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Current Members

Anne C. Kirchhoff, PhD, MPH


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Johanna Coy

Johanna Coy

Administrative Assistant

Johanna got her Bachelors in Business Management from Southern Utah University. She has been with the Wu team since December 2019. She helps with all administrative needs for Dr. Wu and her team.

Johanna.Coy@hci.utah.edu

Heydon Kaddas

Heydon Kaddas, MPH, CPH

Senior Data & Project Manager

Heydon Kaddas joined the Kirchhoff group May of 2018 to assist with data management and analysis for several studies. Heydon received her Master in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include adolescent and young-adult cancer and long-term health effects for cancer survivors.

Heydon.kaddas@hci.utah.edu

Judy Ou

Judy Ou, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Ou is an epidemiologist with the Kirchhoff Group. She provides support in study design and statistical methods related to studies of young cancer survivors and other relevant topics. Her research interest is the exploration of how environmental and clinical factors may together affect the survival and severity of treatment-related morbidity among cancer survivors.

judy.ou@hci.utah.edu

Karely Mann

Karely Mann

Senior Research Program Manager

Karely joined the Kirchhoff group in September 2016 to assist with two studies that partner with Primary Children’s Hospital. As a former Special Education teacher, she is delighted to work in the field of pediatric research. Karely graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Behavioral Science and Health with a minor in Creative Writing and is currently working on her MS in Special Education. While studying and working in England and New Zealand, Karely found her love for culture and contextual health for differing populations.

karely.mann@hci.utah.edu

Joemy Ramsay

Joemy Ramsay, PhD

Graduate Research Assistant

Joemy Ramsay is an Environmental and Occupational Health scientist who received her master's degree from the University of Washington School of Public Health and is currently working on her PhD in Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah. Joemy has previously worked on studies looking at environmental, biological, and social determinants of childhood health and development, diesel exhaust exposure in underground miners, and biological monitoring of occupational and environmental exposures. Her research interests include understanding of long-term health risks for cancer survivors and potential associations between occupational and environmental exposures with cancer outcomes and survivorship.

Joemy.Ramsay@hci.utah.edu

Austin Waters

Austin Waters, MSPH

Research Analyst

Austin joined the Kirchhoff group in November of 2017 and has since completed an HBS in health, society, and policy and his Master of Science in Public Health. Austin is currently a research analyst for Dr. Kirchhoff and a PhD student at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He is passionate about public health, specifically integrating social science into health services in order to create more equitable health care systems. Austin’s research interests include adolescent and young adult cancer patients and caregivers, health disparities, LGBTQIA+ patients and caregivers, financial hardship, health behavior, survivorship, and community-based health solutions.

austin.waters@hci.utah.edu

Douglas Fair

Douglas Fair, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Fair is an assistant professor of pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Utah. He serves as the co-medical director of the HIAYA Cancer Care Program. Dr. Fair is a long-term collaborator on Dr. Kirchhoff’s studies of pediatric and AYA cancer.

douglas.fair@hsc.utah.edu

Perla Vaca Lopez

Perla Vaca Lopez

Research Program Manager

Perla graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in health promotion and education, with a minor in pediatric clinical research. She joined the Kirchhoff Research Group in October 2018 to assist with the Childhood Immunizations After Oncology (CIAO) study at Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH). Her responsibilities include participant recruitment, enrollment, and data entry. Prior to working with the Kirchhoff team, she was a research coordinator at PCH in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. Perla’s research interests include pediatric oncology, survivorship, and health disparities

perla.vacalopez@hci.utah.edu

Alexandra Palmer

Alexandra Palmer

Research Assistant

Alexandra is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree, with majors in biology, chemistry, and economics, and minors in pediatric clinical research and business. She began working with the Kirchhoff Research Group in October 2019, and is assisting with the HIAYA-CHAT and HOP projects. Her responsibilities range from participant recruitment and enrollment to data entry and literature review. Alexandra’s research interests include pediatric populations, adult and young adult cancer, and survivorship.

allie.palmer@hci.utah.edu

Adamaris Martinez

Adamaris Martinez

Pathmaker Scholar

Adamaris is an undergraduate student at the University of Utah and is excited to be working with the Kirchhoff Research Group during the summer of 2021 through the University of Utah PathMaker Scholars Program. Her responsibilities include helping with the process of disseminating research findings to participants and evaluating their preferences for learning about research findings. Adamaris’ research interests include pediatric cardiology, adolescent and young adult cancer patients, cancer epidemiology, and long-term health risks for cancer survivors.

 Amy Chevrier

Amy Chevrier

Research Assistant/Analyst

Amy joined the Kirchhoff team in 2021, after completing her BS in Psychology and minor in Chemistry, at Utah Valley University. She assists primarily with the HIAYA CHAT project including data entry, enrollment of participants, and sending lots of emails. She is interested in the medical field, at large, and enjoys working with pediatric and geriatric populations, as well as with people who suffer from mental or chronic illness and/or developmental or intellectual disabilities. She enjoys learning new things and is excited to learn new skills in this position.

Former Members

Akanksha Acharya

Akanksha Acharya, MS

Former Data Manager/Analyst

Akanksha joined Kirchhoff group in February 2017 to assist with data management and analysis for several studies, including one project analyzing statewide Utah Immunization Surveillance System Data. Akanksha completed her undergraduate degree in Nursing from India and graduate degree in epidemiology from Germany. Her research interests include long term health effects among cancer survivors and association between lifestyle habits and cancer risk. She enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.

Bree Barbeau

Bree Barbeau, MPH

Former Graduate Research Assistant

Bree is an epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health. She worked as a graduate research assistant with Dr. Kirchhoff in 2014 while earning her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research with Dr. Kirchhoff’s team focused on longitudinal hospitalization outcomes among childhood and adolescent cancer patients.

Kathryn Browning

Kathryn Browning

Former Administrative Assistant

After proudly serving in the US Army, Kathryn returned to her home state of Utah to raise her family and complete her education. She has a BS in Business Administration and hopes to complete her MBA in the next year. She previously spent 10 years in sales/marketing but sought a career change, joining the HCI team in November 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys working with a non-profit organization that mentors and assists international exchange students. She also enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her better half William and her children; Josh (20) who attends college and plays football in Chico, CA and Ava (7) who plans on being POTUS 2045. She looks forward to adding supportive value to the team.

Brynn Fowler

Brynn Fowler, MPH

Former Research Analyst/Project Manager

Brynn Fowler received her Master in Public Health degree from the University of Utah in December of 2014. In Brynn’s Master’s training she focused on global health, community engaged research, health behavior, and cancer prevention. She is excited to be joining the Kirchhoff group to be working on the Survivorship, Symptom Management and Quality of Life (SSMQOL) Initiative Plan as well as expanding her research skills and interests.

Claire Hacking

Claire Hacking, MPH

Former Graduate Research Assistant

Claire joined the team in January 2014 as part of her MPH practicum project which focused on the use of survivor care plans as a survivorship tool for pediatric cancer survivors. As of August 2015, Claire began a Masters program for Genetic Counseling at the University of Arkansas. Claire is happy to have been a part of the Kirchhoff team and is looking forward to further expanding her skills and research opportunities.

 Michelle Judd

Michelle Judd

Former Administrative Assistant

Michelle Judd worked as an Administrative Assistant at HCI for many years. She enjoyed working with this new group and learning more in regards to the various childhood cancer focus’s that there are and the need for continued education.

Sapna Kaul

Sapna Kaul, PHD, MA

Former Post Doctoral Fellow

Sapna is a health economist who joined our team in 2013. She completed her PhD in economics from Virginia Tech. Sapna’s research interests include healthcare cost analyses, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses, meta-analysis and non-market valuation (e.g., contingent valuation and willingness to pay). Her work is heavily focused on econometric and statistical methods for handling complex health care data. Sapna also has expertise in environmental economics and is interested in exploring the associations between environment and health outcomes. As of fall 2015, Sapna moved on to become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX.

Roberto Montenegro

Roberto Montenegro, MD, PhD

Former Medical Student

Roberto was born and raised in East Los Angeles, CA. Roberto attended Pitzer College, in Claremont, CA, where he majored in Psychobiology and Sociology and completed an honor’s thesis that examined inequalities in emergency room visits secondary to doctor-patient communication breakdown. Roberto completed a PhD in Sociology at UCLA, with an emphasis in Medical Sociology, Race/Ethnicity, and Multimethod research. As a medical student at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Roberto continued his research on pediatric cancer, pediatric palliative care, pediatric cancer survivorship and doctor-patient communication.

Roberto is currently an APA SAMHSA fellow and is working on a national mixed-methods study (survey, interviews, and epigenetics) looking at how microaggressions impact the professional and personal lives of sexual minority physician residents, with a focus on sexual minorities of color. He is also exploring the use of personalized music in inpatient psychiatric units to assess its potential to mitigate nursing shift-change associated agitation. Roberto is interested in child psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, language and cognition, and multicultural psychiatry.

Gina Nam

Gina Nam

Former Research Assistant

Gina Nam received her B.S. in biological chemistry and B.A. in Japanese with a minor in pediatric clinical research from the University of Utah in 2013. She worked with Dr. Kirchhoff and her team as a research assistant, and enjoyed learning about the impact of clinical research on health care outcomes. Her recent projects focused primarily on survivorship among adolescent and young adult populations. Gina started her MPH at UCLA in the fall of 2015. Gina hopes to continue her studies in public health, and is interested in cancer epidemiology.

Samantha Pannier

Samantha Pannier

Former Research Analyst

Sam joined the Kirchhoff group in July 2015 to assist on the Huntsman-Intermountain Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Study. After graduating from the University of Utah in Spring 2016 with an HBA in History and a minor in Pediatric Clinical Research she is now a full-time analyst with the team. She loves finding links between the humanities and the sciences and her public health interests include health disparities, models of care, and cancer survivorship. Her current projects focus on patient navigation and palliative care for adolescents and young adults. She really enjoys working with the adolescent and young adult population.

Jacob Pettit

Jacob Pettit

Graduate Research Assistant

Jacob joined the team this year as a graduate research assistant and is earning his Masters degree in Biostatistics at the University of Utah. He comes from a diverse research background including the study of chili pepper micropropagation, invasive plant species distribution, and bat populations in the Heber Valley area.  He is excited for this opportunity to expand his research experience and interests in the field of pediatric oncology with Dr. Fluchel and Dr. Kirchhoff.

Jacob.Pettit@hci.utah.edu

Stephanie Schott

Stephanie Schott

Research Analyst

Stephanie recently graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Health Promotion Management and minors in Business and Pediatric Clinical Research. She joined the team in summer 2015 after interning with the Utah Department of Health’s Division of Emergency Services developing the CHIRP Program. She has worked on various pediatric pilot studies at Primary Children’s Hospital and has focused primarily on improving the emergency medical care provided for children with complex healthcare needs. In addition to working with Dr. Fluchel, Stephanie also works with Dr. Kirchhoff.

stephanie.schott@hci.utah.edu

Rochelle Smits-Seeman

Rochelle Smits-Seeman, MS

Data and Project Manager

Rochelle joined the team in the summer of 2014 after expanding her experience in project management with a local non-profit organization. Previously she graduated with a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology from Utah State University in 2012. Her prior research experience ranges from impulsivity research with rats to incentivizing fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary school students. Rochelle is currently managing several datasets and conducting analyses for pediatric cancer research projects utilizing demographic and healthcare utilization data from both the Utah Population Database and Intermountain medical records. Rochelle also provides support to Dr. Kirchhoff. In her free time, Rochelle enjoys rock climbing, and coaching youth hockey.

Echo Warner

Echo Warner, PhD

Former Research Analyst/Project Manager

Dr. Warner first began working with Dr. Kirchhoff as a graduate research assistant while earning her Master of Public Health and Doctorate in Nursing degrees at the University of Utah. Dr. Kirchhoff mentored her as a doctoral dissertation co-chair and post-doctoral co-mentor studying social needs and social media use among adolescents and young adults during cancer. Her current research focuses on how social media and other online technologies may help improve social support and access to high-quality cancer information among adolescents and young adults with cancer and their caregivers. She is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, AZ.

Eduardo Zamora

Eduardo Zamora, MPH

Data and Project Manager

Eduardo has a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles with a concentration in Community Health Sciences. He is interested in health disparities and equitable access to health services, and has a long history working in community health settings. He is developing his research analytic skills in cancer control and population studies with Dr. Fluchel and Dr. Kirchhoff.

Eddie.Zamora@hci.utah.edu