Our Content Development team assists in the creation of decision aids (DAs), which are tools to help patients facing medical decisions. Within the team, different groups review the clinical evidence related to a decision, research the patient perspective through focus groups and literature reviews, and conduct ongoing evaluations of our decision aids to ensure they continue to be accurate and relevant. In addition, this team coordinates the involvement of our medical editors, clinical advisors, patient interviewees and communication consultants.
Julie Beauregard, MLIS Senior Research Associate
Julie gathers, evaluates and summarizes the current medical research in support of new or revised Shared Decision-Making® programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Julie was a librarian at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she synthesized evidence-based information packets in response to clinical questions and assisted with a number of patient education initiatives. Julie holds a BS in biology from Union College and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.
Diana L. Stilwell, MPH Chief Production Officer
Diana oversees all aspects of the Foundation's role in Shared Decision-Making® program production and ongoing clinical review of health coaching resources with Health Dialog. She is also responsible for the Foundation's independent production initiatives. In collaboration with our medical editors and clinical advisors, her team ensures the accuracy of the clinical evidence included in all Foundation materials. Before joining the Foundation, she was executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine’s Weekly Briefings and managing editor of the Healthwise Handbook, Healthwise for Life, and the Healthwise Knowledgebase™. Diana holds BS and MPH degrees from the University of Michigan.
Molly T. Beinfeld, MPH Director, Independent Production
Molly synthesizes and translates clinical research into evidence-based materials for patients so they may make better informed decisions about their health. Currently Molly is leading the Foundation's multi-year maternity initiative in collaboration with Childbirth Connection. Before joining the Foundation, Molly worked as an analyst for the Boston Public Health Commission and as a research scientist at the Institute for Technology Assessment at Massachusetts General Hospital. She holds a BA in psychology and biology from Cornell University and an MPH from Boston University.
Sherri Frank Mazzotta Director of Content Development and Production
Sherri works with the Clinical Evidence team and our medical experts to ensure the accuracy of all evidence gathered in support of new or revised Shared Decision-Making® programs. Before joining the Foundation, Sherri oversaw the editorial production of continuing medical education activities at M|C Communications/Pri-Med and was a publisher of society-owned medical journals at Wiley-Blackwell. She holds a BFA from Emerson College.
Mary McNaughton-Collins, MD, MPH Medical Director
Mary is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, an associate physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Foundation’s medical director. She has an interest in prostate cancer and has received funding from the NIH to conduct research on the subject. Mary holds a BA in Spanish from Holy Cross, an MD from the Dartmouth/Brown joint program in medicine and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency at Boston University, as well as a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Suzanne Brodney, PhD, RD Research Associate
Suzanne gathers, evaluates, and summarizes current medical research in support of new or revised Shared Decision-Making® programs. Before joining the Foundation, Suzanne managed research and outcomes at The Health & Wellness Institute in Providence, R.I. She has also managed research projects for the U.S. Cochrane Center at Brown University. Suzanne has been a registered dietitian since 1994, was trained as an evidence analyst for the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and serves as a member of the ADA's Medical Nutrition Therapy Effectiveness workgroup. She holds an MS degree in nutrition, a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine.
Catherine Finn, MSW, LCSW Senior Research Associate
Catherine carefully evaluates and translates medical research to support the development and maintenance of Shared Decision- Making® programs in mental health, oncology and palliative care. Before joining the Foundation, Catherine was a researcher in the Child Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and at the Harvard School of Public Health. She conducted her clinical training at Healthcare Associates, a multidisciplinary primary care practice within Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Catherine holds a BA in literature and psychology, a BS in mass communications from Boston University and an MSW from Simmons College.
Margaret Lynch, PhD Research Associate
Margaret is responsible for collecting, evaluating and summarizing current medical research in support of new or revised Shared Decision-Making® programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Margaret was a medical editor at Natural Standard and a science education consultant for the CK12 Foundation. She was also a biology lecturer at Tufts University where she taught courses in cell and molecular biology, and also mentored undergraduate research students. Margaret holds a PhD in cell biology from The University of Colorado, Boulder and a BA in biology from Williams College. She completed her Post-Doctoral training at The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and The University of California, Davis.
Morgan MacCuaig Evaluation Coordinator
Morgan facilitates and coordinates the Foundation's evaluation activities, and integrates the results of the evaluations from patients, providers and others to inform the revision and production of the Foundation's Shared Decision-Making® programs. Morgan holds a BS in biology from William Smith College.
Ann MacDonald Research Associate
Ann is responsible for collecting, evaluating and summarizing current medical research in support of new or revised Shared Decision-Making® programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ann was a medical editor at Harvard Medical School, specializing in prostate diseases and chronic medical conditions. She also worked as a freelance medical writer for five years. Ann holds a BA in politics and women’s studies from Brandeis University.
Colin Nelson Senior Research Associate
Colin critiques and synthesizes scientific research, and translates it into clear, evidence-based messages to support a broad range of Foundation programs. He has authored or edited more than two thousand articles and monographs, several of which have won medical writing awards. His work for health care providers and the general public has appeared on CNN.com, WebMD, AOL Health, Medpage Today, and elsewhere. For ten years he was editor of the newsletters Bone & Joint and Sports Medicine Digest, and associate editor of The Back Letter. Colin currently serves as a member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) and the Public Advisory Board of the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR); he is a former consumer representative to the Cochrane Collaboration. Colin holds a BA from Williams College.
Chad Parmet Senior Research Associate
Chad gathers, evaluates and summarizes current medical research in support of new or revised Shared Decision-Making® programs. Before joining the Foundation, he worked as a medical writer. Chad holds a BA in physics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Carin Upstill Project Manager, Independent Production
Carin manages research and production activities for projects developed independently of Health Dialog. Currently Carin is involved with the Foundation's multi-year maternity initiative in collaboration with Childbirth Connection to develop decision support tools for maternity care. Prior to joining the Foundation, Carin managed health care quality improvement and health communication projects in women’s reproductive health and pediatric health services. In addition, Carin previously managed health education and patient advocacy initiatives within the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Early Detection department. Carin holds a BA in psychology from City University of New York and is currently completing her MA at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health.