Research Staff

Tisha Kawahara, MS, CCRC – Research Manager

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
Phone: (608) 890-6892
Office Fax: (608) 890-8241
tkawahara@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Bio

Tisha Kawahara, MS, CCRC, earned a MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked laboratory, clinical and translation research for over 15 years.  Tisha has expertise in the administrative aspects of clinical trials, and has conducted numerous (+100) research studies in the specialty areas of osteoporosis, dermatology and skin cancers. She serves as the Research Program Manager, and is responsible for the day to day management and operation of the DEM Research Program, as well as Dr. Shah’s NIH/R01 funded project, "Paramedic-Coached ED Care Transitions to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health."

Chandra Bearden – Student Research Assistant

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
cbearden@wisc.edu

Research Bio

Chandra grew up in Cameron, WI. She is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Engineering. She is working with Tisha and the EM Research Program on data entry and administrative task. When she is not studying, she enjoys reading and writing high fantasy novels, and ballroom dancing.

Rebecca Bracken, BA

Rebecca Bracken, BA – Associate Research Specialist

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
Phone: (608) 265-5807
rbracken@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Bio

Rebecca joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in June 2016 as an associate research specialist, working primarily with Dr. Repplinger. She graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Psychology and as a member of the Sigma XI honor society. During her undergraduate studies, Rebecca worked with Johns Hopkins University researching neurotoxicity in neonates, focusing on transdermal chlorhexidine exposure. With her background as a wilderness EMT, she is excited to begin this role and continue contributing to the field of emergency medicine through a new platform. Rebecca looks forward to advancing Dr. Repplinger's research, and learning valuable skills which she hopes to use on her own path to practicing medicine.

Nia Cayenne – Student Research Assistant

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
cayenne@wisc.edu

 

Research Bio

Nia is an undergraduate student who comes to us from Queens, NY. Nia is working on Dr. Shah’s protocol, “Paramedic-coached ED Care Transitions to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health,” and receiving credits for the Undergraduate Research Scholars Programs. She is majoring in Biochemistry, with the aspirations of going to medical school and becoming an Emergency Medicine doctor.

Rebecca Green

Rebecca Green – Associate Research Specialist

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
rkgreen@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Bio

Rebecca Green is a recent graduate of UW-Madison and holds a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and French. Throughout her undergraduate career she worked in both a neuroscience research lab and helped run summer camps at the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth. She is currently a student in the Master of Public Health program and is working on a certificate in Clinical Research Foundations at UW-Madison. Her primary interests lie in clinical and translational research and the statistics that go along with it. In her free time, Rebecca likes to read, rollerblade, spend time outside, and cook for friends and family.

Steven Hesse – Student Research Assistant

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
Faculty mentor: Michael Pulia, MD, MS
sphesse@wisc.edu

Research Bio

Steven completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 2014 with a B.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology and certificate in Global Health. For two years after graduating, he served with Community HealthCorps (a subset of AmeriCorps) at Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers in Milwaukee. Steven’s first year was facilitating a Medication Assistance Program and was in the Department of Environmental Health during his second year. He is a current MD/MPH student for the graduating class of 2021. He completed his MPH coursework this past year and will be working on his Capstone Project this summer, starting medical school in the fall. He looks forward to understanding how public health and medicine merge in the Emergency Department. In addition to working with Dr. Pulia's research team, Steven will begin working this summer as a Research Enroller for various studies in the Emergency Department. In his free time, Steven enjoys traveling, sampling cheese curds, and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Matt Hollander, PhD – Post-doctoral Researcher

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
Phone: (608) 890-9167
mhollander@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Bio

Matt Hollander, PhD, recently graduated from the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with training in qualitative research. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and invited chapters in the areas of conversation analysis, social psychology, and ethnomethodology. His dissertation on resistance to unethical directives from authority, is the first large-scale conversation analysis study of archived recordings of the Milgram Obedience Experiment. As a DEM post-doctoral researcher, Matt is working under the guidance of Dr. Shah and Tisha Kawahara on emergency care of the older adult.

Ina Kansariwala – Research Enroller

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
ikansari@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Bio

Ina Kansariwala graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She has previously worked in Family Medicine on nasal and musculoskeletal research studies. As an aspiring physician, she is looking forward to working with patients in a fast-paced environment. In her minimal free time, she partakes in the practice of self-care, focusing on health and wellness.

Jessie Libber – Research Administrative Assistant

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
Phone: (608) 263-6690
Office Fax: (608) 890-8241
jslibber@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Bio

Jessie earned her degree at the University of Wisconsin and joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in December 2016 as the research administrative assistant. She joins the department with over 7 years of clinical research experience in osteoporosis. In addition to coordinating a variety of clinical research studies, she was a certified bone density technologist. Her specific research interests have included bone densitometry, vitamin D, osteoporosis treatment and prevention, and body composition.

Victoria Martino, BS – EDRE Program Coordinator

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
Phone: (608) 890-6686
vmartino@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Bio

Tori is a DEM research specialist, a recent graduate from UW-Madison with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. With a background in autoimmune research, previous interests have included the role of vitamin D in human autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Type 1 Diabetes. She is excited to take on her new role with the UW Department of Emergency Medicine. Namely, to acquire valuable skills within clinical research, to begin developing an expertise in care-transitions and geriatric emergency medicine research, and to contribute significantly to the team and department goals.

Apoorva Maru – Associate Research Specialist

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
apmaru@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Bio

Apoorva Maru joined the DEM in September of 2017 as an Associate Research Specialist. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor's in Biological Sciences and Sociology. During his undergraduate study, Apoorva was a Supervisor at the Social Science Research Center working on multiple policy-impacting projects ranging from transportation issues to childcare. Apoorva looks forward to his new role and is excited to learn valuable skills to help on his journey. Outside of work, Apoorva enjoys reading and spending time in nature.

Varun Sah – Graduate Research Assistant

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
vsah2@wisc.edu

Research Bio

Varun Sah is a research assistant in DEM and a graduate student in the Department of Computer Sciences at UW-Madison, who got his undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering from BITS, Pilani in India. He is currently working with Dr. Brian Patterson and Prof. David Page on a collaborative project involving EHR and NLP based phenotyping and prediction. During his graduate studies, Varun has primarily been involved with projects involving feature engineering and predictive modelling. His expertise lies in applied machine learning, data science and software engineering.

Rebecca Schwei, MPH

Rebecca Schwei, MPH – EDRE Program Supervisor

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
Phone: (608) 263-8967
rschwei@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Bio

Becky joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2016 as an Assistant Researcher, working primarily with Dr. Pulia. She graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and received her Master of Public Health degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Since 2011, she has worked on a variety of research projects within the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, managing large multi-site clinical trials, participating in program evaluations locally and internationally, and helping to develop educational programs to promote health in vulnerable populations. She has experience in both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Her research interests include health equity and communication in healthcare, especially among older adults and people with limited English proficiency.

See Becky Schwei's Google Scholar Profile

Sharon West – Research Administrative Assistant

Supports Drs. Patterson, Pulia, and Repplinger
BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Office 373, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
slwest@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Bio

Sharon previously worked at the Wisconsin State Herbarium, within the UW Botany Department, as a project manager for an NSF funded research project to digitize and curate their microfungi collection. She obtained a B.S. in Conservation Biology from UW-Madison, and studied abroad in Rome, Italy. Sharon is a proud Badger and Wisconsinite, and loves cooking, exploring Wisconsin, and lifelong learning. When not at work, Sharon lives in Middleton with her very supportive husband, Brett.

Monica Zhong – Student Research Assistant

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
sdzmonica@gmail.com

 

Research Bio

Faculty assisting: Brian Patterson, MD, MPH
Faculty projects assisting: "Examining ED Care Trajectories Surrounding Falls among Older Adults" and "Influence of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Time-to-Diagnosis and Time on Time-to-Treatment"

Monica is a senior majoring in Economics, Math, and Statistics. She is working with Dr. Patterson on two research projects: 1) "Examining ED Care Trajectories Surrounding Falls among Older Adults", and 2) “Influence of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Time-to-Diagnosis and Time on Time-to-Treatment”. Monica previously worked at the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. In her free time, Monica enjoys fencing, reading thrillers, and making crepes.

Estelle Ranran Zhu

Estelle Ranran Zhu, PhD student – Research Assistant

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
erzhu@medicine.wisc.edu

 

Research Bio

Estelle is a graduate research project assistant in DEM and a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. As a young researcher, she has been involved in a series of collaborative or independent projects focusing on health communication and technology both in the lab and field. Her expertise is in quantitative research methods for clinical trial design, randomization control, data management and analysis. Currently adopting experimental and computational approaches, she wants to pursue two lines of work: (1) aging and ageism on social media; (2) multitasking in the computer-mediated communication (CMC) context.