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Current Fellows

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Supakorn (Mint) Kueakomoldej
NIDILRR Policy| 2022 Cohort

Mint received her PhD from Columbia University School of Nursing. Clinically, Mint has previous experiences in critical care, primary care, and community health. As a researcher, Mint is interested in strengthening the health care workforce caring for populations in underserved communities and settings. She is a NIDILRR disability and policy postdoctoral fellow and is currently examining how consumer-direction policies can improve outcomes for caregivers of older adults and people living with disabilities, supporting caregivers and enabling care recipients to live at home longer.

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Tiago Jesus
NIDILRR Health and Function | 2021 Cohort

Tiago completed his entry-level education (Occupational Therapy) in 2006 – Portugal, his European PhD in Health Psychology in 2013 – Spain, a post-doctoral experience in Global Health & Health Workforce Policy and Planning, within a WHO Collaborating Centre (2016-2021) – Portugal, and post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (2020-2021) at the Boston University – USA, before the postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services & Outcomes Research, Northwestern University – USA. Dr Jesus authored over 50 international peer-reviewed publications, in key public health and rehabilitation journals. Dr Jesus is a Health Systems and Services Researcher at the intersection of rehabilitation, disability, human resources, and geographic disparities – including rural and global health disparities. His research includes approaches (e.g., quality improvement, knowledge translation, capacity building, workforce strengthening, geographic information systems, telerehabilitation, implementation science) tackling geographic-based service delivery disparities. Dr Jesus also applies population- or person-centered approaches (e.g., secondary analyses of population-level data; patient experience feedback and codesign) for advancing his disparities-focused and quality-improvement research.

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Sijia Wei
NIDILRR Health and Function | 2022 Cohort

Sijia Wei received a BA in Nursing with a concentration in Biomedical Studies from St. Olaf College, and became a registered nurse working at hospice, long-term care, home health care, and rehabilitation care settings. After receiving her Ph.D. in Nursing Science with certificates in Global Health and College Teaching at Duke University, she started the Integrated Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her research focused on care coordination in care transitions for people with chronic conditions and disabilities using social network analysis and large datasets (e.g., EHR data). She seeks to understand the complex systemic drivers of health disparity and improve health equity and care quality for people with complex needs in the community.  

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Manrui Zhang
NIDILRR Health and Function | 2022 Cohort

Manrui received a BS in Informatics from Beijing Language and Culture University and completed a dual masters degree program in Public Health and Social Work at Washington University in St Louis. Before starting her PhD in Health Sciences Integrated Program at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, she worked for three years as a research assistant in a large epidemiological study at the Rush Medical Center in Chicago, Institute of Healthy Aging. Her PhD research focused on 1) examining the longitudinal interactions between positive emotions and cognitive function with the aging process and 2) applying item response theory to develop computer adaptive tests that enable rapid but reliable screening of cognitive impairment. As a postdoc fellow in the Integrated Health Service & Outcomes Research program, Manrui hopes to improve the clinical identification of cognitive impairment among people with chronic disabilities/diseases (e.g., heart failure or stroke) to improve their health services and quality of life by advancing the accessibility and clinical utility of NIH Toolbox cognitive measures.