Research Staff

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.

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 – Research Enrollment (EDRE) Coordinator

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.

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 on emergency care of the older adult.

Gwen Jacobsohn, PhD – Geriatric Research 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
gcjacobs@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Bio

Gwen received her PhD in Health Communications from the University of Illinois with a specialty in provider and family communication. She most recently completed a Primary Care Research Fellowship in Family Medicine here at UW-Madison and received a grant for her research regarding weight issues. Her work has also focused on stakeholder engagement, social determinants of health, and primary care research.

In her free time, Gwen enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her 14 year-old and 12 year-old children. Additionally, she and her husband own a local Lego store! Other interests include human development and transgender health and rights issues.

Jessie Libber – Research Administrative Assistant

Supports Dr. Shah
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.

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.

Maggie O'Dell – Research Enroller

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

Research Bio

Maggie received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Biology, and English from Marquette University. She most recently was as a Research Assistant at the Medical College of Wisconsin and also at the University of Michigan as a remote worker.

In addition to competing on the Marquette University Swim Team, Maggie enjoys playing various sports and watching Netflix – specifically Grey’s Anatomy. Her long-term goal is to become an epidemiologist and study cancer treatments, focusing on alternatives to chemotherapy.

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) 262-2908
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

Katie Taylor – Student Research Assistant

BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Suite 310, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
ktaylor32@wisc.edu

Research Bio

Katie is working with Dr. Patterson on his project, ‘Examining ED Care Trajectories Surrounding Falls among Older Adults’. Katie graduated from Vassar College where she majored in Science, Technology, and Society with a minor in Mathematics. She has experience in both quantitative and qualitative analysis, as well as EMR software development.

Sharon West – Research Administrative Assistant

Supports Drs. Patterson, Pulia, Repplinger, and Ward
BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
University Bay Office Building
800 University Bay Drive
Office 373, MC 9123
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
Phone: (608) 265-8228
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.

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.