CCQIR offers a number of training opportunities through postdoctoral fellowships, bi-monthly Scholarly Series offerings, and didactic curriculum in the Masters in Public Health program. Our faculty are dedicated to supporting trainees through all levels of education and support the VA Quality Scholars, the student-led Vanderbilt Healthcare Improvement Group (VHIG), and resident-led Choosing Wisely Committee.


Current Trainees

Beth.jpgBeth Prusaczyk, PhD, MSW

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Prusaczyk is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who received her PhD in social work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. Dr. Prusaczyk’s research focuses on using implementation science to improve healthcare for older adults with a focus on care transitions. She has expertise in implementation science methods including frameworks, strategies, measures, and outcomes. Dr. Prusaczyk also uses social network analysis to understand healthcare delivery and dissemination processes. 


VA Quality Scholars


Zoffuto_Meg.jpgMeg Zoffuto MD, MPH

Dr. Zoffuto joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2015 as an Academic Hospitalist in the division of General Internal Medicine. After growing up in Dallas, TX, she completed her MD and MPH at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at The University of Alabama in Birmingham.  Her interests include women's health, quality improvement, and medical education. 




bellew.jpgShawna D. Bellew, MD

Dr. Bellew attended the University of Central Florida (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies) for undergrad as well as for medical school. As part of the Charter Class of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine she was awarded a scholarship which covered full tuition and living expenses for all four years of medical school. She completed residency in Emergency Medicine in 2016, after serving as Chief Resident. Prior to graduating, Dr. Bellew was awarded the national Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Resident of the Year award. Dr. Bellew is currently an instructor of Emergency Medicine as well as a Veterans Affairs Quality Scholar fellow and is pursuing a Masters in Public Health at Vanderbilt.  Dr. Bellew’s research interests focus on quality improvement, diagnostic test utilization, shared decision making, educational multimedia, and opioid use in the emergency department. 

robles.jpgJennifer Robles, MD

Dr. Robles completed her Urologic Surgery residency at Washington University in Saint Louis in 2016 and came to Vanderbilt to join the VA Quality Scholars program and complete a fellowship in Endourology and Lap/Robotic Surgery. Her interests are in surgical quality improvement, particularly relating to benign urologic conditions, and harnessing informatics to improve the quality and efficiency of surgical care delivery. 




mickelson.jpgRobin Mickelson PhD, RN

Dr. Mickelson plans to further her research applying human factors and cognitive systems engineering methods and theories in the home health setting to improve the performance and safety of patient medication management through the design and re-design of patient processes, environments, tools and technologies. A licensed registered nurse, Robin received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2017 and holds a MS degree in Nursing Informatics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Robin has extensive experience in clinical informatics customizing and implementing electronic health records in the acute care setting.  She has authored and co-authored multiple journal articles and presented at national informatics and human factors/ergonomics conferences on the topic of patient-centered work systems analysis and patient health technology design.

min-jea.jpgJea Young Min, PharmD, MPH

Jea Young Min is currently a Research Instructor in the Department of Health Policy and a PhD candidate in Epidemiology at Vanderbilt University. She is also a first year VA Quality Scholar at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) Nashville site. Dr. Min received her Pharm.D. from the University of Iowa in 2008 and her MPH from Emory University in 2010. Her primary research interests are in pharmacoepidemiology and medication safety. Her current work focuses on evaluating outcomes of antihyperglycemic drug therapy using data from a national cohort of veterans with type 2 diabetes.




spalluto.jpgLucy B. Spalluto, MD

Dr. Spalluto is a board certified radiologist.  Her clinical work focuses on breast imaging and pelvic and obstetric ultrasound.  Dr. Spalluto is actively involved in patient centered research, faculty development, and teaching residents and medical students. She is currently involved in research projects designed to evaluate women’s perceptions of breast density reporting language and to engage community stakeholders in designing methods to increase screening mammography use in the local medically underserved populations.  She serves on the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care and Commission on Women and Diversity.  Dr. Spalluto holds an adjunct position as an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.  

Presley_Caroline.jpgCaroline Presley, MD

Dr. Presley's research interests include improving chronic disease management, particularly type 2 diabetes, focusing on the intersection of health behaviors and mental health with an interest in the role of mindfulness-based interventions. She is currently studying the relationships between mood disorders, health behaviors, and mindfulness in individuals with type 2 diabetes. A long term goal of Dr. Presley's is to be involved in the development, study, and implementation of mindfulness-based interventions for patients with type 2 diabetes and comorbid mood disorders. Dr. Presley's clinical training is in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.


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Justin Liberman, MD

Dr. Liberman graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2012. He then finished anesthesiology residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in 2016. Currently he is pursuing an MPH degree through the VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program. His research interests include Lean based healthcare, operational quality improvement and human factors engineering.  




Lewis_Jennifer VU photo 08.08.2017.jpgJennifer Lewis, MD

Dr. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Science from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Sciences in 2004. She worked at the National Cancer Institute for two years in a core laboratory focused on antibody/protein purification and cancer assay development as part of the NIH Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award program. She earned a Master in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University in 2007 and worked at the Cancer Project (a nonprofit focused on nutrition for cancer patients) as her master’s practicum. She graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine in the research track in 2011 and completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Wake Forest University in 2014.