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Veteran-Reported Receipt of Prepregnancy Care: Data from the Examining Contraceptive Use and Unmet Need (ECUUN) Study

Drs. Lisa Callegari & Ginny Ryan

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Meet the Team

Investigators

Lisa Callegari, MD, MPH

Lisa Callegari, MD, MPH

Dr. Callegari (she/her) is an obstetrician gynecologist and health services researcher focused on developing and testing interventions to promote provider-patient communication, patient-centered care, and equity in reproductive health.  She is a Core Investigator at the VA HSR&D Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care and Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington.

Kristen Gray, PhD, MS

Kristen Gray, PhD, MS

Dr. Gray (she/her) is an epidemiologist and health services researcher in Health Services Research & Development, VA Puget Sound Health Care System and a Research Assistant Professor in the Health Services Department, University of Washington School of Public Health. Her primary research interests include understanding and improving Veterans’ health behaviors, particularly physical activity and diet, and women’s reproductive health care delivery.

Jodie Katon, PhD, MS

Jodie Katon, PhD, MS

Dr. Jodie Katon (she/her) is an epidemiologist and health services researcher, a Core Investigator at the VA Puget Sound HSR&D Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care, and a Research Assistant Professor in the University of Washington Department of Health Services.  Her research focuses on reproductive and sexual health and health equity.

Researchers

Sam Benson

Sam Benson, MPH

Sam (she/her) hails from the Midwest but has called Seattle home since 2010. She joined the VA women’s health research team as a project manager in 2019 and has research experience in areas including adolescent health, sexual and reproductive health, and STD/HIV prevention.

Julie Bondzie

Juliana A. Bondzie, MA, MA-C

Julie (she/her) is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator who has experience with federal and private research. Her background is in biology and neuropsychology, and she has experience in phased trials, as well as single site and multisite studies. She joined the VA in 2006 and has worked on an array of studies ranging from medical, psychological, and technological based interventions.  Her interests include clinical trials, psychological research, reproductive health, Women’s Advocacy, diversity and equity, and other health related studies.

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Andrew S. Bossick, PhD, MPH

Dr. Bossick (he/him) is a health services researcher, contract Research Assistant with VA Puget Sound under the supervision of Drs. Katon and Callegari, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. His research interests focus on reproductive and sexual health, including reproductive autonomy, differential impacts of reproductive policy, learning algorithms and their application in reproductive health services, and equity in health services.

Cathea Carey

Cathea M. Carey, MPH

Cathea (she/her) is a Washington Native. She received her MPH from the University of Washington’s Department of Health Services and a Certificate in Demography. Her research experience includes a broad array of physical and mental health disparities including racial/ethnic disparities, reproductive health, and LGBTQIA rights.

Siobhan Mahorter, MPH

Siobhan Mahorter, MPH

Siobhan (she/her) joined the VA women’s health research team in 2020, and has called Seattle home since 2012. She has a professional background in state-level health policy and public health program development. Her research interests include program and policy evaluation, women’s health and family planning. Outside of work, she enjoys singing, kayaking and reading with her cat.

Ashley Mog, PhD, MSc

Ashley Mog, PhD, MSc

Dr. Mog (she/her) is a qualitative researcher and methodologist in the Qualitative Core at the VA Puget Sound HSR&D Center of Innovation and frequently collaborates with the Women’s Health Research Team. She is also an affiliate of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. Before becoming staff at VA, she taught Women's and Gender Studies at UW Tacoma, University of Kansas, and West Chester University. Her research interests include LGBTQ healthcare disparities, disability access and inclusion, social/structural determinants of health, and power relations in qualitative research.

Gillian Monty

Gillian Monty, BA

Gillian (she/her) is originally from Phoenix Arizona and moved to Seattle in 2016 to attend Seattle University as an undergraduate. Gillian began working as a research assistant on the VA women’s health research team shortly after graduating with a BA in Psychology.

Shanise Owens, MA, MS

Shanise Owens, MA, MS

Shanise (she/her) is a doctoral student at the University of Washington School of Public Health in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. Her research examines the impact of socio-economic and spatial determinants of health on physical, reproductive, behavioral and mental health disparities in disadvantaged/underserved populations. Shanise is also a child and family psychotherapist with a passion for serving racial and ethnic minority communities to promote mental health and wellness.

Zoe Pleasure, MPH

Zoe Pleasure, MPH

Zoe (she/her) is a doctoral student at the University of Washington School of Public Health in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. She joined the VA/UW Women’s Health Services Research team as a research assistant in Fall 2021. Her previous research experience included projects related to family planning services, adolescent sexual behavior, and maternal mortality, and she hopes to explore more topics related to health equity and delivery of reproductive health care to those with chronic conditions during her doctorate and research assistantship.

Molly Silvestrini, BA

Molly Silvestrini, BA

Molly (she/her) is from San Francisco and joined the VA women’s health research team as a qualitative analyst in 2021. She is interested in health disparities, LGBTQ health, and reproductive/sexual health.

Vyshnika Sriskantharajah

Vyshnika Sriskantharajah, BS

Vyshnika (she/her) joined the VA Women’s Health research team as a Data Manager in 2022. She has her graduate certificate in Biomedical Informatics and is pursuing a Master’s in it as well. Her background is in data analysis and management for a  variety of research projects including COVID-19 surveillance and EHR related research.  Her research interests are in health informatics and healthcare disparities research.

Erica V. Tartaglione, BS

Erica V. Tartaglione, BS

Erica (she/her) is the VA Puget Sound HSR&D Center of Innovation Special Initiatives Manager. She joined the VA in 2009 as a project manager and has been overseeing multiple research and operations projects. Her interests include reproductive health, maternity care services, Veteran research engagement, and promoting diversity equity and inclusion in all phases of the research process.

Aarthi Yogendran

Aarthi Yogendran, BA

Aarthi (she/her) is from the Greater Seattle area. She joined the VA women’s health research team as a research assistant in 2022. She received her BA in Public Health-Global Health from the University of Washington. Her research interests include reproductive health, social determinants of health, racial/ethnic disparities, and health equity.