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CCDOR Fellows


Amanda Christensen, BS, RN, DNP student
VAQS Fellow

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Amanda is a Doctorate of Nursing Practice student at the University of Minnesota. Her area of focus is Health Innovation and Leadership. Her current areas of research interest include improving access to healthcare, community based integrative models of care, nursing education, quality improvement, and design and systems thinking.

Areas of Interests:

  • Improving healthcare access
  • Community based integrative models of care
  • Nursing education
  • Quality improvement
  • Design and systems thinking


  • BS, RN, Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  • DNP student, Health Innovation and Leadership, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Jillian Fish, PhD
HSR&D Fellow

Jill Fish, PhD is a counseling psychologist. The focus of her research and clinical practice is transforming social institutions to be more just and equitable for Native American and Indigenous peoples. Towards this end, she strives to integrate science, practice, and culture in her work, in which she uses innovative story-based strategies, traditional medicines, and cultural modalities of healing to promote the health and well-being of Native American and Indigenous peoples. She is a member of the Tuscarora Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

Research Interests:
  • Indigenous well-being
  • Science-practice-culture integration
  • Story-based data gathering strategies
  • Community-based research
  • Systemic change to promote equity


  • BA, Psychology and Philosophy, Niagara University, Lewiston, NY
  • MS, Mental Health Counseling, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • PhD, Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Check out a full publication list on Google Scholar.

Allison Gustavson, DPT, PhD
HSR&D Fellow

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Dr. Gustavson is a Physical Therapist and clinical researcher with in an interest in advancing the application of evidence into clinical practice through implementation science. Her research focuses on optimizing interdisciplinary rehabilitation approaches to maximize short and long-term functional outcomes for healthy aging.

Research Interests:

  • Healthy aging
  • Rehabilitation
  • Functional outcomes
  • Functional recovery post-hospitalization
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to care delivery
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Implementation Science
  • Mixed Methods


  • BS, Biochemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • DPT, Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO

Check out a full publication list on Pub Med.


Wendy Miller, MD
HSR&D Fellow

Dr. Miller is a general interest with an interest addiction treatment and chronic pain as well as healthcare disparities. Her current research focus are addiction treatment implantation and chronic pain.

Areas of interest

  • Addiction treatment
  • Healthcare access and disparities
  • Chronic pain treatment 


  • BS, Biology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN



Joyce Brettner, DNP, MAHS, RN-BC
VAQS Fellow 

Joyce is a nurse VA Quality Scholar (VAQS) fellow at the Minneapolis VA Health Center. She is a board-certified nurse informaticist. She is interested in improving nursing education in the areas of informatics and the science of improvement to advance quality and safety in health care through evidence-based quality improvement practices.


Areas of interest:

  • Informatics and nursing informatics
  • Integrative health and holistic nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Process and quality/systems improvement
  • Improvement science


  • AD, Nursing, Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights, MN
  • BS, Nursing, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN.
  • MA, Holistic Health Studies, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
  • DNP, Informatics, University of MN, Minneapolis, MN


Past CCDOR Fellow (last 5 years)

  Fellowship Years / Type Position after CCDOR Website
Noah Venables, PhD 2019-2020 / VAQS Investigator, CCDOR Google Scholar Page
Patrick Hammett, MA, PhD 2018-2020 / HSRD Statistician, CCDOR Google Scholar Page
Lauren Mitchell, PhD 2018-2020 / HSRD Assistant Professor, Emmanuel College, Boston MA Google Scholar Page
Kerry Sheets, MD 2018-2020 / HSRD Geriatrics Faculty at Hennepin Healthcare Google Scholar Page
Elizabeth Goldsmith, MD, MS 2017-2019 / HSR&D Investigator, CCDOR Google Scholar Page
Helen Valensten-Mah, PhD 2017-2018 / HSR&D Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Minneapolis VA Health Care System Google Scholar Page
Erika Pinsker, PhD, MPH 2016-2018 / HSR&D Research Scientist III, California Tobacco Control Program, California Department of Public Health Google Scholar Page
Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH 2014-2015 / HSR&D Research Associate, Division of Health Care Policy and Research, Mayo Clinic  Website
Elisheva Danan, MD, MPH 2014-2016 / HSR&D Investigator, CCDOR
Assistant Professor, UMN Medical School
Staff Physician, Minneapolis VA
NIH Publication List
Sarah Lillie, PhD 2013-2016 / HSR&D Research Associate, CCDOR Google Scholar Page