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Past CCDOR Fellows

Fellow Name Program Years Position after CCDOR
Collin Calvert, PhD HSR 2022-2023 Core Investigator & Statistician, CCDOR
Adam Kaplan, PhD HSR 2021-2023 Statistician, CCDOR
Jessica Friedman, PhD HSR 2022-2023 Health Science Specialist, Greater Los Angeles VA
Renee Colsch, PhD, RN, SCRN, CQ VAQS 2022-2023 Registered Nurse-Professional Development Minneapolis VA Education Office
Alexander Thompson, DNP, PMHNP-BC VAQS 2021-2023 Acute Psychiatry, Nurse Practitioner; Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC)
Wendy Miller, MD HSR 2020-2023 Internal Medicine Physician at Hennepin Healthcare
Patrick Cruitt, PhD VAQS 2021-2023 Staff Psychologist, Primary Care-Mental Health Integration team, Minneapolis VAHCS
Rebecca Brown, PhD, MEd, RN VAQS 2021-2023 Core Investigator, CCDOR; Nurse Scientist, Minneapolis VAHCS
Jillian Fish, PhD HSR 2020-2022 Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Macalester College
Amanda Christensen, RN, DNP VAQS 2020-2022 Position pending at Long Beach VAMC
Margot Zarin-Pass, MD VAQS 2021-2022 Hospitalist, Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis
Kerry Sheets, MD HSR 2019-2021 Faculty Member, Geriatrics, Hennepin Healthcare
Joyce Brettner, DNP, MAHS, RN-BC VAQS 2019-2021 Assistant Professor in Nursing, St. Catherine's University
Noah Venables, PhD VAQS 2019-2021 Core Investigator, CCDOR
Allison Gustavson, DPT, PhD HSR 2019-2021 Core Investigator, CCDOR
Patrick Hammett, PhD HSR 2018-2020 Statistician, CCDOR
Lauren Mitchell, PhD HSR 2018-2020 Assistant Professor, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
Helen Valenstein-Mah, PhD HSR 2017-2019 Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Elizabeth Goldsmith, MD HSR 2017-2019 Core Investigator, CCDOR; Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Staff Physician, Minneapolis VAHCS
Erika Pinsker, PhD HSR 2016-2018 Research Scientist III, the California Department of Public Health Tobacco Control Program
Elizabeth Danan, MD HSR 2014-2016 Core Investigator, CCDOR; Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Staff Physician, Minneapolis VAHCS

What our Fellows Say

“I felt welcomed and supported throughout my CCDOR fellowship to learn and grow in ways that were most meaningful to my goals. CCDOR considers the ‘whole person’ in their holistic approach to career development and mentoring. As such, following the fellowship, not only was I equipped with the research skills necessary for success but also had the tools to promote work-life balance and ongoing fulfillment in my career of choice.” - HSR Fellow

"The collegiate and hospitable nature of CCDOR has greatly benefited myself as a person and a professional. When I challenge myself either in presentation or searching for alternative statistical methods for a project, my colleagues hear me out and see value in my growth as a researcher.” - HSR Fellow

“The CCDOR community is very close knit and supportive. As a fellow, I felt that my mentors and colleagues had a genuine interest in advancing my career and did everything they could to help me succeed.” - HSR Fellow

“I was surprised to learn about the extensive network of researchers working on women’s health. During the fellowship I have been able to work on health research projects tied to the unique health needs of women Veterans.” - HSR Fellow

“This fellowship has given me the opportunity to work with amazing researchers and clinicians with a variety of interests. Everyone is very supportive, knowledgeable, and passionate about what they do!” - HSR Fellow

“CCDOR is a truly collegial place. People come to each other’s talks out of interest rather than obligation, and take the time to give direct and useful feedback respectfully. I stayed because I believe being among CCDOR colleagues makes me both a better scientist and a happier one.” - HSR Fellow

“As a VAQS Fellow, I developed a finer appreciation for different types of investigations. My VAQS mentors were simply outstanding. The program and the people helped me grow as a leader, gain new skills, and ultimately led me to my dream job.” - VAQS Fellow

“VAQS helped me diversify my skill set, refine my research aims, and develop and improve my capacity for leadership.” - VAQS Fellow

“VAQS is an unprecedented opportunity to be on the cutting edge of implementation science. For highly self-motivated individuals, this is opportunity to spring board your career over the two year appointment.” - VAQS Fellow

“The Minneapolis VAQS faculty are fantastic mentors. They are deeply invested in fellow’s professional development, and tailor the fellowship experience to effectively help fellows identify and work toward their career goals.” - VAQS Fellow

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