Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research

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Staff Bios

Sumedha Chhatre, PhD

Sumedha Chhatre, PhD Dr. Chhatre is a health services researcher in the Department of Psychiatry. She has been involved in various health services research projects ranging from mental health, cancer, aging and HIV. She has a proven track record of grants and peer-reviewed publications.  Dr. Chhatre has had primary oversight and responsibility for data management and statistical analysis for many prospective, retrospective and randomized control studies. She is the principal investigator and collaborating investigator on several federally funded grants and have published more than 25 peer reviewed articles.

Dr. Chhatre has extensive experience with the management and analysis of secondary data bases. She is an expert in: (1) Statistical and econometric analysis, cost and cost-effectiveness analysis, patient reported outcomes analysis, methodology and research design, data linkage, report writing, manuscript writing and grant preparation; (b) Design, quality control and management of databases, and (c) restructuring/extracting large databases. She has worked extensively with Medicaid claims data (health, behavioral health and pharmacy claims); Medicare claims data; Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data; State cancer registries data, State mental health programs consumer and services data   and is an expert in the sue of statistical packages/ software such as SAS, SPSS, Excel and Access.

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Jessica Dodge

Jessica is a doctoral student intern at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. She has been a coach with Philly AIMS since 2009, working with teachers and staff in the North and Southwest Regions of the SDP and with teachers and staff in Elwyn’s Early Intervention programs. She has led Professional Development workshops and trainings on the implementation of evidence-based practices in classrooms. Jessica has also worked as a behavior consultant, providing comprehensive behavior analytic services for children with autism and their families in school, home and/or the community. Jessica is currently a PhD student in the School Psychology program at Temple University.

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Adam Kahn

Adam KahnAdam is a research assistant who contributes to a variety of projects. He performs data entry, organizes newsletter materials, and provides administrative support. He comes to Penn CMHPSR after eight months volunteering/interning at The Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he primarily performed database entry. He earned his Bachelor’s in Political Science from Arcadia University in 2010. One unique skill of Adam’s is that he’s a good proofreader! He is thrilled to join the CMHPSR team.

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Bridget Keogh

Bridget KeoghBridget Keogh is a Research Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania.  Bridget is a Philadelphia area native and studied Biobehavioral Health at Pennsylvania State University.  Prior to coming to Penn, she worked in public health conducting community outreach and health education with children and adults in South and West Philadelphia.  She is interested in preventive medicine and working with underserved populations.  After witnessing firsthand how often mental health is overlooked in these vulnerable populations, Bridget came to the Center eager to learn more about the field of mental health and substance use.  Bridget is a member of Dr. Cynthia Zubritsky’s research team at the Center.  Dr. Zubritsky’s work includes management and organizational issues in behavioral healthcare systems on the state and national level, trauma-informed care implementation, older adults and behavioral health and consumer health issues. 

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Megan McCarthy, MS

Megan McCarthy, MSMegan McCarthy is a research coordinator working on a range of projects for Dr. David Mandell, including a study examining healthcare utilization among children with autism, and serving as an outreach specialist for the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training (ASERT) Collaborative, where she contributes a variety of initiatives. Megan received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University, with a focus on cognition and perception research. While at Saint Joseph’s University, she contributed to studies evaluating the quality of preschool programs across the Philadelphia region. 

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Elizabeth Noll, MS

Elizabeth Noll, MSElizabeth Noll is a data manager and data analyst in the Department of Psychiatry, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Noll has twenty years of professional experience coordinating and monitoring data collection and statistical analysis activities for population-based research projects in both university and private research environments.   Much of her work has involved maintaining, utilizing and integrating large public and private health and mental health survey and services databases; writing programs (SAS/SPSS/STATA) to perform statistical computations for descriptive and inferential data analysis; and creating tables, graphs and reports of findings. Ms. Noll also provides consultation to investigators on suitable data elements needed to answer specific research questions of interest. Her research interests include the health and welfare of low-income populations and evaluating behavioral health interventions and her work has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Preventive Medicine, and Evaluation Review among others. 

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Emily Ottinger

Emily is a research coordinator working on school-based intervention research projects under Dr. David Mandell. She received her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in 2012, having studied Speech and Hearing Science with minors in Mind-Brain Studies and Psychology. Prior to her work at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, Emily provided individual support to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in public schools and delivered in-home Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy. She is very excited to join the CMHPSR team!

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Rachel Ouellette

Rachel is a research coordinator working under Dr. David Mandell on the Center’s school-based research projects. Rachel recently received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Yale University, where she worked as a research assistant at Yale’s Developmental Psychopathology Lab. Rachel is interested in how to best increase the access children, adolescents and their families have to effective mental health services. She is excited to join the CMHPSR team and looks forward to exploring Philadelphia!

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Zinnia Piotrowski, MsED, BCBA

zinnia_pictureZinnia Piotrowski, M.Ed., BCBA is a certified special education teacher and board certified behavior analyst.  Zinnia has a Master's degree in special education from Temple University and graduate certificate in Behavior Analysis from Penn State University. Zinnia has been involved with Philly AIMS since 2008 when she was a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, and has taught grades K-2 and 6-8. In 2010 Zinnia began working as a behavior analyst for children with autism, providing ABA services with an emphasis on Verbal Behavior programming in home and school settings.

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Erica Reisinger, MSed

Erica Reisinger, MSEdErica Reisinger has worked for Dr. David Mandell since 2008 and currently manages the Center's portfolio of school-based intervention research projects and consultation contracts. Erica has a Master's of Science Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's of Science degree from Temple University. She is certified in early childhood and elementary education with a focus on multicultural and urban education. Erica is interested in ways to improve how the family, school, and community work collaboratively to improve opportunities for traditionally underserved populations.  Before joining the Center, Erica was involved in other educational research initiatives with the University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph's University, and The Free Library of Philadelphia.  

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Lucia Walsh

Lucia WalshLucia Walsh is a research specialist working under the supervision of Dr. Rinad Beidas on a variety of projects. She assists with Dr. Beidas’s K23 Grant: Policy to Implementation (P2I) and Philadelphia Alliance for Children’s Trauma Services (PACTS) project. Previous work in psychology has included work as a clinic coordinator in IU’s Clinical Psychology Program CBT practicum and as a research assistant in Dr. Cara Lewis’s Training Research and Implementation in Psychology (TRIP) Lab. Lucia’s research interests focus on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings for children and adolescents. Lucia is a former resident of Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University in 2012 with a degree in Psychology, as well as minors in Human Sexuality and Human Development. In her free time, Lucia explores her new city. 

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Ming Xie, MS

Ming Xie, MSMing Xie has over 5 years of experience quarrying, cleaning and coding Medicaid and other health claims data. She is currently responsible for cleaning and structuring the state policy, Medicaid, education and county-level data for analysis. She also runs validity checks on data elements and manages the integrity and security of the data for the studies. She received her master's degree in Applied Statistics from Villanova University in 2004.

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