Research & Faculty

Summer Research Fellowship Program

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Family & Community Medicine Opportunities

Kristin Baughman, Ph.D.

Predictors of Advance Care Planning among a Sample of Deceased Older Adults

Our goal is to create models in which disease type and severity are used to predict who completes ACP and advance directives. We will examine a wide array of variables related to demographics, disease state, functional status, and disease history.

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Natalie Bonfine, Ph.D. & Rebecca Fischbein, Ph.D.

Medical and Pharmacy Students’ Experience with and Attitudes about Seeking Mental Health Services

The aim of this study is to complete secondary data analysis of an existing national dataset of medical and pharmacy students in the United States. Specifically, this project will help us better understand perceived barriers to treatment seeking and satisfaction with help-seeking among medical and pharmacy students in the U.S. We will also examine factors that contribute to help-seeking behaviors among this population.

While the student Fellows will work with the co-PIs to develop and define specific research questions, the general, guiding research objectives for this study are to:

  1. describe the current literature on medical and pharmacy student mental health needs and factors that contribute or inhibit help-seeking behaviors,
  2. analyze quantitative data on medical and pharmacy students’ attitudes towards seeking care for mental health problems and identify perceived barriers to help-seeking.

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Stacey Gardner-Buckshaw, Ph.D.

Primary Care Implementation of MAT for Substance Use Disorder in Northeast Ohio (Year 2)

The goal of this study is to build upon what we learned in year 1 and assess how participation in the NEOMED/Metro Health MAT training for PCPs influenced implementation of MAT into graduate medical education and primary care practice 4 months after training. To accomplish this, the summer research fellow will develop and implement a 5-minute interview protocol aligned with the pre- and post-test evaluation tool administered at the MAT in-person training sessions. Results will be analyzed and disseminated in a report to participants, and in a poster presentation.

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Paul J. Hartung, Ph.D.

Physician Well-Being: A Systematic Review of the Literature

The principal aim of the project is for the fellow to collect, organize, consolidate, and preliminarily review the corpus of literature that deals with physician well-being. In so doing, the project will also map the nomological network of well-being by identifying core concepts that constitute the construct, such as work-life balance, burnout, resilience, and self-care. Reaching these goals and completing the work will engage the student in meeting several objectives. These objectives will include: (a) framing a manageable research question to appropriately guide the review, (b) determining breadth of the review and setting inclusion and exclusion criteria (e.g., years covered and publication type), (c) selecting appropriate databases to search, (c) identifying key words and setting search criteria, (d) conducting the searches accordingly to include reviewing abstracts and keeping track of all searches performed, (e) organizing the collected literature by topic, (f) presenting and discussing the results. The overarching research question addressed by the summer research project concerns “what do we know and need to know about physician well-being and its advancement?” The primary research method that the student will learn and use is that of a systematic and integrative literature review. The anticipated findings produced by the fellow will contribute to identifying directions for future research and practical methods to improve physician well-being.

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Amy Lee, M.D., MPH

Developing recommendations of adapting the American Disabilities Act to a pediatric population

The goal of the project is to identify components of the Americans with Disabilities Act that need to be adapted to the pediatric population and to recommend further actions. The significance of the project is that some of the recommendations could have implications on what medical facilities might do to accommodate pediatric populations with disabilities.

Objectives of the project are the following:

  1. By July 31, 2019, perform a literature search on American Disabilities Act
  2. By July 31, 2019, perform key informant interviews of at least one expert on the American Disabilities Act deficiencies for a pediatric population
  3. By August 31, 2019, identify components of the American Disabilities Act that need to be adapted to the pediatric population.
  4. By August 31, 2019, provide at least two recommendations, based on a cross walk of adult to pediatric components of the American Disabilities Act.


The research question being investigated is “what are components of the ADA that should be adapted to the pediatric population?”

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Nona Hose
Phone: 330.325.6499