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2018 DSSF Fellows and AcademyHealth DSSF staff at the 2019 Annual Research Meeting in Washington, D.C.


The need to develop experiential-learning opportunities in delivery system settings was expressed as a specific recommendation emerging from the HSR Summit on data and methods convened by AcademyHealth in 2009. The concept of a fellowship focused on delivery system science was also defined as a priority by the AcademyHealth HSR Learning Consortium (a forum for employers, educators, and student leaders interested in advancing training in HSR) in the Consortium’s 2011 strategic plan. AcademyHealth's strategic plan further emphasizes a commitment to advancing delivery system science.

The goal of the fellowship is to provide hands-on training and professional opportunities for highly qualified researchers with a background in health services research (HSR) or related fields to enhance analytic skills and ultimately increase the capacity of the HSR workforce.

The fellowship is guided by an advisory committee which provides strategic direction for the fellowship and plays a key role in selecting Fellows.

The fellowship is a full-time, year-long position that takes place on site. While level of support and benefits will be determined by individual host sites, the minimum level of support will reflect National Research Service Awards stipend guidelines.

Fellowship placements are slated to start in Fall 2021.

New: Read what our fellows are saying about their experience in the DSSF program.

Current Fellows

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Lianlian Lei, Ph.D.

Fellow - Department of Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Health Care System

Lianlian Lei, Ph.D. is a health services researcher working to improve wellness of older adults. Read Bio

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Member, Researcher

Victoria Ngo, Ph.D.

Fellow - Department of Veterans Affairs

Victoria Ngo, Ph.D. is a health services researcher and a 2020 AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellow. Read Bio

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Jason Sharpe, Ph.D., P.T., D.P.T.

Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Jason Sharpe is a health services researcher and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Quality Scholars Fellow. Read Bio

Second-Year Fellows

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Member, Researcher

Caroline Madrigal, Ph.D.

Fellow - Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Caroline Madrigal is a health services researcher who graduated with a Ph.D. in Nursing from The Pennsylvania State University. Read Bio

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Member, Researcher

Ray Van Cleve, M.S., Ph.D.

Fellow - Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Ray Van Cleve is a Fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs, PRIME Center at the West Haven VA and Yale University. Read Bio

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Member, Researcher

Shira Winter, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C.

HSR Fellow - VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Dr. Shira Winter is a Health Services Research and Development Fellow at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in conjunction with the Stanford University School of Medicine. Read Bio

Current Application Cycle

This year's application cycle is closed.

To learn more, contact us a dssf@academyhealth.org

2021 Cohort Host Sites

  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California: Pasadena, CA
  • Lyft: Various Locations
  • University of Chicago Medicine: Chicago, IL
  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) and Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D): Various locations

Read host site descriptions here.

*Due to COVID-19, individual host sites and fellows will discuss and determine the safest, most feasible way for the fellow to participate in the program.



For additional information on the Fellowship, please click the following links below.