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Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA
Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership

Emorcia V. Hill, PhD
Director, Converge, Research and Evaluation

Rene Carapinha, PhD
Program Manager

Megan Pasquantonio-Pierce, BS
Research Assistant

Thea Corbete, Ed.M
Research Associate

Erica Warner, ScD, MPH

Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA is the Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Reede also holds appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and is an Assistant in Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Reede is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of individuals underrepresented in medicine, women, LGBT, and individuals with disabilities at HMS. This charge includes oversight of all diversity activities at HMS as they relate to faculty, trainees, students, and staff. Dr. Reede also serves as the director of the Minority Faculty Development Program, and faculty director of Community Outreach Programs at HMS, Program Director of the Faculty Diversity Inclusion Program of the Harvard Catalyst/The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center. Dr. Reede has created and developed more than 25 programs at HMS that aim to address pipeline and leadership issues for minorities and others who are interested in careers in medicine, academic and scientific research, and the healthcare professions.
Dr. Reede has served on a number of boards and committees including the Secretary’s Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health; the Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce; the National Children’s Study Advisory Committee of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research of the National Institutes of Health. Some of her current affiliations include the Steering Committee and Task Force for the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS); co-chair of the Bias Review Committee of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director’s Working Group on Diversity; the Association of American Medical Colleges Careers in Medicine Committee (AAMC); chair of the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI), HMS representative to the GDI Diversity Strategic Planning Working Group;  the CTSA Women in CTR Interest Group of the NIH, and the American Hospital Association Equity of Care Committee. Dr. Reede also served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health, and she was the guest editor for the 2012 special issue, “Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine” of Academic Medicine for AAMC. Dr. Reede is a past chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s (formerly the Institute of Medicine) Interest Group (IG) 08 on Health of Populations/Health Disparities.

Dr. Reede is acknowledged as an authority in the area of workforce development and diversity. Her colleagues and mentees have recognized her with a number of awards that include the Herbert W. Nickens Award from AAMC and the Society of General Medicine in 2005; election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science in 2009; the 2011 Diversity Award from the Association of University Professors; and in 2012 she was the recipient of an Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award. In 2013 she received an Exemplar STEM Award from the Urban Education Institute at North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, North Carolina, and in 2015, she was the Distinguished Woman Scientist and Scholar ADVANCE Lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Recently, Dr. Reede was recognized by her medical school classmates as a recipient of The Mount Sinai Alumni Association and Icahn School of Medicine 2015 Jacobi Medallion for extraordinary leaders in health care, and with the Anne B. Young Diversity Scholar Award from the Massachusetts General Neurology Diversity Committee.

Emorcia V. Hill, PhD is Converge’s Director of Research and Evaluation. Dr. Hill’s work focuses on the development of integrated theoretical, methodological and analytical frameworks that can be generically applied across disciplines, organization and sectors to understand how social and institutional environments change. Her expertise is in basic and applied research, program development and policy analysis that draw on multiple disciplines and perspectives.

On the program side, Dr. Hill has significant experience in the design, implementation, research and evaluation of educational and professional/career development programs. She has developed and implemented programs to increase the participation of groups underrepresented in medicine and in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)–students, trainees and faculty— in academia and other sectors of the labor force. She is currently the New England regional director representative for the National Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. Dr. Hill was the Senior Director of the Excellence through Diversity program at the New England Board of Higher Education, where she established and implemented program priorities and conducted research for a region-wide network to improve the participation and success of minority students and professionals in higher education and industry

On the research side, Dr. Hill’s formal training and professional experience covers quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research. She is involved, as Co-PI, in all of Converge’s research projects that focus on faculty career development, social, human and cultural capital, with attention to the career progression of women of color within the context of their institutions.

Dr. Hill spent five years at Abt Associates Inc. where much of her work concentrated on various aspects of STEM across the K-20 education continuum and into the faculty ranks. On these evaluation projects, Dr. Hill assumed significant management and administrative responsibilities, which included developing evaluation plans, designing instruments (surveys, interview protocols, classroom observations), managing data collection and analysis, preparing technical reports, overseeing staff and budget, and interacting with clients. In addition to assessing program impact and implementation, these evaluations provided data essential for analytical and policy support, program monitoring and reporting requirements.

Conceptually and operationally, Dr. Hill’s current work involves the development of models and frameworks that guide, and potentially catalyze, institutional change and transformation and which results in more inclusive environments.  Dr. Hill has a Ph.D. in sociology from Boston College. Her dissertation examined the class structure of academia and the factors that inhibit or facilitate the success of scientists and engineers in institutions of higher education.

Rene Carapinha, PhD (Program Manager). Dr. Carapinha’s current research focuses on the generative processes of inequality, including the structural and psychosocial phenomena of inclusion and exclusion particularly as it relates to gender, race-ethnicity, aging, citizenship, and caregiving in formal organizations such as workplaces. Through her research, Dr. Carapinha is interested in advancing social justice, equality and the human rights of vulnerable and underrepresented groups in the workplace and at the intersection of business and community/society. She has co-authored over 32 publications and presented at more than 25 national and international professional conferences on topics related to diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility, quality of employment, employee wellness programs, and public-private partnerships in social development. Previously Dr. Carapinha served as National Chairperson of the South African Occupational Social Work Association and numerous other professional committees and task forces. She has worked at various academic centers conducting research to inform programs and policy in the areas of corporate citizenship, aging workforce, civic service, social welfare policy, transformation, economic empowerment and affirmative action. For her PhD she investigated the reasons for the gender gap in organizational exclusion at six multinational corporations in 11 countries. At Harvard Medical School she is responsible for developing and maintaining a data repository for research and quality improvement about diversity inclusion and faculty career development. Dr. Carapinha brings over fifteen years of experience in research management, consulting research, and multi-site, multi-organizational and cross-cultural research using quantitative and qualitative methods.

Megan Pasquantonio-Pierce, BS, ALM (Expected November 2016) (Research Assistant). Ms. Pasquantonio-Pierce is responsible for the data management of the Pathways database and continues to work on streamlining the administrative database for research and analytical activities. She has been charged with administrative duties as well as supporting the research team in collaborative efforts.

Ms. Pasquantonio-Pierce has been involved in descriptive, exploratory, and explanatory research on topics related to child development, group dynamics, positive psychology and workforce development.  She has conducted research studies at institutions including the University of Rochester and St. John Fisher College both in Rochester, NY.  Ms. Pasquantonio-Pierce graduated from St. John Fisher College of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2011. Her Master’s thesis examines the relationship between self-efficacy and mentor functions among female faculty in academic medicine with a focus on race/ethnicity. Her current research interests include mentoring, self-efficacy and resiliency, specifically within the context of underrepresented populations.

Thea Corbette, Ed.M (Research Associate) joined Converge in 2016 to investigate developmental networks in academic medicine. Ms. Corbette takes an interdisciplinary approach to human capital development and explores the relationship between organizational context and career advancement and progression. She is especially interested in marginalized populations and their access to resources for professional growth and development and ultimately their advancement, across different organizational settings. The focus of her research is on human resource development, mentoring, and positive organizational psychology. 

Before DICP, Ms. Corbette worked as a Manager of HR Projects for Quest Diagnostic where she worked on top strategy and M&A programs. Additionally, she contributed to process excellence through building a HR Project Management Office. Ms. Corbette started her career at EMC Corporation in the HR Leadership Development Program and held various roles in HR. After receiving her Master’s degree, Ms. Corbette transitioned to Liberty Mutual to transform statistical results into insights that are linked to evolving business challenges. She served as a HR Analytics Project Manager and consultant to answer business questions with workforce data. Ms. Corbette received her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.S. in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University with a concentration in Social Inequality.

Erica Warner, ScD, MPH (Instructor) joined Converge in 2011 as part of the ARRA Pathfinder grant to explore the coauthor networks of HMS faculty. With Converge, she has examined how clinical disciplines differ, how networks contribute to promotion and retention, and the role networks play in racial and gender differences in receipt of NIH grants.  She is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also a cancer epidemiologist with a focus on breast cancer and a strong interest in etiology of aggressive subtypes and racial/ethnic disparities in cancer incidence and survival. Dr. Warner received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University, an MPH from Yale University and a ScD from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.