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Staff of the Research Division, Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale

(RD-HHAR)

 

Directors

Douglas Holmes, Ph.D. (deceased) was the Founding Administrator of Research and Development of the Research Division of the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale, and a member of the Columbia University Faculty of Medicine.  Trained in engineering, economics and industrial psychology, he developed a system for capturing and monetizing services provided by nursing and other staff in chronic care settings.  He was the recipient of over 50 federal grants, and authored numerous papers related to technology, and its use in improving quality-of-care for older persons.  He was the Administrator and later Administrator Emeritus from 1985 until his death in May, 2007.

 

Jeanne A. Teresi, Ed.D., Ph.D. is the Administrator and Director of the Research Division of the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale. She is a consultant-at-large to the National Institute on Aging Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research, and a member of the Columbia University Stroud Center and Faculty of Medicine, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.   With doctorates in both Gerontology and Measurement and Statistics, Dr. Teresi has over 30 years of experience in medical and social research.  She is a deputy editor of Medical Care, and on the editorial board of the Gerontologist.  She also served on the editorial board of Psychology and Aging, and as an associate editor of Biometrics. Dr. Teresi was an invited panel member of the State of the Science Conference on End-of-Life Care, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Teresi is widely published, with over 200 peer-reviewed articles.  She has been the Director or Co-Director of several Coordinating Centers for large clinical trials and other multi-site studies, including the decade long National Institute on Aging studies of dementia special care in nursing homes, and the CMS-funded Columbia University/SUNY Upstate study of telemedicine for elderly patients with diabetes. She has been with the RD-HHAR since its inception in 1985.

 

Mildred Ramirez, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Research Division at the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale and a faculty member of the National Institute on Aging Resource Center for Minority Aging Research.  She has a Ph.D. in Community Psychology and has vast experience in multicultural issues in long term care, particularly ethnic conflict in nursing home staff/ resident relations. Dr. Ramirez has developed Spanish versions of patient and staff instruments for several multi-site studies. She provides consultation regarding psychometric analyses; her main interest is minority aging and cross-cultural, and chronic care research.  She is widely published in the areas of health disparities and long term care. Dr. Ramirez has been with the RD-HHAR since March, 1991.

 

Project and Field Coordination

 

Gabriel Boratgis, M.P.H. has a Masters degree in public health and is a licensed nursing home administrator. He has vast experience directing studies of and interviewing individuals in chronic care settings. As a project coordinator he is the primary interface between the RD-HHAR research staff and participating outside institutions administrations. Among his responsibilities is also the coordination of logistics related to data collection, including oversight of the interviewing process.  He has directed the data collection efforts on behalf of the New York State Department of Health and investigators from Columbia University and Weill Cornel Medical Center.  Mr. Boratgis has been with the RD-HHAR since September, 1994.

 

Stephanie Silver, M.P.H. is a Field and Data Coordinator in the Research Division at the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale. She has a Masters degree in public health and is mainly responsible for the coordination of field operations and the tracking of data collection. She has coordinated several large-scale research projects involving technology and telemedicine. She has experience training close to 70 external data collectors, mostly nurses, in data collection techniques, item ratings, and train-the-trainer in use of instruments. She also participates in the review and editing of completed instruments. Ms Silver’s publications are related to the evaluation of programs to improve quality of care. She has been with the RD-HHAR since April, 1998.

 

Data Processing/Analysis/Technical Support

 

Jian Kong, M.S. is a Biostatistical Programmer in the RD-HHAR, and a faculty member of the National Institute on Aging Resource Center for Minority Aging Research. He has a Masters in Biostatistics with advanced training in statistics. He is a statistical programmer who is competent in several computer languages and statistical and data base packages, including SAS, S-Plus and Oracle. He has developed software to model non-linear longitudinal data. He assists with sample selection, randomization and the development of tracking algorithms. He also performs mixed models analyses. Mr. Kong has published in the areas of technology, aging, statistics and health economics. He has been with the RD-HHAR since October, 1996.

 

Joseph Eimicke, M.S. is a Data Coordinator in the Research Division at the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale. He is an accomplished SAS/SPSS programmer with a Masters degree in biostatistics.  Mr. Eimicke has extensive experience in the conversion of data using multiple software applications. He is responsible for setting up the data tracking systems and entry databases in SPSS, for supervising the data entry process and for implementing the data-processing and data-scrubbing routines. He also participates in the data analysis process. His publications are in the areas of depression, diabetes, and telemedicine. Mr. Eimicke has been with the RD-HHAR since June, 1990.

 

Onofre Manzano, BSEM has an engineering degree and has previous experience working as an Information Technology specialist at the HHAR.  He is the hardware and software specialist on staff at the RD-HHAR. He programs, tests and implements laptop functions. He is also responsible for maintaining data security, including the protective firewall. Mr. Manzano developed and maintains the RD-HHAR Website. He has been with the RD-HHAR since July, 1992.

 

 

Data Collection/Editing/Entry

 

Maria Badri, A.A. is a research assistant and a bilingual (English/ Spanish) interviewer who has conducted several hundred interviews.  She has extensive experience using the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system for data collection. She also provides support with the creation of data files, and assists in creating data cleaning and scoring programs, as well as data tracking.

Ms. Badri has been with the RD-HHAR since September, 1994.

 

Virginia Martinez, B.A. is a bilingual (English/ Spanish) interviewer who has conducted several hundred interviews.  She has extensive experience using the CATI system for data collection.  She also provides support in data tracking and assists with creating data entry files, implementing the data-processing and data-scrubbing routines.  Ms. Martinez has been with the RD-HHAR since March, 1996.

 

Laura Pucher, B.A. primarily functions as an interviewer, responsible for collection of the evaluation research data at local sites. She has been with the RD-HHAR since May, 1998.

  

Gail A. Sukha, B.A. primarily functions as an interviewer, responsible for collection of data.  She also provides support in the data editing process and performs data processing tasks. She provides assistance in the training of new interviewers in the use of the CATI system. Ms. Sukha has been with the RD-HHAR since June, 2002.

 

Nancy Trujillo, A.A.S. is a member of the RD-HHAR data-processing staff, responsible for data entry using a variety of software packages for this purpose, most frequently SPSS Data Entry Work Station. She has been with the RD-HHAR since March, 2002.

 

 

Administrative and Support

 

Martha Heatley, B.A. is the office Administrator and manages administrative tasks related to budgetary issues regarding the subcontract for all projects and subcontracts.  She is the Coordinator for the HHAR IRB, and provides general advice regarding technical details related to IRB submissions and HIPAA issues. Ms. Heatley has been with the RD-HHAR since November, 1996.

 

Susan Dolan is the senior secretary and office manager to the RD-HHAR. She performs all secretarial duties and is responsible for the material management and the maintenance of supplies. Ms. Dolan has been with the RD-HHAR since June, 1994.

 

 

Part-time Staff and Consultants

 

Marjorie Kleinman, M.S. has a Masters in Biostatistics from Columbia University .  She is a senior statistical programmer with over 30 years of experience; she has written software to perform discriminant function analyses, internal consistency analyses; special cluster methods, latent class analyses, and advanced psychometric analyses.  Ms. Kleinman has worked part-time with Dr. Teresi since the mid 1980’s in the conduct of advanced psychometric analyses. Her publications are in the areas of measurement statistics and childhood and adolescent depression and suicide.

 

Katja Ocepek-Welikson, M.Phi, trained biostatistician, is a statistical programmer who is competent in several computer languages and statistical and data base packages, including SAS, MULTILOG, IRTLRDIF, LISREL and other factor analysis and DIF software.  An experienced psychometrician, Ms. Ocepek- Welikson performs psychometric analyses. She has worked part-time with Dr. Teresi and the RD-HHAR since 1996.  Her publications are in the area of measurement and statistics.

 

Eva Petkova, Ph.D. holds a Masters’ degree in Mathematics, a Ph.D. in Physics, and a Ph.D. in Statistics.  She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Biostatistics at Harvard University.  Dr. Petkova was the Principal Biostatistician and acting Director of the Biostatistics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute on the Columbia University campus before moving to New York University.  She has been a member of and has chaired data safety monitoring boards. She has had extensive experience in analyses of data from clinical trials, and in the implementation of complex analytic models.  She has worked, part-time with Dr. Teresi and the RD-HHAR since early 1990’s. Dr. Petkova was a statistical consultant to the NIA SCU studies, and is currently the statistical consultant to the IDEATel CMS-funded study and several other RD-HHAR projects.

 

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