Faculty and Staff


Connor Drake, MPA is a Research Program Leader at the Center for Personalized Health Care at Duke University and a Health Policy and Management PhD student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health with a focus on implementation science. His research experiences include evaluating innovations in primary care, investigating group-based models of care, and implementing evidence-based interventions into clinical and community settings. Prior to arriving at Duke, he worked on quality improvement projects and implementation of meaningful use of the electronic health record at UNC Health Care, economic research and policy analysis at the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and served as a Legislative Aide to Congressman David Price during the national health care reform debate. His research interests are focused on population health management, implementation of evidence-based interventions, and clinical care redesign to engage patients in their health and health care decision making.


Meagan Cannady, MSPH is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Center for Personalized Health Care at Duke University. In 2017, Meagan graduated with her MSPH from the Health Policy & Management department at the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also holds a BA in Public Policy from UNC Chapel Hill. Meagan has prior experience as a clinical programmer and project lead in industry contract research at Pharmaceutical Research Associates Health Sciences. Meagan’s research interests include population health, vulnerable populations, process & quality improvement, and patient access.


Katie Clinkscales is a Program Coordinator at the Center for Personalized Health Care at Duke University. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Katie’s background involves securing funding and support for surgical specialties and research within a pediatric academic medical center as well as work in process improvement and implementing LEAN methodology in the health insurance operations space. Her interests in the health care arena include patient-centered care, chronic disease management, preventative medicine, and process improvement.


Heather Batchelder, LPA, HSP-PA, is a Senior Clinical Research Specialist at the Center for Personalized Health Care at Duke University. In 2016, she earned her MA in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University and in 2018 became licensed as a Licensed Psychological Associate and Health Services Provider Psychological Associate in North Carolina. Prior to arriving at Duke, she worked with several populations across community, university, and inpatient settings, with a focus on improving mental health outcomes through cognitive and behavioral change. Her research experiences includes developing educational programs supporting informal family caregivers of elderly patients, reviewing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a treatment for eating disorders, and investigating the impact of interpersonal violence on rural adolescents.  Her current research interests focus on mindfulness-based interventions, educating families on community and healthcare resources, and acceptance and commitment therapy.



Cindy Mitchell provides administrative support to the Center for Personalized Health Care, managing day to day activities including schedules, finances, and human resources. Cindy brings over 30 years of administrative experience in the health care and insurance industries to her work at the Center.




Hull_headshot Dr. Sharon Hull, MD, MPH is a practicing family physician, board certified in both Family Medicine and in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, with a longstanding career in private practice, academic practice, medical education, and academic medicine administration. She is currently the Division Chief at Duke Family Medicine, where she oversees the clinical operations of the faculty practice and the educational activities of the Family Medicine Residency. She has spent over 25 years training medical students, physician assistant students, and family medicine residents in primary care, and has a demonstrable track record of collaboration across medical specialties and across health care disciplines. She has led and participated in research related to health systems change, community health improvement, and alternative health care delivery models. Dr. Hull has collaborated with the Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care since 2014 in the conception, design, and implementation of an intervention that brings personalized health planning into Shared Medical Appointments for individuals with type II diabetes. She serves as the Principal Investigator for this study, alongside Co-Principal Investigator Ralph Snyderman. Her insight into and experience with primary care delivery models has helped the Center visualize strategies for making personalized models of care more practical and scalable.


Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 9.51.49 AMAdam Perlman, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine and works within the Duke University Health System as Executive Director of Duke Integrative Medicine and in a leadership role as Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness. He has responsibility for Duke’s Health and Wellness portfolio, including Duke Integrative Medicine, the Duke Diet and Fitness Center as well as the Duke Health and Fitness Center. In his role, he is contributing to the work of healthcare transformation within and beyond the University System. Additionally, he is the Founder and Director of the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University. His diverse research interests have included a clinical trial evaluating the effect of multivitamin supplementation on school performance in underserved children, a trial assessing the efficacy of massage for osteoarthritis of the knee and a survey exploring the use of CAM in patients with cancer. Most recently, he was the recipient of an R01 Research Grant, funded by the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, to continue his research on massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee. Dr. Perlman’s research has been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and featured in the New York Times.  In 2015, he co-authored meQuilibrium, 14 Days to Cooler, Calmer, and Happier, published by Harmony Books, NY. In his work at Executive Director of Duke Integrative Medicine, Dr. Perlman has developed an interest in connecting mindfulness to skills, knowledge, and education required to make proactive change in one’s life to improve health and vitality. His support and research of patient-centered, personalized, and holistic models of care aligns with the mission of the Center.


Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 10.50.05 AMEdward C. Suarez, MD is Vice-Chair of Research Administration, Director of the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. He received his PhD from the University of Miami in 1986. His research interests are in biological psychology, health psychology, health disparities, psychoneuroimmunology, and cardiometabolic diseases. Among the many research grants, he has received is an NIH grant to study Mindfulness-based Personalized Health Planning for Reducing Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01430221). In this study, Dr. Suarez is evaluating Mindfulness-Based Personalized Health Planning as a preventive lifestyle intervention aimed at reducing fasting blood sugar and elevated depression symptoms in adults with prediabetes. His knowledge and experience in health psychology will improve our understanding of influences of behavioral and emotional risk factors, such as depression and depressive symptoms and stress, likely to influence an individual’s ability to engage in proactive, preventive care.