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2020 Clinical and Translational Science Scholars

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Maan Isabella (Mia) Cajita, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, UIC College of Nursing

Mentor: Mary Kapella, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, UIC College of Nursing

The overarching goal of Dr. Cajita’s research is to empower individuals to effectively perform self-care behaviors. Her current study is focused on the development and testing of an online health literacy-based heart failure self-care intervention. Being a KL2 CATS scholar will enable her to dedicate time to work on my first clinical study while receiving guidance from my mentors.
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Betsy Cliff, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Administration, UIC School of Public Health

Mentor: Jamie Chriqui, PhD, MHS, Professor, Division of Health Policy and Administration, UIC School of Public Health & Co-Director, Health Policy Center, UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy

Dr. Cliff uses microeconomic theory and methods to examine how incentives affect consumer behavior and spending in the medical system. Her studies have looked at low-value care, health insurance benefit design, provider prices, and price transparency initiatives. In her current project, she will examine medical care use for people in high-deductible health plans with chronic conditions and stratified by income.

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Andrew Riley, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, UIC College of Pharmacy

Mentor: Gregory Thatcher, PhD, Hans W. Vahlteich Chair, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, UIC College of Pharmacy & Director, UICentre for Drug Discovery

Dr. Riley’s research focuses on the discovery, design, and development of novel small-molecules that target GPCRs and ion-channels implicated in pain and addiction. He seeks to provide new pharmacological tools to study the function of these receptors in the central nervous system and translate these basic science discoveries into new treatment options for patients.