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Healthcare Innovation Bridging Research, Informatics & Design Lab People

NYU Langone’s Healthcare Innovation Bridging Research, Informatics, and Design (HiBRID) Lab team brings together the disciplines of behavioral economics, public health, sociology, biology, biomedical engineering, biostatistics, informatics, medicine, predictive analytics, and design and user experience.

Our Faculty

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Devin Mann

Senior Director of Informatics Innovation, Medical Center Information Technology (MCIT)
Director, HiBRID Lab and FuturePractice
Associate Professor, Departments of Population Health and Medicine

Dr. Mann leads a hybrid program of research and operational innovation focused on enhancing healthcare delivery using novel technologies. His research combines the disciplines of informatics, behavioral medicine, human–computer interactions, mobile health, and primary care in service of a learning health system and the delivery of effective healthcare. He is passionate about fostering creativity and using that energy to transform healthcare.

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Kate Lawrence

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Dr. Lawrence completed her postdoctoral fellowship in healthcare science delivery within the Population Health Science Scholars Program in May 2021. Dr. Lawrence completed her residency in internal medicine and primary care at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Before joining the HiBRID Lab, her research focused on social determinants of health and social justice, as well as on quality improvement in both patient safety and outcomes and provider wellness and resilience. Her current interests are in the realm of digital innovations in healthcare, with the goals of improving patient–physician relationships, provider workflows, and physician resilience in the era of digital medicine.

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Safiya Richardson

Assistant Professor, Departments of Population Health and Medicine Collaborating Faculty, Institute for Excellence in Health Equity

Dr. Richardson primarily researches the use of information technology to integrate evidence-based medicine into daily clinical practice. Her previous work focused on usability testing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating clinical decision support. Dr. Richardson’s current work is funded by a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to use insights from the field of behavioral economics to design high-impact clinical decision support. She received both her MD and MPH from Columbia University and completed an AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship. Dr. Richardson was recently recognized by Business Insider as one of 30 leaders under 40 transforming healthcare.

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Liz Stevens

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Dr. Stevens received her PhD from NYU School of Global Public Health where she examined the adoption new methodological practices among the health research workforce. Currently, her research interests are in improving access to care and care quality by focusing on factors influencing implementation and value.

Our Team

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Veronica Alfáro Arias, MPS

Design Technologist

Ms. Alfáro Arias works in the intersection between accessibility and healthcare through the fields of human-centered design, user experience/user interface (UX/UI) design, and information visualization. She is passionate about the use of technology and design for social good and strives to create projects that serve as conversation starters around ethics in tech. Her most recent work focuses on the design of frameworks for developing customizable assistive technologies for people with disabilities and reimagining healthcare and the use of technology and design to improve the relationship between patients and providers. Previously, her research in creating a visualization portal for genetic variation (VizGVar) was published in Bioinformatics by Oxford and she worked as a UX designer for Lionbridge and Volteo | Intel. Verónica holds a BE in industrial design from the Tecnológico de Costa Rica University and a MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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Beatrix Bradfield-Harvey

Research Data Associate

Ms. Brandfield-Harvey completed all her premedical requirements and received her BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020. Being passionate about women's health, she worked as a research assistant in the Women’s Sports Medicine Department at the Hospital for Special Surgery. She became fascinated with healthcare innovation, as it integrates creativity into medicine, which brought her to HiBRID Lab. She plans to attend medical school in the future with the goal of entering a field that will allow her to pursue both her interests in women's health and innovation.

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Minal Chawla

Research Data Associate

Ms. Chawla earned her BS in health science with a concentration in emergency and critical care and a minor in journalism from Stony Brook University in 2022. In her undergraduate years, she has worked as a research assistant in the Bariatric Surgery Department at Stony Brook Medicine, focusing especially on patients undergoing bariatric sleeve gastrectomy procedures. This experience led to her interest in working with patients dealing with obesity-related health problems. Her concentration also ignited her passion to explore issues critical for the assessment of patients and the application of medical informatics to facilitate patient-centered care. Beyond healthcare delivery, her interests also lie in effective health communication and the ability to use various communication strategies to empower populations and increase healthcare literacy.

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Ji Chen, PhD

Data Science Analyst

Dr. Chen is a data scientist at the HiBRID lab. He completed his PhD at NYU Langone’s Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences in 2021. His dissertation research focused on reducing alert fatigue of clinical providers from clinical decision support systems in the electronic health record using machine learning. His current research interests include improving the digital experience of clinical providers and patients and various health care problems utilizing machine learning approaches.

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Xingwei Cui, MPH, MA

Data Analyst

Ms. Cui is a data analyst at the HiBRID Lab. She received her MPH in epidemiology from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and her MA in statistics from CUNY Hunter College.

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Javier Gonzalez

Technical Lead

Mr. Gonzalez earned his BS in computer and automatic control systems from the School of Electrical Engineering at Central University of Las Villas in Santa Clara, Cuba. Before joining NYU Langone, Mr. Gonzalez worked in the fintech, education, digital media, and health tech industries as a software engineer and architect, focused on designing and building highly scalable and resilient systems. He is passionate about technology and a believer in education as a driver of software quality and innovation. He has tutored multiple teams in functional and reactive programming paradigms.

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Lisa Groom, MSN, RN, RHIA

Doctoral Student Intern

Ms. Groom is a PhD student at NYU Meyers College of Nursing. She attended nursing undergrad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a master’s in nursing informatics from NYU. Ms. Groom’s research focuses on the implementation of remote patient monitoring. She is currently chief medical information officer at a company focused on data aggregation and analysis to create a longitudinal medical record and support value based medicine initiatives. She has worked in health technology companies as well as large medical centers, including roles as clinical product manager, accessibility consultant, and informaticist. She codesigned and implemented discharge readiness tools and inpatient provider documentation at Seattle Children's Hospital as a senior clinical analyst. Her clinical experience includes working as a registered nurse in stepdown and intensive care units. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and working on musical projects.

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Natalie Henning, MPH

Research Data Associate

Ms. Henning completed her MPH at the Yale School of Public Health in 2022, with a focus in chronic disease epidemiology and data modeling. In addition to her interests in disease prevention and digital health, she is interested in the intersections between human health and environmental health, especially as they pertain to global food systems. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in Central Park, reading, or watching the Great British Baking Show.

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Jenny Kwon, MPP

Program Manager

Ms. Kwon oversees the strategy and operations of HiBRID Lab’s research portfolio. Previously, she worked for Noom in the Growth team, and she also led the launch of Innovation Centers at the United Nations (UNDP) and Hospital for Special Surgery. Ms. Kwon received her MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and her BS from Northwestern University. Outside of work, she can be found exploring the New York City dining scene.

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Daniel Lu

Doctoral Student Intern

Mr. Lu is a PhD student at NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Future Building Informatics and Visualization Lab investigating the role of virtual reality in designing responsive environments. His current interests include architectural robotics and the interplay between technologies at different scales, from devices to physical spaces. Before starting his PhD, Mr. Lu worked as a building envelope consultant and energy engineer in New York City.

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Son Luu, MPS

User Experience Designer

Mr. Luu is multidisciplinary experience design technologist and HCI (human-computer interaction) researcher, with a background in business analytics and operations management. He is also a design researcher and prototyper at NYU Langone’s FuturePractice, focusing on mixed user research methodologies while designing innovative solutions to inspire a better future of healthcare delivery and experience. He has a strong interest in rapid prototyping with technology tools including programming languages, digital design, and AR/VR prototyping applications. Mr. Luu is passionate about collaborating with interdisciplinary, provocative thinkers and creatives from across fields to brainstorm, learn from, and share our research and ideas while bringing new and diverse perspectives.

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Tiffany Rose Martinez

Research Coordinator

Ms. Martinez received her BA in global public health and anthropology with a minor in chemistry from NYU in 2019. During her time as an undergraduate, Ms. Martinez gained exposure to finding innovative and sustainable ways to address obesity and improve health outcomes and quality of life, working as research assistant on the Financial Incentives for Weight Reduction Study for the MOTIVATE Research Lab. Before joining the HiBRID Lab, Ms. Martinez volunteered as a field representative for SAHA Global, an organization dedicated to empowering women in rural communities in Ghana’s northern region to solve their villages’ need for clean water by establishing sustainable low-cost social business opportunities.

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John Michael Meddar, MA

Doctoral Student

Mr. Meddar is a population health PhD student at NYU Langone’s Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical informatics and a master’s degree in health informatics from Cornell University. Mr. Meddar’s research focus sits principally, though not exclusively, at the intersection of informatics and epidemiology. His prior research has focused on the development of an mHealth application for population health surveillance in rural Western Myanmar, elucidating the impacts of built environmental attributes on hospital readmission, and the integration of social determinants of health screening in routine clinical care. With a health equity lens, Mr. Meddar’s current research is centered on streamlining processes for remote patient monitoring, and the development of innovative technology solutions to remedy health disparities in low-income communities.

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Steven Robinson, MFA

User Experience Lead

Mr. Robinson is a human-centered designer with over 15 years of experience. Before joining NYU Langone Health, he co-founded and led user experience and product design for two personalization startups. He has delivered user experience design for major media providers including MTV Networks Interactive and Discovery Networks, and he has consulted on design and strategy for multiple New York City startups. He has a background in visual design and fine art, with an MFA from the Yale School of Art and a BFA from Cornell University, and has shown his artworks in the United States and in Europe. Raised in Montana, he can still speak slowly after four cups of coffee.

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Danissa Rodriguez, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Rodriguez completed her PhD in software engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU) in August 2020. As part of her research, she introduced an innovation in the software engineering field in the form of applying optimization algorithms, such as a genetic algorithm and a swarm intelligent algorithm, to the software engineering process. She holds a BS in computer science with a magna cum laude diploma from Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela. After working in higher education for four years, Dr. Rodriguez received the Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship and moved to the United States to continue her education. She received her MS in computer science from LSU. Her current research interests focus on requirements engineering and the healthcare and computer science field.

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Nina Singh

Research Data Associate

Ms. Singh is a medical student at NYU Grossman School of Medicine taking a research year to explore her interest in medical technology implementation. She received her BS in biomedical engineering at USC, where she co-founded a digital health startup that helped oncology patients manage their medications. During medical school, she previously helped prototype novel medical devices at NYU Langone’s Tech4Health Institute. Her prior experiences as a builder led to a strong interest in the effective implementation of new technologies. Therefore, her current research focuses on designing remote patient monitoring workflows that maximize patient benefit while minimizing provider burden. In her free time, she enjoys bouldering, reading, making art, and exploring New York City.

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Kerilyn Tacconi, MA

Innovation Manager

Ms. Tacconi is a product strategist who bridges the gap between innovative concepts and minimum viable product (MVP) delivery . Before joining NYU Langone, she worked as an innovation consultant, head of a skunkworks project team, and director of product at a startup. She has an MA in innovation management from Central Saint Martins in London, where she wrote her thesis on social innovation and the philosophy of aesthetics.

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Sumaiya Tasneem, MPH

Project Manager

Mrs. Tasneem received her MPH with a concentration in epidemiology from the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, in 2017. Before joining the HiBRID Lab, Mrs. Tasneem worked with the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science healthcare system redesign annual pilot grants, where she applied her background in epidemiology research methods, project management, and implementation for research studies with mobile health applications, electronic wearables, telemedicine initiatives, and multidisciplinary digital health technology projects. Mrs. Tasneem has a diverse research background. During her time as an intern at the NYU  Center for the Study of Asian American Health, she worked on intervention programs for diabetes, hypertension, nutrition, and colorectal cancer screenings involving South Asian immigrants living in New York City. Mrs. Tasneem has extensive patient interaction experience from her previous job as a clinic manager at Westchester Medical Healthcare and volunteer experiences at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Ratnalekha Viswanadham, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Viswanadham is a Population Health Science Scholar. She researches how experimental and behavioral economics within digital technologies and machine learning improve the decision-making of healthcare providers. Lekha holds Ph.Ds. in marketing and neuroscience from INSEAD and Sorbonne Université, respectively, and her B.S. from Caltech in applied mathematics and business economics. Outside HiBRID, she loves music, tennis, comedy, and walking around NYC.

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Lynn Xu, MPH

Research Coordinator

Ms. Xu received her BA in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior and a minor in East Asian studies from Cornell University. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in Cornell's Urban Semester program in NYC, which sparked her interest in public health and the social determinants of health. She received her MPH from Cornell where she was a Global Game-Changer scholar. As a Food Systems and Health concentration, her public health work has focused primarily on addressing issues related to food security, food access, public health nutrition, and nutrition-related health problems. Before joining HiBRID, she worked as a graduate research assistant and data analyst on an intervention aimed to reduce childhood obesity and increase fruit and vegetable access and intake through community-supported agriculture (CSA). In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, going to concerts, reading manga, and completing online puzzles since they save more space than actual puzzles.