Emerging Investigators

Emerging Investigator Guided Research Program

2018-2019 Awardees

“Creating Capacity through Emerging Investigators Training”

Molly Easterlin, MD

Family Partner: Lauren Agoratus

University of California, Los Angeles

Understanding the effects of chronic medical procedures in children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD): A qualitative study of patient,parent, and nurse perspectives

I am a pediatrician and health services research fellow with a career aim of identifying Molly Prof Photoand testing interventions that provide resilience to children who face toxic stress; interventions that are medically effective, cost effective and feasible to implement in a clinic, hospital, or community setting or through policy changes. My work on previous projects and fellowship training have provided me with skills in research methodology, study design, and scientific writing that will enable me to successfully complete the proposed research.

Morgan Crossman, PhD, MA & Olivia Lindly, PhD, MPH

Family Partners: Amber Kleven & Kristen Earl

Mass General Hospital for Children

High quality health care, IDEA services and adverse family impact for U.S. CSHCN: The role of prematurity in early childhood

Dr. Crossman, is a PhD-trained research fellow in the Division of General Academic Crossman_photoPediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Her education and training has stemmed from a social justice framework with a focus on the promotion of equitable outcomes for families of children with disabilities and special health care needs, with expertise in the fields of developmental psychology, maternal and child health and pediatric health services. Her current research focuses on service utilization and improving care transitions for children with special health care needs and their families as they navigate multiple complex service systems over the life course.

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Dr. Lindly is a research fellow in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Dr. Lindly will be completing her second year of the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program during the project period. She possesses methodological expertise in pediatric health services research and content  expertise in health care disparities for US CSHCN, particularly those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Amber Kleven is mom to 2-year-old Thomas, who was born at 31 weeks and 1 day, after preterm premature rupture of membranes. Thomas remained in the NICU for 27 days. Amber gives back to the NICU community through her work with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University as a Family Advisory Council member, a NICU support group leader, and a volunteer for NICU Families Northwest, and now as a Family Leader with this project. Amber is trained as an English teacher and worked in the educational technology field.


Kristen M. Earl chairs Oregon Health & Science University’s all volunteer NICU Family Advisory Council. She graduated from Reed College with a B.A. and is currently earning an Associate of Applied Science degree at Portland Community College. She is also a stay at home parent to her NICU grad. Kristen previously spent a decade in the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser. Kristen’s other board service includes the Reed College Alumni Association, for which she served as President, and the Willamette Valley Development Officers.

Nicole Werner, PhD

Family Partner: Barbara Katz

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Creation of an adaptive taxonomy of barriers and facilitators to in-home care of children with cerebral palsy

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD-trained Human Factors Scientist. My expertise is in applying Human Factors Engineering to improve the delivery of healthNicole Werner photo care including transitions and co analysis, sociotechnical work system design, checklist design and implementation to improve health care processes, and health information technology design and implementation.