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Battelle Public Health Team Expands Capabilities with New Hires

Please join us in welcoming our latest additions to the Battelle Health and Analytics team. Their research and clinical experience will help us to continue to expand our public health research programs and services.

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Gavin W. Hougham, PhD, is a medical sociologist who joined Battelle in May 2015 as a Research Leader. He will be focused on building new business opportunities in the area of aging and gerontology related research. Gavin will also have management responsibility for the Seattle Office and staff. Prior to joining Battelle he was the Deputy Director of The Center for Health and the Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of Medicine, both at the University of Chicago. He helped lead initiatives in the cross-disciplinary training and development of physicians, medical students and pre-professional students, and maintained an active research program in the areas of aging, trajectories of socio-medical and clinical phenomena, cross-cultural Japanese gerontology, social-psychology of decision making, health workforce needs, research ethics, and informed consent with older adults. Previously, Gavin led the John A. Hartford Foundation's $60 million portfolio of national grantmaking in medicine, designed to expand the capacity of current and future physicians, nurses, and social workers to care for older adults. He received MA and PhD degrees in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and completed a National Science Foundation Fellowship at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology. Since arriving in Seattle, he has been appointed as an Affiliate to the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.

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Kathy Lesh joined Battelle in April 2015 as a Healthcare Quality Research Leader. She is an RN with many years of varied experience. She received a PhD in Human Services from Capella University, an MS in nursing from University of Illinois at Chicago, an EdM in Human Resource Education from Boston University, and a BS in nursing from Wilkes College. Kathy is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and is certified in Nursing Informatics by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Kathy most recently came from MITRE where she was a health informatics, quality measure, and quality reporting and incentive program consultant. For 10 years prior to MITRE, Kathy developed and curated healthcare terminologies/ontologies. 

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Jarrod Olson joined Battelle in April 2015 as a Research Scientist with a background in economics, quantitative policy analysis and integration of scientific information into decisions. He holds a MS in Public Policy in International Development from Oregon State University and has seven years of experience as a policy analyst and statistician. He is currently supporting an evaluation of cost-offset programs for community supported agriculture, a state-wide educational measurement development project for the state of Washington, knowledge translation planning for the Department of Defense, and an evaluation of Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change funding for Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs at CDC. Prior to joining Battelle, Mr. Olson served as a Security Political Scientist for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In this capacity, he led the development of the Data-Driven Policy Research and Analytics Team and managed multidisciplinary policy research on issues of social unrest, climate change, food insecurity, emergency management and nuclear proliferation.

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Susan L. Robbins joined Battelle in May 2015 as a Director for Health Analytics and Performance Improvement. Her primary focus will be on business development and commercialization for healthcare analytics products and services. Susan is a healthcare executive with 20+ years of experience in various healthcare settings. She led Performance Improvement within a major medical center, was the Hospital Project Manager at the Georgia Medical Care Foundation (GA QIO), and held Vice President and Director roles in the CARE Program within the Georgia Hospital Association. Susan is board certified in Healthcare Management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). She holds a Lean Six Sigma and a Master AHRQ TeamSTEPPS trainer certification. Susan is active in the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives as past communication chair and board member at large. 

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Darryl W. Roberts joined Battelle in April 2015 as a Healthcare Quality Research Leader. Dr. Roberts is a Registered Nurse, Evaluation Scientist, and Informatician with considerable research, informatics, and quality management experience. He joined Battelle after a short (1-year) stint as Senior Social Scientist with Econometrica, Inc. Before that, he was a Senior Policy Fellow responsible for informatics and quality at the American Nurses Association. He has also been a full-time and adjunct university professor conducting big data research and teaching management, quality, research, and statistics since 2001.