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.
Margaret Mary Downey
Maggie is a research specialist for projects in consultation with Autism Support teachers and the implementation of evidence-based practices for children with ASD in the School District of Philadelphia. She is currently a part of the Philadelphia Autism Instructional Methods Study (Philly AIMS), the Autism Intervention Research Network for Behavioral Health (AIR-B) under Dr. David Mandell, as well as a social skills intervention under Dr. Jill Locke. Maggie also supports Dr. Rinad Beidas' work in development of interventions to support community mental health providers interested in implementing evidence-based practices. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Temple University and has completed post-baccalaureate studies in medical anthropology, urban studies, health communication, and politics of women’s health at the University of Pennsylvania in preparation for graduate studies in social policy and practice. Maggie is a volunteer doula and meeting coordinator with the Philadelphia Alliance for Labor Support and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Amber Erhart, M.Ed
Amber Erhart is a PhD candidate at Temple University and has been working part-time with Philly AIMS since 2009. Amber possesses many interests within the field of school psychology including consultation, early intervention and positive behavior support. Most recently, Amber served as a school psychologist for several parochial and charter schools located in Northeast Philadelphia. While in this role, she worked closely with her administrators/teachers to create a streamlined process for conducting functional behavioral assessments and implementing evidence-based behavioral interventions.
Adam 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.
Bridget 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.
Megan McCarthy, MS
Megan 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.
Elizabeth Noll, MS
Elizabeth 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.
Zinnia Pitrowski, MsED, BCBA
Zinnia 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.
Erica Reisinger, MSed
Erica 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.
Lucia 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.
Rukiya has been a research specialist for projects involving consultation with Autism Support teachers and the implementation of evidence-based practices for children with ASD in the School District of Philadelphia since 2010. She is currently a part of the Philadelphia Autism Instructional Methods Study (Philly AIMS) and the Autism Intervention Research Network for Behavioral Health (AIR-B), among other projects under Dr. David Mandell. Rukiya also support a social skills intervention under Dr. Jill Locke. Currently, she is a post-baccalaureate student at Penn taking classes in the biological basis of behavior, and human development, with particular interest in minority youth development. Prior to Penn, Rukiya graduated with bachelor’s degrees in psychology, linguistics, and Spanish from the University of Michigan. Rukiya plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and loves to cook (and eat!) great vegetarian food.
Ming Xie, MS
Ming 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.
Chelsea Zimmerman is a research specialist working on a study investigating the prevalence of autism in adults and how to improve diagnosis and treatment of autism in an adult population. She also works on several projects for the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training (ASERT) Collaborative and assists with a study examining healthcare utilization among children with autism using Medicaid claims data. She graduated in 2010 with a dual bachelor's degree in psychology and writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she worked as a student research assistant investigating the visual and spatial processing systems in children with autism.