Research Applications (RISC)

The Digital Research Applications team helps coordinate, lead and support faculty and research study staff in their electronic data capture (EDC), web-based survey and application needs for research studies.  This team will help identify the optimal study tool(s) given the investigator’s requirements. Learn more about these services.

Lynn Simpson, Manager

With an MPH in Epidemiology from Boston University and over fifteen years of academic and commercial diagnostic, device, drug discover, and epidemiology research experience, Lynn specializes in electronic data capture (EDC), and she has initiated, designed, and maintained databases for clinical trials and observational studies. She has been at Mass GeneralBrigham since 2009, and she manages multiple programs, including REDCap, Freezerworks, and LabArchives. She also manages ERIS Communications Operations and works closely with Mass General Brigham Human Research Committee and Research Information Security to help develop regulatory measures for research studies using electronic systems and digital health technologies. In 2017, she was awarded the REDCap Consortium MVP. Follow her on twitter @REDCap_MVP2017 .

Ashley Procter, Associate Application Analyst

Originally from St. Louis, Ashley attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After moving to the Boston area, she joined Year Up, a program geared towards providing underprivileged young adults with six months of training in a skill and then a six-month internship at a company. Ashley chose the Software Quality Assurance training track where she interned in Identity and Access Management at Harvard University. After her internship, she was hired as a QA/BA Associate for a year and a half before joining the ERIS team at Partners in July 2017. She works with several ERIS applications, and the majority of her work is application support with end users, quality assurance (QA) testing, improving processes and developing any written materials for these applications. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys going to music and art festivals as well as exhibits and museums, and she likes to do yoga or kickboxing. Fun fact, she has two ferrets, named Clyde and Lily.

Meet Aviva

Aviva Buck-Yael, Application Analyst II

Aviva is an experienced REDCap systems administrator with a passion for research data science.  She comes to MGB with a background in both research data center infrastructure and research data application support.  Aviva’s primary responsibility on the Digital Research Applications team is to provide custom solutions for MGB Research teams.  An avid strategy gamer and puzzle enthusiast, Aviva most enjoys using her creativity and problem-solving skills to help research data scientists unlock the full potential of their applications so that they can do their best work to improve the quality of health outcomes for everybody.  Born in Massachusetts, Aviva is a remote employee living in St. Louis, MO where she enjoys spending time with her partner and their four children.

David Clark, Systems Designer

Originally from Connecticut, David attended UC Berkeley and received a BA in Cognitive Science & Rhetoric. Today, he works closely with the Digital Research Applications and Research Core development teams focusing on REDCap functionality and custom enhancements. David joins the team with vast experience with online application development and server administration.

Dimitar Dimitrov, Engineering Manager

Dimitar, or Dimo for short, is from Sofia, Bulgaria. He studied at Drexel University, where he earned a MS in software engineering. Before joining Mass General Brigham, he worked as a software developer for a small healthcare research company in Cleveland. He came to Mass General Brigham in January of 2013, and he is responsible for managing the Data Capture Services IT infrastructure and applications. He also develops custom functionality for a number of applications such as REDCap. In addition, he designs and develops custom systems for different labs at Mass General Brigham. When not at work, you can likely find Dimo playing soccer, riding his motorcycle, or chasing after his 3-year-old son.

Eduardo Morales, Systems Engineer

Originally from Juarez, Mexico, Eduardo studied at University of Texas at El Paso, earning a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Before joining Mass General Brigham, he worked at New England Baptist Hospital. Eduardo focuses on REDCap development, calling on his vast experience in the software industry in the niche of clinical database management and development for research applications. In his spare time, Eduardo likes to write. Weather-permitting, you can find him trying out new recipes on the grill like Brazilian pineapples, cinnamon apples or beer-can chicken, hoping someday the kids will try something other than hot dogs. Fun fact, Eduardo used to work at the Star Tours Ride at Walt Disney World.

Jeremy Alphonse, Project Analyst

Jeremy supports researchers and clinicians in their use of REDCap to collect and store questionnaire and survey response data. He’s responsible for all aspects of REDCap user support which includes answering questions daily about how to use REDCap, how to optimize settings and modules, and troubleshooting issues.

Kathleen Rossi-Roh,Project Specialist

Kathi received an MEd in Education Research from Boston College. She has a background in survey research, including outcomes and patient satisfaction. She has worked in IS at Mass General Brigham off and on since 2000, including roles at MGH, Dana Farber, and the Brigham. Since taking her new role within ERIS, she works with researchers interested in using mobile devices, wearables, etc. Outside of work, she likes to run or spend time in her garden, and she also takes tap dance and piano lessons.

Liane Allen, Application Support Specialist II

Though Liane grew up in the suburbs of Boston, she moved away to raise her kids in the woods of Vermont before eventually returning back to the Boston area. She has been working at Mass General Brigham since October 2016. Before she joined the ERIS team, she worked on web development for MGH and Mass General Brigham research lab websites. Her current job involves supporting the LabArchives rollout by providing technical support and documentation. In her spare time, she likes to get outdoors and go hiking, biking, or swimming. She also likes reading and rehabbing houses. Fun fact: she’s been bitten by an ostrich.

Stacey Duey

Stacey Duey, Senior Project Specialist

Stacey started her career at BWH, then moved to Genzyme, and Millennium Pharmaceuticals before returning to MGB. Currently, Stacey provides QA/improvement, data analysis, data delivery and strategic planning and support across multiple applications and teams. In her free time she loves being outdoors and keeping active with biking, hanging with her son, running, nature walks, riding a 4 wheeler and visiting with friends. Fun Fact: Stacey ran the Boston Marathon without stopping.