Lisa Morse | Senior Administrative Manager
Mackenzie Clift | HPRC and HPRIR Staff Assistant
Michele Reyen | HPRIR Program Manager
Senior Administrative Manager
Lisa joined the Health Policy Research Center in 2002. During her employment at MGH, Lisa has worked in both research and clinical administrative positions. She currently manages the Health Policy Research Center, the Center for Aging and Serious Illness Research and collaborates closely with the Clinical Translational Epidemiology Unit. Lisa is a volunteer with Minuteman Senior Services helping senior citizens better manage their finances. She earned her B.S. in Business Management from Boston University.
HPRC and HPRIR Staff Assistant
Mackenzie Clift is a Staff Assistant at the Mongan Institute and brings a wealth of experience in management, marketing, customer service, and administration to this role. Before joining the Mongan Institute in 2019, she provided administrative support in the Sacred Heart University Admissions Department, where she organized and executed prospective student events. As an undergraduate, Mackenzie volunteered at the Bridgeport Food Pantry and at local elementary schools. Mackenzie is involved in many aspects of administrative support for the Mongan Institute, including managing front desk operations and welcoming visitors to the office. Mackenzie earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Sociology from Sacred Heart University.
HPRIR Program Manager
Michele Reyen is the Program Manager for the Health Promotion and Resiliency Intervention Research Program (HPRIR). Since 2002, Michele has managed numerous clinical programs and research studies within the Tobacco Research and Treatment Center at Mass General. In addition to the HPRIR, she manages the Cancer Center Smokefree Support Service, the MGB Employee Tobacco Treatment Program and several additional clinical trials.
Clinical Research Coordinators
Autumn Rasmussen joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) in January 2021 and is the clinical research coordinator for Dr. Elyse Park’s HPRIR Program. She graduated in the Spring of 2020 from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Psychology and a Concentration in the Cognitive Sciences. Prior to joining HPRIR and CORE, Autumn held an internship at the MGH OCD and Related Disorders Program. At CORE, Autumn primarily works with Drs. Elyse Park and Brett Goshe on the SS2 multi-site study, which offers virtual smoking cessation counseling, and promotes health-related behaviors, among cancer patients. After her time with CORE, Autumn hopes to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Lucy Fell is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Autism Care Network in the Department of Academic Pediatrics at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGH). During her time at MGH, she has worked on studies examining the impact of virtual mind-body interventions on improving resiliency in teen siblings of individuals with autism. In her free time, she likes to play soccer, travel, and listen to Radio Ambulante.
Grace Styklunas joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) in October of 2020. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2018. She is a current dual degree PA/MPH student at Tufts University School of Medicine. In 2020 she completed her Master of Public Health coursework, and she will soon begin school to be get her license as a physician assistant. At CORE, Grace works with Dr. Elyse Park on a multi-site study that offers smoking cessation counseling to patients around the time they complete a lung cancer screening. In the future, Grace hopes to integrate this experience in disease prevention into her role as a primary care PA, advocating for justice-oriented care in a changing healthcare system.
Elise Noonan is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Mongan Institute for Health Policy. She graduated in 2019 from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Elise works with Dr. Elyse Park on a multi-site study integrating tobacco treatment into lung cancer screening. She is very excited and grateful to be a part of the HPRIR team. In the future, Elise plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Cayley Bliss is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Health Policy Research Center and is honored to be a part of the HPRIR team with Dr. Elyse Park. She graduated from Boston College in May 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology (Clinical Concentration) and a minor in Applied Psychology and Human Development. During her time at MGH, Cayley has worked on research implementing behavioral interventions to enhance resiliency in populations afflicted with chronic stress or illness. In the future, Cayley plans to pursue her PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Emma Siefring joined CORE and HPRIR in June of 2021 as a clinical research coordinator working with Dr. Giselle Perez and Dr. Daniel Hall. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from The Ohio State University with minors in Studio Art and South Asian Studies. She conducted pediatric psycho-oncology research with Dr. Cynthia Gerhardt at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as an undergraduate student. Her current projects include investigating the effectiveness of mind-body resiliency training programs for cancer survivors, specifically targeting individuals with fear of cancer recurrence and adolescent and young adult populations. Emma hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future.
Lauren Ballini is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Radiology Research Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is excited to be working with Dr. Efren Flores beginning this summer, and has spent the past year as a Clinical Research Intern for Dr. Jordan Neil at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy. She graduated early from Tufts University with a degree in Community Health and minors in Philosophy and Child Development. Currently, Lauren is a candidate for a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at Tufts School of Medicine where she will graduate by the end of December 2021. She is very grateful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Flores and his research team on issues regarding access, equity and preventative care for underrepresented populations. In the future, Lauren hopes to utilize this experience in research as a policymaker advocating for accessible health care services.
Yasmine Nousari is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Radiology Research Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is originally from South Florida and is a recent graduate from Boston College with a degree in Psychology, and a minor in Biology. She is excited to work with Dr. Efren Flores during her gap year on research that explores social determinants of health that impact healthcare access and delivery, especially amongst vulnerable populations. In the future, she plans to pursue an MD and approach medicine through the biopsychosocial model of medicine. Some of her interests include reducing health disparities affecting the Latino community, psychoimmunology, etc.
Maria Lopes is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Mongan Institute for Health Policy. She Graduated from Boston University in the Spring of 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to joining the Mongan Institute, Maria worked at the VA Medical Center as a Research Assistant investigating the long-term effects of childhood adversity. At MGH, Maria works with Dr. Christina Luberto and Dr. Benjamin Bearnot on studies that offer mindfulness-based therapy to different patient populations. Maria hopes to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future.
Alexander is a recent graduate of Bentley University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He is interested in creating technological and artistic interventions to create equity for diverse groups in the medical space. Alexander is currently working on the United Against Racism research project and on a project using VR as an intervention for delirium. In addition to being a clinical research coordinator at MGH, Alexander works for The Peoples’ heART, a health, equity, and art non-profit from MGH. The Peoples’ heART transforms (mostly MGB) spaces to include artwork created by local artists that represent the diverse community that MGB serves.
CRC graduates: Sydney Crute, Helen Mizrach, Colin Ponzani
Ellen Park | Tufts University ’22
Raissa Li | Tufts University ’22
Megha Tandon | Tufts University ’22
Ariel Brathwaite | Brandeis University ’22
Chelsea Wu | Brandeis University ’22
Reid Anctil | Champlain College ’22
Elissa Perez | Tufts University ’22
Nicole Gonzalez | Boston University ’22
Huilin Li | Brandeis University ’23
Zainab Mian | Wesleyan University ’23
Intern Graduates: Lella Wirth, Alexandros Markowitz, Julia Asfour