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Jennifer Schmit, DPT, PhD, is a pediatric physical therapist and a co-director of the neurodevelopmental research program in the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy at Cincinnati Children’s. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She received her clinical doctorate from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences and a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati.
Her research history includes the study of motor control in movement-disordered populations, with particular emphasis on gait and postural control in children with cerebral palsy. She is a new independent improvement investigator for the Quality Scholars Program in healthcare transformation in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence. She hopes to explore the plausibility and efficacy of improved therapy care delivery systems.
Muhammad Ahsan Zafar, MD, is an adult pulmonary and critical care specialist at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Aga Khan University, Pakistan, and completed his internal medicine residency followed by fellowship in pulmonary and critical care from University of Cincinnati. During his residency he was introduced to the field of quality improvement and led a QI initiative to improve care of patients with diabetes in ambulatory setting. His current interests are in improving care delivery for patients with chronic lung diseases such as COPD and transitions of care in critical care.
The Quality Scholars Program in the Anderson Center, led by Evaline Alessandrini, MD, MSCE, is developing researchers and leaders who will transform pediatric health and healthcare delivery. Program goals include developing faculty to create effective healthcare delivery system interventions that can be disseminated into real-world practice settings, directly resulting in improved health outcomes.
Our unique Quality Scholars Program challenges participants to:
We seek postdoctoral scholars to participate in the Quality Scholars Program. Eligible candidates include:
The Quality Scholars Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center includes:
The training period will be three years. The duration of the training program may be reduced if a candidate already has an MS, MPH, PhD or DrPH in epidemiology or other relevant field.
How can I participate? Applications accepted annually. Applicants should submit a CV, personal statement and three recommendation letters.
For more information, contact: Evaline Alessandrini, MD, MSCE, professor
Brandon Aylward, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology funded through a T32 training grant in the Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research and Training. He received his doctorate in clinical child psychology with a minor in quantitative psychology from the University of Kansas and completed his predoctoral residency at Cincinnati Children’s. His research interests encompass a broad range of psychology issues for children and adolescents. His work has focused on three main areas: predictors and correlates of children’s psychosocial, developmental and physical functioning in chronic illness populations; trends and correlates of adherence and self-management behaviors; and use of advanced statistical methodology and innovative technology to examine predictors and outcomes for chronic health issues. He is involved in several research projects with Scott Powers, PhD, and faculty in the Center for Adherence and Self-Management in pediatric migraine, adherence and self-management, and child health outcomes. In addition, Aylward is working with Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, on patient driven trials as part of the Collaborative Chronic Care Network.
Upon completing her fellowship, Michele Dritz, MD, secured a position with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Dayton, OH, in the Adolescent Medicine Teen Clinic. The clinic is a consult-only referral center for adolescent medicine concerns in the Dayton area, but will transition to a primary care clinic to serve the WPAFB adolescent population, which includes about 2,200 military and government-contract dependents. In addition, she will hold a joint appointment with Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University, teaching and overseeing pediatric and family practice residents as well as medical students. Dritz will begin the process of integrating and managing outpatient quality-improvement initiatives both within the new Adolescent Primary Care Clinic and the General Pediatrics Clinic at WPAFB. With her training through the Quality Scholars in Healthcare Transformation Program at Cincinnati Children’s, she will be able to continue her work of improving healthcare and clinical outcomes for all patients.
Erin Redle, PhD, is a speech pathologist and researcher in the Division of Speech Pathology and the Communication Sciences Research Center, as well as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on children with dysphasia and motor speech disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Her work focuses on developing clinically relevant outcome measures within these conditions using measures of family functioning, patient performance and neuroimaging. Her dissertation work was recognized by the Dysphagia Research Society in 2008. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Evaline Alessandrini, MD, MSCE, program director
Maria Britto, MD, MPH
Carole Lannon, MD, MPH
Peter Margolis, MD, PhD
Stephen Muething, MD
Michael Seid, PhD
James M. Anderson, advisor to the president, Cincinnati Children’s
Thomas Boat, MD, dean and vice president for health affairs, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Uma Kotagal, MBBS, MSc, executive leader, population and community health; and senior fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Their improvement work goes on at Cincinnati Children's: (from left) Samuel Hanke, Erika Stalets, Heather Tubbs Cooley, Erin Redle, Marielle Kabbouche, Brandon Aylward, program director Evaline Alessandrini and Anderson Center project specialist April Mack-Williams.
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