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Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, 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

Michael Wake, MSW, MPH
Program Manager

Erica Warner, ScD, MPH
Instructor


Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MBA (Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership) was appointed the first Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership in January 2002. She 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 underrepresented minority faculty at HMS. This charge includes oversight of all diversity activities at HMS as they relate to faculty, trainees, students and staff. In addition, Dr. Reede is Director of the HMS Minority Faculty Development Program. Dr. Reede holds the appointments of Associate Professor of Medicine at HMS, Associate Professor of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Assistant in Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Reede has designed and implemented numerous programs to benefit minority students, residents, scientists and physicians. These include programs that address pipeline and leadership issues for minorities and women who are interested in careers in medicine, academic and scientific research, and the healthcare professions. Supported by a dedicated staff, she has developed mentoring programs for underrepresented minority students from the middle school through the graduate and medical school levels. Dr. Reede has also designed training programs for middle and high school teachers, developed science curricula for public schools, implemented research and exchange clerkship programs at HMS, and designed and implemented three innovative fellowships in minority health policy for physicians, dentists and doctoral-level mental health professionals. In addition, Dr. Reede founded the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Board of Higher Education.

On the national level, Dr. Reede was appointed to the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health by Donna E. Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, and has served on the Board of Governors for the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Council of the National Institutes of Health, the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society, and as a Commissioner of the Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce. Dr. Reede currently serves on the Secretary's Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health and on the Sullivan Alliance to Transform America's Health Professions.

A graduate of Brown University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Reede completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and a child psychiatry fellowship at Children's Hospital in Boston. She also holds an MBA from Boston University and an MPH and MS in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Emorcia V. Hill, PhD (Director, Converge, Research and Evaluation) has more than twenty years of experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of educational and child welfare programs. Dr. Hill has significant experience in the design of research projects, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. She has also developed and implemented programs to increase the participation of minorities—students and faculty—in academia as well as in the labor force.

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 for a region-wide network to improve the participation and success of minority students and professionals in higher education and industry. She was Co-PI on a study to examine the status—socio-demographic, career pathways, economic, workforce and best practices—of groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in New England. Dr. Hill also served as the PI on the NSF grant-funded Participation of NSF Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellows in the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring—a component of a national strategy to increase the number of doctoral students who enter the professoriate.

Dr. Hill spent five years at Abt Associates Inc. where much of her work concentrated on various aspects of STEM. 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.

Dr. Hill’s higher education evaluation projects include the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program, the Graduate Research Traineeships and the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). Dr. Hill also worked on the evaluation of the Preparing Future Faculty Initiative, which is jointly sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

At the K-12 level, Dr. Hill has been involved in projects that focus on whole-school, standards-based reform, teacher preparation, curriculum materials development and federally-supported initiatives. A sampling of these projects include the Schools of the 21st Century/Annenberg Challenge Grant, AIM at Middle Grades Results, the Federal Class Size Reduction (CSR) Program, the Massachusetts Coalition for Teacher Quality and Student Achievement, and NSF’s Instructional Materials Development. Dr. Hill was also involved in the evaluation of the BELL Foundation's multi‑site after‑school remedial tutoring program targeted primarily at African‑American elementary school children.

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 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 severed 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 Ph.D. 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 (Research Assistant). Ms. Pasquantonio-Pierce is currently working towards her Master Degree from the Harvard Extension School with a concentration in psychology.  Perviously Ms. Pasquantonio-Pierce graduated from St. John Fisher College of Rochester with Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2011.  She has been involved in descriptive, exploratory, and explanatory projects that used a variety of designs and methods.

The topic areas that she has studied include, child development, group dynamics, positive psychology and workforce development.  Ms. Pasquantonio-Pierce has been involved and conducted research studies at institutions including the University of Rochester and St. John Fisher College both in Rochester, NY.  She is interested in how elements of health and positive psychology are integrated into social psychology theory with an emphasis on self-efficacy and well-being.


Michael Wake, MSW, MPH (Program Manager) joined Converge in November 2009 as Program Manager of the Organizational and Individual Factors that Promote and Support the Careers of Women of Color in Academic Medicine: An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Institutional Research Study, one of 14 National Institutes of Health research grants focusing on factors that influence the careers of women in science. Beginning in October 2009, the multi-institutional four year research study includes 12 partnering medical schools and is one of the first to examine the characteristics and interrelationships of institutional, individual and sociocultural factors that influence the career paths of women of color in academic medicine.

As Program Manager, Mr. Wake is the point of contact for the research team members, institutional liaisons, and advisory board members, and in that capacity performs a variety of administrative and logistical tasks to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of all aspects of the study. Additionally on the research side, he has primary responsibilities for the study’s institutional profile component as well as managing both the qualitative and quantitative data collection activities.

Mr. Wake has substantial professional experience in the management of large scale, multi-site research studies from IRB, subject recruitment, data collection, tracking, and review, tracking biological sample collection, subject interviews, and contracting with outside vendors. Most recently he was the Project Manager of a multi-site study on the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease at the Boston University School of Medicine. He was responsible for subject recruitment at the host site as well as coordinating the data collection and protocol compliance at the other 11 active sites. Mr. Wake’s prior positions include data coordinator in the Clinical Research Program at Children’s Hospital Boston and performing clinical and research services at the Center for Human Development and Disabilities at the University of Washington in Seattle. Mr. Wake holds a MSW from the Boston University School of Social Work and a MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health.


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 Brigham and Women’s 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, a MPH from Yale University and a ScD from Harvard School of Public Health.