Meet the PERC Team

Our dedicated research professionals will be completing studies with real-world data that will help refute and pre-empt traditional randomized clinical trials. The research team brings a variety of expertise to the design of Patient Engaged Research Center and the study of the data collected here.

Our team’s specialties range from Women's Health to Pediatrics and continues to involve various Henry Ford departments and services.

Meet our team: 

Christine Joseph, PhDChristine Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Chair of the Public Health Sciences Department at Henry Ford Health and the lead investigator for the Patient-Engaged Research Center (PERC). Dr. Johnson has a wide range of research interests including Pharmacoepidemiology related to cancer and other diseases, cancer screening and survival, and behavioral intervention studies. Her leadership role in PERC includes collaboration with physicians and the national research community to ensure publication and implementation of our evidence-based findings. Meet Dr. Johnson.



Karen E. Kippen, MSA MT (ASCP), is the Executive Director of the Patient-Engaged Research Center (PERC). Karen is a Senior National Baldrige Examiner with a focus on strategic planning and customer engagement. Her leadership role in PERC includes oversight of the Center’s resources and activities and outreach to stakeholders and researchers both inside and outside of Henry Ford Health. Karen also serves as the All of Us Patient Advisory Council Champion.



Sara Santarossa, Ph.D is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Public Health Sciences, working closely with the Mom and Baby Research Studies and the Center for Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Research (CAAIR). She is also the Scientific Director of the Patient-Engaged Research Center. She is committed to using diverse participant-driven methodologies that combine both qualitative and quantitative approaches and has expertise in engaging with diverse communities to improve patient-centered outcomes. Much of her work uses a mixed method approach that enriches quantitative measures of behavioral interventions with qualitative data collection, including surveys, interviews, and focus groups. She also has experience with collecting and analyzing qualitative multimedia, including thematic analysis of visual and audiovisual data (e.g., photovoice projects that include images and/or videos posted on social media). Moreover, she has employed cutting-edge innovations in analyzing qualitative data, such as computer coding (e.g., Leximancer, Netlytic) to produce conceptual extraction (i.e., thematic) and relational (i.e., semantic) analyses. Dr. Santarossa is committed to translating research to create knowledge mobilization outcomes and impacts (e.g., infographics, interactive workshops/handouts, webinars). Meet Dr. Santarossa

Dana MurphyDana Murphy, BA is the Project Manager of the Patient Engaged Research Center (PERC). She manages the Patient Advisor Program, a sustainable, Henry Ford Health system-wide initiative where patients and caregivers partner with stakeholders to advise on process improvement efforts and provide feedback to make healthcare and research more patient-centered. She develops and maintains recruitment and onboarding of new advisors, training workshops and materials, and retention of program participants. She also collaborates and trains staff and administration that partner with Patient Advisors. She is responsible for the placement of Patient Advisors on councils, committees, and other projects. She also leads the strategic planning process and development of new Patient & Family Advisor Councils (PFAC). Dana has worked with PERC and the Patient Advisor Program since 2017 and is passionate about bringing patient and caregiver voices to the table.

Paige Coyne, Ph.D., is an Epidemiologist IV in the Department of Public Health Sciences. For the Patient-Engaged Research Center (PERC), Dr. Coyne utilizes her multidisciplinary background and expertise in research methods and analysis to support project planning, study design/analysis (including multi- and mixed-method), as well as grant and manuscript writing. Paige takes pride in leveraging participant-driven methodologies and ensuring that stakeholder voices, especially those of participants and patients, are heard and incorporated into research. In addition to collecting quantitative measures associated with behavioral interventions, Paige has experience and expertise collecting qualitative data via surveys, interviews, focus groups, social network analysis, and ethnography, among others, and analyzing such data via qualitative analyses methods like content and thematic analysis. She is also passionate about translating and disseminating research back to stakeholders (e.g., via infographics, workshops and presentations, short reports, social media, educational resource creation, and handouts).



Ashley Rapp, MPH, is an Epidemiologist in the Department of Public Health Sciences, focused on research methods and data analysis. As a proud team member of the Mom and Baby Research Studies, she facilitates stakeholder collaborations and outreach. Leveraging her training in survey methodology, Ashley consults on various evaluation efforts for the health system, including provider experience surveys and Diversity Equity Inclusion and Justice efforts. On PERC, she assists with project planning, mixed-method data analysis, and grant and manuscript preparation.



Leah Copeland, BA is the Project Coordinator of the Patient Engaged Research Center. She supports the Patient Advisor Program, which was developed to empower patients and caregivers to ask questions, be involved, and actively participate in system initiatives and projects that improve patient quality of life. Leah recruits, onboards, and supports the PERC Project Manager in the coordination of councils and committees, the placement of Patient Advisors within the health system, and keeps patients and caregivers at the center of PERC initiatives.

  • Research Scientists
  • Physician Scientists
  • Patient Advisory Council Leads (Patient Advisor Liaison)
    • Suzette Turpel, Director of Central Market Care Experience and Amy Sayles, Manager of Allegiance Care Experience lead the Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital Advisory Council 
    • Julie Johns, Director of South Market Care Experience and John Chandler II, Manager of Wyandotte Care Experience lead the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital Advisory Council
    • Maureen Bennett, Director of North Market Care Experience oversees the North Market Patient Advisory Councils which include:
      • Brooke Shankin (Heike), Manager of Macomb Care Experience leading the Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Advisory Council
      • Luke Sparkman, Manager of West Bloomfield Care Experience leading the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital Advisory Council
    • Danielle Nelson, Director of Supportive Oncology Services leads the Cancer Center Patient & Family Advisory Council
    • Angela Murphy, Manager of Patient Education leads the Patient Involvement and Communication Advisory Council and the Patient Education Committee
    • Dr. Steven Chang, Otolaryngologist and Director of HFCI Head and Neck Cancer Program leads the Head & Neck Cancer (ENT) Advisory Council
    • Shivani Mehta, Manager Access Care Technology leads the Experience Transformation Advisory Council along with Courtney Stevens, Director of Virtual Care, Vanessa Mona, Director of System Care Experience and Thomas Eisenmann, Director of Patient Access Technology and Experience
    • Dr. Gary Loyd, Head of Anesthesiology leads the Perioperative (Brain Health) Advisory Council
    • Patti Magyar, Manager of Transplant Living Community (TLC)
    • Michael Ellis, VP of Henry Ford at Home, Kathleen Bulgarelli, Director of Support Services Home Care & Hospice, Kathy Bronikowski, Executive Director of Home Care Services, and Syed
    • Hussain, Director of Hospice lead the Henry Ford at Home Patient & Family Advisory Council
    • Dr. Tobias Walbert, Neuro-Oncologist leads the Hermelin Brain Tumor Patient and Family Advisory Council
    • Dr. Eunice Yu, Medical Director of the COVID Recovery Care Service leads the COVID Recovery Care PFAC along with Dr. Sara Santarossa 

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