Staff

The Injury Prevention Center's director is Michael Mello, MD, MPH. He is a professor of emergency medicine and a principal investigator on projects funded by the NIH, the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Mello is also a practicing physician with the University Emergency Medicine Foundation, a former president of the Rhode Island chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a former national president of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research. Mello has 25 years of experience teaching medical students, Brown University School of Public Health students and residents. He is a professor in the department of emergency medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

James Linakis, MD, PhD is an Injury Prevention Center researcher, associate director of pediatric emergency medicine at Hasbro Children's Hospital, and professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He attended University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, where he received a PhD in medical biopsychology, and Yale University School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree. Linakis completed a residency in pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a combined fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine and toxicology at Boston Children's Hospital. He has conducted research in the areas of toxicology, injury prevention and health care delivery.

Janette Baird, PhD

is a principal investigator on the CDC-funded Safe Opioid Prescription Project (SOPP) study and a co-investigator for several Injury Prevention Center research projects. Baird has a doctoral degree in experimental psychology and has a particular interest in behavior change research. She is an associate professor of emergency medicine (research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Clifford Bromberg, PhD, has been a staff psychologist at the Bradley Hospital Outpatient Services Department for over 20 years, providing psychotherapy services to both children and adolescents, and their families.

is an IPC researcher and assistant professor of emergency medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her residency training was at Boston Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She completed a health services research fellowship and obtained a master in public health degree at Oregon Health and Science University. The goal of her research is to use technology to improve services for women with high-risk health conditions, including substance use and partner violence. She is currently supported by a career development (K23) award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Traci Green, PhD
Epidemiologist

is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on drug abuse, addiction and injury. She earned a master of science degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University and a PhD in epidemiology from Yale University, where she was both a Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS pre-doctoral fellow and an individual Kirschstein-National Research Services Award pre-doctoral fellow. Currently, she is the director of Public Health Research and Methodology at Inflexxion, Inc., and an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. She also chairs the Rhode Island Drug Overdose Prevention and Rescue Subcommittee for the Rhode Island Department of Health. Her research is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Dina Burstein, MD, MPH

is a research associate and an assistant professor of emergency medicine (research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is principal investigator on the Rhode Island Foundation supported Seat Checks in Pediatric Practice project. She also coordinates community outreach activities at the IPC, including the Injury Free Coalition for Kids in Providence program, the Safe Kids RI program and the Kohl's Cares - Kids on the Go Program. Burstein earned her medical degree at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed a residency in pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Burstein has practiced as a primary care pediatrician and earned a master of public health degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She enjoys working at the IPC to help keep kids safe throughout Rhode Island.

Miriam Okero
Clinical Research Assistant, Injury Prevention Center

is a clinical research assistant for the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the College of the Holy Cross. She is currently a research assistant on two different studies, enjoys helping others, and is passionate about preventative medicine.

Christina Parnagian
Clinical Research Assistant

is a clinical research assistant for the department of emergency medicine at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She graduated from Assumption College in 2015 with a BA in Biology. She primarily works on studies relating to alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment.

Megan L. Ranney, MD is a practicing emergency physician and researcher, focusing on the intersection between digital health and injury prevention. She is also the director and founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation (EDHI) program, and director of PHP 2170 ("Injury as a Public Health Problem") at the Brown School of Public Health. She graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor of arts in history of science in 1997. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire prior to attending medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in NYC. She graduated with AOA status and received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award upon graduation. She completed her internship, residency and chief residency in emergency medicine, as well as a fellowship in injury prevention research and a master of public health at Brown University. Ranney is currently an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at Rhode Island Hospital and The Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is an editor for the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine, and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She is PI on a K23 from NIMH, a co-I on an R34 from NIMH and a co-I on a PCORI grant, all focused on mHealth interventions to prevent intentional injury among high-risk populations.

Neha Raukar, MD is director of the division of sports medicine within the department of emergency medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The combination of residency training in emergency medicine and further fellowship training in primary care sports medicine offers her a unique perspective towards education, clinical medicine, legislation and research. She lectures locally and nationally and her area of expertise is in head injury, specifically the diagnosis and treatment of both sports related and traumatic concussions. As a result of her training, she is also specifically interested in life threatening illness and mitigating risk of death in athletes. Her clinical role extends beyond the emergency department and she created the Center for Sports Medicine, an outpatient clinic that serves the community as well as the emergency department (ED) follow-up population.

She has been nationally recognized for her clinical and academic work and was asked to serve on the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine Committee on Concussion in Youth Sports. Locally, she has also co-created the Rhode Island Concussion Management Consortium (CMC) through which she gave testimony at the state legislative level where a concussion law was instituted. Also through the CMC, money was raised to offer free baseline neurocognitive testing to every high school contact athlete in the state. As part of her role on the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, she educates athletic directors on the sideline diagnosis and management of concussions. She also lectures to school teachers, coaches, administrators and parents. Her efforts have earned her “Top Doc” recognition from her peers in Rhode Island.

Alison  Riese, MD has completed a two-year research fellowship with the Injury Prevention Center. She is currently an attending physician at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed a pediatrics residency at the Hasbro Children's Hospital/Brown University Program. Her research interests include youth violence, particularly increasing screening and counseling in primary care, as well as strengthening support for victims post-injury.

Shachan Cabral
Clinical Research Assistant

is a clinical research assistant for the department of emergency medicine at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He graduated from Rhode Island College in 2012 with a BA in psychology. He is assisting with the AHRQ and OPEN research projects.

Andrea Cheli

graduated from Rhode Island College with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She is currently the program coordinator of the 4-Safety program, a community outreach program sponsored by Dunkin Donuts. She was the primary counselor of the RYDD (Reducing Youthful Dangerous Decisions) program for more than 4 years. She intends to continue her studies as a counselor, as well as in the public health field.

Chelsea D'Angelo
Clinical Research Assistant

is a clinical research assistant for the Kohl’s Cares - Kids on the Go Car Seat Program at the Injury Prevention Center. She holds a bachelor of science in health studies with a concentration in health promotion from the University of Rhode Island.

Brittni Henderson
Clinical Research Assistant

is a clinical research assistant for the Kohl’s Cares - Kids on the Go Car Seat Program at the Injury Prevention Center. She has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and has a passion for creative writing, public relations and helping those in need. Henderson enjoys working at the IPC because she is not only providing assistance and guidance to others, but is receiving life-enhancing lessons every day.

Jheraldines Gonzalez
Clinical Research Assistant

 is a clinical research assistant for the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She holds a bachelor of science in biology from Boston University. Currently she is a research assistant on multiple studies and enjoys interacting with participants as well as making a difference in future preventative practice.

Alyssa Hozey
Clinical Research Assistant

is a clinical research assistant for the Injury Prevention Center. Hozey holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Rhode Island College

Valerie Hastings Strezsak

is a program coordinator for the ReDIAL (Revisiting Decreasing Injuries from Alcohol) study. Strezsak holds a master of science degree in epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a bachelor of arts degree in human evolutionary biology from Harvard University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at Brown University School of Public Health.

Eunice Yang
Clinical Research Assistant

is a clinical research assistant for the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Her current activities include chart reviews for the Lifespan opioid overdose prevention protocol and enrolling emergency department patients in a hypertension study, Congruence of Emergency Department Attending’s Predictions of Hypertension with Results of Home Blood Pressure Monitoring.