Research Staff

Amanda Brewster, Research and Education Associate
Dr. Brewster is a Research and Education Associate at GHLI. Her research focuses on quality improvement within healthcare organizations and collaboration between healthcare and other social services. Prior to joining GHLI she was an Associate Director at the Harvard Global Health Institute and she has also worked on biomedical science and health policy in the U.S. and U.K. She received her B.S. from Yale University, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and Ph.D. from Boston University.

Maureen Canavan, Associate Research Scientist
Dr. Canavan is an Associate Research Scientist at GHLI. She conducts qualitative and quantitative data analysis of GHLI studies in countries including Ghana, Ethiopia and China, and secondary data analysis of publicly available datasets. Her research interests include employment, mental health and aging. Dr. Canavan’s previous research focused on the effect of involuntary job loss on depressive symptoms. Before coming to Yale, she worked in health education and behavior science at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She received an M.P.H. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health and a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University.

Emily Cherlin, Research Associate
Dr. Cherlin is a Research Associate with GHLI. Her work focuses on the Strategies to Improve Outcome Performance for Acute Myocardial Infarction Project which examines national trends in hospital care for patients with heart attacks. Dr. Cherlin has worked on projects related to quality improvement employing both qualitative and quantitative research methods. She received her B.A. from North Adams State College and Ph.D. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

Leslie Curry, Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Curry is a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of Public Health and a core faculty member of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at the Yale School of Medicine. Her interests include quality of health care and patient experiences with health care systems in diverse settings. She has substantial experience in health policy and program implementation and evaluation, with emphasis on collaboration with government agencies and policymakers. She is an internationally recognized expert in the use of qualitative and mixed methods in public health and health services research. Dr. Curry has a B.A. from Tufts University and M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Connecticut.

Erika Linnander, Senior Technical Officer
Erika Linnander is a senior technical officer at Yale’s Global Health Leadership Institute, where she provides technical leadership across GHLI’s education, research, and applied quality improvement programs in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  A lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, Ms Linnander teaches financial management, health economics, quality improvement and strategic problem solving in GHLI’s certificate and master’s-level education programs.  She received her M.P.H from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her M.B.A from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. 

Kristina Talbert-Slagle, Senior Scientific Officer
Dr. Talbert-Slagle is the Senior Scientific Officer of the Global Health Leadership Institute, assistant professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and a Lecturer in the Yale School of Public Health.  As an experienced virologist with postdoctoral training in genetics, immunology, mathematical modeling, health policy, and global health, her research focuses on exploring parallels between molecular, individual, community and population systems.  Her recent work has included analyzing the molecular mechanisms of spread and diffusion of viruses among individual cells as a model of innovation spread among human organizations.  By utilizing biological models, Dr. Talbert-Slagle and colleagues generate new insights into concepts such as managing diversity, conflict management, and implementation/scale up of innovation that can be applied to complex social systems. Dr. Talbert-Slagle teaches courses at Yale University on the biology and social context of HIV/AIDS and methods of global health research and is an Affiliate of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. Dr. Talbert-Slagle received her B.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of Kentucky and her Ph.D. from Yale University in the Epidemiology of Microbial Disease.

Annabel Tan, Research Assistant
Annabel is a research assistant at GHLI. Her work focuses on supporting other research associates on the implementation of qualitative and quantitative studies, in addition to supporting other programs within GHLI. Prior to GHLI, Annabel has worked on heroin abuse in Tanzania, and in full-time in a molecular biology lab in Singapore. She received her undergraduate degree in bioengineering from Imperial College London and MPH in epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health.