Sarah Orris

Sarah began as a student research assistant at the Center for Research on Healthcare during her freshman year in college at the University of Pittsburgh. During her undergraduate years, she worked on various studies like WISE and the Story Booth project, in which she completed data entry and administrative tasks. Sarah graduated from the University … Read more

Rachel A. Butler

Rachel Butler is the program manager of the Program on Ethics and Decision-Making in Critical Illness in the Department of Critical Care Medicine. She provides leadership, tactical management, administration, and scientific collaboration for several single-center and multicenter clinical trials. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s in Health Administration from Indiana University Bloomington and dual Master’s degrees in … Read more

Julian Hall

I graduated from Ithaca College in 2014 with a BA in Communication Studies (Formerly Speech Communication).  I initially thought I was going to pursue a career in communications or politics but was ultimately drawn to the health sciences. I worked as a Patient Services Representative at UPMC-Renaissance Family Practice in Millvale for three years and … Read more

Kelsey Vukic

Kelsey Vukic

As a research assistant at PaRC, Kelsey is primarily involved in recruiting patients for the PEACe research study led by Dr. Yael Schenker. Before joining the PaRC team in 2018, Kelsey held a clinical position in Urology at UPMC Mercy hospital, where she discovered her passion for comprehensive patient care. Having seen firsthand the obstacles … Read more

Caroline Sefcik

Caroline Sefcik

Caroline joined PaRC in 2016. In her primary role for Dr. Yael Schenker’s PEACe-compare trial, Caroline coordinates and administers telephone assessments with patients and family caregivers at several study time points. She helps operationalize data collection goals, develop standard operating procedures, and draft manuscripts. Previously, she did similar work for Dr. Schenker’s CONNECT trial. Caroline … Read more

Judith Resick

Judith Resick

Judith Resick is a nurse research project manager for faculty investigators of the Palliative Research Center. She provides project management, scientific/technical/grant writing and editing, strategic planning, staff development, and nursing expertise for several research projects and quality improvement initiatives for the group. Judith holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Duquesne University and dual Master’s degrees in … Read more

Steve Orris

Steve Orris

Steven has been working in research since his freshman year at Pitt at the Center for Research on Healthcare and has continued after graduation. He has served as a research assistant and study coordinator for multiple projects across different fields, including the GDM2-Gestational Diabetes study and Scoop 3 study (Neurocognitive Testing in POP surgery patients). … Read more

Erica Motter

Erica Motter

Erica Motter is a Research Assistant for the Concurrent Hospice-Dialysis Project Team at the PaRC. Erica studied print journalism for her undergraduate degree and has worked as a freelance writer and photographer. In 2019, she obtained her MA in Academic Research Psychology from Humboldt State University, where she conducted thesis work examining the effects of … Read more

Bridget Mayrer

Bridget Mayrer

As a research assistant, Bridget is a part of studies that focus on communication tools/processes that could be beneficial to patients in advanced care planning. She is grateful to be working in palliative care, as it brings a holistic approach to medicine.