analysis of qualitative transcripts. She recently graduated and is excited to develop her research experience in collecting and analyzing qualitative data. For her undergraduate independent research, she worked with Raleigh’s female Muslim population, implementing ethnographic methods including in-depth interviews, photographic and artifact elicitation, and qualitative data analysis.

Ms. Nsonwu received her bachelor’s degrees in English (LWR) and Anthropology from N.C. State University.

Brian Perry
Senior Research Program Leader

Mr. Perry is a Senior Research Program Leader in the Department of Population Health Sciences. He also manages the social science team for the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Perry has served as the study coordinator and lead analyst on over a dozen qualitative and mixed methods studies across the globe, with a focus on developing research concepts, protocol, and data collection instruments; training research staff; conducting and managing qualitative data collection, including participant observation, in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, surveys, pile sorting, and Photovoice; and leading qualitative data analysis and write up. He has recently contributed to and facilitated studies investigating the cultural and social contexts surrounding clinical trials, and how these contexts impact patient behaviors and trial outcomes. Mr. Perry also has a portfolio of current and previous studies related to HIV prevention, and has led or contributed to research on reproductive health, agribusiness and economic strengthening, and social identity formation.

Mr. Perry received his MPH in community health education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Summer Starling
Senior Research Program Leader

Dr. Starling is a Senior Research Program Leader in the Department of Population Health Sciences. A social scientist by training, she has conducted qualitative and mixed methods research primarily in adolescent reproductive and sexual health and health systems research in the U.S. The science behind how we judge health information and make decisions about health has been a significant focus in her research career. Her portfolio includes studies related to sexuality education and STI prevention, mHealth adoption, and provider bias. Dr. Starling offers methodological emphasis and expertise in digital and online adaptations of traditional social science methods; communications theory; cognitive interviewing; grounded theory; impact evaluation; and user experience.

In tandem with her research experience, Dr. Starling has been an industry consultant since 2010 for over 35 companies and organizations committed to public health, including Fortune 100 healthcare companies and major foundations. As an industry consultant, she has driven strategy and organizational change measures, led client-centered research programs, and provided strategic communications consulting.

Dr. Starling received her DrPH in public health from the University of California Berkeley and her MPH in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University.

 

Terry Sweezey
Clinical Trials Project Leader

Dr. Swezey is a Clinical Trials Project Leader in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She has fourteen years of experience conducting qualitative research, with specific expertise in developing qualitative question guides, interviewing diverse study populations, conducting concept elicitation interviews for developing patient reported outcomes, conducting focus group discussions, and analyzing and reporting qualitative data. Dr. Swezey also specializes in providing mentorship and training in qualitative interviewing. Recently, she has contributed to research on how best to engage patients in clinical trials and stakeholders’ perceptions of the use of mobile technology in clinical trials. Previously, she served as a clinical research coordinator for many years. She was also part of a team studying healthy volunteers' perceptions of the risks and benefits of participating in Phase I trials and their decision-making processes surrounding enrollment in those studies over time.

Dr. Swezey has a PhD in sociology and an MA in anthropology from Michigan State University.

Mary Trabert
Administrative Director

Ms. Trabert is Administrative Director of the Center for Health Measurement within the Department of Population Health Sciences. She has over 30 years’ experience in health services leadership with a background in clinical and research operations, management consulting, strategic planning and team development. During her 14 years at Duke, Ms. Trabert has held positions in the Department of Medicine (Divisions of Geriatrics, Medical Oncology, Rheumatology and Immunology, and the Department of Medicine Chair’s Office) and has supported each of Duke’s three missions: research, education and clinical care. Ms. Trabert was instrumental in the formation of Duke Healh's system-wide Patient Reported Measures (PRM) Advisory Council, whose goal is to support the delivery of evidence-based and patient-centered care to generate positive clinical outcomes via enhanced implementation of PRMs. Ms. Trabert earned her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Distinguished Alumni Fellow.