We work closely with investigators to conduct high-quality research using rigorous methodology, which includes study design and data analysis support. The Research Core primarily works with HIPRC faculty and trainees, but we also frequently partner with researchers outside the center from a wide range of academic fields, public health organizations and all levels of government.
Facilitating New Projects
We find our collaborators benefit the most when we work together from a project’s early stages. Our staff has extensive experience in designing and conducting research, managing and analyzing data, and preparing manuscripts and presentations. We regularly help develop funding applications, with the expectation that appropriate funding for our involvement will be provided if the application is successful. We prefer six-weeks prior notice to assist with funding applications.
Refining Existing Projects
For studies that have already begun, we can support the management and analysis of existing data. After an in-person consultation, we will develop an estimated scope-of-work plan and budget to meet your needs.
To discuss collaborating on a new or existing project, submit a Research Core Project Inquiry Form.
Kushang V. Patel, PhD, MPH – Director
I am the Director of the Research Core at HIPRC as a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington. I completed my doctoral and postdoctoral training in epidemiology, gerontology, and health disparities research at the University of Texas Medical Branch and National Institute on Aging/NIH. My research investigates exercise and other non-pharmacologic treatments to improve pain management in older adults with arthritis. In addition, I conduct epidemiologic research on pain, aging, and physical activity using a variety of methods and data sources.
Megan Moore Ph.D, MSW. – Associate Director
I am an Associate Director of the Research Core at HIPRC and Outreach Core and Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington. My research focuses on addressing disparities and inequity in trauma care, and working with community partners and interdisciplinary researchers to develop interventions to improve psycho social care, communication, and care transitions in healthcare settings.
Stephen Mooney, M.S., Ph.D. – Associate Director
I am an Associate Director of the Research Core at HIPRC and an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. My research focuses on leveraging big data to assess environmental influences on health and health-related behaviors, especially active transportation and transportation-related injury.
Brianna Mills, M.A., Ph.D. – Research Scientist
I am an epidemiologist with specific expertise in study design, efficient use of administrative data, and the epidemiology of injury. I have a broad background in anthropology, demography, and epidemiology, with training and experience in both qualitative and advanced quantitative techniques.
Karen Segar, M.A. – Data Manager
I have over 20 years of experience managing data in public health and social research, spanning subjects such as healthy child and youth development, substance abuse prevention and treatment, HIV prevention and surveillance, intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, family income sufficiency, traumatic brain injury, and firearm injury and mortality. I have advanced programming skills in several languages, including R, Stata, SAS, SPSS, and SQL. I also have training in survey research design and data collection.
Qian Qiu, MBA – Research Consultant
I have extensive experience in health data management and statistical analyses using STATA, SAS and SPSS, as well as solid training in health services and policy. My research has been focused on transportation-related injuries (such as identifying distracted behaviors among teen drivers), impact of adherence to acute care guidelines at admission on discharge outcomes for patients with traumatic brain injuries, variability of quality of care among skilled nursing facilities, and exploration of relationship between substance abuse, intimate partner violence, mental illnesses and healthcare utilization.
Jin Wang, Ph.D., M.S. – Research Consultant
I am a senior staff biostatistician and collaborate with a number of faculty. I have extensive experience in providing a lead role in advanced statistical analyses including mediation analyses, multiple imputation, multilevel modeling and survival analyses and database creation and for a host of studies conducted by injury researchers including, but not limited to, studies of traumatic brain injury, trauma care quality, disparity and outcomes; incidence, quality of care and consequences of, and psychiatric sequelae of injured patients.