Academics & Research

UCEER

Mentored RAs

Tiffany A Campbell

Tiffany A Campbell

Title:  Graduate Research Assistant

Tiffany is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Utah. Her research centers on identifying deeply problematic, ableist conceptions of well-being within bioethics and medicine, derived from mistaken Aristotelian assumptions about "normal human functioning" and "flourishing," and how these conceptions might frame medical determinations about the sorts of lives that are valued when genetic variation is a consideration. She works under the guidance of Professor Leslie Francis.

Email:  tiffany.campbell@utah.edu

Phone:  801-581-8161

James Page

James Page

Title:  Undergraduate Research Assistant

James is an undergraduate junior at the University of Utah majoring in Chemical Engineering and Gender Studies with a minor in Disability Studies. His areas of interest in feminist and reproductive justice theory guide his current research with Professor Francis. This research centers on grappling with the complex relationship between genetic testing and abortion, looking at empirical data to frame the trends and impacts of genetic testing on populations of disabled people.

Email:  page.james17@gmail.com

Dylan Wyatt

Dylan Wyatt

Title:  Undergraduate Research Assistant

Dylan Wyatt is third year undergraduate student working on a mechanical engineering major and disability studies minor. His focus lies in advocating for accessibility rights through engineering principles and inclusive perspectives. His current work with UCEER involves fighting against misinformation regarding genetics on social platforms like Twitter as an assistant to Dr. Avery Holton. Ultimately, Dylan plans to open a consulting firm after completing his education.

Email:  dylan.wyatt4@gmail.com

Brittney Sartori

Brittney Sartori

Title:  Graduate Research Assistant

Brittney Sartori is a second-year doctoral candidate in the Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Utah. Brittney is passionate about access to reproductive health care and her future plans include a practice focused on reproductive justice and care of LGBTQIA and underserved populations. Brittney is also a research assistant with the UCEER program working in prenatal genetics under the guidance of Erin Rothwell. Prior to attending the University of Utah, Brittney graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Arizona University. Brittney currently works as a labor and delivery nurse at St. Mark’s Hospital.

Email:  brittneysartori@gmail.com

Karthik Sonty

Karthik Sonty

Karthik is a second-year student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. His research focus involves the legal and ethical framework surrounding emergent genetic biotechnology, clinical trial design, and medical data ownership. Before attending law school, Karthik served as the Senior Technical Writer for the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute. There, he designed clinical research protocols compliant with federal regulation and co-authored multiple papers in the treatment of high grade brain tumors. Karthik studied Philosophy and Religious Studies at Colby College. In his free time, Karthik enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, and mountain biking with his golden retriever, Milly.

Email:  Karthik.Sonty@law.utah.edu

Rick Rose

Rick Rose

Rick Rose is a third-year student at the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law. Rick has completed two summers as an intern Stoel Rives in Salt Lake City and one semester as an intern with the University of Utah’s Office of Risk Management. During his first year of law school, Rick was appointed as the Student Director for the Pro Bono Initiative’s Medical-Legal Clinic and continues to serve in that capacity. Before attending the SJ Quinney College of Law, Rick graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and played on the BYU Men’s Lacrosse team. During his senior year on the lacrosse team, Rick earned the Team Leadership Award and Men’s Lacrosse Scholar of the Year Award. Rick is married with one child and enjoys cooking, watching or playing sports, and listening to podcasts and audiobooks.

Email:  Rick.Rose@law.utah.edu

Shad L Edwards

Shad L Edwards

Email:  Shad.Edwards@law.utah.edu

Chelsea Ratcliff (Bush)

Chelsea Ratcliff (Bush)

Chelsea Ratcliff is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Communication at University of Utah. Sheuses statistical methods to explore a range of questions in health and science communication, especially those pertaining to message effects, risk information processing, and media presentation of health/medical research. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a health journalist for several outlets, including Men’s Health magazine and U.S. News. This experience shaped her desire to understand how communication influences people’s health perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. Her doctoral dissertation examines how patients and the broader public evaluate the costs and benefits of participating in genomic and precision medicine research. A core goal of her work is to identify features of media messages and clinical communication processes that undermine (or enhance) public audiences' informed, autonomous, and efficient decision-making in the context of precision medicine. 

Email:  chelseawriting@gmail.com

Lida Sarafraz

Lida Sarafraz

Lida is a graduate student in the department of philosophy. Her areas of interest are bioethics, philosophy of biology, and feminist philosophy of science. Lida is a research assistant in UCEER under the supervision of Dr. James Tabery. Lida and Dr. Tabery evaluate the ethical and legal aspects of eugenics in Utah. 

Email:  lidasarafraz@gmail.com

KENDRA LAWRENCE

KENDRA LAWRENCE

Kendra is a doctoral student in the Pharmacotherapy & Health Policy program. The focus of her dissertation centers on the value of newborn screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, including an assessment of important clinical outcomes related to timely drug treatment. Special interests include pharmaceutical drug pricing, insurance theory, health technology and innovation. Prior to attending the University of Utah, Kendra worked as a Registered Nurse at Vancouver General Hospitaland graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Masters in Health Leadership and Policy.

Email:  kendra.lawrence@utah.edu