Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Hayden B. Bosworth, PhD
Professor in Population Health Sciences

Dr. Bosworth is a health services researcher. His research interests comprise three overarching areas of research:

  1. Clinical research that provides knowledge for improving patients’ treatment adherence and self-management in chronic care
  2. Translation research to improve access to quality of care
  3. Eliminate health care disparities 

Dr. Bosworth was the recipient of an American Heart Association established investigator award, the 2013 VA Undersecretary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research (The annual award is the highest honor for VA health services researchers), and a VA Senior Career Scientist Award.

In terms of medication adherence, Dr. Bosworth has been developing and implementing tailored interventions to reduce the burden of chronic diseases. These trials focus on motivating individuals to initiate health behaviors and sustaining them long term and includes using various methods of engagement and including various members of the healthcare system (e.g., pharmacists and nurses). He has led over 30 trials and participated in another 50 resulting in over 270 peer reviewed publications and four books. This work has been or is being implemented in multiple arenas including Pharma patient support programs, Medicaid of North Carolina, The United Kingdom National Health System Direct, Kaiser Health care system, and the Veterans Affairs. 

Devon Check, PhD
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences

Dr. Check is a health services researcher focused on understanding and overcoming barriers to the delivery of equitable, high-quality care for patients with cancer and other potentially life-limiting conditions. She received her PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Department of Population Health Sciences, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Delivery Science at Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

Dr. Heather King
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences

Dr. King is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences and a health services researcher at the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC, HSR&D). She received her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University where her areas of concentration were developmental research methodology and adult development. Dr. King's research focuses on the relationships between particular psychological/psychosocial variables and health behaviors as well as various indicators of physical health and chronic disease management and prevention. Her interests include implementation science, health services research and health measurement. She also has a strong interest in health and health-related processes within couples and families.

Leah Zullig, PhD
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences

Dr. Zullig is a health services researcher and implementation scientist. She is an Associate Professor in the Duke Department of Population Health Sciences and an investigator with the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT) at the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Dr. Zullig is also the deputy director of a VA postdoctoral program, co-Director of the Duke Department of Population Health Sciences Implementation Core, and program director for the Population Health Sciences PhD program. Dr. Zullig’s overarching research interests address the reduction of healthcare disparities, improving cancer care delivery and quality, and promoting cancer survivorship and chronic disease self-management. She was a VA Health Services Research & Development career development awardee and has obtained funding from industry, the VA, and the NIH. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Zullig completed her BS in Health Promotion, her MPH in Public Health Administration, and her PhD in Health Policy.

Staff

Pam Gentry
Clin. Research Nurse Coordinator I

Ms. Gentry is a Clinical Research Nurse in the Department of Population Health Sciences' Implementation Science Core. For 20 years she had been a drug trials study coordinator and a nurse interventionist on numerous Duke and Durham VA research studies and projects. Ms. Gentry has worked with different populations in various settings including primary care, cardiology, diabetes, and breast cancer. She has extensive experience writing telemedicine intervention scripts, and conducting study visits in the clinic and via telehealth and video-health. Prior to her research career, she worked for 16 years in the neurology, medical ICU, and bone marrow transplant units at Duke.

Ms. Gentry has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Evansville, IN.

Marcie George
Staff Assistant

Ms. George joined Population Health Science as the administrative assistant to Hayden Bosworth. She started her career at Duke 8 years ago in the Office of Strategic Planning and University Development during their last fundraising campaign. There she learned about financial and strategic planning and worked at assisting students and faculty with the Duke experience. In her previous position to Population Health, she was a staff assistant/events coordinator for the Duke Initiative for Science & Society working on their Dinner Dialogues Program. The event facilitated discussions at the intersection of science and society between affiliate faculty and the Duke Community. 

Sarah Gonzales
Clinical Research Coordinator II

Ms. Gonzales works as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Implementation Science Core. She has nine years of experience working on research studies, primarily in the areas of medication adherence and chronic disease management at Duke and the Durham VA Medical Center. She has experience conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups in the infectious diseases population, including those with HIV and bloodstream related infections. She currently manages day-to-day study operations, patient recruitment and retention, and regulatory activities for a VA-sponsored digital medicine clinical trial that evaluates adherence and patient-provider engagement in patients with severe mental illness.

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

Kiran Grover
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Ms. Grover is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Population Health Science’s Implementation Science Core. For over two year, she has been a project manager for research studies that incorporate quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. She has also been involved in subject recruitment and retention, cognitive interviewing, protocol development, survey development, IRB submissions, and literature reviews. Her current portfolio includes studies in bloodstream infections, and substance abuse, pain management, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. She manages the day-to-day operations for an NHLBI-sponsored clinical trial that is evaluating a nurse-led intervention to improve cardiovascular disease management in HIV patients. Ms. Grover is also expanding her knowledge into developing patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures using qualitative research methods in populations with blood stream infections.

Ms. Grover received her MPH from Columbia University, focusing on Epidemiology and Health Policy.

 

Shauna Malone
Senior Clinical Research Specialist

Ms. Malone  is a Senior Clinical Research Specialist with over 20 year of experience in health care, working in clinical research for the last four years. Her current projects include two digital medicine studies at the Duke Cancer Center and the Durham VA Medical Center. She has experience in specimen and data collection, including blood draws and preparing specimen samples for shipment, and administering a wide range of survey measures to participants. She also has expertise in managing and conducting complex study visits with a variety of patient populations, including those with cardiovascular disease, diabetic kidney disease, and mental health.

Ms. Malone received her certification as a Nursing Assistant and in Phlebotomy at Durham Technical Community College.

Julie Miller
Clinical Research Coordinator II

Ms. Miller joined the Population Health Sciences' Implementation Science Core as Clinical Research Coordinator. She has seven years of experience working on a variety of clinical research studies and mixed-methods projects at both Duke and the Durham VA Medical Center. Her areas of expertise lie in project coordination, IRB and regulatory activities, leading patient enrollment and retention, data collection, and conducting complex study visits. She has worked with various patient populations across a number of therapeutic areas including cardiovascular disease, mental health, and most recently, oncology. Additionally, she has recently gained experience in qualitative methods and analysis. Ms. Miller is currently managing a study that evaluates the effectiveness of using a digital medicine program to monitor adherence and symptoms in patients with colon cancer.

Ms. Miller received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Megan Oakes
Research Program Leader I

Ms. Oakes is a Research Program Leader in the Department of Population Health Sciences' Implementation Science Core. She has ten years of project management experience in developing protocols, providing financial management and support, and leading recruitment and primary data collection efforts across a variety of therapeutic areas including neuropsychology, HIV, prostate cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Prior to working at Duke, Ms. Oakes was a coordinator in UNC’s Department of Neurology where she conducted neurocognitive testing and trained others on various batteries for HIV-neurocognitive protocols. 

Ms. Oakes currently manages the daily operations of the Implementation Science Core, which is comprised of research staff who coordinate clinical research studies in medication adherence, chronic disease management, and implementation science. She also assists with grant writing and grant submissions for the department’s investigators.

Ms. Oakes received her MS in Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has authored and co-authored over 20 publications and abstracts. 

Cynthia Rose
Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator

Ms. Rose is a Clinical Research Nurse with over 40 years of experience and staff member in the Implementation Science Core.  For ten years she held a variety of nurse positions in the hospital setting (post-partum, CCU, general medicine and surgery) and for the past 30, she has written research intervention scripts, and administered telehealth interventions and data collection across a variety of patient populations. Her first research position was with UNC’s Carolina Population Center working on an adolescent hormone study. Since then, she has been a study coordinator and nurse interventionist on various Durham VA and Duke projects. Ms. Rose’s most recent work has focused on study participants with chronic health conditions, including diabetes and hypertension, using tele and video health interventions.

Ms. Rose  received a BSN degree from Western Carolina University.

Isabelle Sico
Clinical Research Coordinator I

Ms. Sico joined the Population Health Sciences' Implementation Science Core as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Global Health from the Duke Global Health Institute where she focused on implementation science, quality improvement, and health services research, and focused on providing safe and high quality healthcare and the successful implementation of innovative healthcare interventions. Ms. Sico’s areas of expertise are in   coordinating, leading, and collaborating on qualitative data analysis and patient recruitment efforts. Her current projects concentrate on the assessment and improvement of patient referrals, medication adherence, and digital medicine.

Ms. Sico received her MSc in Global Health from Duke University.