Early Career Faculty Advisory Council

Our early career faculty comprise one of the most dynamic, creative, and increasingly knowledgeable segments of our membership, contributing a breadth and depth of expertise across a range of health services research (HSR)-related disciplines and specialties. These faculty hold an impressive number of leadership positions within U-M and outside organizations, and, as a group, have developed remarkable HSR skills and policy experience for individuals in the earlier part of their careers.


The mission of the Early Career Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) is to advise IHPI leadership on how to best leverage its resources to promote the success of early career faculty and accelerate the impact of their research. These individuals have accepted the challenge to help shape the council's work by offering their service during what is already an incredibly busy time in their own professional development. 


Donovan Maust, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Medical School
Research Scientist, VA Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Dr. Maust is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan and research scientist with the Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, where he joined faculty after completing a residency in psychiatry and fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. His research areas of interest include psychotropic use in older adults, potentially preventable hospitalization of patients with dementia, and the impact of new payment models on quality of healthcare delivery to older adults with mental illness.


Michelle Moniz, M.D., M.Sc.

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School

Dr. Moniz is passionate about preventing unintended pregnancy, and her research focuses on access, utilization, and costs of reproductive health services. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan, Dr. Moniz explored public attitudes toward the ACA's contraceptive coverage mandate. She also characterized Medicaid reimbursement for immediate postpartum contraception. Her ongoing work is evaluating the clinical implementation of immediate postpartum contraception in different real-world maternity care settings.


Geoffrey Barnes, M.D., M.Sc.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Medical School

Dr. Barnes is a cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist at the University of Michigan Health System. His health services research interests focus on anticoagulation care, atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism, quality of care and quality improvement, and patient-physician shared decision making. He currently co-directs the Michigan Anticoagulation Quality Improvement Initiative (MAQI2) a six-centered BCBSM-sponsored anticoagulation quality improvement collaborative and registry.

Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., M.S.N., M.Sc, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor, Health Behavior & Biological Sciences, School of Nursing

Dr. Bell’s research focus is on disaster preparedness and response, particularly women's health outcomes post-disaster, in the United States and in settings around the world. Her current work is in understanding the long-term impact of disasters on vulnerable populations in the U.S. from an individual, family, and community perspective. Her focal projects include conducting a policy monitoring analysis to identify gaps in U.S. disaster policy, using a gender mainstreaming approach, and examining the disaster resilience of low-resource communities from a community-based perspective.

Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Medical School

Dr. Chang is a health services researcher and practicing family physician with a passion for adolescent health, specifically, breaking the cycle of poverty and poor health among adolescent mothers and their children. Her research is focused on improving access to reproductive health care and promoting healthy pregnancy weight gain among at-risk adolescents. Dr. Chang completed residency training and served as co-chief resident in the department of family medicine at the University of Michigan and is an alumna of the University of Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program.

Deena Costa, Ph.D., R.N.

Assistant Professor, Systems, Populations & Leadership, School of Nursing

Professor Costa’s research focuses on improving outcomes for critically ill adults by optimizing the organization and management of critical care. She is most interested in identifying key structural and functional characteristics of ICU interprofessional teams that can be leveraged to improve the delivery of high quality, complex care for mechanically ventilated patients.  She is a trained health services researcher with clinical expertise in critical care nursing, that incorporates both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine ICU teams and outcomes.

Mary Janevic, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Research Scientist, Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public Health

Dr. Janevic’s work focuses on interventions to promote self-care among older adults with chronic pain and other chronic illnesses; caregiver health and family support for chronic illness management; cultural, gender, and psychosocial influences on chronic disease management and caregiving; and dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs for chronic disease self-management support into community settings.

Holly Jarman, Ph.D., M.Res.

Assistant Professor, Health Management & Policy, School of Public Health

Professor Jarman studies the effects of market regulation, particularly cross-border regulation, on health and social policies. She explores the consequences for health that arise when markets and political jurisdictions do not match, whether those jurisdictions are nation states or subnational governments. Her publications address questions related to the relationship between tobacco control regulation and the global trading system, the regulation of cross-border health markets and product supply chains, and cross-border data exchange to promote innovative methods of public health and environmental regulation.

Pooja Lagisetty, M.D., M.Sc.

Clinical Lecturer, Internal Medicine, Medical School

Dr. Lagisetty is a health services researcher and general internist in the Division of General Medicine and also the Center for Clinical Management and Research at the Ann Arbor VA.

She is interested in developing and evaluating interventions to prevent drug misuse in general medical settings.  Specifically, she focuses on patients with co-morbid pain and substance use disorders. Her research focuses on expanding access to evidence-based treatments, developing multi-disciplinary models to integrate behavioral health and physical health treatment,  and addressing barriers in patient engagement.

Michael Mathis, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Medical School

Dr. Mathis has research interests in improving perioperative care for patients with advanced cardiovascular disease, particularly for patients with heart failure. As part of the Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group (MPOG), an international consortium of perioperative databases for which UM serves as the coordinating center, he plays a lead role in integration of MPOG data with data from national cardiac and thoracic surgery registries. He also has interests in leveraging novel data science methods to understand patterns within highly granular intraoperative physiologic data, studying hemodynamic responses to surgical and anesthetic stimuli as a means for early detection of cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure.

Hari Nathan, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Surgery, Medical School

Dr. Nathan’s health services research portfolio focuses on variation in the cost and quality of surgical care. Specifically, he studies the impact of innovative payment models in the Medicare program on surgical care. He is also interested in the quality of cancer surgery and prediction of prognosis after cancer resection.

Kayte Spector-Bagdady, J.D., M.B.E.

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Medical School

Kayte Spector-Bagdady's research explores informed consent to emerging technologies with a focus on reproduction and genetics. She is also the Chief of the Research Ethics Service in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM). Professor Spector is a former drug and device attorney and served as Associate Director for Obama's Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. 

Valerie Vaughn, M.D., M.Sc.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Medical School

Dr. Vaughn is a hospitalist physician whose research interests include optimizing the quality of care received by hospitalized patients through maximizing appropriate use of existing interventions. These include optimizing the use of antibiotics and procalcitonin as ways of reducing adverse events and hospital acquired infections such as clostridium difficile. She is also interested in reducing medical errors through the understanding of diagnostic reasoning and the methods behind physician behavior and decisions.

Lauren Wallner, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Epidemiology, Medical School

Dr. Wallner’s research interests include understanding the determinants, outcomes and utilization of health services associated with cancer and the chronic diseases. Specifically, her research program focuses on improving the quality and coordination of breast and prostate cancer care, particularly in the survivorship period. She is also interested in the design, evaluation and implementation of interventions to improve the delivery of cancer care.

Maria Woodward, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Medical School

Dr. Woodward’s research interests include telemedicine for ophthalmology with a specific focus on anterior eye diseases, cornea tissue preparation and processing for transplantation, and ophthalmology resident and fellow surgical education. 

Senior Faculty Advisor

Lisa Prosser, Ph.D., M.S.

Professor, Pediatrics, Medical School

Dr. Prosser’s research focuses on measuring the comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of childhood health interventions using methods of decision sciences and economics. Research topics include evaluating long-term health and economic outcomes for newborn screening programs using simulation modeling, measuring public values for screening programs, and developing new methods for valuing family spillover effects of childhood illness. Her research on the economic impact of influenza vaccination has been used in setting national vaccine policy for children and for prioritizing subgroups in vaccine shortage years. Her studies using decision science modeling to project long-term health outcomes for proposed newborn screening programs have been used to inform national newborn screening policy decisions. Dr. Prosser directs the Child Health Evaluation And Research (CHEAR) Unit of the U-M Department of Pediatrics.