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Dannell Boatman, EdD, MS
2023 Putnam Scholar
West Virginia University
About Dannell Boatman, EdD, MS

Dannell Boatman, EdD, MS is a health communication researcher with the West Virginia University Cancer Institute (WVUCI), Cancer Prevention & Control, where she focuses on cancer communication.

Dr. Boatman has worked in public health since 2015, primarily within the field of cancer prevention and control. In addition to her communication-focused research, she has experience in programmatic evaluation, implementation and dissemination of evidence-based practices, and practice facilitation in primary care. Along with playing key roles in federally funded programmatic grants, Dr. Boatman has secured independent funding to advance her cancer communication research. She has earned a Master of Science (MS) in Adult Education, a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Health Education and will complete a second MS in Health Communication in December 2023.

In 2022, Dr. Boatman launched the Communicating for Health in Appalachia by Translating Science (CHATS) Lab at the WVUCI with the mission to improve health outcomes in West Virginia and beyond through original research and by fostering the adoption of research in practice by using dissemination and communication science frameworks. She uses a mixed methods research approach and grounds her work in behavior change, communication, and knowledge translation theories and frameworks. Dr. Boatman’s lab is spurred by this original research along with a focus on dissemination and communication science approaches to ensure these findings and those from other researchers are integrated into practice.

Carma Bylund, PhD, FACH
Mentor
West Virginia University
About Carma Bylund, PhD, FACH

I am Professor and Associate Chair of Education in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Florida College of Medicine. I have expertise in healthcare communication across the cancer continuum and in dementia care, as well as in medical education. My research focuses on the development, implementation, and testing of communication interventions for clinicians, patients, and caregivers to improve health outcomes. I have had significant grant funding from the NIH and non-profit agencies. I have published > 165 peer-reviewed papers, co-edited two Oxford textbooks on healthcare communication, and recently co-edited the Wiley International Encyclopedia of Health Communication. I am the Founding Editor-in-Chief of PEC Innovation.

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Kelsey Schweiberger, MD, MS
2023 Putnam Scholar
University of Pittsburgh
About Kelsey Schweiberger, MD, MS

Kelsey Schweiberger, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Schweiberger was raised in Tampa, Florida, completed her undergraduate education at Georgetown University, medical school at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, and pediatric residency at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She completed a General Academic Pediatrics and Learning Health System fellowship in 2022 and joined the faculty in Division of General Academic Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh supported by an NCATS Diversity Supplement.

Dr. Schweiberger’s long-term goal is to improve child health outcomes and healthcare communication for children through the equitable and appropriate application of technology. In her prior work, Dr. Schweiberger examined variation in telemedicine implementation in 2020 within a primary care pediatric network, where she found inequities in telemedicine use by child age and child race and ethnicity. Because digital health in primary care often relies on a patient portal, Dr. Schweiberger turned her attention to evaluation of patient portal enrollment within primary care pediatric practices. As a Putnam Scholar, she will utilize qualitative methodology to understand ideal inter-visit healthcare communication using the patient portal from the perspectives of caregivers and clinicians. This work will prepare her to use human-centered design methodology to translate the qualitative findings into a prototype communication intervention to optimize communication between clinicians and caregivers using technology.

Judy ChangMD, MPH
Mentor
University of Pittsburgh
About Judy ChangMD, MPH

Judy Chang, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences with a secondary appointment in the Division of General Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also an investigator at the Magee-Women’s Research Institute and core faculty member in the Center for Research in Health Care and Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation. She also serves as an Assistant Dean of Medical Student Research. After completing her undergraduate studies in the Plan II Honors Liberal Arts program at the University of Texas in Austin, Judy obtained her medical training at Baylor College of Medicine and completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. She then went on to obtain training in health services research and public health leadership in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Her early research focused primarily on understanding intimate partner violence (IPV) and how health care providers can help women experiencing IPV. Through this qualitative work, she found that women described the potential power of patient-provider communication as a source of support, motivation, empowerment and validation. Judy then expanded her research expertise to focus on patient-provider communication in women’s health, particularly in obstetric care. Her more recent research has examined a variety of topics within obstetric care communication including screening and counseling regarding substance use, addressing mental health concerns, breastfeeding counseling, and examining the impact of electronic medical records on patient-provider communication.

Judy is also a dedicated educator. She co-facilitates communication workshops for obstetrics and gynecology residents that teach skills such as Ask-Tell-Ask, delivering bad news, and dealing with patient emotions; co-facilitates Balint groups for obstetrics and gynecology residents; and leads workshops for medical students focusing on communication strategies to address and respond to intimate partner violence among female patients. Her contributions have been recognized with numerous teaching and mentoring awards.