Title: Principle Investigator
Lee Ellington is a Professor at the College of Nursing, a clinical psychologist, and a Huntsman Cancer Institute Investigator. She holds the Robert S. and Beth M. Carter Endowed Chair. She has an interdisciplinary program of research in family-patient-provider communication. Her primary interest is in meeting the health and well-being needs of family caregivers of advance cancer patients through communication processes. As the Principal Investigator of the research team, she is responsible for all aspects of the Hospice Today Project. Lee enjoys binge watching British mysteries, running, walking, and is always working on a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.
Kristin Cloyes is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing, Assistant Dean of the PhD Program, and is an nurse with advanced training in mental health and gerontology. Her research focuses on chronic illness and caregiving within communities that are underserved within health care systems and under-represented in health research. In 2018 she was recognized with a University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a Co-Investigator on the Hospice Today Project, and is leading the part of the Project focused on LGBTQ+ caregivers. Kristin self-identifies as a geek, and is always making something with yarn, wood, fabric, plants or food.
Anna Beck, MD has been a hospice medical director for 13 years. She is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, directs the Supportive Oncology & Survivorship program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She is passionate about improving end of life care for patients, as well as supporting those who care for loved ones at end of life.
Dr. Maija Reblin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes & Behavior at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Utah and her research focuses on understanding how relationships and communication can help coping in family caregivers and patients with advanced cancer. Maija is a runner, rower, and dog enthusiast. She is excited for the Hospice Today study to learn more about what makes hospice work and how to make it better from families across the country.
Eli Iacob is a Research Associate part of the statistical core at the College of Nursing. His previous research work has focused on depression and pain in clinical populations. As a team member for the Hospice Today Project, he has helped to design the REDCap database that manages participant recruitment, visit tracking, and patient reported outcomes. He will also be involved with data analysis and dissemination at study completion. He is excited about the progress the project will make in understanding nurse-caregiver dyadic relationships in the face of cancer. When not working, he will be found spending time with his two sons and wife climbing, hiking, biking, playgrounds, and in various museums.
William Hull is a PhD student with interest in family caregiver's perspectives and experience with healthcare, particularly, in conjunction with stressful circumstance (i.e. end-of-life communication, hospice, minority status). As a team member he provides valuable insights from a clinical nurse perspective, contributing to the overall project design, including: analysis, recruitment, and code book development. When he isn’t working with the Hospice Today Project you might find him listening to music (live or otherwise), camping, hiking, brewing beer, traveling, and/or eating delicious food.
Sarah Wawrzynski is a registered nurse with over 15 years of bedside nursing experience. She also and 3rd year PhD student with an interest in caregiving and family dynamics within the context of cancer. In her free time, she enjoys running, travel, and pretty much anything outside.
Abigail Levinzon is a current MPH candidate at the University of Utah. She is also in the process of obtaining a Graduate Women's Health Certificate from the College of Social Work. She is passionate about improving public health specifically through program assessment. Her key interest is improving health outcomes through more positive patient/ practitioner relationships. In her spare time, she enjoys reading horror novels and updating her dogs' Instagram.