For Immediate Release:
November 29, 2021
Lauren Adams

Washington, D.C. November 29, 2021—AcademyHealth announced today the three individuals selected for the 2021 AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship (DSSF) and their respective placements at three of the nation’s leading health systems. Drs. Abby Mulcahy, Dept of Veterans Affairs, Portland; Mariana Wingood, Department of Veterans Affairs GRECC; and Zhiqiu Ye, University of Chicago Medicine recently began their year-long, postdoctoral Fellowships, which will provide enhanced mentoring within a team-based, embedded, evidence-based research environment.

Now in its tenth year, the DSSF is a unique, early-career professional development opportunity for highly qualified, doctorally-prepared individuals who are interested in enhancing and applying their analytic skills to relevant and timely research topics in delivery system settings. Since the program’s inception, AcademyHealth has partnered with twenty-five delivery systems across the nation to train over 45 fellows. The ultimate goal of the Fellowship program is to increase the capacity of the health services research workforce by providing experiential learning opportunities in delivery system settings. In addition to their research skills, current and previous Fellows have come from a variety of clinical fields, including medicine, nursing, psychology, and physical therapy as well as social and behavioral sciences, health economics, anthropology, epidemiology, and health communications. The Fellows also reflect diversity in racial, ethnic, and gender identities; lived experience; and geography.

As part of our community-building activities, AcademyHealth hosts regular professional development activities for current and graduate Fellows, including webinars, mentoring sessions, and an in-person networking reception during the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. The program seeks to integrate the Fellows into a community of practice with participants in other AcademyHealth fellowship programs as well as their mentors and other researchers from learning health systems.  

The 2021 DSSF Fellows were selected through a competitive process that included evaluation by members of a national expert peer review panel and host site preceptors. “We are delighted to welcome our tenth group of Fellows to the DSSF program and look forward to working with them to enhance their research skills, build their professional networks, and gain valuable experience working within a learning health system environment,” said Dr. Margo Edmunds, AcademyHealth Vice President and Director of the Center on Diversity, Inclusion, and Minority Engagement.

Brief biographies of the 2021 Fellows are as follows:

Abby Mulcahy headshot
Member, Researcher

Abby Mulcahy, Ph.D.

Fellow - Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care, VA Portland

Dr. Abby Mulcahy is a fellow at the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in care at the U.S. Department of Ve... Read Bio

Mariana Wingood headshot
Member, Researcher

Mariana Wingood, D.P.T.

Physical Therapist - Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center

Mariana Wingood is a physical therapist and fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research Ed... Read Bio

Zhiqiu Ye Headshot
Member, Researcher

Zhiqiu Ye, Ph.D.

Fellow - The University of Chicago Medicine

Dr. Zhiqiu Ye is a clinician health services researcher with extensive training in applied economics focusing ... Read Bio

We are now accepting applications for the 2022 cycle through January 3, 2022. Individuals from across the broad multidisciplinary field of health services research in addition to delivery system science, implementation science, and public and population health fields are encouraged to apply. For more information, and to apply, visit

About the DSSF Fellowship
The goal of the DSSF 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. To learn more about the AcademyHealth DSSF Fellowship, visit