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CCDOR Fellows

Elizabeth S. Goldsmith, MD, MS


Dr. Goldsmith is a general internist and social epidemiologist in training, interested in the effects of people’s life experiences and identities on chronic disease prevention, diagnosis, and management. Her current research considers methods of assessing and treating chronic pain, gender and sexual minority health disparities, and quantitative bias analysis in electronic medical record-based studies. She provides primary care to veterans in settings including the Women’s Comprehensive Care Clinic, and is on the Minneapolis team of the VA National Transgender E-Consult Service.

Research Interests:

  • Non-pharmacological approaches to chronic pain management
  • Gender and sexual minority health
  • Rural health
  • Complementary and integrative medicine
  • Quantitative bias analysis 


  • BA, Biology and English Literature, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
  • MS, Environment and Resources, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
  • PhD student (2014-present), Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN 

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 Helen Valenstein-Mah, PhD

Dr. Valenstein-Mah completed her PhD in clinical psychology and is currently a health services research fellow focused on improving training in and delivery of evidence-based mental health treatment for PTSD and co-occurring disorders (e.g., substance use, personality disorders).

Research Interests:

  • Implementation of evidence-based mental health treatment
  • Treatment development and evaluation for PTSD and co-occurring disorders
  • Training and supervision practices in mental healthcare


  • BA, English Literature, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 

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Some Past CCDOR Fellows

  Fellowship Year(s) Research interests while at CCDOR Position after CCDOR Website
Erika Pinsker, PhD, MPH 2016-2018 • Disparities in tobacco use and cessation
• Development of tailored tobacco cessation interventions
• Implementation of evidence-based practices for tobacco cessation
Research Scientist III, California Tobacco Control Program, California Department of Public Health