Skip to main content

Our Core Faculty and Staff

Portrait of Michel Boudreaux

Michel Boudreaux

Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management
Portrait of Jie Chen

Jie Chen

Professor, Health Policy and Management
Portrait of Diane L. Dixon

Diane L. Dixon

Lecturer, Health Policy and Management
Portrait of Joseph Flannery

Joseph Flannery

Lecturer
Portrait of Negin Fouladi

Negin Fouladi

Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management
Portrait of Luisa Franzini

Luisa Franzini

Professor and Chair, Health Policy and Management

Research Staff, Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

Dianna Abney

Professor of the Practice, Health Policy and Management
Health Officer for the Charles County Department of Health 
Email: dianna.abney@maryland.gov

Dianna Abney, health officer for the Charles County Department of Health

Dr. Dianna Abney is a health officer for the Charles County Department of Health. She is a practicing pediatrician with 25 years of experience working in Waldorf, Maryland.

Prior to her role as the Health Officer, Dr. Abney was the medical director of the county's Child Abuse and Neglect program. She is a commissioner on the Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, and she chairs the Maryland Statewide Advisory Commission on Immunizations. Dr. Abney’s research interests include health disparities, prevention of childhood obesity, immunizations, and the prevention and treatment of child abuse. She received her medical degree from Tulane University in 1989.

Kyle Fisher

Health Policy and Management Logo

Adjunct Professor, Health Policy and Management
Email: fisher.kr@gmail.com

 

 

Roderick K. King

Adjunct Professor, Health Policy and Management
Senior Vice President, Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Email: roderick.king@umm.edu
Phone: 410 28-6027
View Dr. King's CV

Roderick K. King

Dr. Roderick K. King, MD, MPH is the inaugural Senior Vice President, Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the University of Maryland Medical System. Prior to his current position, Dr. King served as the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement and Director of the MD/MPH Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and held joint appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and the University of Miami Business School Department of Health Policy and Management. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation (formerly the Florida Public Health Institute). 

Marilyn Dabay Lynk

Adjunct Faculty, Health Policy and Management, Center for Health Equity
Health Care Executive Director
Email: mlynk@umd.edu
View Dr. Lynk's CV

Dr. Marilyn Lynk Headshot

Dr. Marilyn Lynk is a health care executive director and serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. She has taught various topics (e.g., community health, health equity, public health and program evaluation) and served as a preceptor to graduate and undergraduate students on projects related to population health, health equity, health disparities, literature review and data analysis and reporting.

 

Spyridón Marinopoulos 

Health Policy and Management Logo

Associate Research Professor, Health Policy and Management 
Email: smarinop@umd.edu 

 

 

Wesley Queen 

Legacy Leadership Institute Coordinator, Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, Center for Health Equity 
SPH | Room 2234
Email: wqueen@umd.edu
Phone Number: 
(301) 405-2529

Wesley Queen Headshot

Wesley Queen currently serves as Coordinator of the Legacy Leadership Institute on Public Policy Program (LLIPP). Legacy Leadership recruits and offers training and placement of Maryland residents age 50+ in governmental offices as volunteer service leaders during the 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly. In addition, Wesley is Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Outreach Core, of the Maryland Center for Health Equity. He also serves as a Legislative Lecturer of the Health Policy Class in SPH.

 

Elliot Segal 

Elliot Segal's Headshot

Professor of the Practice, Health Policy and Management
Director of Healthy Futures Program (provides internships) 
Email: esegal638@gmail.com
Phone Number: (301) 646-0567

 

 

 

Laura B. Wilson

Laura Wilson's Headshot

Professor Emerita, Health Policy and Management
Email: lwilson@umd.edu 

 

 

 

Joseph Wright 

Adjunct Faculty, Health Policy and Management
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at University of Maryland Capital Region Health
Email: joseph.wright@umm.edu
Phone Number: (301) 618-2141
See Dr. Wright's CV

Joseph Wright's Headshot

As the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at University of Maryland Capital Region Health within the University of Maryland Medical System, Dr. Joseph Wright leads a strong team of physician executives and clinician-educators. He has firsthand leadership experience in leveraging the talent of clinical faculty in the generation of scholarly product for the synergistic benefit of balancing an academic and service delivery institutional mission.

Graduate Students

Aitalohi Amaize

Aita Amaize's Headshot

Email: aamaize@umd.edu
Research Areas: 
Health Service Delivery Systems
Utilization and Access
Complex care
Social Determinants of Health,
Health equity

See Aitalohi Amaize's CV


 

Portia Buchongo

Portia Buchongo's headshot

Email: pbuchong@umd.edu
Research Areas:

Value-Based Care Models
Behavioral Health Integration
Healthcare Access and Quality
Cross-Sector Partnerships
Socio-economic Disparities

See Portia Buchong's CV


Jun Chu

Jun Chu

Email: jchu16@umd.edu
Research Areas:
Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Social Services 
Healthcare Coordination and Utilization 
State Health Policy
Patient Communication  

See Jun Chu's CV

 


Lauren Edelstein

Lauren Edelstein's Headshot

Email: lmedel@umd.edu
Research Areas:

Value Based Decision Making
Clinical Workforce
Patient Experience
Clinical ethics
Leadership and Organizational Culture 

See Lauren Edelstein's CV


Amber El-Amin

Amber E-Amin's Headshot

Email: ajelamin@terpmail.umd.edu
Research Areas:

Access to Care
Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects
Health Disparities
Healthcare Research and Planning,
Design of Care Systems and Resource Use

See Amber El-Amin's CV



Taehyun Kim

Taehyun Kim

Email: taehyun@umd.edu
Research Areas:
Health Equity
Social Determinants of Health
Casual evaluation
Medicaid
Women's Health

See Taehyun Kim's CV

 


Daniel Marthey

Daniel Marthey's Headshot

Email: dmarthey@umd.edu
Research Areas:

Healthcare Access and Quality Medicaid
Federally Qualified Health Centers Social Determinants of Health
Health Disparities 

See Daniel Marthey's CV

 

 


Sofi Martinez

Sofi Martinez's Headshot

Email: gmarti9@terpmail.umd.edu
Research Areas:

Immigrant Health
Social Determinants of Health
Enabling Services
Health Equity
Primary Care

See Sofi Martinez's CV

 


Elle Pope

Elle Pope Headshot

Email: epope@umd.edu
Research Areas: 
Health Policy
Physician Workforce
Social/Organizational Behavior
Mental Health
Substance Abuse Disorders 

See Elle Pope's CV

 


Kaitlynn Robinson-Ector

Kaitlynn Robinson-Ector's Headshot

Email: kre@umd.edu
Research Areas:
Health Care Disparities
Medicare
Aging
Value-based Care Models
Health Care Delivery Systems

View Kaitlynn Robinson-Ector's CV

 

 

 

 

Chu Judy Zhuang

Chu Judy Zhuang's Headshot

Email: cjzhuang@umd.edu
Research Areas:
Human Development (Emphasis on Children)
Causal Inference
Intergenerational Mobility,
Social Programs
Health Disparities

See Chu Judy Zhuang's CV

 

Merianne Rose T. Spencer

Merianne Rose T. Spencer

Email: merianne@umd.edu 
Research Areas:

Opioid Use/Drug Poisoning
Mental Health
Population Health/Health Information Technology
Patient-Centered Outcomes 
Data Science 

See Merianne Rose T. Spencer's CV

 

 Ren Hao Wang

Ren Wang

Email: renwang@umd.edu
Research Areas: 

Health Policy
Insurance Exchange
State Policy Evaluation
ACA Policy Waivers
Primary Care

See Ren Wang's CV
 

 

Nianyang Wang

Health Policy and Management Logo

Email: nwang123@umd.edu
Research Areas:

Health Economics 
Health Policy 
Alzheimer’s Disease and Aging
Health Information Technology
Mental Health and Addictions

See Nianyang Wang's CV

Ying Joy Zhu

Ying Joy Zhu's Headshot

Email: yzhu0812@umd.edu
Research Areas:

Cost-Intensive Therapies
High Demand Chronic Diseases
Disease Management 
Health Disparities
Quantitative Research 

See Yin Joy Zhu's CV