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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Staff

Research

Chelsie-Marie Antonio
Junior Specialist
Phone: (916) 734-7814, Email:
cgantonio@ucdavis.edu
Chelsie-Marie Antonio is a junior specialist at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She works with Associate Dean for Research and Professor Jill G. Joseph, the principal investigator on a nurse-led care coordination study for people undergoing chemotherapy. The study tests a new health-relevant social networking application, the Personal Health Network. Antonio manages many aspects of the project, including subject recruitment, contacting and scheduling, training orientation, and data collection through surveys and interviews. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, she worked in various clinics and was an assistant teacher at La Rue Park Child Development Center. Antonio earned a bachelor’s degree in animal biology from UC Davis.
  Leslie Arriola
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (916) 734-8311, Email:
llarriolla@ucdavis.edu
Leslie Arriola provides administrative support to the associate dean for research at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, as well as other faculty. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, she served as an information technology finance analyst with UC Davis Health System. Arriola earned an associate degree at Merced Junior College and worked toward a bachelor’s degree at California State University, Chico.
  Yesi Avelar
Junior Specialist
Phone: (916) 734-7949, Email:
yavelar@ucdavis.edu
Yesi Avelar is a junior specialist at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Avelar works with Professor Sheryl L. Catz, the principal investigator on an HIV and chronic disease treatment and adherence project. Avelar assists on multiple projects providing literature reviews and writing support for manuscript submission. Avelar also implements and administers pilot studies, which consist of maintaining protocols approved by the Internal Review Board, recruitment of participants and follow-up interviews. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Avelar worked with Professor Ladson Hinton in the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences on a study looking at depression in older Latino men. Avelar also volunteers at the Gender Health Center in Sacramento.
Kristen Bettega
Project Manager
Phone: (916) 734-7262, Email:
kbettega@ucdavis.edu
Bettega is a project manager with the School of Nursing research team and she supports the team’s efforts to build and develop the school’s research program. Previously, Bettega served as a community health program representative with the National Children’s Study at UC Davis Health System, where she worked to recruit and retain study participants. Her professional experience includes work as a research specialist for EMQ FamiliesFirst, an organization that helps children in crisis and their families. Bettega earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from UC Davis in 2000.
Michael Dang

Michael Dang
Junior Specialist
Email: mikdang@ucdavis.edu
Michael Dang is a junior specialist at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. He works with Dean Heather M. Young, the principal investigator of the Patient and Provider Engagement and Empowerment through Technology (P²E²T²) Program to Improve Diabetes. Dang assists with recruiting and conducting training sessions for the patients on how to use the mobile health technology. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Dang instructed mathematics and college-level chemistry to secondary school students with Sylvan Learning Center and Student Academic Success Center at UC Davis. He also volunteered as a clinical intern with Bayanihan Clinic, a UC Davis student-run free clinic. Dang earned his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from UC Davis.

Kathleen Dooley
Research Coordinator
Phone: (916) 734-7250, Email: kdooley@ucdavis.edu
A recalled retiree, Kathleen Dooley provides grant writing and operational support for the growing research program as a part-time research coordinator at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Dooley previously worked for the school as a senior grant writer and certified research administrator before her retirement in June 2014. Prior to joining the school, Dooley was the program manager for the UC Davis Superfund Research and Training Program, an interdisciplinary program funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She was also a supervisor at the UC Davis Department of Entomology Research Administration Office. Dooley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare at California State University, Sacramento, in 1986.

Sarina Fazio

Sarina Fazio, R.N., M.S.
Administrative Research Nurse
Phone: (916) 734-4046, Email:
safazio@ucdavis.edu
Sarina Fazio is an administrative research nurse at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Fazio manages the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute research grant project, Patient and Provider Engagement and Empowerment through Technology Program to Improve Health in Diabetes. She is also a nurse health coach for the UC Davis Institute for Wireless Health and Wellness research grant, Healthy U: Improving the Health of University Employees through Mobile Technology and Health Coaching. Prior to working at the School of Nursing, Fazio worked as a clinical nurse at UC Davis Medical Center and Royal Victoria Hospital at McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Quebec. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, where she is currently a doctoral student. Fazio also earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.


Abraham Gutierrez
Research Analyst
Phone: (916) 734-5145, Email:
abegutierrez@ucdavis.edu
Abraham Gutierrez is a research analyst and grants manager for the nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. He provides support to develop underserved primary-care rotations and increase recruitment and retention of culturally diverse and disadvantaged students. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Gutierrez served as a research grant and contract coordinator at the School of Medicine. He began his career with UC Davis in 2000 and has worked in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine. Gutierrez earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at California State University, Sacramento, in 2001.

Ron Grummer
Junior Specialist
Phone: (916) 734-7814, Email:
rongrummer@ucdavis.edu
Ron Grummer is a junior specialist at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. He works on research geared toward developing and integrating health technology into coordinated care networks in hopes of of improving quality and efficiency. Grummer earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration with a minor in business administration from California State University, Sacramento, in 2015. He is currently working toward associate degrees from Los Rios Community College in areas including health information technology, business management, PC support management, health education, physical science and mathematics.

 

Nazifa Hamdard
Junior Specialist

Nazifa Hamdard is a junior specialist at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She works on the Patient and Provider Engagement and Empowerment through Technology (P2E2T2) Program to Improve Diabetes. Hamdard is responsible for scheduling study orientation sessions, traveling to participating clinics for recruitment and conducting training sessions on the technology given to the participants. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Nazifa was an applied behavior analyst tutor, assisting children and adolescents with educational and developmental special needs. As an undergraduate, she worked as a mental health worker and interned at the UC Davis Imaging Research Center as well as the Center for Public Policy and Research. Hamdard earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Davis.

Sarah Haynes

Sarah Haynes
Junior Specialist
Email: spallin@ucdavis.edu

Sarah Haynes is a junior specialist at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She works with Assistant Professor Katherine Kim on the clinical data research network pSCANNER, as well as on a Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society grant working to build a social and mobile platform of care coordination for people with heart disease. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Haynes worked as the senior research coordinator for the Louisiana Clinical Data Research Network managing the project’s research activities and leading the network’s research advisory groups. She has also worked as a consultant providing analytics support on projects focusing on school health, domestic violence and family planning in low-income countries. Haynes earned a Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and will begin the doctoral program in epidemiology at UC Davis in fall 2015.

Thuy Le

Thuy Le
Junior Specialist
Phone: (916) 734-6077, Email:
tlble@ucdavis.edu
Thuy Le is a junior specialist at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She works with Associate Dean for Research Jill Joseph and Victoria Ngo to investigate improvement of patient care through facilitated nurse-led care coordination and mobile technology application. Le’s roles in the project include participant recruitment, survey collection, interview scheduling, technology orientations, weekly updates and data extraction. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, she worked at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, where she tested and analyzed water quality from various regions of the state. Le earned her bachelor’s degree in English from UC Davis in 2013.

 

Sydney Lopez
Junior Specialist
Phone: (916) 703-5572, Email: sydlopez@ucdavis.edu

Sydney Lopez is a junior specialist at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She works with Assistant Professor Carolina Apesoa-Varano, the principal investigator on a Latina caregiver well-being study to assess how social capital and ethnicity impact women's experiences as they care for others with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Lopez manages day-to-day aspects of the project, including approval of study procedures by the Internal Review Board, participant interviews and preparation of project reports to assess progress. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, she taught cadaver-based anatomy as an aide in a UC Davis anatomy lab, as well as worked at Clinica Tepati, one of UC Davis’ free, student-run clinics. Lopez earned a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, physiology and behavior from UC Davis, where she also minored in Chicano studies.

Daicy Luo
Junior Specialist
Email:
dwluo@ucdavis.edu
Daicy Luo is a junior specialist at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She works with Dean Heather M. Young, principal investigator on the Patient and Provider Engagement and Empowerment through Technology Program to Improve Health in Diabetes project. Luo provides administrative support, aids in research on scientific literature and assists in study documentation and recruitment. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Luo participated in clinical research under the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program and served as an orthotics intern at the Orthotics Department at UC Davis Medical Center. Daicy earned a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from UC Davis. 

 

Amy McElroy
Junior Specialist
Email: almcelroy@ucdavis.edu

Amy McElroy is a junior specialist working on a collaboration between the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the Division of Pain Medicine at UC Davis Medical Center. Under the leadership of Founding Dean Heather M. Young and Scott Fishman, chief of pain medicine at UC Davis Medical Center, Amy develops interprofessional pain management learning modules and pain telementoring for primary-care clinicians. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, she worked at the UC Davis MIND Institute and the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences researching autism spectrum disorders. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, physiology and behavior from UC Davis in 2015.

Jennifer Mongoven
Grant Project Manager
Phone: (916) 734-7358, Email:
 jmmongoven@ucdavis.edu
Jennifer Mongoven oversees the management, coordination and implementation of interprofessional collaborations between the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the UC Davis Division of Pain Medicine. Mongoven has more than 15 years of research project management experience, including serving as a senior research manager at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York as well as a Connecticut-based Medicare quality improvement organization.  In these positions, she managed diverse health service research projects, as well as a demonstration project designed to test a new Medicare benefit. Mongoven earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations with a concentration in Political Science from San Jose State University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Victoria Ngo
Program Director
Phone: (916) 734-8296, Email:
 vxngo@ucdavis.edu
Victoria Ngo is a program director at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Her work focuses on the workforce development of California frontline health-care workers in primary care, the utilization of health information technology, training design and implementation and health-care system process improvement. Currently, Ngo directs a program to develop quality medical assistant health coaches and care coordinators in the Central Valley. This work looks at some of the operational challenges and enhances the efforts to coordinate care in patient-centered medical homes. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Ngo spent more than a decade contributing to and managing clinical and community-based research at University of California, California State University, and California hospitals and clinics. Her experience in health coaching, project management, technology implementation and lean workflow helped transform a number of safety-net health centers in areas of access, efficiency, patient satisfaction and clinician satisfaction. Ngo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.

Tiffany Nguyen
Junior Specialist
Phone: (916) 734-7806, Email:
tynnguyen@ucdavis.edu
Tiffany Nguyen is a junior specialist at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She works with Assistant Adjunct Professor Debra Bakerjian on an Integrated Case Based Learning Study, which encompasses the integration of social determinants of health into the physician assistant master’s-degree program curricula. In this role, Nguyen collaborates on curriculum development, project infrastructure and dissemination of outcomes, funder reports and grant applications. Nguyen is currently the director of media and production with the UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance, an organization that hosts a pre-health conference for under-represented students. Prior to this, she interned at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Nguyen earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from UC Davis.

Devin Rifkin
Research Analyst
Phone: (916) 734-5073, Email:
dlrifkin@ucdavis.edu
Devin Rifkin is a research analyst and grants manager for the nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs at the School of Nursing. He provides research support to develop underserved primary care rotations and increase recruitment and retention of culturally diverse and disadvantaged students. Prior to his current position, he began his career with UC Davis in 2006 as a grant coordinator for the Center of Health Services Research in Primary Care. In 2008, Rifkin worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Department of Internal Medicine, where he managed research projects. Rifkin is a certified clinical research administrator and member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates. Rifkin earned Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Communications at UC Davis in 2003.

Jim Rogers James F. Rodgers
Project Manager
Phone:  (916) 734-7319, Email:
jfrodgers@ucdavis.edu
James F. Rodgers is a project manager for two School of Nursing research teams, the Interprofessional Collaborative Incident Response Team and the Comprehensive Cancer Center Research Development Team. Rodgers coordinates the development of the Interprofessional Collaborative Incident Response Team project and its integration into UC Davis Health System. He also supports the development of the cancer care research team’s efforts to improve community-based cancer care. Prior to joining the School of Nursing team, Rodgers worked as director and coordinator for several non-profit organizations, including the West Sacramento Youth Resource Coalition, the Yolo Family Service Agency and Catholic Charities. Rodgers earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Mary’s College of California and master’s degrees in Non-Profit Administration from the University of San Francisco and in Counseling from California State University, San Francisco.
Nilpa Shah
Junior Specialist
Email:
ndshah@ucdavis.edu
Nilpa Shah is a junior specialist working in collaboration with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the UC Davis School of Medicine. She assists with the launch of the new Center for Advancing Pain Relief. Shah is responsible for recruitment of the center's advisory committee members, management of symposium registration, identification of themes and goals of inaugural meeting, as well as the development of requests for abstract submission process and scoring protocols. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, she worked as the director of medical and health professional recruitment for the UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance as well as assisted as a teacher at Huntington Learning Center. Shah earned her Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Davis.
  Yajarayma (Yaya) Tang-Feldman
Research Specialist
Phone: 916-734-3453, Email:
yjtangfeldman@ucdavis.edu
Yajarayma Tang-Feldman is a research specialist on recall. She works with Dean Heather M. Young on the Patient and Provider Engagement and Empowerment through Technology Program to Improve Health in Diabetes. Tang-Feldman has more than 25 years of experience in research in the areas of infectious diseases, immunology and inflammation. She previously served as laboratory manager and lead scientist in an infectious diseases research lab at UC Davis Health System. She earned bachelor's and master’s degrees in Biology and Clinical Microbiology from San Francisco State University.