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Core Team

  • Steven L. Bernstein

    Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health (Chronic Diseases); Vice Chair, Academic Affairs; Director, Yale Center for Implementation Science (YCIS)

    Dr. Bernstein develops screening and treatment interventions for tobacco users in the hospital settings, and programs to train providers in tobacco control.

    He also has strong interests in implementation science, and is the founding Director of the Yale Center for Implementation Science.

    He is currently studying the efficacy of a brief counseling intervention, nicotine replacement therapy, a telephone quitline service, and an SMS texting program in helping adult smokers in the emergency department quit. Another project is using network analysis to model patterns of adherence and abstinence in human health behavior. He is also the director of a new training program in implementation science.

    He has additional interests in teaching the principles of public health, population health, and prevention to medical students, residents, and practitioners.

    He maintains an active clinical practice in the ED at Yale New Haven Hospital.

  • Leslie Curry

    Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Professor of Management; Associate Director Patient Centered Outcomes Research Training Program Yale-CORE; Lecturer, Yale College; Associate Director Yale Scholars in Implementation Science Training Program

    Leslie Curry, PhD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health, Professor of Management at Yale School of Management, Lecturer in Yale College, Associate Director of the Yale Scholars in Implementation Science Program, and core faculty at the Yale Global Health Leadership Initiative. Leslie’s research focuses on management, culture and organizational performance in diverse health care settings in the U.S. and internationally. She is especially interested in the development and scale up of innovative, evidence-based health practices, programs and policies and regularly collaborates with government agencies and health care providers in these efforts. Leslie was a Public Voices Thought Leader Fellow in 2016-17. Leslie's work has been published in JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, Annals of Internal Medicine and the BMJ, and featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and ABC News.

    U.S. domestic work includes an ongoing mixed methods study in 10 communities across the U.S. to understand how 'high performing' regions with low levels of avoidable health care utilization for older adults establish relationships with partners in health care and other health sectors and how such partnerships are catalyzed, developed and sustained. International work includes for example The Yale Health and Social Care Strategic Leadership Programme is offered to executives and providers across the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. She is also PI for Preparing the Clinical Workforce to Deliver the Digital Future, aimed at strengthening the capacity of the NHS clinical and social care workforce to integrate digital innovations. Grounded in a framework of strategic problem solving and leadership, these programs prepare delegates to lead in an increasingly complex system and catalyze partnerships across disciplines to affect system-wide improvements. Leslie also supports the mixed methods evaluation of Project Last Mile, funded by USAID, Global Fund, Gates Foundation and The Coca Cola Company, which uses The Coca-Cola Company’s logistic, supply chain and marketing expertise to improve health systems across Africa in a sustainable way. 

    Her work has been supported by a variety of funders including NIH, AHRQ, The Commonwealth Fund, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The World Bank. Leslie is a recognized expert in qualitative and mixed methods and regularly teaches at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. She serves on several editorial and professional association boards, including an elected position on the Methods Council of AcademyHealth. She is co-author of Mixed Methods in the Health Sciences: A Practical Primer, commissioned by Sage Publications, 2014. 

  • Luke Davis

    Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and Associate Professor in Pulmonary; Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine)

    I am a pulmonary/critical care physician and epidemiologist seeking to improve diagnostic evaluation and case finding for tuberculosis (TB) using translational research and implementation science. 

    I teach a graduate course on implementation science and mentor master's and doctoral students at the Yale School of Public Health. I lead a Fogarty research training program on TB and other pulmonary complications of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

    I attend in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Winchester TB Clinic at Yale-New Haven Hospital as a Yale Medicine physician. I enjoy caring for patients and families, and teaching medical students, residents, and fellows.

  • David Fiellin

    Professor of Medicine (General Medicine), of Emergency Medicine, and of Public Health; Professor, Investigative Medicine; Director, Yale Program in Addiction Medicine; Director, Health Services and Research Core, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA), Yale School of Public Health

    Dr. Fiellin has focused his scholarly work on the interface between primary care, HIV and addiction. He is a primary care internist Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine.  He serves as the inaugural Director of the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine. He conducts research on the transfer of treatment strategies, including opioid agonist maintenance with methadone and buprenorphine, from specialized settings to office-based, primary care, Emergency Department and HIV specialty settings. He has served as Principal Investigator on multiple NIH-funded trials and directed the SAMHSA Physician Clinical Support System for buprenorphine. He is the Director of the Community Research and Implementation Core at Yale's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. He has received awards including the Nyswander/Dole Award from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, the 2008 Annual Award from the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Excellence in Mentorship Award from AMERSA and the Dan Anderson Research Award from the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation. He has served on the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Drug Control Research, Data, and Evaluation Advisory Committee, and the World Health Organization and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Technical Guideline Development Group for psychosocially assisted pharmacologic treatment of opioid dependence. He served as Chair of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's, Treatment Improvement Protocol on Treatment of Viral Hepatitis in Patients with Substance Use Disorders and on the Editorial Boards of Substance Abuse and the Journal of Addiction Medicine and is Co-Editor of Alcohol, Other Drugs & Health: Current Evidence and the Principles of Addiction Medicine, 4th, 5th and 6th Edition. He has served on the Board of Directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and as Co-Chair of the Substance Abuse Task Force for the Society of General Internal Medicine.

  • Marcella Nunez-Smith

    Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, Equity Research and Innovation Center; Director, Center for Research Engagement; Core Faculty, National Clinician Scholars Program; Deputy Director of Health Equity Research and Workforce Development, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; Director, Yale-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship

    Dr. Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health, Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center, Director of the Center for Research Engagement, Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program, and Deputy Director at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Nunez-Smith’s research focuses on promoting healthcare equity for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on healthcare workforce development, patient assessment of healthcare experiences, and healthcare system strengthening to address chronic disease in low and middle resource settings. She is the principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded research projects, including an NIH-fund project to develop a tool to assess patient reported experiences of discrimination in healthcare. In 2011 she received NIH funding to establish the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes and Research Network (ECHORN), a research collaborative across four Eastern Caribbean islands that will recruit and follow a community-dwelling adult cohort to examine chronic disease burden and to enhance health outcomes research and leadership capacity in the region. Dr. Nunez-Smith has received numerous awards including the Association of American Medical College’s Herbert W. Nicken’s Faculty Fellowship in 2008 in recognition of her contributions to healthcare workforce diversity and healthcare equity research and a 2011 American Medical Student Association’s Women Leaders in Medicine award. Dr. Nunez-Smith has a BA from Swarthmore College, an MD from Jefferson Medical College, and an MHS from Yale University.

    YCCI Scholar 2006

    Project: 03/01/07 - 08/31/08

    Development of an instrument to measure self-reported experiences of discrimination in health care systems

  • Nancy Redeker

    Beatrice Renfield Term Professor of Nursing and Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary); Director, Biobehavioral Laboratory, Yale School of Nursing; Principal Investigator/Director, Yale Center for sleep Disturbance in Acute & Chronic Conditions

    Nancy Redeker, MSN, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN is the Beatrice Renfield Term Professor of Nursing at Yale School of Nursing and holds an appointment in the Yale Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Her research focuses on the contributions of sleep and sleep disorders to quality of life and functional outcomes among people with chronic conditions and the efficacy and effectiveness of behavioral interventions to improve sleep and sleep-related outcomes, as well as the use of behavioral sleep interventions to prevent chronic conditions.

    Dr. Redeker is currently the PI (with mPI Henry Yaggi, MD, MPH) of the Yale Center for Sleep Disturbance in Acute and Chronic Conditions, funded by the NIH and Principal Investigator of a 5 year R01 (NIH/National Institute for Nursing Research) designed to evaluate the sustained effects of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia on daytime symptoms, functional performance, health care utilization, and event free survival among patients with chronic heart failure. She is the PI (with mPI Lois Sadler, PhD) of a study an NIH-funded study "Community Partnership for Healthy Sleep" that employs community engaged research methods to develop a sleep promotion for young families living with economic adversity. Her publications can be found at

    Dr. Redeker has extensive teaching experience and mentored many students and clinicians from a variety of disciplines in sleep and the conduct of research. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Heart Association and Editor of Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care. She previously served on the faculties of the College of Nursing, Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey and The School of Nursing of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She earned an AB in Sociology from Rutgers University, BSN and MSN from Seton Hall University, a PhD in Nursing Research and Theory Development from New York University, and completed a research fellowship in sleep disorders at New York University School of Medicine.

  • Mona Sharifi

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

    Mahnoosh (Mona) Sharifi, MD, MPH is a general pediatrician and health services researcher in the Section of General Pediatrics. She completed residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics and fellowship in the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program, through which she obtained her MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research is focused on improving decision-making in pediatric primary care to promote health behavior change, prevent chronic disease, and reduce health disparities. Specifically, Mona studies the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and implementation of novel primary care based interventions for childhood obesity and tobacco smoke exposure that leverage decision support delivered to clinicians via the electronic health record and to patients and families via remote and mobile technologies. She joined the faculty in 2016.


Contact Us

Director – Steven L. Bernstein, MD
Office phone: 203-737-3574

Manager – June Weiss, MA, MEd
Office phone: 203-737-3582