National Clinician Scholars Program

Advancing health through scholarship and action

University of Pennsylvania

Judith Long, MD
Program Director

Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP
Program Director

Julie Sochalski, PhD, FAAN, RN
Program Director

Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH
Associate Director - VA Liaison

Traci Chupik, MSEd
Administrative Director

Suzanne Mosko, MA
Administrative Coordinator

University of Pennsylvania
13th Floor, Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Website: Penn National Clinician Scholars Program

Affiliated VA Medical Center:
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC

Judith Long

Judith A. Long, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine as well as a core faculty member in VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics.  Dr. Long trained in Internal Medicine Primary Care at the University of California, San Francisco and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship at Yale.  Dr. Long's research focuses on social determinants of health and health care especially as they pertain to socioeconomic and racial disparities. Dr. Long assesses these issues in the context of chronic disease.  Recent research focuses on interventions to support behavioral change in low0income and vulnerable populations.

Currently, Dr. Long is the primary investigator (PI) on several studies. She recently finished a large pilot study and is conducting an R01 evaluating the effectiveness of peer mentoring and financial incentives to improve glucose control in African Americans with poorly controlled diabetes.  Both studies are randomized controlled trials (RCT).  Likewise, she is the PI of a RCT evaluating how best to create sustainable peer mentor models for the VA.  This study is being funded by the Philadelphia Patient Aligned Care Team Demo Lab and VA HSR&D. Most recently she received a PCORI grant to evaluate the effectiveness of using Community Health Workers (CHWs) to help low income patients with multiple chronic diseases improve their health.

Dr. Long is also actively engaged in the training of Health Services and Policy Researchers at Penn.  She is the Director of Penn's Master of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP), Co-Director of the Penn Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and PI of Penn's NRSA Generalist Training Grant.

Raina Merchant

Dr. Raina Merchant is Co-Director of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care. She is also the Director of the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab and a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree, University of Chicago for Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania for an MSHP and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. She serves on several leadership committees within the American Heart Association and is the chair of the Emergency Cardiovascular Care-Science Subcommittee. Her research interest is in diffusion of innovation, social media, public health, and resuscitation science. Her work involves development and testing of health related mobile apps and she has conducted several projects evaluating health communication on social/mobile media sites like Facebook, Yelp, Foursquare, Gigwalk, and others. She additionally runs a Twitter lab which analyzes tweets related to resuscitation, critical care, and public health/policy. Much of her work bridges new technologies in the field of cardiovascular health. In this context, she is the Director of the MyHeartMap Challenge, a social media and crowdsourcing project aimed at improving AED access and awareness by engaging the public to serve as citizen scientist. Dr. Merchant was recently recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of 10 young investigators likely to have a significant impact on the future of health and healthcare in the US.

Julie Sochalski

Julie Sochalski, PhD, FAAN, RN is Co-Director of the NCSP at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sochalski is recognized as a national and international expert in health policy and the health care workforce. Her 3-year tenure at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010-2013) as Director of the Division of Nursing and Principal Advisor for Health Workforce Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration involved directing interagency initiatives that promoted research and program innovations to build a right-sized, well-skilled, and effectively-deployed health care workforce. Prior to her recent federal position, Dr. Sochalski directed a series of national and international studies funded by NIH and other private and government foundations elucidating critical workforce factors influencing the quality of patient care and patient outcomes and innovative practice models that should be pursued to promote quality of care and population health. Her study featured in Health Affairs evaluated the outcomes of disease management interventions for heart failure patients by pooling data from 12 clinical trials conducted in four countries and explored payment policy options for the Medicare program to reimburse for these services. Her work has included examining the impact of innovative models of nursing care and nursing staffing on quality outcomes, and has demonstrated the cost-effective impact of nursing for diverse patient populations including high-risk high-cost chronically ill and terminally ill patients. In addition, she has investigated domestic and international trends in the health care workforce, workforce shortages, and migratory patterns of health workers and has collaborated internationally to develop policy recommendations for building an appropriately prepared and effectively deployed international health care workforce.

Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH is a native of Montreal, Canada. Dr. Schapira grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a graduate of Oberlin College. She attended the University of Michigan School of Medicine and Public Health where she obtained an MD and MPH in Health Planning and Administration. Following completion of an Internal Medicine Residency and General Internal Medicine Fellowship, she became a faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she established a research career in the area of risk communication and medical decision making. In 2011, Dr. Schapira joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in the Division of General Medicine and the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA. Dr. Schapira conducts research in the area of risk communication and medical decision making. She has developed and evaluated risk communication tools and decision-aids for use in a variety of clinical decisions including prostate cancer screening and treatment, postmenopausal hormone therapy, breast cancer screening, and prevention and treatment of osteoporotic fractures. Her current work involves the development of a measure of a new health numeracy using item response theory (IRT) scaling methods. Dr. Schapira is pursuing additional studies related to risk communication and medical decision making in the context of chronic disease management and cancer prevention, screening, and treatment decisions. Dr. Schapira is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and is the President of the Society for Medical Decision Making (2010-2011).

Traci Chupik

Traci Chupik, M.S.Ed. is the Administrative Director for the Penn Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program and the Masters of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP) program. Before joining the RWJF team, she worked in higher education administration and program management, both in Penn's Department of Psychiatry and Arcadia University's College of Global Studies. Traci has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication (ICC) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Suzanne Mosko, MA, is the Administrative Coordinator for the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) and the Masters of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP) program. Before coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Suzanne worked in administration and development for The American School of Classical Studies at Athens and Thomas Jefferson University. Suzanne has her BA in Classical Civilizations from Temple University and her MA in Education from LaSalle University.