CHOT Researchers

Nathaniel D. Bastian, PhD, PEM

Instructor of Supply Chain & Information Systems
Smeal College of Business
Pennsylvania State University
ndbastian@psu.edu

Dr. Bastian’s research interests include quantitative, economic, computational, analytic, data-driven, and decision-centric methods to support the improvement of operational processes, decision-making, performance, and management in healthcare delivery systems, human resources, military operations, and humanitarian logistics.

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.

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.

Zhipeng Lu, PhD, LEED AP BD+C

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, PhD, RA, AIA 

Professor, holder of the 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.

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 and Corrie and Jim Furber ’64 Faculty Fellow
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.

James Benneyan, PhD

Professor
College of Engineering
Northeastern University
benneyan@coe.neu.edu

Dr. Benneyan is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Northeastern University, Executive Director of the VA New England Healthcare Engineering Partnership, and founder of Northeastern University’s Quality and Productivity research laboratory. Dr. Benneyan has jointly published over 75 papers; received 7 teaching, service, and research awards; and taught systems, mechanical, and design engineering to ages 6 through 60. Prior to joining Northeastern, he was Senior Systems Engineer for Harvard Community Health Plan, consultant at Productivity Sciences Incorporated, and an industrial engineer at IBM and Digital Equipment Corporation.

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. Other research interests include human error, decision making under time pressure, and human-automation interaction.

Hande Musdal

Postdoctoral Research Associate
College of Engineering
Northeastern University
h.musdal@neu.edu

Dr. Musdal’s research interests include Operations Research, Mathematical Modeling and Optimization, Simulation, Multi-Criteria Decision Making, Computer Programming, Applied Statistics. She is currently working on an applied project with Boston Children’s Hospital under the CMS grant, which focuses on reducing inappropriate utilization of emergency department resources.

Harriet 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.  She is also the founding director for the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems.

Farzan Sasangohar, PhD

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

Dr. Sasangohar’s research interests are centered around 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. Sasangohar is also interested in developing novel human factors engineering methods to explore error risk factors in safety-critical domains.

Conrad Tucker, Pennsylvania State University CHOT Site Director, PhD

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

Dr. Conrad Tucker is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Design Technology And Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) and the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State. He also holds an Affiliate Faculty position in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department at Penn State. Dr. Tucker is the director of the Design Analysis Technology Advancement (D.A.T.A) Laboratory and his research interests are in formalizing system design processes under the paradigm of knowledge discovery, optimization, data mining, and informatics. He is interested in product portfolio/family design, sustainable system design optimization in the areas of energy generation systems, consumer electronics, environment, healthcare and national security

Ravi Behara, PhD

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

Dr. Behara’s research interests are Healthcare Services and Service Analytics

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. He has conducted and published field research at Gundersen Health, ThedaCare, and Bellin Health, three high-performance health systems in Wisconsin. Concurrent with his faculty position in Mays Business School, Dr. Berry is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement studying service improvement in cancer care for patients and their families.

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, FACHE, FHFMA

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 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.

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

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.

Alva Ferdinand, PhD, JD

Associate Professor
Health Policy and Management
Texas A&MUniversity
ferdinand@tamhsc.edu

Dr. Ferdinand’s research interests include: Effectiveness of Laws Aimed at Improving Public Health, State and Federal Regulation of Health Care Delivery, Health Law and Ethics, Research Integrity, and Disparities in Health Outcomes

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. Gummus’ teaching interests include Health Economics and Policy, Healthcare Finance and Health Research Methods. Her research interests include Health Economics, Labor Economics and Applied Econometrics

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

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.

Darcy McMaughan, PhD

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.

Robert Ohsfeldt, PhD

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

Dr. Ohsfeldt’s research interests include: 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 scientific journals

Camille Peres, PhD

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

Dr. Peres’ research interests include: Ergonomic impact of software design, Auditory design display, 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, Health Policy, Health Services Research, Improving Quality of Care in Long-Term Care, Access to Care for Rural and Other Underserved Populations, Improving Care Processes and Outcomes, Industrial Organization of Healthcare, Economic Evaluation, Teaching Interests, Health Economics and Research Methodology

Kristin Schuller, PhD, MHA

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

Dr. Schuller’s research interests include quality improvement, health policy, access to care, and rural health care.

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.

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.