Faculty & Staff
Learn more about the members and staff of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. Choose from the following:
Research & Program Staff
Manisha Agrawal, Senior Research Analyst
Manisha Agrawal (M.P.H., Rutgers School of Public Health) is a Senior Research Analyst at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she provides research and project management support for several ongoing projects. She is currently involved in the Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) Project, CDC Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) initiative, Assessment of the Hudson County Opioid Crisis Response Strategy, and the New Jersey Department of Health’s Faith in Prevention Initiative. Previously, Agrawal has contributed to the evaluation of numerous community based interventions, including the Opioid Data Driven Prevention Initiative from the NJ DOH. Her research interests include chronic disease management, maternal and infant health, and substance use disorders. Prior to joining the Center, she provided research support for Business Case for Transforming Care at the Bedside project and also worked as a clinical research associate for the UMDNJ Heart Failure Program. She received a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) degree from India and an M.P.H. in Health Systems and Policy from the Rutgers School of Public Health.
Jolene Chou, Senior Research Analyst
Jolene Chou (M.P.H., UMDNJ School of Public Health) is a Senior Research Analyst at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. Her responsibilities range from data analysis to synthesis of findings, and she supports a variety of research efforts. Among the projects she currently supports are a scan of New Jersey's emergency-licensed health care workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic, a series of surveys exploring the impact of the pandemic on New Jersey families, and health care access issues among people experiencing homelessness. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Chou was a Senior Research Associate at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City, where she provided technical assistance to program and clinical staff on designing evaluation projects and analyzing data and also participated in community-based research projects in collaboration with academic researchers. She received her M.P.H. with a concentration in Epidemiology from the UMDNJ School of Public Health (now a school of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) and a B.S. in Environmental Chemistry from Rutgers.
Jennifer Farnham, Senior Research Analyst
Jennifer Farnham (M.S., University of Wisconsin) is a Senior Research Analyst at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she utilizes a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to address health policy questions. Currently, she is designing and analyzing surveys of New Jersey families in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and contributing to several projects investigating outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries. Her past work has involved assisting government and nonprofit sponsors with strategic planning and program evaluation to address population health, including healthcare workforce policies, care for chronic conditions, community-based long-term services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities, and community needs assessment. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Farnham worked in several organizations focused on housing and economic development, taught undergraduate sociology courses, and supported research projects on a number of topics, including lawyers’ collaborations with social workers, health care providers and community advocates to improve services provided to low and moderate income people, as well as a study documenting the economic strategies of households in nonmetropolitan areas.
Feng-Yi Ed Liu, Data Analyst
Feng-Yi Ed Liu (M.A., Statistics, Columbia University) is a Data Analyst at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. He provides data management and statistical analysis and is currently preparing initial datasets for the Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) Project ahead of their release to researchers. Feng-Yi is a Computational Social Scientist with advanced statistical analytic training and he received his M.A. in Statistics from Columbia University. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate at the Rutgers School of Social Work and is a graduated statistician recognized by the American Statistical Association. His research interests include early childhood education and care policy, immigrant child well-being, and child social-emotional development. He is also interested in advanced inferential statistics methods, data visualization, and natural language processing methods in data science.
Kristen Lloyd, Senior Research Scientist
Kristen Lloyd (M.P.H., Rutgers School of Public Health) is a Senior Research Scientist at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy where she provides data management, statistical analysis, and project management support for various lines of research. She has several years’ experience in monitoring and evaluating health system performance improvements in NJ’s Medicaid program using large datasets of Medicaid claims and encounters. She also investigates environmental determinants of childhood obesity among urban youth as part of the NJ Child Health Study, bringing together rich data at several levels of the socioecological model from public sources and primary data collection efforts. She has expertise in the preparation and analysis of in-house and national survey data to inform policymakers on factors that impact access to medical care, particularly disparities in access by immigration status, race/ethnicity, and insurance coverage. Prior to joining the Center, she worked for the Rutgers School of Public Health as a Project Coordinator for a retrospective cohort study investigating racial disparities in breast cancer treatment. She received her M.P.H. with a concentration in Epidemiology from the Rutgers School of Public Health.
Oliver Lontok, Senior Research Manager
Oliver Lontok (M.D., M.P.H.) is a Senior Research Manager at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. His current focus is on providing oversight and management of many critical research infrastructure activities, including IRB submissions, conflicts of interest, and compliance and grant/contract reporting. Oliver also provides research support for the Center's portfolios which focus on access and coverage and health systems performance improvement. Prior to joining the Center, he worked with the Cancer Institute of NJ and the Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine studying the role of alternative medicines in treating cancer patients. Additionally, Oliver was a National Research Service Award Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine Research Division at the UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where, among other responsibilities, he worked with provider groups participating in the SCOPE project studying colorectal cancer screening rates in New Jersey. In December 2012, Oliver was elected to the Executive Board of the New Jersey Public Health Association. He is a graduate of the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine and the UMDNJ School of Public Health (now a school of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey).
Nathan Myers, Data Analyst
Nathan Myers (M.P.P., University of Maryland, College Park) is a Data Analyst with the Center for State Health Policy's Business Intelligence Unit, deployed within the Office of Business Intelligence at the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS). He currently focuses on assisting DMAHS with Medicaid-related policy analytics, quality measurement, and state and federal reporting. Prior to joining the Center, Nathan directed research on New York State's Medicaid program at the United Hospital Fund, and he served as a fiscal analyst with New Jersey's nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services, with a focus on Medicaid, CHIP, and the state’s other health and human services programs.
Mojdeh Nasiri, Research Analyst
Mojdeh Nasiri (M.D., Ph.D., Epidemiology, Michigan State University) is a Research Analyst at the Center for State Health Policy where she provides data management and statistical analysis for numerous projects. Her current focus is a quantitative analysis of NJ’s Medicaid claims data evaluating the health system performance improvements in NJ’s Medicaid program through the Medicaid Comprehensive Waiver Demonstration. She is also working on a project evaluating the role of homelessness and supportive housing in healthcare disparities among adults in Medicaid. Additionally, Nasiri has been conducting analyses for the Screen NJ project to understand disparities in access and utilization of cancer screening among Medicaid enrollees. Her research interest is risk stratification and predictive modeling for health outcomes through the application of various statistical methods. Prior to joining the Center, she worked for Michigan State University as a research analyst in the Michigan Stroke Transition Trial (MISTT) and for Columbia University as a research analyst in various projects conducted by the Center for Advanced Cardiac Care, Ventricular Assistive Devices and Heart Transplant. Her prior experience involves prediction models, management of missing data, microbiome profile and biomarkers in LVAD patients, and risk stratification models in older populations.
Jonathan Whitmore, Data Analyst
Jonathan Whitmore (B.A., New York University) is a Data Analyst at the Center for State Health Policy's Business Intelligence Unit, deployed within the Office of Business Intelligence at the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS). His current focus is on the analysis of New Jersey Medicaid-related claims data and the development and implementation of tools to better enable claims-related decision making.