Kerri Barton is a Rural Research Navigator working toward building research capacity in rural communities of Maine. Kerri’s interests include fostering partnerships with researchers, clinicians, and community organizations to bridge project work. Specific services include:
Assisting rural clinicians with research project planning and development, drafting protocols, IRB submission, and data analysis
Bridging connections for research between academic medical centers and critical access hospitals
Building capacity for community engaged research in rural areas
Kerri received her Master of Public Health from Boston University in 2011 and is trained as an epidemiologist. Kerri has experience in bench science, field science, and healthcare, and is interested in social determinants of health and healthcare quality and access.
Wendy Craig PhD
Research Navigator Maine Medical Center Library 22 Bramhall Street (5th floor) Portland, Maine Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Please email me to schedule an appointment
(Walk-in consultations are welcome; however, please be aware I attend meetings at other locations and may not always be at my desk)
Research Interests Risk factor identification and evaluation Assay development and implementation Clinical screening
Dr. Craig received a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Bath, UK (1981), a Ph.D. in physiology from Stanford University (1986) and has a background that spans basic, clinical laboratory, and clinical research.
During her research career, Dr. Craig has acquired extensive experience in study development, design, implementation, analysis, and publication. She has also developed experience in and a passion for education. As a Research Navigator, Dr. Craig is responsible for supporting and mentoring investigators at all stages in the research pathway.
Her goal is to reduce the logistic barriers to research in all departments at MMC, with a focus on implementing a systematic program to guide new investigators thorough the intellectual, practical and regulatory processes that must occur before data collection begins.
Ivette Emery PhD
Translational Research Catalyst Maine Medical Center Research Institute 81 Research Drive, Scarborough, Maine
• Find and foster appropriate clinical/basic science partnerships • Identify possible research avenues to investigate the utility of laboratory discoveries in addressing clinical issues • Assemble the necessary resources to conduct the research (e.g. funding, biospecimens, supporting personnel) • Guide basic scientists in the clinical environment and the regulations for conducting research with human participants and/or human specimens • Work with clinical teams in the conduct of translational research tasks • Help draft and implement research protocols • Aid in the submission of research compliance documentation (IRB) • Coordinate the conduct of the research and the gathering of research data • Develop databases of clinical information • Identify and work through obstacles to translational research
Research Interests Molecular predictors of response to cancer treatment New therapeutic strategies
Ivette Emery is a translational cancer research scientist and a translational research catalyst at Maine Medical Center. She received her PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining MMCRI in 2011, Dr. Emery was a Senior Scientist at the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Scientific Administrator of the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program at the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute. As research catalyst, Dr. Emery is responsible for promoting and facilitating research collaboration between clinical and bench investigators in order to translate laboratory discoveries into interventions to improve human health.
Emery, I.F., Gopolan, A., Wood S., Chow K., Battelli C., George J., Blaszyk H., Florman J., Yun K. Expression and function of ABCG2 and XIAP in glioblastomas. J Neurooncology 2017; 133(1), 47-57. PMID: 28432589
Melissa Graham RN, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation 509 Forest Avenue (Suite 300), Portland Maine
Melissa provides consultative services, training, and research compliance guidance to faculty, trainees, and other staff engaged in human subjects research. All services provided are tailored to specific needs of the project and the experience level of the requesting investigator.
Specific services include:
IRB Submission Consult: This services provides a limited document review to provide researchers with guidance to facilitate IRB submissions (e.g., necessary forms and attachments).
IRB Submission Assistance: This service provides hands-on assistance with research projects in the form of in-depth submission ‘pre-review’. This service may include drafting, editing, reconciling, finalization of documents, and/or preparation of IRB submission packages.
IRB Training Consult: This service provides new staff, residents, and students with an orientation to IRB training requirements. Education, hands-on assistance, and problem resolution will be provided regarding the use of the CITI Program and the IRBNet regulatory submission websites.
Melissa is an experienced RN who has worked clinically, and as a research coordinator, in the areas of adult and pediatric cardiology. She has worked in the settings of private practice, community hospitals, and at the NIH Clinical Center and in Bethesda, MD. Melissa joined MMCRI in 2011 and has experience working as a clinical trials Project Manager (oncology, pulmonary, and pediatrics) and in the Office of Research Compliance.
Frances L. (Lee) Lucas RN, MS, PhD
Epidemiologist Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation 509 Forest Avenue (Suite 300), Portland Maine
Research Interests Assist in teaching risk communication to the Tufts medical students. Assist in teaching critical appraisal of the literature and evidence based medicine to trainees. Assist students, trainees and faculty in the development of research proposals, data analysis, and presentation of results. Teach biostatistics in MMCRI’s research course.
Lee Lucas mentors students, trainees, and faculty in research methods and biostatistics. Dr. Lucas is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with a clinical background in nursing and a Master’s degree in health policy. Her professional career has been spent at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, studying variations in the delivery of health care, screening issues, and appropriateness and overtreatment.
Dr. Lucas’ quantitative training has led to an interest in predictive modeling and she has participated in projects designed to create, evaluate and implement predictive models in clinical care. She is highly committed to the concept of shared decision making and works to provide patients and providers with the tools and skills they need to enhance shared decision making.
Ellyn Touchette BS
Research Assistant II Center for Psychiatric Research 509 Forest Avenue (Suite 200B), Portland Maine
Ellyn Touchette is a Research Assistant supporting Research Navigation and technology management, primarily through the creation and management of databases. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from the University of Southern Maine in 2018. She is also a Behavior Technician for the Development Disorders Program at Spring Harbor Hospital.
Research Interests Differential Gene Expression Autism Spectrum Disorder
Deanna Williams BA
Technology Manager Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation 509 Forest Avenue (Suite 300), Portland Maine
Deanna primarily provides support with database creation and database management (e.g., REDCap). Deanna has been responsible for various aspects of research coordination, data collection, database design, database management, and reporting solutions as well as website design and development. Deanna has been a Database Manager for several multi-center projects. Prior to joining CORE, Deanna was a Research Coordinator and Database Manager for the Early Detection, Intervention, and Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP), a multi-center study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has since joined the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC) as the multisite Data Coordinator; as well as supported the launch of the International Cardiac Arrest Registry (INTCAR 3.0) and served as the Communications Coordinator for a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) research contract.