Current Fellows

Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD

Catherine Cerulli is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization. In these roles, she has promoted research in diverse criminal justice, community, and health settings, and in 2016, she helped create a medical-law program that integrates health, legal, and advocacy services for victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). Cerulli also directs the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester, which focuses on translating science regarding social determinants of health into practices that change lives. Cerulli, a licensed attorney, has worked directly with IPV victims since 1983—as a counselor, advocate, attorney, and researcher. She forges collaborative community studies in partnership with survivors as investigators and advisors, guided by principles of community-based participatory research.

Cerulli has worked in Russia, China, Mongolia, the Greater Mekong region, and most recently, India. Her international portfolio has been supported by the NIH Fogarty International Center, the World Health Organization, and the Fulbright Specialist Program. As a national and international leader and trainer, she speaks directly to the need for agencies to ground their service programs in scientifically-based evidence and to rigorously evaluate the real-world impacts of their initiatives.

Cerulli received her BA from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and her JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her MA and PhD from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany.

Sharron Crowder, PhD, RN, ATSF

Sharron J. Crowder is a clinical associate professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON), with clinical experience in pediatrics, pulmonary disease, and case management. She is also the special assistant to the dean for health policy initiatives. She teaches health policy and leadership courses and assists faculty in the integration of health policy throughout the curriculum. Her work involves the creation and ongoing coordination of two IUSON programs: The Legislative Fellowship program which offers a firsthand health policy analysis and evaluation immersion experience with the Indiana General Assembly, and the Eagles program, a health policy leadership development program that offers students long-term individualized mentoring that extends after graduation. Both programs foster the development of nurses for local, state, and national leadership roles. Her current research explores policy perspectives and strategies to improve workforce capacity for prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Prior to her IUSON positions, Crowder served in various nursing and administrative positions in health systems in the United States and military instillations in Germany. Her practice and research focused on chronic disease management, particularly regarding African American adolescents with asthma and their families. She has also held academic roles at six colleges and universities throughout the country.

Crowder received a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a master’s in nursing from Emory University, and a doctorate from Indiana University. Crowder was selected as a 2014 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Health Policy Faculty Fellow and as a 2018 American Thoracic Society Fellow.
• House Committee on Education and Labor
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Kristen Dillon, MD

Kristen Dillon is a family physician with experience in system-level health care transformation and clinical care for rural communities. Most recently, she worked for PacificSource as the director of a Coordinated Care Organization, Oregon’s innovative model for regional Medicaid managed care. In this role, she led health care transformation and operations in the Columbia Gorge and neighboring rural, frontier, and tribal regions. Her focus included development and implementation of initiatives supporting advanced primary care, behavioral health integration, and aligned payment models. She also worked with health systems across Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial lines of business as the medical director for regional partnership.

Dillon also worked as medical director for the public clinic in Sherman County, Oregon. She has served at the community and state levels as chair of the state’s Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee, chair of the Oregon Rural Practice-Based Research Network, and board chair of a Federally Qualified Health Center. She was also the founding medical director of the Columbia Gorge’s community-engaged research network.

Dillon completed undergraduate study at Dartmouth College, majoring in chemistry and Asian studies. She earned a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed a family medicine residency at the Family Medicine Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and in 2016, she was named Oregon’s Family Doctor of the Year.
• Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
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Charles Mathias, PhD

Charles W. Mathias is a behavioral health researcher and associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is the director of the Motivational Alcohol Treatment to Enhance Roadway Safety (MATTERS) program, which provides free treatment and behavioral health interventions to reduce alcohol misuse and re-arrest for drunk driving. Mathias also serves as a health representative to the Texas Impaired Driving Task Force, where he conducts community education and judicial officer training, and contributes to the annual impaired driving plan for the Texas Department of Transportation.

Mathias’s research focuses on how impulsivity is measured and interpreted. His work on impulsivity has focused on underlying mechanisms—such as physical aggression, suicide attempts, and substance use behaviors—that lead to contact with emergency care and law enforcement systems.

Mathias graduated from Indiana University with a BS in psychology, received both an MS and a PhD in applied biopsychology from the University of New Orleans, and completed postdoctoral training in psychopharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is a past president of the International Society for Research on Impulsivity.
• Senator William Cassidy (R-LA)
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Michelle Morse, MD, MPH

Michelle Morse is an internal medicine hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in the Division of Global Health Equity and an affiliate of Harvard University’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. Morse is also social medicine course director and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She co-founded EqualHealth, an organization supporting the development of Haitian health care professionals, where she serves as co-director. She works to strengthen medical education globally, to expand the teaching of social medicine in the United States and abroad, and to support health systems strengthening through equitable approaches to human resources for health.

Morse served as assistant program director for the internal medicine residency at BWH. She worked with several partners to found the Social Medicine Consortium (SMC), a global coalition seeking to address the miseducation of health professionals on the root causes of illness. She works on the SMC’s global Campaign Against Racism. Morse was previously the deputy chief medical officer for Partners in Health (PIH)and now serves on the PIH board of directors.

Morse earned a BS in French from the University of Virginia, an MD from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and an MPH from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2018, Morse was named a Soros Equality Fellow.
• House Committee on Ways and Means
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Joseph Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA

Joseph V. Sakran is an assistant professor of surgery, director of emergency general surgery, and associate chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Sakran trained in general surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital and completed his fellowship in traumatology, surgical critical care, and emergency general surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Sakran works with underprivileged and minority high school students, with a goal to improve care among vulnerable populations both domestically and abroad.

In 2017, Sakran was included in Becker’s Hospital Review’s Healthcare’s Leaders under 40. He serves in surgical organizations, most recently as chair of the Resident and Associate Society for the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He also serves on the Young Fellows Association’s governing council. Sakran is the vice chair of the ACS’s International Subcommittee for Operation Giving Back and chair of the Injury Control and Violence Prevention Committee for the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Sakran completed the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program.

Sakran has a BS in biology, with a minor in chemistry, from George Mason University. He earned his medical degree from the Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Sakran obtained an MPH with a focus on global health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He obtained an MPA from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
• Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
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Liliane Windsor, PhD, MSW

Liliane Cambraia Windsor is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the development of multilevel interventions designed to reduce health inequalities related to substance use disorders and HIV prevention. Her most recent work focuses on optimizing Community Wise, an innovative, multilevel substance use intervention for individuals transitioning home from incarceration. She is also developing and testing a participatory action research online training protocol to engage community members from rural communities affected by the opioid epidemic in research and behavioral health services.

Windsor is the founder of the Newark Community Collaborative Board, the group of researchers, service providers, and consumers who developed Community Wise. Windsor has overseen numerous research studies in the United States and Brazil. She is affiliated with the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Windsor earned a bachelor of science in education from Faculdade de Ciências Humanas-FUMEC, Brazil. She obtained her master of science and doctoral degrees in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.
• Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)
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Key Information

2020-21 Call for Applications (CFA) Now Closed

For reference only, view the 2020-21 CFA.  The 2021-22 CFA will open in November 2020.