Faculty & Staff

The HDSC is dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare decisions through conducting innovative research, implementing shared decision making, developing clinician skills training, and measuring decision quality. Learn more about our team members who contribute to these efforts below.

Karen Sepucha, PhD

HDSC Director

Leigh Simmons, MD

HDSC Medical Director

Michael Barry, MD

IMDP Director

Suzanne Brodney, PhD

IMDP Senior Program Manager

Floyd “Jack” Fowler Jr, PhD

IMDP Senior Scientific Advisor

John Giardina, MA

Research Assistant

Elaine Kwiecien


Lauren Leavitt, MA

Program Manager

Vivian Lee, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator

Felisha Marques, MPH

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Caitie Meyer, BA

Research Assistant

Ha Vo, MPH

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Abigail Ward, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator

HDSC Alumni

Abigail Ward, BA

<- replace photo Ms. Lee is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Health Decision Sciences Center. She works on a study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute that analyzes how varying decision support strategies influence patient care. The study compares the influence of two popular orthopedic decision aids on patients’ decisions for total joint replacement … Continue reading Abigail Ward, BA