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Research Opportunities

There are many Community-Based Research opportunities for 1st-4th year students.

Required Scholar Project

If you are interested in doing an Community-Based RSP, please contact Janella Godoy, at anellag@usc.edu.

The Norris Medical Library is an excellent place to find additional resources regarding how to do a hypothesis driven research project, literature review, etc… please contact Jennifer Dinalo at dinalo@usc.edu

Keck School of Medicine of Department of Family Medicine

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Scholarly Project – Longitudinal Study of Health and Aging Trends

HIV Management and Successful Aging in Men

Integrative Medicine

Developing a National Resource Guide

Perceptions of Patient Centered Care

Family Medicine Residency Program Quality Improvement Research

Barriers to Resource Utilization

Additional Faculty Interests for potential RSP

Armaity V. Austin, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the CHMC/USC Family Medicine Residency Program
In addition to teaching ambulatory care and inpatient, Dr. Austin’s special interests include Integrative Medicine, Bio-Ethics, International/Global Health, quality improvement, community medicine and public and healthcare policy.

Sandra Avila, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the CHMC/USC Family Medicine Residency Program
Dr. Avila’s interests are in diabetes and chronic disease prevention in the outpatient setting. She is also interested in QI and health disparities.

Michael Core, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the CHMC/USC Family Medicine Residency Program
Outside of providing full-spectrum Family Medicine to underserved communities and teaching residents and medical students, Dr. Core is interested in addressing disparities in health care delivery with a particular interest in health literacy; he is also interested in pipeline programs to help diversify our physician workforce.

Alexis Coulourides Kogan
Postdoctoral Scholar in Clinical Family Medicine

Michael R. Cousineau, Dr.PH
Professor if Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine
Dr. Cousineau studies the determinants of health care utilization for low-income populations, models of health insurance coverage, health care disparities, effectiveness of outreach and enrollment systems for public insurance programs, the operation of safety-net providers including community health centers and public hospitals, and health needs of vulnerable populations.

Mitzi D’Aquila
Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine at the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program

Ignacio De’Artola, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Medical Director at the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program

Vicky Dunn, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

Chris Feifer, DrPH
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Senior Department Administrator
Dr. Feifer is interested in health promotion, disease prevention and management, quality of care, and creating effective community programs.

Christopher Forest, MSHS, DFAAPA, PA-C
Director of Research and Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program
Educational areas of research: Interprofessional Education, Technology in the Classroom, Service Learning

Jerry Gates, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Principal Investigator and Director of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC)
Training health care professionals to prevent, diagnose, and manage HIV. Improving HIV care in correctional settings including linking and retaining the formally incarcerated HIV+ in care.

Kate Gibson, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine (Clinician Educator)
Dr. Gibson’s interests include women’s health and sports medicine.

Duke Han, PhD, ABPP-CN

Diana Homeier, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Clinical Internal Medicine
Dr. Diana Homeier is board certified in family medicine and geriatric medicine. She currently runs the geriatric clinic at LAC+USC Medical Center as well as two elder abuse projects known as the LAC+USC Adult Protection Team and Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center. Her research areas include elder abuse and neglect, multidisciplinary teams, and falls in older adults.

Marcia Hugen, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine (Practitioner)
Dr. Hugen is interested in the patient-centered medical home, evidence-based medicine, and chronic disease management.

Kathleen Jacobson, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Dr. Jacobson’s main area of research interest is HIV with specific areas of focus in HIV testing and linkage to care, acute HIV, re-engagement in care, Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in women, HIV co transmitters, HIV workforce development, capacity building and HIV resistance interpretation. Dr. Jacobson also has a strong interest in global health. Additionally, Dr. Jacobson is interested in medical education with an emphasis on clinical reasoning.

Kelly Jones, MD
Program Director and Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the CHMC/USC Family Medicine Residency Program
Dr. Jones’ interests include women’s health, residency training, primary care for underserved populations and workforce development for primary care.

Carolyn Kaloostian, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Dr. Kaloostian is interested in geriatric medicine, palliative care, end-of-life care, substance use disorder, complementary and alternative medicine, and preventative medicine.

Lisa Landry-Taylor
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

Desiree Lie, MD, MSEd
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
Dr. Lie is interested in health disparities, health literacy, cultural competence education, interprofessional training, evidence-based medicine, and research in medical education (RIME).

Kevin C. Lohenry, Ph.D., PA-C, DFAAPA
Director of the Physician Assistant Program and Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Areas of interest include leadership, interprofessional education and practice and diversity. Dr. Lohenry is a certified Leadership Practice Inventory Coach through Sonoma Leadership and Kouzes and Posner. The PA Program has a five-year training grant on interprofessional education and a two-year pipeline grant to increase the diversity of the profession.

Sarah Ma, PharmD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Pharmacy
Dr. Ma is interested in interdisciplinary clinical services, interdisciplinary teaching methodologies, ambulatory care clinical pharmacy services in high-risk patients, and provision of medications to patients of a 340B- Covered Entities.

Maria Maldonado, MPH, MPAP, PA-C
Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine at the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program
PA Maldonado’s interests include obesity intervention and prevention; community health and empowerment; peer-to-peer education; culturally appropriate quality healthcare access for underserved communities; and pipeline efforts to increase the number of underrepresented students in healthcare.

Darryl Mayo, MPAS, PA
Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine

Laura Mosqueda, MD
Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Mosqueda’s interests include aging and geriatric medicine.

Adria Navarro, PhD, LCSW

Annie Nguyen, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
My research areas of interest are in qualitative and quantitative research designs in exploring multiple dimensions of successful aging, social determinants of health, and minority health. More specifically, my research focuses on ways in which older adults with multiple chronic diseases and disabilities engage in self-management behaviors within the context of successful aging. I have a particular interest in diabetes, aging with HIV, and HIV-related comorbidities.

Carrie Nichols, MD, FAAFP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Dr. Nichols is interested in maternal medicine and women’s health.

Bonnie Olsen, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs
Dr. Olsen practices as a clinical geropsychologist as part of the interprofessional geriatric assessment clinic at Keck Hospital ambulatory services. Her research interests include the early detection and intervention of elder abuse, particularly among dementia patients and their caregivers, impaired decision making as it relates to elder financial abuse, interdisciplinary teams in primary care and development of Patient Centered Medical Homes.

Chloe Powell, MPAS, PA-C
Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine (Clinician Educator)

Jo Marie Reilly, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Areas of interests are diabetic group visits, interprofessional care, geriatric care, physician well-being, and maternal and child health.

Jehni Robinson, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
Dr. Robinson is interested in obesity prevention, patient centered medical home, transforming primary care, and behavioral medicine in primary care.

Jenica Ryu, MD
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Clinical Training with the USC Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC)
Training health care professionals to prevent, diagnosis, and manage HIV. Improving HIV care in correctional settings including linking and retaining the formally incarcerated HIV+ in care and improving HIV care of homeless and those living in skid row that are HIV+.

Greg Stevens, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Preventative Medicine
Dr. Stevens works on primary health care quality, health disparities and vulnerable populations, and health care and social policy. He has a particular interest in the primary care medical home.

Rose Taroyan, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Dr. Taroyan’s interests include: Up To Date medical practice, preventive medicine, chronic disease management, and dermatological procedures.

Janice Tramel, MS-HPE, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education
Interests are in learning styles, clinical skills development, OSCE development, and implementation of new technology to enhance student learning. Clinical interests are adolescent medicine, geriatrics, legal/ethical issues, and effective use of physician assistants in a clinical practice.

Alberto Vallejo
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

Raymond Waliany, MD
Medical Director and Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program
Dr. Waliany’s area of interest is Correctional Medicine. He is also interested and passionate in following the ever changing face of medicine such as telemedicine, epigenetics and new pharmaceutical agents.

Anne Walsh, MMSc, PA-C, SCT(ASCP), DFAAPA
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine
PA Walsh is interested in chronic liver disease, medical errors in ambulatory care, and interprofessional education and student career choice.

Sean Webb, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Dr. Webb’s interests include: sports medicine, weight loss, smoking cessation, alcohol cessation, and urgent care. Dr. Webb is also a Navy veteran.

Emily Whitehorse, MA, PA-C
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program
PA Whitehorse is interested in faculty development, teaching and learning effectiveness, integrative (holistic) medicine, and curriculum design.

Camilo Zaks, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Medical Director at the USC-Eisner Family Medicine Center at California Hospital

Anthony Zamudio, Ph.D.
Director of Behavioral Sciences and Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the CHMC/USC Family Medicine Residency Program
Area of interest: Ethnic and LGBT issues in primary care as well as patient encounters that address the biopsychosocial elements in primary care.