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Dr. Mandy Hill completed her doctoral studies in public health (Disease Control) at the University of TX Health, School of Public Health and her master studies in epidemiology at Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. She directs public health research in the department. Dr. Mandy Hill has acquired a wealth of academic experience in the design, development, and implementation of behavioral research within a clinical setting. Trained as a clinical researcher, Dr. Hill has a documented history of advancing a prevention-based public health agenda within a clinical environment. Her academic portfolio to date has been based on creating a niche of merging public health and emergency medicine. She has published 22 peer reviewed manuscripts, 10 of which she first authored, in diverse areas addressing health disparities among disadvantaged minority populations, coupled with 25 abstracts, 20 presentations and extramural funding support from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health through the American Psychological Association and Centers for AIDS Research, as well as industry sponsored research. These tangible outcomes attest to her scientific contributions to date. Her primary research focus is HIV/AIDS, STIs, and STDs. In summary, here expertise includes the design, implementation, and analysis of pilot and exploratory studies, randomized clinical trial development and implementation, and integrating public health-based prevention research into routine clinical visits in the emergency department.
Professor Perera’s primary research program focuses on monitoring in primary care, meta-analysis methods, methodology for studying infectious diseases in children, and assessing complex interventions. In the last five years, his research focus has turned to managing chronic conditions. He is currently PI on an NIHR (UK) funded Programme grant on Monitoring Long term conditions in Primary Care, focusing on improving the evidence for the management of Chronic Kidney Disease and Chronic Heart Failure. He is the author of more than 150 publications focusing on monitoring in primary care, meta-analysis methods, methodology for studying infectious diseases in children, and assessing complex interventions.