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AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Cancer ♦ Real world evidence ♦ Comparative effectiveness ♦ Cost effectiveness ♦ Outcomes research ♦ Quality of Care ♦ Guideline-based care ♦ Value-based healthcare ♦ Hospital finance ♦ Risk prediction ♦ Claims and EMR data analysis ♦ Study design ♦ Research methodology ♦ Hierarchical modeling ♦ Validity assessment ♦ Data visualization

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Head of Instant Health Data (IHD) Analytics
Boston Health Economics, Inc.
June 2016 to Present

Director, User and Scientific Engagement
Aetion, Inc.
October 2015 to June 2016

Staff Scientist (equivalent to Assistant Research Professor)

Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR), Fred Hutch
 Cancer Research Center
September 2014 – October 2015

Associate Research Scientist/Program Manager
Global Research Analytics for Population Health Program (GRAPH), Columbia University
September 2013-August 2014

Research Associate/Data Analyst
Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University
October 2006-August 2013

SAMPLE OF DATA SOURCES ANALYZED

SEER-Medicare ♦ Truven Marketscan ♦ Optum Clinformatics ♦ CPRD ♦ Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) ♦ Premier Chargemaster ♦ Medicare 5% and 100% ♦ MedAssets ♦ American Community Survey (ACS) ♦ NYC Community Health Survey (NYC-CHS) ♦ Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) ♦ Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) ♦ National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) ♦ Global burden of disease (GBD) ♦ Area Health Resource File ♦ Healthcare Cost Reporting Information System (HCRIS) ♦ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) ♦ Pragmatic Clinical trial data

DATA ANALYSIS AND DATA VISUALIZATION SOFTWARE EXPERIENCE

Advanced: SAS, Excel, D3
, Aetion, IHD
Intermediate: R, Stata, SUDAAN, Plotly, Tableau, Inkscape, HTML/JS/CSS/JQuery
Beginner: Python, Julia, Google charts, Raw, Infogram, Vega, Processing, TreeAge, Lyra

EDUCATION

September 2008-April 2014
Columbia University
Mailman School of Public Health
Ph.D in Epidemiology
Dissertation: “The effect of hospital financial distress on immediate breast reconstruction”

September 2006-May 2008
Columbia University
Mailman School of Public Health
M.P.H. in Epidemiology
Thesis: “Hemodilution of prostate-specific antigen levels among obese men”

September 2003-May 2006
University of Pennsylvania
B.A. cum Laude in History and Sociology of Science

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

September 2014-October 2015
Staff Scientist (equivalent to Assistant Research Professor)
Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center

September 2014-September 2015
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

May 2014-August 2014
Associate Research Scientist and lecturer
Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Fall 2013
Lecturer
Executive MS in Epidemiology Program, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Fall 2010, Winter 2013
Adjunct Lecturer
CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Anna C. Gelman dissertation award for excellence in epidemiology, 2014
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit Award, 2012
  • Best Pre-Doctoral Trainee poster award, American Society of Preventive Oncology conference, March 2010

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Association of Health Care Journalists (2013-2015)
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association (2012-2015)
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research (2011-2015)
  • New York Academy of Medicine (2010-2014)
  • American Society of Preventive Oncology (2008-2014)

SERVICE

  • Master’s student liaison, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health (2013-2015)
  • Secretary, Society for Epidemiologic Research: Student and Postdoc Committee (2012-2013)
  • Semi-finalist Judge, Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) competition, 2011

COMMITTEES

Columbia University

  • Member, Executive Board for Curriculum Renewal, Mailman School of Public Health (2011-2013)
  • Master’s Student Liaison, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health (2011-2013)
  • Member, Search Committee for Director of Student Affairs, Mailman School of Public Health (2011)
  • Co-Chair, Student Advisory Committee, Mailman School of Public Health (2010-2011)
  • Student Representative, Curriculum Renewal Task Force, Mailman School of Public Health (2010-2011)
  • Academic Chair, Public Health Doctoral Student Association, Mailman School of Public Health (2009-2011)
  • Doctoral Student Representative, Honor Board, Mailman School of Public Health (2009-2013)
  • Student Representative, Curriculum Committee, Mailman School of Public Health (2009)
  • Chair, Doctoral Student Council, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health (2008-2013)
  • Student Representative, Doctoral Committee, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health (2008-2012)

New York Academy of Medicine

  • Co-Chair, Student Advisory Committee (2009-2011)

TEACHING

Graduate-level courses

Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • Summer 2015, (Co-instructor), Presenting and Visualizing Epidemiological Data, Columbia University
  • Fall 2014, Presenting and Visualizing Epidemiological Data, Columbia University

Lecturer

  • Fall 2013, Presenting and Visualizing Epidemiological Data, Columbia University

Adjunct Lecturer

  • Winter 2013, Introduction to Multi-level Modeling, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
  • Fall 2010, Epidemiology Methods III, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College

Teaching Assistant/Seminar Leader

  • Spring 2012, Epidemiology VI: Advanced Techniques in Epidemiologic Methods, Columbia University
  • Fall 2011, Environmental Epidemiology, Columbia University
  • Fall 2011, Epidemiology IV: Critical Thinking in Epidemiology, Columbia University
  • Summer 2011, Principles of Epidemiology I, Columbia University
  • Summer 2011, Introduction to Biostatistics, Columbia University
  • Spring 2011, Application of Epidemiological Research Methods, Columbia University
  • Fall 2010, Environmental Epidemiology, Columbia University
  • Summer 2010, Principles of Epidemiology III, Columbia University
  • Summer 2010, Principles of Epidemiology I, Columbia University
  • Spring 2010, Principles of Epidemiology II, Columbia University
  • Fall 2009, Principles of Epidemiology I, Columbia University
  • Fall 2009, Principles of Epidemiology III, Columbia University
  • Fall 2009, Environmental Epidemiology, Columbia University
  • Summer 2009, Principles of Epidemiology III, Columbia University
  • Summer 2009, Principles of Epidemiology I, Columbia University
  • Fall 2008, Principles of Epidemiology III, Columbia University

Guest lectures

New York University

  • Fall 2013, “Basic principles of effective data visualization”, in course: Epidemiology

Columbia University

  • Spring 2012, “Introduction to Multi-level modeling”, in course: Epidemiology VI: Advanced Techniques in Epidemiologic Methods

Short courses

  • Summer 2014, Principles of Effective Data Visualization, Columbia University
  • Summer 2011-2013, Introduction to Multi-Level Modeling, Columbia University
  • November 10-11, 2011, Multi-Level Modeling Short Course, American Cancer Society National Home Office

RESEARCH SUPPORT

Completed Research Support

R01 HL116291
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Ramsey, Scott (PI)
Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network ancillary cost-effectiveness analysis
Role: Co-investigator
Project: The parent Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network is investigating the best graft source for adult patients requiring alternative donor cell sources for transplantation.  This ancillary study will collect and evaluate cost and quality of life information from the parent project (U10 HL069294).

U54 CA153502
National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Thompson, Betti (PI)
Center for Hispanic Health Promotion: Reducing Cancer Disparities
Role: Co-investigator
Project: This proposed Community Networks Program (CNP) builds on the completed CNP (2005 – 2010).  It proposes to add a randomized clinical trial to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of two different approaches to motivate cervical cancer screening.  Further it adds a patient navigator approach to reduce time to follow-up of an abnormal pap test.  Through its four cores, the proposed Center will cover a myriad of cancer disparities and assist NCI in its endeavor to reduce such disparities.

U01 CA183081-02S1
Georgetown University/National Institute of Health (NIH)
Mandelblatt, Ramsey, Lieu (CO-PIs)
Optimizing personalized care using economic studies of genomic testing – Admin Supplement
Role: Co-investigator
Project: This project will augment the understanding of the use of genomic tests in community practice to inform our cost-effectiveness analysis of genomic testing.  Data from approximately 1,500 women (UM1CA173642), representative of the US population, will be collected to document indications for testing characteristics of those who are tested, and treatment differences between those who are tested and those who are not.

R01 CA151251
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Bricker, Jonathan (PI)
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Smoking Cessation – Admin Supplement
Role: Co-investigator
Project: The overall aim of this 5-year project is to capitalize on the strong theoretical and promising empirical evidence for acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as an intervention for smoking cessation by comparing the effectiveness of ACT against standard cognitive behavioral testing counseling when both are offered with nicotine replacement therapy and delivered within a real world healthcare setting.

1R36HS021709-01
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Richards (PI)
Hospital and County-Level Predictors of Immediate Breast Reconstruction Post-Mastectomy
Role: Principal investigator
Project: This a one year dissertation grant assessing the multi-level factors that explain differences in immediate breast reconstruction rates.

8TL1TR000082-07
National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS)
Ginsberg (PI)
TRANSFORM TL1 Research Education Program at Columbia University
Role: Trainee
Project: The TL1 Research Education Program is intended to provide pre-doctoral students with clinical and translational research training to prepare them for an academic and clinical research career.

5T32CA0095929-23 to 24
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Neugut (PI)
Cancer Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Environmental Health Sciences Training Program
Role: Trainee
Project: This project supports pre-doctoral and post-doctoral student training in cancer-related epidemiologic research.

PEER REVIEW

Ad hoc reviewer

American Journal of Preventive Medicine ♦ Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research ♦ PLOS One ♦ Applied Health Economics and Health Policy ♦ Environmental Health Perspectives

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Research

  1. A Rundle, C Richards, D Tang, F Perera. Lack of Association Between Physical Activity and Plasma Glutathione Peroxidase Levels.  Cancer Epi Biomarkers and Prevention. 2008. [Pubmed] [Full text]
  2.  A Rundle, C Richards, A Neugut. Body Composition, Abdominal Fat Distribution and PSA Test Results. Cancer Epi Biomarkers and Prevention. 2009. [Pubmed] [Full text]
  3. A Rundle, K Neckerman, L Freeman, G Lovasi, M Purciel, J Quinn, C Richards, et al. Neighborhood Food Environment and Walkability Predict Obesity in New York City. Env Health Persp. 2009.  [Pubmed] [Full text]
  4. K Neckerman, M Bader, C Richards, et al. Disparities in the food environments of New York City public schools. Am J Prev Med. 2010.  [Pubmed] [Full text]  
  5. A Rundle, M Bader, C Richards, K Neckerman, J Teitler. Using Google Street View to audit neighborhood envirnonments.  Am J Prev Med. 2011.  [Pubmed] [Full text]
  6. C Richards, A Rundle. Associations between business travel and self rated health, obesity and cardio-vascular disease risk factors from a cross-sectional study. J Occup Env Med. 2011.  [Pubmed] 
  7. C Richards, B Kerker, L Thorpe, et al. Increased screening colonoscopy rates and reduced racial disparities in the New York Citywide campaign. Am J Gastroenterol. 2011.  [Pubmed] 
  8. Y Park, R Bhuyan, C Richards, A Rundle. Social Work Practitioners’ Attitudes Towards Immigrants and Immigration: Results From an Online Survey. J Immigrant Ref Studies. 2011. [Full text]
  9. GS Lovasi, LJ Underhill, D Jack, C Richards, et al. At Odds: Concerns Raised by Odds Ratios for Continuous or Common Outcomes in Research on Physical Activity and Obesity. Open Journal of Epi. 2012.  [Pubmed] [Full text]
  10. L Freeman, K Neckerman, O Schwartz-Soicher, J Quinn, C Richards, et al. Neighborhood Walkability and Active Travel (Walking and Cycling) in New York City. J Urban Health. 2013.  [Pubmed] [Full text]
  11. A Rundle, CA Richards, O Schwartz-Soicher, et al. Individual- and school-level socio-demographic predictors of obesity among New York City public school children.  American Journal of Epidemiology. 2012.  [Pubmed] [Full text]
  12. A Rundle, C Richards, D Sheehan, et al. Neighborhood Socio-economic Status and Individual Smoking Status Interact to Predict PAH-DNA Adduct Levels in Prostate Tissue. Env Mol Mutagenisis. 2012.  [Pubmed] [Full text]
  13. DL Hershman, AI Neugut, CA Richards, et al. Influence of hospital factors, physician factors and type of health insurance on receipt of immediate post mastectomy reconstruction in young women with breast cancer. B Ca Res Treat. 2012.  [Pubmed] [Full text]
  14. HK Perera, CV Ananth, CA Richards, et al.Variation in ovarian conservation in women undergoing hysterectomy for benign indications. Obstet Gynecol. 2013.  [Pubmed] 
  15. D Jack, K Neckerman, O Soicher-Schwartz, GS Lovasi, J Quinn, C Richards, et al.Socio-economic status, neighbourhood food environments and consumption of fruits and vegetables in New York City. Public Health Nutr. July 2013.  [Pubmed] [Full text]
  16. MD Bader, O Schwartz-Soicher, D Jack, CC Weiss, CA Richards, et al. More neighborhood retail associated with lower obesity among New York City public high school students. Health Place. 2013.  [Pubmed] [Full text]
  17. BE Zacharia, SS Bruce, AM Carpenter, ZL Hickman, KA Vaughan, C Richards, et al. Variability in outcome after elective cerebral aneurysm repair in high-volume academic medical centers. Stroke. 2014.  [Pubmed] [Full text]
  18. SJ Mooney, CA Richards, AG Rundle. There goes the neighborhood effect: bias owing to nondifferential measurement error in the construction of neighborhood contextual measures. Epidemiology. 2014.  [Pubmed] 
  19. M Cerda, C Richards, GH Cohen, et al. Civilian stressors associated with alcohol use disorders in the national guard. Am J Prev Med. 2014 [Pubmed]
  20. K Walsh, S Galea, M Cerda, C Richards, et al. Associations between Unit Support and Deployment-Related Sexual Harassment and Assault among National Guard Service Members. Women’s Health Issues. 2014.  [Pubmed] 
  21. JD Wright, AI Tergas, CV Ananth, WM Burke, AI Neugut, CA Richards, DL Hershman. Relationship between surgical oncologic outcomes and publically reported hospital quality and satisfaction measures. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015. [Pubmed] 
  22. JD Wright, AI Tergas, R Cui, WH Burke, JY Hou, CV Ananth, L Chen, C Richards, AI Neugut, DL Hershman. Use of Electric Power Morcellation and Prevalence of Underlying Cancer in Women Who Undergo Myomectomy. JAMA Oncology. 2015 Apr 1; 1(1):69-77. [Pubmed] 
  23. JD Wright, A Tergas, W Burke, JY Hou, C Ananth, L Chen, R Cui, AI Neugut, C Richards, DL Hershman. Quality and Outcomes of Treatment of Hypercalcemia of Malignancy. Cancer Investigation. 2015;33(8):331-9. [Pubmed] 
  24. SR Lowe SR, JW Quinn, CA Richards et al. Childhood trauma and neighborhood-level crime interact in predicting adult posttraumatic stress and major depression symptoms. Child Abuse Negl. 2016 Jan; 51:212-22. [Pubmed]
  25. C Bennette. CA Richards, S Sullivan, S Ramsey. Steady Increase of Prices for Oral Anticancer Drugs After Market Launch Suggest a Lack of Competitive Pressure. Health Affairs. 2016 May. 1;35(5):805-12. [Pubmed]
  26. S Kujawski, S Hermosilla, C Richards, P Muennig, S Galea, AE Sayed. An Ounce of Prevention: Deaths Averted from Implementing Evidence-based Primary Prevention Interventions in the United States in 2010. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017 June. 52(6):778-787.  [Pubmed] [Full text]

 Academic Commentary and Debate

  1. A Rundle, C Richards, A Neugut. Letter to the Editor: Hemodilution of prostate-specific antigen levels among obese men.  Cancer Epi Biomarkers and Prevention.  2009.  [Pubmed] [Full text]
  2. C Richards. Letter to the Editor: Spontaneous Regression of Breast Cancer. Arch Int Med. 2009. [Full text]