Current Fellows

Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD

Catherine Cerulli is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization. In these roles, she has promoted research in diverse criminal justice, community, and health settings, and in 2016, she helped create a medical-law program that integrates health, legal, and advocacy services for victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). Cerulli also directs the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester, which focuses on translating science regarding social determinants of health into practices that change lives. Cerulli, a licensed attorney, has worked directly with IPV victims since 1983—as a counselor, advocate, attorney, and researcher. She forges collaborative community studies in partnership with survivors as investigators and advisors, guided by principles of community-based participatory research.

Cerulli has worked in Russia, China, Mongolia, the Greater Mekong region, and most recently, India. Her international portfolio has been supported by the NIH Fogarty International Center, the World Health Organization, and the Fulbright Specialist Program. As a national and international leader and trainer, she speaks directly to the need for agencies to ground their service programs in scientifically-based evidence and to rigorously evaluate the real-world impacts of their initiatives.

Cerulli received her BA from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and her JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her MA and PhD from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany.
• Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
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Michael Dulin, MD, PhD

Michael Dulin is a professor of public health sciences at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the founder and director of the Academy for Population Health Innovation—an academic/public health collaborative designed to advance community health. Dulin is a family physician who has been recognized nationally as a leader in the fields of health information technology/advanced analytics, population health, and implementation science. He has led transformative research projects funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. His work to implement a centralized health care data/analytics team for Atrium Health, one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the Southeast, was featured as a case study at the Harvard Business School.

Dulin started his career as an electrical engineer, advancing computer chip manufacturing and testing. He then completed doctoral research training where he examined the basic cellular changes that underlie responses to injury, as well as learning and memory. He translated his engineering and research skills to the health care industry, where he focused on enhancing clinical care delivery, improving access to primary care/preventative services, and ameliorating health inequities using technology. He has served in a wide range of leadership roles in academic medicine, health care system administration, public health, and the information technology industry.

Dulin received his BS in electrical and biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his PhD and MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He completed family medicine residency training at Carolinas Medical Center, completed a fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a career development program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
• House Energy and Commerce Committee (Majority)
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Stephanie Gibbs, JD

Stephanie Gibbs is an attorney with experience in aging and disability policy and system-level health care transformation. Most recently, she served as the director of system transformation and innovation for the State of Tennessee, Division of TennCare, Division of Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS). In this role, she led efforts to align Medicaid policies and programs with person-centered thinking and practices, advance social determinants of health efforts, and promote improved quality of life and employment and engagement opportunities for older adults and people with disabilities. Gibbs led the Statewide System Transformation Leadership Group, an advisory council with diverse stakeholders represented from across the health care delivery system, to guide system transformation efforts. In addition, Gibbs has represented the Division of TennCare on various advisory councils and committees related to aging and disability policy, including decision making, dignity of choice, advanced directives, and interagency collaboration and stakeholder strategies to support people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers.

Prior to TennCare, Gibbs served as a senior program officer with the Center for Health Care Strategies, focusing on initiatives to improve the health of low-income Americans. Gibbs provided strategic leadership in exploring state opportunities for Medicare and Medicaid integration and innovation in managed LTSS models. She provided technical assistance to state Medicaid agencies and led learning collaboratives to promote promising practices in aging and disability policy. Prior to this role, Gibbs served as the national director of advocacy for UnitedHealthcare Community & State and led efforts to form the UnitedHealthcare Community & State National Advisory Board (NAB), comprised of leading experts in aging and disability policy and advocacy, individuals served by Medicaid managed care programs, and family members. The NAB was developed to cultivate a person-centered culture, identify emerging trends and innovations impacting older adults and people with disabilities, promote organizational awareness of people served by LTSS, and inform program development. Early in her career, Gibbs served as a certified nursing assistant in a long-term care setting, providing direct care to older adults and people with disabilities.

Gibbs received her BA in technical writing and communications from the University of Tennessee and was awarded the J. Paul Blakely Scholarship, which recognizes excellence in the areas of technical communication and science writing. She received her JD from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, Tennessee. She holds a graduate certificate in global health from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
• Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)
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Walter Greenhalgh, MD

Walter Greenhalgh is a family physician who spent a career as a clinician and leader in the US Navy Medical Corps. Most recently, he served as the director for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. NICoE is a clinical research institute that incorporates interdisciplinary care and state-of-the-art facilities and technologies to study and treat military service members and their families dealing with the complexities of traumatic brain injury (TBI), psychological health concerns, and other associated comorbidities. Working with other military services, government, and private organizations, Greenhalgh oversaw the development of a network incorporating similar facilities across the country, advancing the desired end state of an integrated practice unit supporting the military TBI pathway of care.

While in the Navy, Greenhalgh served as a family physician providing care and clinical leadership as a department chief, service-line director, and medical staff president at small remote clinics, community hospitals, and medical centers across the United States and overseas. He has also served in the humanitarian and operational settings while deployed overseas and aboard a Navy hospital ship.

Greenhalgh received his BS in microbiology and immunology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and earned an MD from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He followed an internship in general surgery at the National Naval Medical Center with a tour as a naval flight surgeon and then completed his residency at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. Greenhalgh also received an MA in national security and strategic studies at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
• Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
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Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck, PhD, MPH

Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck is an associate professor of health management and policy at Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. She was formerly an adjunct assistant professor of community health sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health, and is currently a faculty research associate with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Mendez-Luck’s research addresses aging-related health disparities and long-term care in Latinx and other vulnerable adult populations. Her research is community based, interdisciplinary, and rooted in principles of health equity. As the recipient of a K01 career development award from the National Institute on Aging, she developed and tested a diabetes intervention for Latinx elders and their primary caregivers. She examines the social and cultural factors associated with elder caregiving and chronic disease management in families of Mexican origin and leads an ongoing analysis of nursing facilities in Oregon.

Mendez-Luck is actively involved in state and county long-term care policy in Oregon. She serves on the Quality Measurement Council, which advises the Oregon Department of Human Services on developing and tracking quality and consumer satisfaction metrics in community-based care settings. She was also chair of the Senior Services Advisory Council for the Cascades West Council of Governments, a tri-county Area Agency on Aging. At the national level, she has served on the American Public Health Association (APHA) Governing Council and is currently chair of APHA’s Aging and Public Health Section.

Mendez-Luck received her BS in biology from the University of Southern California and her MPH and PhD in public health from UCLA. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior in Sepulveda, California.
• Senate Special Committee on Aging (Majority)
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Judy Schaechter, MD, MBA

Judy Schaechter is a professor of pediatrics and public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she serves as chair of the Department of Pediatrics, leading faculty and staff to advance child health through education, research, clinical care, and commitment to community. Schaechter is also service chief for child health at Holtz Children’s Hospital and Jackson Health System, providing children with physical, mental health, and supportive social care. She cares for hospitalized and ambulatory patients, with a focus on adolescents and young adults living with complex medical and mental health conditions. She collaborates with child service providers across disciplines in translating scientific findings to policy and programming.

Schaechter led the creation of HealthConnect in Our Schools, a public-private partnership supporting multidisciplinary health teams in 170 schools, as well as HealthConnect in the Early Years, a countywide home visitation program for new and at-risk families. She serves on the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, helping to shape local Head Start, childcare, and after-school programs. As a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida Board, she is also working to expand housing options for families with children facing long-term hospitalization. Schaechter leads tri-lingual teams to bring care and prevention education to children where they are with mobile units and in partnership with community service agencies.

After receiving her BA in religious studies and ethics from Brown University, Schaechter explored the intersection of health beliefs and behaviors during an Arnold Fellowship. She completed her MD and pediatric residency training at Stanford Medical School. Schaechter obtained an MBA from the University of Miami. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee for the Council of Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. The organization recognized her for Outstanding Service in Advocacy in 2018.
• Senate Committee on Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) (Majority)
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Key Information

The Call For Applications is now closed and will reopen in September 2021