Meet the Team
Dr. Mari-Lynn Drainoni, PhD, MEd, serves as the co-director of CIIS. She is an expert in qualitative research methods, mixed methods and implementation science. Dr. Drainoni’s research and clinical interests focus on improving care and services for underserved and vulnerable populations, including persons with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, substance use and mental illness. Dr. Drainoni coordinates activities and conducts outreach to the School of Public Health and the VA.
Dr. Allan J. Walkey, MD, MSc, serves as the co-director of the CIIS. Dr. Walkey has expertise in clinical epidemiology and health services research focused on using large clinical databases to identify modifiable factors and health care practices to improve the outcomes of critically ill patients. His research focuses on improving processes and outcomes of critical care, reducing cardiovascular complications of sepsis, accounting for patient wishes in the evaluation of healthcare delivery, and developing novel methods to compare outcomes in observational research.
Ms. Erika L. Crable, MPH is a CIIS Research Fellow, with expertise in qualitative research methods, program evaluation and implementation science. Her research interests focus on testing implementation strategies to improve access to and the quality of care for individuals with substance use disorders and serious mental illness. She is responsible for leading the development of and managing research studies conducted by CIIS, and developing tools and resources to support CIIS’s educational mission. Ms. Crable is a doctoral student in the Health Services Research program in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at Boston University School of Public Health.
Ms. Dea Biancarelli is a full time research assistant and part time MS student at Boston University School of Public Health. She is working on a wide range of projects that focus on implementation and quality improvement in care and is particularly interested in qualitative research. She assists in CIIS operations and admin, outreach, research and assisting researchers in developing tools for their projects.