Who We Are

Faculty

Director, QualCore

Dr. Corneli is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences. 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; and a faculty member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Corneli oversees the qualitative research core within the Department’s Center for Health Measurement. A social scientist by training, Dr. Corneli has over two decades of experience conducting qualitative studies in health, primarily HIV prevention, and bioethics in multiple countries worldwide.  A significant portion of her research portfolio has focused on engaging patients/prospective research participants and their communities in qualitative research to inform the development, implementation, and interpretation of clinical research. Dr. Corneli received her PhD in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 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
Clinical Research Coordinator

Ms. Hanlen-Rosado is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She currently works on a variety of projects around social determinants of health which include a study related to the liver listing transplant process, HIV vaccine clinical trials with cis and transgender adolescentsl, as well as quality of life for people living with psoriasis and osteoporosis and talking to parents and caregivers of children with medical complexities. Previous to her position at Duke, she worked at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Population Health Science and Policy on projects concerning social determinants of health, mHealth, and diabetes prevention. She also served as a lead education consultant for Connected Health Solutions, Inc., a company that works with adolescents and service providers to develop social marketing campaigns around sexual and reproductive health issues using new media and behavioral science. She also spent a number of years as a middle school teacher in East Harlem, NYC.

Ms. Hanlen-Rosado received her MPH from New York University focusing 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.