Our Team

Executive Director

Core Members

  • Gregory L. Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

    • Helen Young CUPHSONAA Professor
  • Kenrick Dwain Cato, PhD, FAAN

    • Assistant Professor
  • Suzanne E. Courtwright, PhD, PNP, RN, NEA-BC

    • T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Effectiveness Research

    Suzanne Courtwright, PhD, MSN, PNP, RN, NEA-BC is a pediatric nurse scientist and health services researcher. Her program of research examines the role of pediatric primary care in addressing social determinants of health in adolescents and young adults. She has a special interest in those aged 10-24 with chronic conditions. She also investigates the effectiveness of the pediatric nurse practitioner workforce on reducing inequities in access, utilization, quality, and cost. The aim of her research is to inform health policy.

    Dr. Courtwright is a T32 postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University School of Nursing in the Center for Healthcare Delivery Research and Innovations. Her research is funded by the NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and intramural grants. She serves on national and state advisory boards, including AcademyHealth’s Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI) and the Cabinet on Nursing Practice of her State Nurses Association. She is an active member of the American Academy of Nursing Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), the National Pediatric Nurse Scientist Collaborative, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She is a recipient of the Humanism in Health care Award from the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.

    Dr. Courtwright earned a PhD in Nursing science with a focus on healthcare systems research at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, a Master of Science degree from Columbia University School of Nursing in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, and a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree at Syracuse University College of Nursing.

  • Justinna Dixon, BSN, RN

    • PhD Student
  • Kathleen Flandrick, DrPH, MPH

    • Program Director
  • Madison D. Horton, BSN, RN

    • PhD Student
  • Jianfang Liu, PhD

    • Assistant Professor
  • Amy McMenamin, RN

    • PhD Candidate

    Amy McMenamin is the recipient of an R36 award (R36 HS029435) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for her study titled, "The Impact of Nurse Practitioner (NP) Work Environment and Community Characteristics on Acute Care Utilization by Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCCs)."

    The study aims to: (1) assess NP care environments and community characteristics (i.e., socioeconomic position and primary care availability) of practices caring for patients ≥65 years with MCCs and (2) investigate the relationship between NP care environment, community characteristics, and acute care utilization (i.e., ED utilization and hospitalizations) among patients ≥65 years with MCCs and determine if care environment moderates the relationship between community characteristics and acute care utilization.

    Amy McMenamin
  • Apiradee Nantsupawat, PhD, RN

    • Visiting Associate Professor - Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Rachel Paikoff, EdD, MA

    • Research Manager
  • Madeline Pollifrone, MPH

    • Project Manager
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  • Ani Bilazarian, PhD, RN

  • Vaneh Hovsepian, PhD, MSN, RN

  • Supakorn (Mint) Kueakomoldej, PhD, RN

  • Amelia E. Schlak, PhD, RN

    • Former T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Outcomes Research
  • Eleanor Turi, PhD, BSN, RN, CCRN

    Dr. Eleanor Turi successfully defended her thesis titled, "Enhancing the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Workforce to Care for Patients with Drug Use Disorders in Rural Areas" in late May 2023. Congratulations Dr. Turi!