Our Team

director

Phil Chan

Dr. Chan is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Brown University and an Attending Physician in Infectious Diseases at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center, a major Brown University teaching affiliate. The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center is the largest outpatient HIV/STD clinic in Rhode Island and provides care to >75% of the HIV positive population in the state.

Dr. Chan is also the founding Director of Population Health and Research of Open Door Health, an express STD and HIV screening center and an LGBTQ Health Care Center.  Drawing on core competencies of conducting research, providing culturally competent care and training the public health workforce, Open Door Health offers educational training for medical and other health professions’ students. Open Door Health will also serve as hub for research focused on improving LGBTQ health.

Dr. Chan also serves as Consultant Medical Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB and is actively engaged in many clinical and community-based public health programs to respond to HIV and STD rates among sexual and gender minorities in Rhode Island.  Currently, Dr. Chan is helping to oversee RI’s infectious disease policy response to COVID-19 and lead the development of vaccine messaging to promote the COVID-19 vaccine via social media in Rhode Island.  Dr. Chan is leading efforts to collect and analyze data on hospitalization and outcomes for COVID patients.

 

Research Project Director

Siena Napoleon

Siena Napoleon is Research Project Director of the DoItRIght Program. Siena received her MPH from Boston University in Health Policy and Management. Her research interests focus on clinical research methods in public health, the intersecting syndemics of HIV/STI prevention and substance use treatment and prevention, and the treatment of stimulant use disorder.

Nurse Practitioner

Michaela Maynard

Michaela graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. Upon graduation, she enrolled at The George Washington University, where she attained a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Global Health. She worked for several years as a clinical research assistant, studying HIV and hepatitis C coinfection, before deciding to pursue a career in nursing. Michaela holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Yale University. As a Nurse Practitioner at The Miriam Hospital, Michaela provides direct patient care and assists with research projects. Her clinical time is spent at the only publicly funded sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic in Rhode Island, as well as Rhode Island’s only dedicated Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Program. She also cares for HIV-infected patients at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center. Michaela is involved in research dedicated to HIV screening and prevention. She is also actively involved in community-based public health programs that work to encourage prevention and improve testing and treatment of HIV and STIs among sexual and gender minorities in Rhode Island. In her free time, Michaela enjoys reading, bike riding, cooking and spending time with her family.

Research Project Director

Danielle Le Brazidec

Danielle Le Brazidec received her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Emory University and her Bachelor of Arts in Health and Human Biology from Brown University. As Research Project Director her responsibilities involve contributing to scientific writing and publications. In her free time, Danielle enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Project Director

Alexi Almonte

Alexi Almonte completed a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at Brown University. On the team, Alexi is a research project coordinator. His primary responsibilities are data management and IRB management. He is also the program coordinator for Testing 1-2-3, an online testing service created by the Department of Health. In his spare time, Alexi plays the accordion.

Faculty

Jun Tao

Dr. Tao is an assistant professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Brown University and is an infectious diseases epidemiologist at the Miriam Hospital. She had a Bachelor’s degree in Preventive Medicine at Tianjin Medical University and completed her Master’s degree in Immunology at the Chinese Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (China CDC). Subsequently, Dr. Tao went to Vanderbilt University for her Ph.D. education in Epidemiology. Her main research interest is HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Tao received a career award (K01) to promote pre-exposure prophylaxis among African American and Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men. She is also interested in machine learning and implementation science to promote health behavior change. In her free time, she likes cooking and baking.

Faculty

Matt Murphy

Dr. Murphy is an Assistant Professor of Medicine with a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Additionally, he is Medical Director of Open Door Health, an initiative of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute, and Rhode Island’s first comprehensive primary care clinic dedicated to meeting the needs of the state’s LGBTQ+ population. Dr. Murphy is also a staff physician at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections where he manages a number of population health programs including HIV prevention programming, Hepatitis C treatment and gender affirming care.

Dr. Murphy’s research interests align with his clinical work, which focus on reducing health disparities among marginalized populations. Dr. Murphy has significant experience working with vulnerable populations globally. His work has been supported by the NIH, the CDC, the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and the European Commission. He was a Fulbright research fellow in Morocco where he conducted descriptive analyses of the country’s national HIV program. He was an Erasmus Mundus fellow and completed the European Masters of Public Health in Spanish at the Andalucian School of Public Health in Granada, Spain and defended his Master’s thesis on global health system reform in French at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sante Public, France’s preeminent public health training institution. Through his global health work, he has acquired a fluency in Spanish, French and Arabic.

He has authored a number of articles that have been published in high impact journals such as the Lancet, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization and the American Journal of Public Health. For his contributions to public health, he has received national recognition from the United States’ Public Health Service and the American Medical Association.

Faculty

Jack Rusley

Jack Rusley, MD, MHS is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice at Brown University. He is an attending physician in the Department of Pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, and provides primary and specialty care to adolescents and young adults at the Adolescent Healthcare Center, the only adolescent and young adult-focused medical home in Rhode Island. His clinical and research interests include HIV prevention, improving primary care services for LGBTQ+ youth, and engaging families in sexual health interventions for youth.
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Faculty

Brooke G. Rogers

Brooke G. Rogers, Ph.D., M.P.H. she/her is a Research Scientist and Assistant Professor (Research) in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis, master’s degree in public health at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Miami, and pre-doctoral internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Rogers research focuses on the intersection of mental health, substance use, and HIV risk and resilience with an emphasis on health equity and improving access to care for underserved and minority communities. In addition to research, Dr. Rogers is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides direct clinical services through our program, Project Break. In her free time she enjoys exercising, reading, and traveling.

Faculty

Laura Chambers

Laura completed a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, and a BS in Public Health from the George Washington University. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health, an NIH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in The Miriam Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases and the Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School, Co-Director of the Long COVID Initiative of the Brown School of Public Health, and a Consultant Epidemiologist at the Rhode Island Department of Health. Her work involves both research and the applied epidemiology of infectious diseases and substance use. Her research focuses primarily on sexual health, HIV and STI prevention, health equity, and health service delivery. She has more than eight years of research experience in epidemiology and eleven years of applied public health experience working with and for public health departments in diverse sociopolitical contexts, including Peru, Tennessee, Seattle, and Rhode Island. In her free time, Laura enjoys playing the mandolin, working on sewing projects, and traveling in her tiny camper van.

Research Assistant

Emily Toma

Emily Toma received her Bachelor’s of Arts from Wheaton College Massachusetts in 2019, with a major in public health and a minor in political science. She joined the Do It Right team as a research assistant in May of 2020. She is involved in projects focused on HIV prevention and PrEP in high-risk populations and keeping those newly diagnosed with HIV engaged in care. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, hiking, and playing guitar. Emily uses she/her pronouns.

Research Assistant

Drew Galipeau

Drew graduated cum laude from Rhode Island College in 2018 with a BA in psychology. He currently coordinates events for the Brown University AIDS Program (BRUNAP), ensuring opportunities for education and accreditation are available to providers and public health enthusiasts in RI and beyond. Also works as a patient navigator for inmates at the ACI in Cranston looking to initiate PrEP during incarceration and adhere to it upon release. In his free time, he likes to play pool on weekends and enjoys hobbies such as writing comedy and performing music.

Research Assistant

Alexandra Zanowick-Marr

Alexandra Zanowick-Marr, MPH, graduated from the Case Western Reserve University Integrated Graduate Studies Program (’20), simultaneously earning her Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Master of Public Health. During this time, she pursued independent, grant-funded research into pharmaceutical repurposing of Montelukast as a SOURCE Scholar, and partnered with the Ohio Center for Survivors of Torture to develop an expressive art therapy and digital literacy course for resettled refugees. Her interests include the provision of culturally conscientious, sustainable care to marginalized populations, and ethical humanitarian aid. Currently, she coordinates the R01 PrEP Continuum Study and Brown University AIDs Program (BRUNAP). In her free time, she enjoys photography and keeping her adopted wiener dog, Ellie, out of trouble.

Research Assistant

Julio E. Berroa

Julio E. Berroa (BER ROH-uh) was born in Salcedo (s-aa-l-s-EH-d-oh), Dominican Republic, and a Providence resident since 2012. Berroa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Media Curriculum and a minor in Photography. His passions include the Arts, Sex and HIV Education, and Youth Advocacy. All of this drives him to share his experiences through Art to help advocate for young aspiring artists of color. He hopes to inspire and influence his viewers. Known for his multi-faceted approach to the field of art and design which weaves both the analog and digital, artist Julio E. Berroa is often creating hyperreal and immersive scenes of intense experiences using vivid colors and organic shapes and textures depicting very intimate moments. Berroa was an Andrew W. Mellon intern in Creative Production at the RISD Museum in summer 2020 and 2021 Rhode Island College Senior Art Award Recipient.

Research Assistant

Annaka Paradis Burnett

Annaka Paradis, ScM (she/her) is a senior research assistant on the Do It Right team. Following her graduation from Smith College in 2018 with a bachelor’s in psychology, chemistry, and community engagement, she spent a gap year working with adult learners in a high school equivalency program. She completed her ScM at Brown University in 2021, where she studied Behavioral and Social Health Sciences. Annaka’s research interests include rural health, opioid use disorder and its associated stigma, and health equity. Most recently, she served as second author on a paper with Dr. Rogers examining the effects of COVID-19 on street-based sex workers. In her free time, Annaka loves to bake, do Zumba, and lament the early cancellation of Veronica Mars.

Research Assistant

JD Crooks

JD Crooks joined the Lifespan team as a Community Outreach coordinator/ODH Liaison in May 2021. He graduated from Roger Williams University with a masters in Forensic Psychology and has specialized in juvenile sex offender therapy, substance abuse group therapy, and sexual abuse and risk assessment. He has worked as a child and family therapist and a psychometrician.

Administration

Stacey Ferreira

Stacey Ferreira Received her BS in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. As Budget and Financial Analyst, Stacey’s responsible for the team’s overall financial management, including budget preparation, financial planning and analysis. When not working, Stacey enjoys gardening and spending time with family and friends