CHM Staff

Staff

Dr. Dandan Chen
Senior Biostatistician

Dr. Chen is a psychometrician in the Center for Health Measurement at the Department of Population Health Sciences. Her research expertise focuses on the application of psychometric and statistical methods to advance the precision and validity of measurement. Prior to joining Duke, she worked as a psychometrician with the American Board of Anesthesiology, where she conducted evaluations and psychometric analyses related to board certification and residency education. Her current research interests include the application of psychometric methods to patient-reported outcomes measures and the longitudinal analyses of the quality of life among children and young adults.

Dr. Chen received her BS in Psychology from South China Normal University and her MA and Ph.D. in Education with a first specialization in evaluation, measurement, and statistics, and a second specialization in school psychology from the University of Delaware.

Kate Ehle
Clinical Research Coordinator

Ms. Ehle is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Population Health Sciences' Center for Health Measurement. She conducts qualitative interviews and supports the Center for Health Measurement’s research portfolio. She has over five years of experience working in nonprofit and government organizations. Prior to joining Duke, she worked as the Program Manager for a nonprofit in Chapel Hill serving youth in the child welfare system.

Ms. Ehle received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 

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
Clinical Research Coordinator

Ms. Hernandez supports the Center for Health Measurement as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Before joining Duke, she assisted with study implementation in clinical and social psychology research focusing on minority health disparities at UNC. In her current role, she coordinates qualitative studies for the Center of Health Measurement, where she manages regulatory compliance, assists in developing study materials and editing protocols, conducts literature reviews, leads participant recruitment efforts, conducts qualitative interviews with diverse populations, and analyzes qualitative data.

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
Research Program Leader

Ms. Lucas is a Research Program Leader in the Center for Health Measurement in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She has over four years of experience working on a range of research studies. She currently manages regulatory and data security compliance; develops protocols and study materials; trains study staff; develops budgets and other materials for grant submissions; conducts qualitative interviews including concept elicitation and cognitive interviews for developing patient-reported outcomes; and analyzes qualitative data.

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

 

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.

Laura Mkumba
Clinical Research Coordinator

Ms. Mkumba is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Center for Health Measurement in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She has over ten years of experience working in international and domestic HIV/AIDS research ranging from investigational clinical drug trials, HIV prevention and treatment, and behavioral interventions. She also has extensive experience with project management, study coordination, data instrument development, database management, and quantitative and qualitative analysis. Her other research and academic interests include decolonizing global health, mental health, health justice, adolescent health, and the sexual and reproductive health of sexual and gender minorities. 

Ms. Mkumba received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Global Health degrees from Duke University.

Leslie Zapate Leiva
Senior Clinical Research Specialist

Ms. Zapata Leiva is a Senior Clinical Research Specialist in the 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 looked at racial disparities in health by examining the relationship between daily stresses and how racial, ethnic, cultural, and social identities serve to protect health. She also lobbied at the state level for access to comprehensive healthcare, childcare, and in support of the Pink Tax for University of Washington Bothell students and state residents. Before coming to Duke, she did foreign policy research on loan policies and their effects on Argentina’s economic development in Washington DC.

Ms. Zapata Leiva received a Bachelor's in Law, Economics, and Public Policy with a minor in Human Rights.