My research and academic career are greatly enhanced by engagement in research and career development mentorship of doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. 

Please consider inviting one of my excellent trainees to give a talk, collaborate on a research project, or apply for a position. 

Job Market Candidates

Trân T Ðoàn, PhD, MPH

Job market candidate

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Academic Pediatrics 

University of Pittsburgh, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 


Dr. Doan is a decision scientist dedicated to improving implementation practices around integrated primary mental health care for diverse families. She is well-trained to incorporate health equity into decision-making methods, including cost-effectiveness analysis, conjoint analysis surveys, and mixed methods, on topics of pediatric chronic illness, telehealth and digital technology, and social determinants. She is a national public speaker on topics of data equity, data disaggregation, equitable data collection, and mental health disparities. 

Cara Ruggerio, PhD, RD, LDN

Job market candidate

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition

Massachusetts General Hospital


Dr. Cara Ruggiero is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Harvard Wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship. Her current research utilizes mixed methods to examine clinical and community approaches to address obesity and food insecurity, with a particular focus on family systems. Dr. Ruggiero is also a practicing registered dietitian, using family-based approaches to pediatric feeding disorders and weight management. 

Natalie Riva Smith, PhD, MS

Job market candidate

Research Associate

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health


Dr. Smith works to advance public health by generating tools and evidence to inform program and policy decision making. Her research program emphasizes applying a variety of decision science methods such as stated preference methods, economic evaluation, simulation modeling, and other decision analysis approaches. She is also trained in systems thinking, biostatistics, network analysis, health services research, and econometrics.   

Other Mentees

Mike Eber, BSE

PhD Student, Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy (Decision Sciences)

Research Fellow, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School


Mike Eber studies health care consumer decision-making and applies this knowledge to inform social choices and improve policy design. He is particularly interested in accounting for heterogeneity in individual capabilities and preferences to make policy interventions more targeted. His areas of expertise are health policy, behavioral and experimental economics, and decision science.

Alice Ellyson, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Faculty Investigator, Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Faculty Investigator, Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program, University of Washington


Dr. Ellyson is faculty at the University of Washington whose research focuses on how policies, incentives, and infrastructure shape individual health and well-being. She primarily investigates interpersonal violence, especially gender-based violence, and health risk behaviors like alcohol and firearm use among youth and young adults. The goal of her research program is to limit the negative consequences of health risk behaviors and reduce violence by providing rigorous empirical research to inform both policy and practice.

Shireen Hayatghaibi, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital


Dr. Shireen Hayatghaibi is faculty at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Childrens Hospital. Her research interests are in the areas of economic assessment of new imaging technologies, medical decision making, and imaging utilization related to pediatric care. Her current research utilizes both insurance claims data, along with parent and clinician interviews to understand imaging decisions related to vesicoureteral reflux.