Meet our National Advisory Board members
The NPHA Advisory Board provides strategic direction on poll topics, dissemination, and public engagement.
Get to know our faculty collaborators
Various U-M experts support the NPHA team in analyzing poll data and discussing the findings for each topic.
Meet the Team
Dr. Kullgren is the Kutsche Memorial Research Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, and a Research Scientist in the Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. He previously served as Associate Director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging. Dr. Kullgren holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Michigan State University and a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan. He completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Solway has worked in a variety of roles in policy and research on health and aging. In addition to her role as NPHA Deputy Director, Dr. Solway is the Manager of Signature Initiatives and Partnerships at the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. Before returning to U-M, Dr. Solway served as a policy advisor with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. She received her master’s degree in social work and master’s degree in public health as well as a Specialist in Aging certificate from the University of Michigan and doctoral degree in medical sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Roberts is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He leads the Outreach, Recruitment, & Engagement Core of the NIH-funded Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and he directs an NIH-funded T32 research training program for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows focused on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics. Dr. Roberts’ aging-related interests include public education about dementia, disclosure of genetic and biomarker information for Alzheimer’s disease, and development of mental health interventions for older adults. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at U-M and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical geropsychology.
In addition to her role as NPHA Senior Advisor, Dr. Malani is a Professor of Internal Medicine and an infectious disease specialist at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Malani is also fellowship-trained in geriatric medicine. She was the University of Michigan's Chief Health Officer from 2017 to 2022 and continues to serve as a Special Advisor to the University’s President. Dr. Malani is Deputy Editor and Editorial Director for Equity for JAMA and the JAMA Network journals. She received her M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she completed a master's in Journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
In addition to her role as NPHA Poll Manager, Ms. Singer is a Project Manager for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she also serves as Poll Manager of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. She received her bachelor’s degree in Health Education and Psychology from Michigan State University and her master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Kirch is a data analyst with IHPI, where he provides analytic support as the lead data analyst for the National Poll on Healthy Aging, as well as for other evaluation projects conducted by the Institute. He received his M.S. degree in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration with a minor in Biostatistics from the University of Minnesota.
Ms. Smith is a multimedia designer for IHPI, providing design support for NPHA. Prior to joining IHPI, she worked as a graphic designer for the communications and marketing department at Ohio University. She also served as an adjunct faculty teaching a basic information design course for the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. She received her B.F.A. in graphic design, as well as an M.A. in interactive design from Ohio University.
Ms. Gavin specializes in writing engaging stories about discoveries and issues in science, medicine and health policy. As a Lead Public Relations Representative for Michigan Medicine and as Research & Policy Media Relations manager for IHPI, Ms. Gavin writes press releases and coordinates media relations activities for NPHA. For more than 20 years, most of them at the U-M, she has helped bring the work of researchers to broad public audiences and reporters. Ms. Gavin is a science writing graduate of Lehigh University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Ms. Hutchens writes and disseminates a variety of original content across a diverse range of internal and external communication platforms to support IHPI’s mission and promote the impact of IHPI research. In this role, she provides editorial project support for NPHA. Ms. Hutchens received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College.
Ms. Petiprin provides communications support for NPHA. Prior to joining IHPI, she held communications roles at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and at the U-M Ross School of Business in the Office of Global Initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience from U-M.
Trish Meyer, Ed.M.
Managing Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation
Eileen Kostanecki, M.A.
Director, Policy Engagement & External Relations, Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation
Christina Camilli-Whisenhunt, M.P.A.
Communications & Marketing Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation