About

Associates

As Sustainable Health evolves and builds momentum, we will continue to draw on an international spectrum of collaborator talent.

  1. Matthew BUMAN
    Assistant Professor, Exercise and Wellness, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Arizona State University
    Matthew BUMAN
    Matthew Buman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University.  Matt is a member of the Project HoneyBee advisory team at the Center for Sustainable Health.  His research at ASU focuses on measuring and intervening upon the dynamic interplay of sleep, sedentary, and physical activity behaviors and how collectively these behaviors can be harnessed to prevent chronic disease. matthew.buman@asu.edu
  2. Karen COLORAFI
    Research Collaborator
    Karen COLORAFI
    Karen Colorafi, RN, BScN, MBA, CPHIT, CPEHR, joined the Center for Sustainable Health in April of 2013 as a research collaborator.  She works as an Arizona-based consultant on various EHR vendor selection, implementation, and optimization projects. Her experience as both a clinical nurse and healthcare technology analyst give her unique insight into the needs of medical practices as they adopt and implement Electronic Health Records (EHR).  Some of her past positions include: Arizona State University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, supporting the efforts of the Arizona Regional Extension Center, helping Arizona physicians select and adopt electronic health records and meet Meaningful Use; Clinical EHR Nurse Specialist with the Doctor's Office Quality Information Technology (DOQ-IT) initiative sponsored by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); Director of Nursing for a 50-physician, statewide cardiology practice; Clinical Educator for a specialty cardiac hospital; Program Coordinator and Clinical Nurse Specialist for an all-female cardiac rehabilitation program; and staff nurse in cardiology, family practice and urgent care. Karen is a doctoral student at ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She is pursuing a research trajectory that focuses on the use of patient-centered health information technology to enhance patient engagement. Karen received two undergraduate degrees in Canada (health psychology and nursing), and a Masters in Business Administration (healthcare management) in the United States. Karen.Colorafi@asu.edu
  3. Eric HEKLER
    Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Arizona State University
    Eric HEKLER
    Eric Hekler, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at ASU, where he also directs the Designing Health Lab.  Eric is a member of the Project HoneyBee advisory team at the Center for Sustainable Health.  His research  at ASU focuses on how to design and evaluate health behavior change technologies (e.g., just in time adaptive mHealth interventions, online support groups, and do-it-yourself intervention creation support tools). Prior to ASU, Hekler completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University and received his PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from Rutgers University. ehekler@asu.edu
  4. Katherine KENNY
    Clinical Professor, Director, Doctor of Nursing Program and Assistant Dean of Nursing Programs, College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State University
    Katherine KENNY
    Katherine Kenny is the former Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Arizona State University where she holds the rank of Clinical Professor. She was recently promoted to Assistant Dean of Nursing Programs. Kenny also continues to practice as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in the “Transition Clinic,” a nurse practitioner-run clinic. Her research interests include patient education, palliative care, pain management and inter-professional education. She has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and has written several book chapters. She is an active member of several local and national boards and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in June 2013. katherine.kenny@asu.edu
  5. Narayanan KRISHNAMURTHI
    Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University
    Narayanan KRISHNAMURTHI
    Narayanan Krishnamurthi is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. Narayanan is numbered among select ASU faculty members affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Health and is engaged in developing an interdisciplinary, novel course as part of Project HoneyBee, entitled Opportunities in Healthcare; course will launch in January of 2015.  His main research interests at ASU include developing therapeutic interventions to improve and restore function in persons with neurological disorders. His interventions are mainly aimed towards taking advantage of neural plasticity in paradigms that can be effectively utilized in the clinic and/or home environment to facilitate functional recovery. narayanan.krishnamurthi@asu.edu
  6. Jeffrey T. LA BELLE
    Assistant Professor, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Barrett Honors College, Harrington Biomedical Engineering Program and Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
    Jeffrey T. LA BELLE
    Jeffrey La Belle has a PhD and Masters in Bioengineering from ASU and a MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts.  La Belle is numbered among select ASU faculty members affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Health and is engaged in developing an interdisciplinary, novel course as part of Project HoneyBee, entitled Opportunities in Healthcare; course will launch in January of 2015.  His ASU lab includes over 90 students from biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, computer science engineering, as well as biology and chemistry programs at ASU. His research focuses on label-free, noninvasive sensing/on body and point-of-care technologies.  jeffrey.labelle@asu.edu
  7. Joshua LaBAER
    Director, Virginia G. Piper Center for Personal Diagnostics, Biodesign Institute, and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University
    Joshua LaBAER
    Joshua LaBaer, M.D., Ph.D., formerly the Director of the Harvard Institute of Proteomics (HIP), is the Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine and Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics. His efforts involve leveraging the Center’s formidable resources for the discovery and validation of biomarkers—unique molecular fingerprints of disease—which can provide early warning for those at risk of major illnesses, including cancer and diabetes. He completed medical and graduate school at the University of California, San Francisco, where he studied steroid regulation of DNA transcription and protein-DNA interactions. He completed his internship and residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a clinical fellowship in Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Dr. LaBaer is a member of the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors. Recently he was elected Chair of the EDRN Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee. Dr. LaBaer serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Proteome Research, and a member of the editorial boards of Analytical Chemistry, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Cancer Biomarker, Molecular Biosystems, and Clinical Proteomics. He is a Research Affiliate with the Mayo Clinic, treasurer and president-elect of the US Human Proteome Organization (USHUPO), a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Promega, Provista, the NRC Genomics and Health Initiative, and Protein Forest.
  8. Steve LESTER
    Consultant Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Arizona
    Steve LESTER
    Steve Lester, MD, is Consultant Cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He is also Associate Chair of Medicine for Innovation. Prior to this he was Director of both the Cardiovascular Ultrasound Imaging Laboratory and the Post-Doctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Ultrasound Imaging. Lester’s interests are in the uses of technology to transform the experience and delivery of healthcare. lester.steven@mayo.edu
  9. James LEVINE
    Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Arizona; Director of Obesity Solutions, Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University
    James LEVINE
    James Levine, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, Physiology, and Bioengineering at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He is also Director of Obesity Solutions for the Mayo Clinic and ASU. Levine is a Scholar at the University of Cambridge and holds the Mayo Clinic Richard Emslander Chairs in Nutrition and Metabolism. He is a Senior Scientific Advisor to numerous national governments and a designated “Expert” to the United Nations, NIH, and NSF. He has completed five documentaries and has received over 50 national and international awards in science. In addition, he is the creator of the Treadmill desk. jim@asu.edu
  10. Scott RAMSEY
    Full Member, Cancer Prevention Research Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Research Collaborator, Center for Sustainable Health
    Scott RAMSEY
    Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD, is a Full Member in the Cancer Prevention Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where he directs the Research and Economic Assessment in Cancer and Healthcare (REACH) group, a multidisciplinary team devoted to clinical and economic evaluations of new and existing cancer prevention, screening and treatment technologies. He is also a Professor in the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, and Institute for Public Health Genetics at University of Washington. He also directs the cancer Prevention and Survivorship Program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Trained in Medicine and economics, his primary research interest is in studying the economic aspects of new medical technologies. Dr. Ramsey is a leader in the field of Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER), and current President of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).
  11. Heather ROSS
    Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State University
    Heather ROSS
    Heather Ross is Clinical Instructor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at ASU and a faculty member in the Master’s in Science and Technology Policy program. Heather is a key member of the Project HoneyBee advisory team at the Center for Sustainable Health.  As a nurse practitioner, she also maintains a clinical practice in cardiac electrophysiology, where she treats patients with a variety of wearable and implanted diagnostic and therapeutic devices. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary healthcare teams and the social construction of biomedical technologies. heather.m.ross@asu.edu
  12. Eugene SCHNELLER
    Professor, Supply Chain Management and Dean’s Council of 100 Distinguished Scholars, Department of Supply Chain Management, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
    Eugene SCHNELLER
    Eugene Schneller is Professor of Supply Chain Management and Dean’s Council of 100 Distinguished Scholars within the Department of Supply Chain Management at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business. He is also Co-Director of the Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium. Schneller is numbered among select ASU faculty members affiliated with the Center and is engaged in developing a novel, interdisciplinary course as part of Project HoneyBee, entitled “Opportunities in Healthcare,” that will launch in January 2015. His business research provides an assessment of the complex trust relationships, levels of integration and fragmentation across the value chain. Schneller is the recipient of an honorary degree as a physician assistant (PA) from Duke University. gene.schneller@asu.edu
  13. Mark SPANO
    Research Professor, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Arizona State University
    Mark SPANO
    Mark Spano is a Research Professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering. Mark is a member of the Project HoneyBee advisory team at the Center for Sustainable Health.  Before joining ASU, Spano served as a Distinguished Research Physicist for the U.S. Navy from 1981 to 2010. An expert on the nonlinear dynamical control of biological systems, his research focuses on controlling abnormal rhythms in the heart and the brain. A separate focus is incorporating novel biological sensors into portable medical devices. He is a founding organizer of the Experimental Chaos Conferences and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, having served as Chair of its Division of Biological Physics. mark.spano@asu.edu
  14. Kevin UCHIMURA
    Research Technologist, Center for Sustainable Health
    Kevin UCHIMURA
    Kevin Uchimura has been working with Project HoneyBee at the Center for Sustainable Health since 2014, to help develop a database of biosensors developed for the consumer-market. He completed his Master’s degree in ASU’s Biomedical Engineering program in May 2013. He helps to manage a laboratory group developing the next generation of biosensors and his interests include new gadgets and creatively applying them to medicine. kevin.uchimura@asu.edu
  15. Donna VELASQUEZ
    Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University
    Donna VELASQUEZ
    Donna Velasquez, PhD, FNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years experience in primary care and hospital settings. She obtained both her undergraduate and Master’s in community health from Arizona State University and received her doctorate from the University of Arizona with a major in systems and a minor in gerontology. Her  research interests have spanned both the social sciences, studying work complexity and the biological sciences, examining the influence of a genetic polymorphism on cortisol. Her scholarly interests are now focused on DNP/NP education and outcomes. donna.velasquez@asu.edu