Senior Researcher

Michael Cavanaugh is a senior researcher at L&M. Mr. Cavanaugh is an expert in community based participatory research, ethnography, working with tribal communities, and qualitative research methods.

He has conducted hundreds of interviews and focus groups with hard-to-reach populations on a range of sensitive issues, including food security, intergenerational trauma, substance use, mental health, early childhood education, and child welfare.

At L&M, he conducts and analyzes results from cognitive and in-depth interviews, small group discussions, and focus groups. Most recently, he led focus groups to inform CMS outreach and education efforts aimed at preventing Medicare fraud among Medicare beneficiaries 65 years and older. He also led interviews and focus groups to assess user experience and understanding of Medicare.gov. webpages, including usability testing for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Compare webpage, Physician Compare webpage, and Hospice Compare webpage.

Prior to joining L&M, he worked at Mathematica where he led or contributed to more than a dozen qualitative research efforts for both federal and foundation clients.

For the Touchpoints for Addressing Substance Use Issues in Home Visiting project and the American Indian and Alaska Native Family Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES), he regularly engaged Tribal community leaders and program partners. He has contributed to forums, blogs, and articles that focus on culturally responsive research methods. Mr. Cavanaugh has created and facilitated cross-cultural understanding and cultural humility trainings for field staff on multiple studies. Since 2017, he has supported tribal communities in building evidence to prevent child maltreatment and family wellbeing as part of the Children Bureau’s Center for Native Child and Family Resilience Quality Improvement Center where he currently leads evaluation activities for two sites.

Mr. Cavanaugh holds M.A.s in Anthropology and American Indian Studies from Michigan State University and UCLA.

Nikhita Allam

Research Associate

Nikhita Allam is a Research Associate at L&M with experience in population health consulting, economic evaluation and health policy analysis, grant writing, and public health equity research.

Lauren Blatt

Senior Researcher

Lauren Blatt is a senior researcher at L&M. She has spent nearly 20 years using qualitative and quantitative research methods and analyses to inform, evaluate, and improve health care programs and performance.

Michael Cavanaugh, M.A.

Senior Researcher

Michael Cavanaugh is a senior researcher at L&M. Mr. Cavanaugh is an expert in community based participatory research, ethnography, working with tribal communities, and qualitative research methods.

Sally Crelia, M.P.H.

Senior Research Director

Sally Crelia, M.P.H., is a senior research director at L&M. She has extensive experience in various methods of qualitative research, including designing, conducting and analyzing results from cognitive and in-depth interviews, small group discussions and focus groups, and key informant interviews, in English and in Spanish.

Finn Dobkin

Research Assistant

Finn Dobkin is a Research Assistant at L&M with quantitative research experience in healthcare policy and public health. He has contributed to quantitative and qualitative analysis for government reports, as well as academic manuscripts.

Colleen Dobson, M.S.

Senior Researcher

Colleen Dobson, M.S., is a senior researcher at L&M. Ms. Dobson has more than a decade of experience conducting qualitative research to support health care communication and evaluation projects, with a particular focus on Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Julia Doherty, M.H.S.A.

Senior Research Director

Julia A. Doherty, M.H.S.A., is a Senior Research Director at L&M Policy Research. Ms. Doherty has over 30 years of experience in health care management, policy, and research.

Lisa H. Green, Ph.D.

Founding Principal

Lisa H. Green, Ph.D., is a founding principal of L&M and brings over two decades of experience as a health services researcher focused on health care access, quality and costs for populations covered under federal health care programs.

Margaret Edder Johnson, M.B.A.

Director

Margaret Edder Johnson, M.B.A., is a director at L&M. She has over 25 years of experience in federal and state health care policy, research, and management. She brings skills in primary research data collection, including leading key informant interviews with providers, payers, consumers, and employers; conducting in-depth formative and cognitive interviews with consumers; and moderating focus group discussions with consumers and providers.

Ferhat Q. Kassamali, M.Sc., M.P.H.

Senior Researcher

Ferhat Q. Kassamali, M.Sc., M.P.H., is a senior researcher at L&M. He joined L&M in 2009 and has over 20 years of experience in financial analysis and modeling, strategic planning, business processes, data analytics, prospective payment systems, program evaluation, and general health care policy and research.

William Lane

Senior Researcher

William P. Lane, is a Senior Researcher at L&M. He has more than 25 years of experience in organizational strategy and operations, managed care operational assessments, and formative and evaluative research, including key informant interviews and case studies with consumer groups, providers, government agencies, and consumers across a range of health care topics.

Alyson Emily Marano, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.H.

Senior Researcher

Alyson Emily Marano, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.H., is a senior researcher at L&M with more than twenty years of experience working on public health policy issues and conducting program evaluation for a variety of audiences, including Medicare and Medicaid eligible populations as well as the uninsured and populations experience health disparities.

Heather McPheron, M.P.H.

Director

Heather McPheron, M.P.H., is a Director at L&M. She has over 15 years of consulting experience in health care delivery, policy, and payment innovation. In her role, Ms. McPheron focuses on program planning and management, evaluation of new models of payment and care delivery, and regulatory analysis. She specializes in data analysis, working with large qualitative datasets, and primary data collection.

Kelly Moriarty

Senior Research Director

Kelly Moriarty is a senior research director at L&M. She has spent two decades conducting health care research, focusing on consumer research and communications, quality measure development, and program implementation and assessment.

Alexandra (Rose) Nagele

Research Assistant

Alexandra (Rose) Nagele is a Research Assistant at L&M Policy Research. Ms. Nagele contributes to qualitative research informing the development of web tools and outreach and education materials for the federally-facilitated health insurance exchange. She assists with formative research, usability testing, consumer testing, and end-to-end testing of the HealthCare.gov website through in-depth-interviews, focus groups, and small group discussions.

Heather Onuma-Brennan, M.P.H.

Senior Researcher

Heather Onuma-Brennan, M.P.H., is a Senior Researcher at L&M Policy Research, bringing twenty years of experience conducting public health research, planning, and health communications projects, with a primary focus on underserved populations.

Angel Rollo, M.Eng.

Research Associate

Angel Rollo, M.Eng, is a Research Associate at L&M Policy Research. Ms. Rollo has experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research and using quality and process improvement tools in the field of healthcare.

Monica Sarmiento, M.A.

Director

Monica Sarmiento, M.A., is a director at L&M. She has over 15 years of experience in the areas of project management, health care research, and monitoring and compliance activities.

Claudia Schur, Ph.D.

Senior Research Director

Claudia L. Schur, Ph.D., is a senior research director at L&M. Dr. Schur has more than 30 years of experience in health policy research, program evaluation, survey design and implementation, and quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Vladislav Slanchev, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher

Vladislav Slanchev, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at L&M. Dr. Slanchev brings research experience in quantitative analysis, evaluation design for assessing the performance of health care payment models, development of econometric models to explain the determinants of individuals’ decisions and outcomes, and survey design.

Isabella Smith, M.P.H.

Research Assistant

Isabella Smith, M.P.H., is a Research Assistant at L&M Policy Research. Ms. Smith has experience conducting quantitative health policy research to evaluate the impact of federal, state, and local policy decisions on a variety of health and economic outcomes.

Myra A. Tanamor, M.P.P.

Founding Principal

Myra A. Tanamor, M.P.P., is founding principal of L&M and has spent more than 20 years working on health care financing, delivery, and health communication strategies. She has extensive project management experience, directing many small- and large-scale qualitative studies for the federal government, non-profit organizations, foundations, and professional associations.

Russ Tisinger, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher

Russ Tisinger, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at L&M. Dr. Tisinger’s work focuses on health-related consumer choice and social marketing messaging. He currently conducts surveys and focus groups to inform outreach messaging and advertising for the Health Insurance Marketplace as well as qualitative  research to support the development and evaluation of HealthCare.gov, the online portal for the Marketplace.

Lisa Tomai, M.S.

Senior Researcher

Lisa Tomai, M.S., is a senior researcher at L&M. She has over 25 years of experience in healthcare analytics and research in both public and private settings. Ms. Tomai has worked extensively with large healthcare claims and administrative databases from sources including Medicare, Medicaid, Worker’s Compensation, and commercial carriers.

Emily Zhu

Research Assistant

Emily Zhu is a research assistant at L&M. Ms. Zhu has qualitative research experience in public health and has contributed to published literature reviews. At L&M, she provides research support to several projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) through environmental scans, stakeholder interviews, and consumer research.

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