CHOT Researchers

Ankur Agarwal, PhD
CHOT- FAU Site Director

Associate Professor
College of Engineering & Computer Science
Florida Atlantic University
aagarwa2@fau.edu

Dr. Ankur Agarwal serves as a Site Director for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) & Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Boca Raton. His main areas of research are Healthcare IT, Medical Information Systems, Mobile Systems and System Engineering. He has been actively involved in conducting research with the National Science Foundation and various local industry in these specific areas.

Mark S. Avnet, PhD

Assistant Professor
Dwight Look College of Engineering
Texas A&M University
avnet@tamu.edu

Dr. Avnet’s research addresses the organizational and cognitive dimensions of technical organizations with an emphasis on systems-level interactions between organizational culture and operational performance.  His work integrates methods and frameworks from across disciplines, including systems theory, engineering design, network analysis, social and organizational psychology, management science, and public policy.

Amarnath Banerjee, PhD

Associate Professor
Dwight Look College of Engineering
Texas A&M University
Banerjee@tamu.edu

Dr. Banerjee’s research interests are in modeling, simulation and visualization, with applications in health care systems, information systems and manufacturing systems. He serves on the leadership team of the multidisciplinary Texas A&M Health Regional Extension Center at RCHI. He teaches courses in simulation, health care systems and industrial engineering design.

Nathaniel Bastian, PhD, MS, MEng, PEM

Assistant Professor
Smeal College of Business
The Pennsylvania State University
ndbastian@psu.edu

Dr. Bastian is a leader, practitioner, researcher, and educator of quantitative, economic, computational, and data-driven methods to support the improvement of operational processes, decision-making, performance, and management in healthcare delivery systems, national security and military operations, and humanitarian logistics. As an experienced operations researcher, data scientist, decision analyst and industrial engineer, his expertise lies in the discovery and translation of data-driven, actionable insights into effective decisions using mathematics, statistics, engineering, economics, and computational science to develop decision-support models for descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics.

Thomas Ferris, PhD

Assistant Professor
Dwight Look College of Engineering
Texas A&M University
tferris@tamu.edu

Dr. Ferris’ research interests are in human factors and cognitive ergonomics, and can be described as the study of cognition in human-machine engineered systems. His primary focus involves human information processing and design to support attention and interruption management. In particular, he investigates novel interface design techniques, employing alternative display modalities such as the sense of touch.

Mary Frecker, PhD

Professor,
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
mxf36@psu.edu

Dr. Frecker’s research interests include optimal design, compliant mechanisms, smart structures, medical device design.

Eva Lee, PhD
CHOT- GIT Site Director

Professor
Director, Center for Operations Research in Medicine and HealthCare
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
eva.lee@gatech.edu

Dr. Eva K Lee is a professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.   She works in the area of mathematical programming and large-scale computational algorithms with a primary emphasis on medical/healthcare decision analysis and logistics operations management. Her research in logistics focuses on large-scale optimization and algorithmic advances for optimal operations planning and resource allocation. She has developed decision support systems for inventory control; large-scale truck dispatching, scheduling, and transportation logistics; telecommunications; portfolio investment; and emergency treatment response and facility layout and planning.

Christina Mastrangelo, PhD, MS

Associate Professor
College of Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Washington
mastr@uw.edu

Dr. Mastrangelo’s primary research field is systems engineering, quality engineering and predictive analytics. Her research interests include the areas of operational modeling for manufacturing, system-level modeling for infectious disease transmission and lung-cancer screening centers, multivariate quality prediction, statistical monitoring methods for manufacturing and hierarchical response modeling.

George Naufal, PhD

Senior Research Associate
Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI)
Texas A&M University
gnaufal@ppri.tamu.edu

Dr. Naufal’s primary research includes migration and its consequences mainly the impact of remittances on the remitting countries. His secondary research interests include the effects of social networks on different aspects of the economy. George’s research has focused mostly on the Middle East and North Africa region with an emphasis on the Gulf countries.

Harriet B. Nembhard, PhD

Professor
College of Engineering
Oregon State University
harriet.nembhard@oregonstate.edu

Dr. Nembhard is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in industrial engineering and operations research with interests that connect to several other disciplines including mechanical engineering, material science engineering, engineering design, medicine and nursing, information sciences and technology, and health policy. She is a co-author of a groundbreaking textbook, “Healthcare Systems Engineeering,” the author or co-author of 46 peer-reviewed journal publications, and the PI or co-PI on more than $2.5 million in research funding.

Esad Ozmetin, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering,
Texas A&M University
eozmetin@tamu.edu

Dr. Ozmetin’s research interests include superconductivity; vortex dynamics and pinning, magnetic and transport properties of superconductors, superconducting / magnetic hybrid systems, device physics, superconducting wire manufacturing (mgb2), superconducting magnet design and scanning probe microscopy (STM, STS, AFM, MFM, SHPM).

Farzan Sasangohar, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Engineering
Texas A&M University
sasangohar@tamu.edu

Dr. Sasangohar’s research interests include understanding and improving human decision-making and performance in multi-task, safety-critical work settings using a wide range of analytical techniques and technological innovations. He is interested and has experience in designing, implementing, and testing systems that improve human-systems performance in socio-technical domains such as healthcare, air-traffic control, command and control, process control, and surface transportation. Dr.

M. Sriram Iyengar, PhD 

Associate Professor
Biomedical Informatics Core, Clinical
Texas A&M University
iyengar@medicine.tamhsc.edu

Dr. Iyengar’s research interests include Clinical Informatics, Symbolic Systems Biology, and Public Health Informatics (PHI).  He is interested in the role of information and communication technologies to improve data standardization, utilization and decision making in public health information systems.

Conrad Tucker, PhD, MBA
CHOT- PSU Site Director

Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Penn State University
ctucker4@psu.edu

Dr. Tucker research interest include product portfolio/family design, sustainable system design optimization in the areas of energy generation systems, consumer electronics, environment, healthcare and national security.  He is the director of the Design Analysis Technology Advancement (D.A.T.A) Laboratory.

Leonard Berry, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Mays Business School
Texas A&M University
berryle@tamu.edu

Dr. Berry is University Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Regents Professor, and holds the M.B. Zale Chair in Retailing and Marketing Leadership in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. As a Visiting Scientist at Mayo Clinic in 2001-2002, he conducted an in-depth research study of healthcare service, the basis for his book, Management Lessons from Mayo Clinic (2008).

Ravi Behara, PhD

Professor
College of Business
Florida Atlantic University
rbehara@fau.edu

Dr. Behara’s research interests include healthcare services and service analytics.

Jane Bolin, PhD, JD

Professor
School of Public Health
Texas A&M University
jbolin@sph.tamhsc.edu

Dr. Bolin’s primary research area includes rural and minority Disparities. She is the Director of the Texas A&M Southwest Rural Health Research Center (SRHRC) recently was awarded a 4-year, $2.8 million dollar grant as one of seven cooperative research center agreements funded nationally by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to research critical health issues facing rural populations in our country.

Nancy Borkowski, DBA, CPA, CHOT- UAB Site Co-Director

Professor
Executive Doctoral Program
School of Health Professions
University of Alabama Birmingham
nborkows@uab.edu

Dr. Nancy Borkowski is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry and is a two-time past recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executive’s (ACHE) Southern Florida Senior Career Healthcare Executive Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of health management excellence.

Darrell Burke, PhD

Associate Professor,
Health Services Administration University of Alabama at Birmingham
dburke.fsu@gmail.com

Dr. Burke’s research interest include healthcare information technology metrics, security, strategy, governance, and organizational outcomes of HIT governance following Donnabedian’s framework.

Nathaniel Carroll, PhD

Assistant Professor
Health Services Administration
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
natcar@uab.edu

Dr. Carroll’s research focuses on the financial management of healthcare organizations and has been published in theAmerican Journal of Managed Care, Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, Inquiry and the Journal of Rural Health.  He has worked in both the managed care and long-term care sectors.

Murray J. Cote, PhD

Associate Professor/Director of Master of Health Administration Program
School of Public Health
Texas A&M University
mjcote@sph.tamhsc.edu

Dr. Cote’s research Interests include Healthcare Operations, Patient Flow, Capacity Planning and Management, Demand Forecasting and Nurse Staffing and Scheduling

Kenneth Cochran, DSc, RN, MBA, FACHE

President and CEO
Opelousas General Health System
kennethcochran@opelousasgeneral.com

Dr. Cochran worked within hospitals since he was 16 years old.  By working his way up from a Nursing Assistant to his current position, he has essential skills needed to build relationships with patients, physicians, hospital staff, and regional representatives. His specialties include healthcare management and leadership, medical education, change management, and acute care hospitals.

Christopher DeFlitch, M.D.

Physician, Associate Professor Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair, Clinical Operations
Chief Medical Information Officer
College of Medicine
Penn State University
cdeflitch@hmc.psu.edu

Dr. Christopher Deflitch is an emergency medicine doctor in Hershey, Pennsylvania and is affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 35 doctors at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center who specialize in Emergency Medicine.

Nicholas Edwardson, PhD

Assistant Professor
School of Public Administration
University of New Mexico
nedwardson@unm.edu

Dr. Edwardson’s research focus is innovation implementation in healthcare—including statistical quality methods, cost-effectiveness, and psychometrics/survey design. Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Sean Gregory, PhD, MBA, MS

Assistant Professor – Tenure Track
College of Public Health
University of South Florida

Dr. Gregory is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Pediatrics, at the Morsani College of Medicine. His research foci are physician burnout and engagement, comparative and cost-effectiveness in Pediatrics, Medicaid policy, and the integration of behavioral and physical health. These research interests are derived from applied problems and issues in health care financing and delivery that Dr. Gregory faced as an executive for a national managed care firm, and with a large integrated delivery system, prior to pursuing his academic career.

Gulcin Gumus, PhD, MA

Associate Professor
College of Business
Florida Atlantic University
ggumus@fau.edu

Dr. Gumus’s research interests include health economics, labor economics, and applied econometrics.

Allyson Hall, PhD

Professor
Health Services Administration
University of Alabama at Birmingham
hallag@uab.edu

Dr. Hall’s broad research interests emphasize improving healthcare access and systems for vulnerable populations. Current scholarly activity focuses on reducing fragmentation within the delivery system including assessments of patient-centered medical homes and transition to primary care programs for emergency department patients.

Christopher Johnson, PhD

Department Chair
Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences
School of Public Health and Information Sciences
University of Louisville
christopher-e.johnson@louisville.edu

Dr. Christopher E. Johnson specializes in work that seeks to understand how health care organizations and communities impact health care outcomes for veterans, under-served populations, and the elderly.

Bita Kash, CHOT Center Director, Ph.D., M.B.A., FACHE

Associate Professor
School of Public Health
Texas A&M University
bakash@sph.tamhsc.edu

Dr. Kash conducts research to support the implementation of evidence-based transformational strategies within healthcare organizations. Dr. Kash also serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Healthcare Management, a peer-reviewed research journal of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and received the ACHE Service Award in 2015.

Stephanie A. Kodett, PhD, MBA

Assistant Professor
School of Public Health
Texas A&M University
kodatt@sph.tamhsc.edu

Dr. Kodett’s research interests include leadership, spirituality, public health and management

Darcy McMaughan, PhD CHOT- TAMU Site Director

Assistant Professor/Director of Program on LTC, Aging and Disability Policy
School of Public Health
Texas A&M University
dkmoudouni@sph.tamhsc.edu

Dr. McMaughan’s research interests include human and organizational factors affecting staffing of nursing homes.

Deirdre McCaughey, PhD, MBA

Program Director
M.S. in Healthcare Quality and Safety Programs
School of Health Professions
University of Alabama Birmingham
deirdre1@uab.edu

Dr. Deirdre McCaughey is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. She is also the program director for the Graduate programs. Her research involves examining organizational factors, such as leadership and organizational culture, in healthcare institutions that influence healthcare provider and workforce well-being and subsequently optimize organizational quality and patient safety outcomes.

Tapan Mehta, PhD

Assistant Professor
Health Services Administration
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
tapan@uab.edu

Dr. Mehta’s interests lie in aggregating and integrating silos of genomic, epidemiological and administrative data, to investigate interesting scientific questions, through novel applications of statistical methods and computing platforms. He is especially interested in pursuing scientific inquiry in topics related to obesity, longevity, disability, and health policy and interventions.

Emily Naiser, MPH

Project Director,
Public Policy Research Institute
Texas A&M University
enaiser@ppri.tamu.edu

Robert Ohsfeldt, PhD

Regents Professor
School of Public Health
Texas A&M University
rohsfeldt@sph.tamhsc.edu

Dr. Ohsfeldt is the Principal Investigator for Research Grants (funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).  He is also a peer-reviewer for several scientific journals.

Camille Peres, PhD

Assistant Professor
School of Public Health
Texas A&M University
peres@sph.tamhsc.edu

Dr. Peres’s research interests include ergonomic impact of software design, fatigue assessment and mitigation for workers in high risk industrial settings, and human factors of procedures design and implementation

Tiffany A. Radcliff, PhD

Associate Professor/Associate Department Head
School of Public Health
Texas A&M University
radcliff@sph.tamhsc.edu

Dr. Radcliff’s research interests include health economics, improving quality of care in long-term care, access to care for rural and other underserved populations, and improving care processes and outcomes.

Midge Ray, PhD, RN, CCS

Associate Professor,
Health Services Administration
Assistant Dean,
Undergraduate Honors/Research Program
University of Alabama at Birmingham
midgeray@uab.edu

Dr. Ray’s research has included using technology in health behavior change (tobacco cessation), safe medication use, and medication adherence in primary care practices. Dr. Ray is a subject matter expert in ICD-9-CM, CPT, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding systems. She has over 40 publications in peer reviewed journals and been a co-author on two different manuscripts that received the Distinguished Paper Awards from American Medical Informatics Association.

Kristin Schuller, PhD, MHA

Assistant Professor
College of Health Services and Professions
schuller@ohio.edu

Stephen Timmons, PhD

Associate Professor
Business School
University of Nottingham
Stephen.Timmons@nottingham.ac.uk

Dr. Stephen Timmons is the Joint Director of the Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning (CHILL) at Nottingham University Business School, UK. His professional background is as a manager in the UK National Health Service and his academic background is in sociology. Dr. Timmons’s expertise lies in NHS policy, NHS management, NHS finance and computer systems in healthcare, especially why they fail.

Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD, MBA CHOT- UAB Site Co-Director

Professor and L.R. Jordan Chair of Health Administration
School of Health Professions
University of Alabama Birmingham
rweech@uab.edu

Dr. Robert Weech-Maldonado is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. He is a national authority in health disparities, cultural competency tools for healthcare organizations, racial and ethnic differences in patient experiences with care, and long-term care. Imparting this expertise to students, researchers and healthcare leaders may improve management’s ability to fully understand and better address challenges faced by racial/ethnic minorities and the elderly, possibly dramatically improving access and quality of care outcomes for these populations.

Ferhat Zengul, PhD, MBA

Assistant Professor, Health Care Management
University of Alabama at Birmingham
ferhat@uab.edu

Dr. Zengul’s broad research focus is the performance of healthcare organizations with an emphasis on clinical and financial performance. He is particularly interested in the impact of technological investments and various facility design interventions on the clinical and financial performance of health care facilities. Recently, Zengul received a faculty development grant to investigate the relationship between hospital capital investments and patient perceptions of quality. He is currently working on an SQL-based data-warehouse and data-mining infrastructure to support this particular grant and future potential projects.

Fredrick Nafukho, PhD, MEd

Professor
College of Education and Human Development
Texas A&M University
fnafukho@tamu.edu

Dr. Nafukho’s research focuses on educational policy analysis within international and comparative education, investment in human capital development, emotional intelligence and leadership development, organizational development and change, evaluation in organizations, transfer of learning, organizational learning and e-learning. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his scholarship including the Fulbright Scholarship in 1996, Distinguished International Scholar Award and the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship in 2016.

Nilam Ram, PhD

Associate Professor,
Human Development and Family Studies, and Psychology
Pennsylvania State University
nur5@psu.edu

Dr. Ram’s studies are focused on how short-term changes (e.g., processes such as learning, information processing, etc.) develop over the course of the lifespan and how intra-individual change and variability study designs (e.g., measurement bursts) might contribute to our knowledge base. Current projects include examinations of age differences in short-term dynamics at the cognitive/affective/temperament interface; cyclic patterns in the day-to-day progression of emotions; and change in cognition and well-being over the lifespan, particularly in the oldest old.

Zhipeng Lu, PhD

Senior Lecturer
College of Architecture
Texas A&M University
luzhipeng@tamu.edu

Dr. Lu’s interests include health facility design, housing for the elderly, healthy community planning, environmental psychology, and design communication.

George Mann, RA, AIA 

Professor,
Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA Endowed Professor in Health Facilities Design
College of Architecture
Texas A&M University
gmann@arch.tamu.edu

Prof. Mann has 50 years’ experience designing health facilities, through his practice, teaching and research. Established an international reputation as a leader in health facilities design, taught over 4,000 students, undertaken over 800 architecture for health projects internationally.

Xuemei Zhu, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Architecture
Texas A&M University
xzhu@arch.tamu.edu

Dr. Zhu is interested in healthy community design, non-motorized transportation, and public health; healthcare facility design; and general environment-behavior research as well as its application with a focus on health, disparity, and sustainability.

Fredrick Nafukho, PhD, M.Ed

Professor and Department Head
College of Education and Human Development
Texas A&M University
fnafukho@tamu.edu

Dr. Nafukho’s research focuses on educational policy analysis within international and comparative education, investment in human capital development, emotional intelligence and leadership development, organizational development and change, evaluation in organizations, transfer of learning, organizational learning and e-learning. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his scholarship including: the Fulbright Scholarship in 1996, Distinguished International Scholar Award and the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship in 2016.