Title: Director, PARCKA - Chief, Addiction Medicine, SLC VA Healthcare System - Elbert F. and Marie Christensen Endowed Research Professor
Title: Research Director, PARCKADr. Cochran earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and completed postdoctoral training with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Before joining the University of Utah PARCKA team, Dr. Cochran was an Associate Professor of Social Work and Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. At the University of Pittsburgh, he also served as the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Work.
Dr. Cochran’s research interests are centered on behavioral health services research. His area of expertise involves identifying and studying appropriate care for underserved populations in healthcare settings, with particular emphasis on individuals who misuse drugs and alcohol. Dr. Cochran’s work aims to improve substance abuse prevention and treatment services provided in health care settings.
Title: Education Director, PARCKA - Program Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship - Program Director, Addiction Medicine FellowshipDr. Elizabeth Howell is Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Clinical) at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an inpatient and outpatient practice at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. She is the Training Director for the ACGME-accredited Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine fellowship programs at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Howell is Board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, is Board-certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and holds lifetime certification in addiction medicine from the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Howell served as the President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) from 2005-2007 and was a long-serving member of the ASAM Board of Directors. She received the ASAM Annual Award in 2012. She served on the inaugural board of the American Board of Addiction Medicine for 3 years. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Dr. Howell served two four-year terms on the Utah Physicians Licensing Board from 2007 to 2015 and was Chairperson of the Licensing Board from 2010-2014. She was President of the Utah Medical Association from 2017-2018.
Jacob Baylis, MPH
Title: Research AnalystJacob earned his Master of Public Health from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Science in International Health from Bethel University. He joined the team with experience in harm reduction, health education, and data management and plans on continuing that work with PARCKA. Jacob has a passion to use data for improving patient’s quality of care, especially for vulnerable populations. After work hours, you can find him climbing, hiking, or camping in the mountains.
Priscilla Blosser, RN
Title: Sr. Clinical Research CoordinatorPriscilla Blosser is born to the Diné (Navajo) Nation. She is Honágháahnii, One-Walks-Around clan, born to the Korean race on her Father’s side. Kinłichíi’nii, the Red House People, on her maternal Grandfather’s clan. The bilagáana, white people, is her paternal Grandfather’s clan.
She graduated with her associates degree from Salt Lake Community College in 2010, then attended Westminster College and graduated in 2014 with a baccalaureate in Nursing. She spent the first 4 years of her nursing career on the inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematology unit at Huntsman Cancer Hospital, following this she spent some time as a Case Manager with the Neuro Critical Care unit with the University of Utah. Priscilla made the transition from clinical nursing to clinical research nursing in 2019 and started with Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Clinical Trials Office coordinating Phase I, II, and III Hematology clinical trials where she was able to use her nursing skills and apply this to the research.
Spencer Calder, MPH
Title: Research AnalystSpencer graduated with a master’s in public health from the University of Utah in 2019 after completing an undergraduate degree in public health from Brigham Young University. As a graduate student, he worked as a Connect2Health mentor and with the University of Utah’s Hotspotting program to improve vulnerable patients’ access to healthcare, affordable housing, and other basic needs. Prior to working as a research analyst, he worked as a lead medical scribe for Robin Healthcare where he worked with otolaryngologists and urologists at UCSF. He is passionate about the potential of nutrition and physical activity to promote health and prevent chronic diseases. In his free time, he loves running and exploring new plant-based recipes.
Title: Research ManagerKristi has ten years of progressive research experience that includes design, implementation and management of clinical research projects in an academic setting. She received her bachelor's at the University of Utah in Health Promotion and is certified as a Clinical Research Coordinator through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. She is responsible for coordination support to study investigators, staff and data management on several multi-site projects.
Title: Graduate Research AssistantGentry is working towards her masters of statistics with an emphasis in biostatistics. Her research so far has mainly been in surgical outcomes, but is more interested in behavioral health outcomes. When not working, she loves to play sand volleyball, pickleball, and watch TV.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Charron, PhD, MPH
Title: Postdoctoral FellowBetsy Charron, PhD, MPH, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Program of Addiction Research, Clinical Care, Knowledge and Advocacy (PARCKA) within the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah. Betsy is a health services researcher focused on identifying and evaluating approaches to improve reproductive, maternal, and perinatal health care delivery for women and children impacted by substance use. Her dissertation research used quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate trends and patterns in contraceptive provision for reproductive-age women with substance use disorders. Prior to joining PARCKA, she coordinated an implementation evaluation of a comprehensive, family-centered intervention to improve treatment outcomes for opioid-dependent mothers and their infants. Betsy started her career as a photographer and has worked in public health and community development since 2008 via nonprofits and academic institutions. She holds a PhD from Clemson University and a MPH from Tulane University.
Nodira Codell, MPA
Title: Program Director, VIPNodira earned her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah with a focus on Health Care Administration. She has twenty years of project management experience in institutional, hospital, and nonprofit organizations. She has twelve years of professional-level grants and contracts experience. Nodira facilitates the preparation and submission of applications for research grants and contracts, budgets, planning and development activities. Nodira oversees multiple studies at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She reviews study protocols, IRB, HIPPA waivers, Patient Informed Consents and Investigator Conflict of Interest documents. She develops and implements compliance programs to ensure the organization operates in accordance with State and Federal laws. She conducts internal monitoring and auditing assessing policies and procedures providing amendments as necessary. Nodira is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing designated strategic activities as well as providing project management oversight in support of the mission, vision, and goals of the VIP (Vulnerable Initiative Population) Program - a five year initiative funded by VISN19. In addition, Nodira has extensive experience and knowledge working with Industry, Pharmaceutical and International companies by leading Phase III and Phase IV complex multi-site clinical trials at the VA. She worked with multidisciplinary care teams on Oncology, Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Failure and Genomics studies.
Title: Research AssistantJanelle completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in 2017 with a focus in neuroscience research and minors in Philosophy, Business, and Theatre. She has a passion for mental health and helping others as best she can. She has 4 years of experience implementing behavioral plans and designated interventions for clients suffering from various behavioral conditions. She is currently working with the PARCKA team as a research assistant on several local and national projects. Her professional desire is to become a University professor and help teach others about behavioral and medical health.
Title: Clinical Research CoordinatorMarcie received her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Education at the University of Utah in 2013. She has worked in health care for 15 years, the last 5 of which have been spent in research. Most recently coming from Huntsman Cancer Institute, coordinating on the BEAT AML investigational drug trial. During undergrad she spent a lot of my time volunteering for underserved populations, with the Utah Health and Human Rights (UHHR) organization and Planned Parenthood teaching sexual education to women incarcerated. Marcie is very excited to join the PARCKA team as Clinical Research Coordinator and is looking forward to working in women’s health and substance use research. She spends most of her free time adventuring with her husband, their twin girls and soon to be baby boy. She loves to travel and can’t wait to show her kids this beautiful world.
Title: Research AnalystJacob Foringer is a Certified Peer Support Specialist committed to finding evidence-based practices that support individuals with Substance Use Disorder. His interests are working with antepartum and postpartum women. Jacob implemented the Peer Coaching Model into the SUPeRAD Clinic at the University of Utah Hospital in June of 2018. He regards this as his most impactful project to date. His professional goal is to be a Physician Assistant one day.
Title: Study CoordinatorKayla graduated with a bachelor’s in biology from Purdue University in 2015 and is currently a Masters in Healthcare Administration candidate expected to graduate fall 2022. Since graduating in 2015, she has worked in both biological and clinical research, most recently here at the University of Utah as a Study Coordinator for the Department of Surgery. She is passionate about improving patient access to care and quality improvement. In her free time, she loves to be outside hiking and exploring new places.
Mitchell Garets, MSW, CSW
Title: Administrative OfficerMitchell is a macro-focused social worker passionate about the power of community and social justice. He earned both his bachelor's and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Utah. Additionally, Mitchell holds certification in Leadership, Justice, and Community Practice, as well as in Substance Use Disorder Treatment, among others. Mitchell has worked in substance use disorder research for several years in different capacities, including case management, direct clinical intervention, program/project coordination, community advocacy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Mitchell is a lover of astrology, all things pop culture, and time spent with his cat. On the weekends, while his coworkers are hiking or on the slopes, you can often find him shopping.
Title: Graduate Research AssistantErinn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University in 2016 and is a current two-year Master of Social Work Student at the University of Utah. Erinn has previously worked at Mass General Hospital on multiple research studies during her undergraduate program. She moved to Utah in 2017 where she worked for a wilderness therapy program as a field instructor for several years and grew a passion for working with adolescents who struggled with a variety of clinical diagnoses, more specifically substance use related disorders. She transitioned to working at a substance use recovery program in Salt Lake City where she worked with mothers in recovery and their children. Through this experience, Erinn had the opportunity to see the resilience and vulnerability of women in recovery and the healing power of the parent-child relationship. Currently, she works as a substance use recovery counselor at a residential treatment center for adolescent boys for her practicum experience. Erinn is thrilled to combine her clinical skills, her research experience, and her passion to work with individuals struggling with substance use with the PARCKA team.
Title: Study CoordinatorChristine Glasmann graduated December 2019 from UC Berkeley with a bachelors in Integrated Biology. While in California, she competed for the Women's Track and Field team in the Javelin event, and currently holds the school record. Previously, she was working at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in the clinical trials office in the Hematology department. She is currently working on her MBA through the U of U and will graduate spring 2023. She enjoys spending time outdoors (when we aren't in a drought), with family, and love learning and working with animals.
Title: Research Manager, GINGina has over twenty years of experience as a Clinical Research Professional as well as experience as a quality manager in the medical device field. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah. She has experience in investigator-initiated trials, national cooperative trials, and industry-sponsored, multi-center clinical trials. She has held leadership positions at local and national levels including serving a three-year term on the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) Board of Directors.
Title: Sr. Clinical Research CoordinatorGrace earned a Bachelor of Science in Gender Studies from the University Utah and is currently enrolled in the University of Utah’s MBA program. Most recently, she joins PARCKA from Huntsman Cancer Institute where she coordinated Phase I-III investigational drug trials. Grace is passionate about harm reduction and social justice and has extensive experience working directly with vulnerable communities in Salt Lake County. She has been working with patients during pregnancy and labor as a licensed doula for the past 8 years.
Title: Graduate Research AssistantStella earned her Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Utah in 2017, she is currently a two-year Master of Social Work Student at the University of Utah about to begin her second year. Stella worked for the Huntsman Mental Health Clinic and in conjunction with the University Recovery Clinic. She learned a great deal by working with a multi-disciplinary team and discovered that she wanted to work with trauma, women's health, and maternal mental health. Within her current practicum, Stella works with survivors of cancer and other catastrophic illnesses and their families. She is looking forward to working with PARCKA and substance use research. Stella is an avid photographer, and prior to the pandemic enjoyed traveling regularly. She lives with her partner in Midvale and has two cats. Stella recently started her own perennial flower and produce garden and will probably try to share some vegetables with you.
Title: Study CoordinatorBritnee completed her B.S in Health Promotion and Education with a community emphasis in 2017 with the University of Utah. Prior to joining PARCKA, Britnee has over 8 years of experience in pharmacy that includes medical terminology and assisting in coordination of patients and provider communication. Britnee has always been interested in behavioral health and helping her community on what they need most. Britnee is looking forward to learning and adapting her skills with PARCKA.
Laura Stolebarger, RN, CM
Title: Nurse Care ManagerLaura graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix in 2019 after completing her Associate of Science in Nursing from College of Marin in 2018. Laura is joining the PARCKA team with over 2 years of inpatient nursing experience in both adult and neonatal medicine. She is passionate about education, social justice, and equal access to care. She is excited to be bringing these passions with her into her role as a Nurse Care Manager.
Ashley White, CMHC
Title: Social Service WorkerAshley earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2009, and a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in 2015. Prior to joining the PARCKA team Ashley worked as a mental health therapist for an intensive outpatient substance use and dual diagnosis treatment program serving adults in the criminal justice system. Ashley has two years of experience as a research assistant in both a cognitive psychology lab and a neuropsychology lab, and she is excited to blend her clinical skills with her interest in research through her position with PARCKA. Ashley hopes to continue serving under-represented communities through a social justice perspective, incorporating the healing powers of mindfulness, creativity, and contact with the natural world.