Meet our Students

Current Students' Activities:

The HSOR PhD students come with a variety of backgrounds and interests.  While students, they also take advantage of many opportunities, as shown by the summary below.  

Priya Chandan  

Priya graduated from the University of Georgia with a double major in Microbiology and Psychology.  She then continued her studies at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), earning MD and MPH degrees.  She completed her clinical internship (PGY1) in Internal Medicine and one year of residency training (PGY2) in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at VCU Health System.  Priya is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville, with a joint appointment within the School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) and within the Division of PM&R.  She engages in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to address her interest in the health disparities experienced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Oral Presentations at Scientific Meetings 

Chandan, P. (2017, June). National Curriculum Initiative in Developmental Medicine. Oral presentation at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry Annual Meeting, Houston, TX. 

Chandan, P. (2015, July). Innovative tools to promote the inclusion of individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities in health research. Oral presentation at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry’s Global Summit on Innovations in Health and IDD, Los Angeles, CA. 

Chandan, P., Adamkin, M. (2015, July). A sustainable model for increasing residency program involvement in MdFest: lessons learned. Oral presentation at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry’s Global Summit on Innovations in Health and IDD, Los Angeles, CA. 

Selected Publications 

Bazzoli, G., Carcaise-Edinboro, P., Sabik, L., Chandan, P., Harpe, S. (2016). Integrated case management: Does it reduce health service disparities across African American and White Medicaid beneficiaries?. Medical Care Research and Review. Advance online publication June 14, 2016. pii: 1077558716649879 

Sabik, L., Bazzoli, G., Carcaise-Edinboro, P., Chandan, P., Harpe, S. (2016). The impact of integrated case management on health services use and spending among non-elderly adult Medicaid enrollees. Medical Care, 54(8), 758-764. 

Carter, W. E., Darko, I. A., Chandan, P., & Pai, A. B. (2014). Colitis after polytrauma: Case report. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 51(4), 655-660. 

Geiger, B. F., O'Neal, M. R., Firsing III, S. L., Smith, K. H., Chandan, P., Schmidt, A., & Jackson, J.B. (2010). HealthyMe HealthyU(©2010UCPGB): A Collaborative Project to Enhance Access to Health Information and Services for Individuals with Disabilities. Journal of Health Communication. 15(Suppl 3), 46-59. 

Book Chapters 

Qutubuddin, A. A., Chandan, P., & Carne, W. (2015). Chapter 45: Degenerative movement disorders of the central nervous system. In D. X. Cifu (Ed.), Braddom's physical medicine & rehabilitation (5th ed., pp. 1017-1027). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Elsevier. 

Wehman, P., Targett, P., Dillard, C. and Chandan, P. (2014). Return to school and return to work after traumatic brain injury. In D. Cifu & B. Eapen (Eds.), Critical Care in Traumatic Brain Injury. London, UK: Future Medicine Ltd. 

Thomas Chon 

Thomas completed his undergraduate education at the University of California Berkeley with a major in molecular cell biology and minor in education.  He continued his studies at Georgetown University where he received his Master of Science degree.  He held a research position at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and later served as a United States Army Medical Service Corp Officer.  More recently, Thomas was an associate operations manager for a 296 bed full service teaching hospital.


Bixler S, Chon, TW. (2010) "Interferon-tau: current applications and potential in antiviral therapy." Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research (2010) Jul;30(7):477-85.  

Katos, AM., Conti M, Moran TS, Chon TW, Gordan RK, Sciuto AM, Doctor BP, Nambiar MP. (2009) "Acute microinstiallation inhalation exposure to soman induces changes in respiratory guinea pigs." Inhalation Toxicology Jun;21(7):1-10.   

Kimberly Decker 

Kimberly is an active duty Army Medical Service Corps officer.  Her research interests include culturally competent healthcare, the role of culture and government programs in incentivizing positive health behaviors to improve health and control costs, and policies designed to control ballooning healthcare costs while providing adequate access to care for military beneficiaries.

Matthew DePuccio  

Matt is a data analyst at VCU’s Office of Health Innovation where he designs and implements program evaluations for VCU Medical Center.  In collaboration with Laura McClelland, Ph.D., Matt has researched the relationship between organizational practices that support clinician well-being and patient experiences with care.  In past years he has co-instructed an introductory course in health care systems and is now working on his dissertation research which focuses on primary care team processes and outcomes.  

Matt graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Master of Science from the University at Albany (SUNY) in Health Policy and Management. 


*Hoff, T., and DePuccio, M. (2016). Medical home gaps for older adult patients: Perspectives from primary care physicians and their staff. Journal of Applied Gerontology, Ahead of print, doi: 10.1177/0733464816637850. 

(*Selected as a 2016 runner-up for the Best Paper Award in the Healthcare Management Division of the Academy of Management.)  

DePuccio, M.J., and Ozcan, Y.A. (2016). Exploring efficiency differences between medical home and non-medical home hospitals. International Journal of Healthcare Management, Ahead of print, doi: 10.1080/20479700.2015.1101913.  

DePuccio, M.J. (2014). Managed care and organizational influences on hospitalist program adoption. Hospital Topics, 92(4) 1-7.  

DePuccio, M.J., and Hoff, T.J. (2013). Medical home interventions and quality outcomes for older adults: A systematic review. Quality Management in Health Care. 22(4), 336-349.  

Hoff, T., Weller, W., and DePuccio, M. (2012). The patient-centered medical home: A review of recent research. Medical Care Research and Review. 69(6), 619-644.  

Jennifer Early   

Jennifer (Jen) Early is a doctoral candidate and works in VCU's Division of Community Engagement as the interim director of community-engaged research. In her role, she supports and advances community-engaged research (CEnR) as part of the university's strategic effort to align university-wide community engagement and impact. Jen received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2005) and Master of Science in Health Administration (2012) from Virginia Commonwealth University. Having worked in community health over the past decade, Jen is interested in advancing the role of academic health centers as they interact with their surrounding communities to impact population health. She also has research interests in organizational structure and its impact on performance and well-being.    


Holton, V., Early, J., Resler, M., Trussel, A., Howard, C. (2016). “The University Next Door:  Developing a Centralized Unit that Strategical Cultivates Community Engagement at an Urban University.” Metropolitan Universities Journal.

Holton, V., Jettner, J. F., Early, J. & Shaw, K. K. (2015). “Leveraging existing resources to develop university community engagement data systems.” Metropolitan Universities Journal, 26 (2).

Holton, V., Early, J., Jettner, J. F., & Shaw, K. K. (2015). “Measuring Community-University Partnerships across a Complex Research University: Lessons and Findings from a Pilot Enterprise Data Collection Mechanism.” Metropolitan Universities Journal, 26 (2). 

Refereed Presentations

Early, J., Holton, V., Allison, K., Howard, C. (2016, October). How do we enhance our impact?: Developing Alignment of University Efforts with Pressing Community Needs. Annual meeting of Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, Washington, D.C. (National) 

Pelco, L., Early, J. (2016, October). Professional development for community-engaged research and teaching: An integrated model for administrators, instructors, researchers, and community partners?. Annual meeting of Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, Washington, D.C. (National)  

Holton, V. & Early, J. (2016, September). Collaborative Curiosity: Building Organizational Climate to Advance Community-Engaged Research. A paper at Annual meeting of the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement, New Orleans, LA. (International)  

Early, J. & Holton, V.  (2016, September). Academic Health Centers: Improving the Health of our Communities through Community Engagement. Paper presented at the 2016 International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, New Orleans, LA (International).  

Early, J. & Holton, V.  (2016, September). Are your findings 'finding' their way to the community? A Faculty Learning Community Approach to Broad Dissemination. Poster presented at the 2016 International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, New Orleans, LA (International).

Zimmerman, E., Cook, S., Haley, A., Walker, A., Bea, C., Early J. (May, 2016). The SEED Method: A participatory process for stakeholder involvement in selecting and prioritizing health research questions. Campus-Community Partnerships for Health 14th  International Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (International). 

Early, J. (2014) “Acuity Adaptable Units: Innovative Investment or Disaster in the Making?”  Academy Health 2014 Annual Research Meeting. 

Sandra Lamm  

Sandra is a supervisor in Transfusion Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. She has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Medical College of Virginia and an MS in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research interests include the role of organizational factors in the effectiveness of patient blood management programs and the intersection of employment and rural geography. 

Published abstracts with poster presentations:   

Lamm, S. L., Stalley, A., Bhavnagri, R. M., Armstrong, S. M., Franks, M., & Sanford, K. (2015). “Platelet Utilization Forecasting: Impact on Ordering Practice.” Transfusion, 55, 225A-226A. 

Lamm S, Stalley A, Bhavnagri, Armstrong, S, Squyars, K Sanford, K. (2014) “Platelet Utilization Forecasting: Using the Past to Predict the Future.” Transfusion, 54(S2):247   

Lamm S, Shemenski J, Stalley A, Bhavnagri R, Sanford K. (2013) “Improving an Electronic Maintenance Documentation Form.” Transfusion, 53(S2):270A.   

Lamm S L, Stalley A, Sanford, K. (2013). Improving an Electronic Maintenance Documentation Form. Transfusion. 53:270A-271A  

The following is in press: 

Lamm, S. L., Bangs, N., Sanford, K. “A Retrospective Study of Emergency Department Initiated Type and Screen Testing: Were Patients Transfused after Testing?” Transfusion (In press). 

She is co-author of:  Stalley A, Armstrong S, Lamm S. (2010) “Creating an Electronic Reagent Quality 


Lamm, S. (2017) “The Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Private Health Insurance Status of Self-Employed Rural Residents.” Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, New Orleans, LA.  

Hillary Linhart  

Hillary earned an MBA and BBA in Process Management and Consulting from The College of William and Mary.  She previously worked in various process improvement and program management roles for the Medicaid business division of Anthem, Inc. and also has experience as an IT consultant with CRGT, Inc. Her research interests include healthcare operations management, Medicaid managed care operations, and health plan provider data quality practices.  

Hillary has been a guest lecturer in the MHA program’s Health Analytics and Decision Support course and will be co-teaching a course on Health Care Organization and Services as an adjunct instructor this fall. Hillary also currently serves as the Events Coordinator for the newly established VCU student chapter of AcademyHealth.  


Linhart, H. & Shay, P. D. (2016). “Medicaid Modernization: Will it Change Medicaid Managed Care Organizational Forms?” Organization Theory in Health Care Conference, Nashville, TN.   

Manuscripts in progress  

Linhart, H. & Ozcan, Y. A. (2017). Does urgent care center ownership improve hospital performance? Manuscript in preparation.  

Linhart, H. & Rathert, C. (2017). Examining the relationship between job resources and employee voice in healthcare: A structural equation modeling approach. Manuscript in preparation.  

Hillary was a contributor to the following textbook:  

Ozcan, Y. A. (2017). Analytics and Decision Support in Health Care Operations Management, 3rd Edition. H. Linhart (Contributor). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.  

Steven Menzies  

Steve has a MS in Computer Science from St. Mary's University and an MBA from University of Oregon-Eugene. Steve has worked in numerous care settings throughout the continuum of health care.  Currently, he is a Database and Web Developer/Architect (Riverside Health System, Newport News, VA).  

Mary Cait Nannery  

Mary Cait currently works as a graduate assistant in the Department of Health Administration.  She.earned an MBA with a focus in Healthcare Informatics and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Mary Washington. She previously worked as a Business Performance Analyst in Finance at Virginia Premier and also as a Project Analyst at Boar's Head and Financial Analyst at Obsidian Solutions Group. Her research interest is women's health including midwifery model care, baby friendly hospitals, community doula programs, and under-served populations. 

She was elected as a Board member of Nurture RVA, a local non-profit organization aimed at improving the health and well-being of childbearing families through fitness, education, social support, and community engagement during the critical life transition of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting.  

Invited presentation:  

Nannery, M. (2017, January). Baby Friendly Hospital Initiatives and Organizational Theory: The Balance Between Institutional and Technical Pressures. #RVAbreastfeeds Health Communities Action Team (HCAT) Meeting, Richmond City Health Department, Richmond, Virginia. 

Jennifer Palazzolo 

Jennifer is a research assistant in the department and continues her work with Dr. Michael McCue on the analysis of requests for premium increases by health plans on public exchanges.  Jennifer’s research interests include evaluation of health reform initiatives, new payment models, accountable care organizations, and post-acute and long-term care. She is working on her dissertation proposal which focuses on the participation of post-acute care providers in accountable care organizations. 

Jennifer previously worked at Virginia Health Information as the Program Manager for the Virginia All Payer Claims Database (APCD), and has experience in the fields of public health, technology and finance.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia, Certificate in Information Systems from the University of Richmond, and a Master of Public Health from VCU.


Palazzolo, J. R. & Ozcan, Y. A. (2017). Do the Most Efficient Accountable Care Organizations Earn Shared Savings? Socio-Economic Planning Sciences.  

Hall, M., McCue, M., & Palazzolo, J. (2017). Financial Performance of Health Insurers: State-Run Versus Federal-Run Exchanges. Medical Care Research and Review.  

McCue, M. J., & Palazzolo, J. R. (2016). Analysis of Actual Versus Projected Medical Claims Under the First Year of ACA-Mandated Coverage. Inquiry (00469580), 53.  

Palazzolo, J. (2015). A Multi-theory Application: The Evaluation of Accountable Care Organizations. Management & Avenir Santé, (1), 19-36. 


Palazzolo, J. R. & Ozcan, Y. A. (2017). Do the Most Efficient Accountable Care Organizations Earn Shared Savings?  AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 

Jennifer Pryor  

Jennifer received her MS and MA in Psychology from Hollins University and the College of William & Mary, respectively. She earned her MS in Gerontology and a post-graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jennifer is a licensed Assisted Living Administrator and a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.  

Jennifer’s research interests include affordable long-term care options for older adults with a special emphasis on public assistance for assisted living, small-home model programs that promote person-centered care in long-term care settings, workforce development, and program evaluation and effectiveness.  

Jennifer is a faculty member in the VCU Department of Gerontology.