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Team Biographies

A PHR Application for Adults with Asthma

Barbara L. Massoudi, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
Senior Research Health Scientist
RTI International

Barbara Massoudi, M.P.H., Ph.D. is a senior research health scientist at RTI International and leads the Institute’s health informatics program. Massoudi leads the Technical Assistance Task of the Technical Assistance for Health IT and Health Information Exchange in Medicaid and CHIP project for AHRQ. She also led the Assessment of Variation and Solutions and Impact Assessment reports of the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaborative for AHRQ. As principal investigator for A PHR System for At-Risk Sedentary Adults, she and her team developed a personal health record application that aimed to increase physical activity among sedentary adults using a user-centered design approach. Massoudi is a former chair of the Public Health Informatics Working Group of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). She has more than 20 years of experience in health, public health and informatics, and has specialized skills in epidemiology and environmental and occupational health. Massoudi is an alumna of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, where she served with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Her current research interests include documenting and re-engineering the business processes of public health, knowledge management, electronic health records, personal health records, user-centered design and public health informatics training and competencies.

Stephen F. Rothemich, M.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
Co-Director, Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network
Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Family Medicine

Stephen Rothemich, M.D., is an associate professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and co-director of the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (VACORN). He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar, is a member scientist at the VCU Massey Cancer Center, and holds a master’s in clinical research and biostatistics. As co-director of VACORN, he has intimate experience with the logistical and often unpredictable challenges of practice-based research. Learn more about Dr. Rothemich


Team Members

Sarah Cook, M.A.
Usability Testing Lead
RTI International

Robert Furberg, MBA, Ph.D.
Text Messaging Pilot Lead
RTI International

Brian Olive
Software Developer
RTI International

Murrey Olmsted, M.A., Ph.D.
Senior Methodological Advisor
RTI International

Lucia Rojas-Smith, M.P.H, Dr.P.H.
Evaluation Lead
RTI International

Rita Sembajwe, M.S.P.H.
Project Manager
RTI International

Yuying Zhang, M.S.
Lead Software Developer
RTI International

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