Who We Are

Faculty

Director, QualCore

Dr. Corneli is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Medicine. She is also a faculty associate of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine; a faculty associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society; a faculty member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute; and a faculty affiliate at the Duke Global Health Institute. Dr. Corneli serves as the Director of the QualCore and The BASE Lab in the Department of Population Health Sciences, and as the Lead Social Scientist for the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative.

A social scientist by training, Dr. Corneli has over two decades of experience conducting qualitative, formative, and mixed-method studies in multiple countries worldwide, primarily in biomedical HIV prevention and bioethics. A significant portion of her research portfolio has focused on engaging patients/participants and other key stakeholders in qualitative research to inform clinical studies; socio-behavioral interventions, programs, and policies; and material and scale/questionnaire development. Her HIV-related research focuses on identifying evidence-based strategies for linking populations who could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to PrEP care, for supporting PrEP adherence to achieve protective levels, and for keeping clients engaged in PrEP care for as long as their HIV risk persists. Her bioethics research focuses primarily on informed consent and functioning of ethics review boards.

Dr. Corneli received her PhD in Health Behavior from UNC Chapel Hill, with a minor in Anthropology, and her MPH in International Health from Emory University.

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.

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.

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
Manager, QualCore

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.

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.