Design and analytics team
Mike Finch, PhD
Research Projects and Analytics Manager
Dr. Finch is widely known for his work studying the cost, quality, and financing of health care in public and private markets, and in long-term and integrative care. He has received dozens of sponsored grants and contracts, including the Health Care Financing Administration’s National Post Acute Care project, the Design and Evaluation of the Second Generation Social HMO demonstration, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality funded Value-Based Contracting: Understanding What’s Behind the Hospital Volume-Outcome Link, the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development- funded Youth Development Survey, the National Institute on Aging-funded Evaluation of the
Minnesota Medicaid Demonstration, and the Evaluation of the Minnesota Health Care Homes Demonstration.
Dr. Finch has co-authored three books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles. His recent studies and manuscripts have examined the effects of surgical volume on outcomes in hospitals, guideline performance for diabetes, cost and utilization in heath care homes, techniques of risk adjustment, and the effectiveness of integrative care in reducing anxiety and pain
Dr. Lee is interested in examining the underlying biological, psychological, and social mechanisms underlying the relation between racism and health. He is also interested in examining how socio-cultural protective factors (e.g., religiosity, racial identity) promote resilience within the context of racism-related stress. Lastly, Dr. Lee is interested in evaluating public health interventions that focus on positive youth development and health. He leverages methods from structural equation modeling, latent growth modeling, mixed effect modeling, measurement theories (e.g., item response theory), and other longitudinal approaches (e.g., time series analysis) in his work.
Dr. Lee’s current research projects include examining psychological and social pathways linking racial discrimination to stress biology. He is also interested in examining how experiences of racial discrimination shape health behaviors and outcomes across the life span.
Dave Watson, PhD
Dr. Watson is interested in comparative studies that seek to infer causal associations, whether from observational data or randomized experiments. In observational studies, his work tries to design the comparison groups to replicate a randomized experiment, insofar as balancing observed potential confounding variables. In randomized experiments, he is interested in situations that attempt to control for post intervention variables, for example whether or not patients complied with their assigned intervention.
Dr. Watson’s current projects include placental blood as a replacement source for admission blood cultures for the diagnosis of sepsis in newborns admitted to the NICU, postcardiotomy parasternal nerve block with bupivacaine usage in pediatric patients, assessment of empiric vancomycin dosing efficacy, and pain experience following implementation of a system-wide protocol to eliminate or decrease pain caused by needles.
Kristen Griffin, MA, MPH
Scientific and Technical Writer
Kristen’s research interests include birth and perinatal care, health literacy, patient experience, and qualitative research.
Her expertise includes writing, editing, literature review, manuscript revisions.
Amanda Nickel, MPH
Health Services Research Specialist
Amanda’s research interests research interests include observational methodology, geospatial analysis, and health disparities. She provides support for several projects including enteral tube feeding in children with medulloblastoma and supratentorial PNET, incidence of peanut aspirations, and procalcitonin as a biomarker for septic arthritis.)
Her expertise includes database design/management and analysis.