National Coordinating Center Staff
F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D., is the Director of the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research and the Peter Bosomworth Endowed Faculty in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Dr. Scutchfield's research focuses on strategies for organizing and financing public health services, preventive care, and workforce management for underserved populations. Dr. Scutchfield received his undergraduate degree, with distinction, from Eastern Kentucky University, who recognized him as their outstanding alumnus in 1992. He was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by EKU in 2004. He received his medical degree from UK, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He has also received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Pikeville College. He completed residency and fellowship training at Northwestern University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UK. Dr. Scutchfield served as Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cynthia Lamberth, M.P.H., CPH, is Co-principal Investigator and Project Director of the National Coordinating Center and serves as faculty member and Associate Dean for workforce development in the UK College of Public Health. Her research focuses on workforce, communication, and environmental issues. Lamberth took her B.S. in English and communications from Wright State University and completed course work toward an MBA at the same university. She earned her M.P.H. at the UK College of Public Health.
Glen P. Mays, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Co-principal Investigator of the National Coordinating Center, Director of the Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRN) and is the F. Douglas Scutchfield Endowed Professor at the UK College of Public Health. Dr. Mays’ research focuses on strategies for organizing and financing public health services, preventive care, and chronic disease management for underserved populations. A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Mays earned a Ph.D. and M.P.H. in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy. Prior to joining UK, he held a faculty position at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and he was a senior health policy researcher at Mathematica Policy Research.
Paul Campbell Erwin, M.D., Dr.P.H., is Co-principal Investigator of the National Coordinating Center and head of the Department of Public Health at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His research interests are in the emerging field of public health systems and services, focusing on local and state health departments and population health outcomes. He obtained a B.S. from the University of the South (Sewanee); M.D. from the University of Alabama in Birmingham; M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University; and a Dr.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is board certified in internal medicine, public health and preventive medicine. Dr. Erwin is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Ann Kelly, MHA, is the Deputy Director for the Center, coordinating programs and initiatives within the NCC staff, as well as with the funders and other public health organizations. Kelly received a masters in health services administration and planning from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of the Sciences.
Staff (in alphabetical order by last name)
Rebecca Brown is the Senior Conference Coordinator and Assistant to the Project Director. Brown is the main contact and planner for the Keeneland Conference and other NCC meetings/events and coordinates and maintains the financial aspects of contracts and subcontracts for the NCC.
Vikki Franklin, M.A., is Communications Director of the NCC. Franklin directs the Center's communications and marketing efforts. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Marshall University and a master’s degree from Indiana University.
Melody Hall, B.S., is the Administrative Assistant to the Director and to the Project Director of the National Coordinating Center. Hall, who graduated from UK with a B.S. in hospitality management, is a part-time post-baccalaureate student at UK, studying educational psychology.
Erin Louis, M.P.H., serves as the Director of Workforce Development at the UK College of Public Health. She is responsible for continuing education offered by the college. Louis also serves as the Assistant Director of the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute and Program Manager of the Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center. She received her B.S. in health promotion from Appalachian State University and her M.P.H. from the UK College of Public Health in 2007.
Kara Richardson, B.B.A., is the Assistant Director of Communications for the NCC. Richardson maintains the website, designs print materials and handles various marketing projects for the Center, as well as assists with various events, conferences and marketing campaigns. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor of business administration in marketing and is working toward her master’s degree at UK.
Robert M. Shapiro, II, M.A.L.S., is a Clinical Reference Librarian and Academic Liaison to the College of Public Health at UK's Chandler Medical Center. He maintains the PHSSR subset of the National Library of Medicine’s Health Services Research Resources database, the PHSSR bibliography, and is working on several projects concerning public health practitioners’ information-seeking behaviors and access to information. Shapiro is a graduate of the School of Library and Information Sciences at UK, where he received his master of arts in library science. He acquired a B.A. in philosophy and religion from Appalachian State University in 2000.
Jay Paul Swacker, M.S., A.C.C., is Program Manager at the NCC. Swacker oversees various NCC funding initiatives, research programs and grant-related financial activity. Swacker earned his bachelor's and master of science degrees in accounting from UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics. He is currently a student in UK's master of health administration program.
Research Staff (in alphabetical order by last name)
In addition to the program principals, the following faculty and staff assist in research activities:
Angela Carman, M.B.A., Dr.P.H., is a faculty member at the UK College of Public Health. Her research interests include strategies for organizing and financing public health services for underserved populations, and quality improvement. Dr. Carman received a B.S. degree in business administration from Berea College, a masters in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University, and her Dr.P.H. from UK.
Julia Costich., J.D., Ph.D., is a faculty member at the UK College of Public Health, where she is also associate chair of the Department of Health Services Management. Dr. Costich received her law degree, doctorate, M.P.A. and M.A. from UK, and her bachelor's degree from Duke University.
Angela T. Dearinger, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, is a faculty member in the UK College of Public Health. Dr. Dearinger received her medical degree from the UK College of Medicine, completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a faculty development fellowship in internal medicine and pediatrics at the UK Chandler Medical Center. Dr. Dearinger also completed a masters of public health degree at UK.
Richard Ingram, M.Ed., Dr.P.H., is a faculty member at the UK College of Public Health. Dr. Ingram's research interests include public health system performance, structure, health outcomes and practice-based research. He oversees the data integration and harmonization effort of the NCC. Ingram received his Dr.P.H. from UK and also holds an M.Ed. in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise physiology from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in history from the University of Cincinnati.
Research Assistants (in alphabetical order by last name)
Ashley Bush, M.P.H., Dr.P.H. student. Bush earned her bachelor of science in Spanish and psychology from UK, and a masters of public health in preventive medicine and environmental health, and health services management concentration, also from UK.
Lauren Coil, LMT, Dr.P.H. student. Coil received an undergraduate degree in sociology from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a masters in library and information science from UK.
Elizabeth Harper, M.P.H., Dr.P.H. student. Harper received a B.S. in applied health science from Bowling Green State University and a masters of public health in health services management from UK.
Kristina Rabarison, M.Sc., Dr.P.H. student. Rabarison graduated with a B.S. in biology from Mississippi College and completed her M.Sc. in biomedical sciences from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Lava R. Timsina, M.P.H., Ph.D. student. Timsina received a master's degree in public health with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He received his undergraduate degree in public health from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Georgianne F. Tiu, M.P.H., Dr.P.H. student. Tiu received a bachelor of science degree in biology from UK and a master of public health degree in leadership, management, and policy from the University of Cincinnati.
Marylou Wallace, M.P.H., Dr.P.H. student. Wallace graduated from Philander Smith College with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. She received her master of public health degree from the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.