Qualitative Researchers

Priscilla K. Gazarian PhD, RN

Associate Professor
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts Boston
Nurse Scientist
Brigham and Women’s Hospital



Dr. Gazarian earned her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008. She has over 30 years of experience in the care of hospitalized adults.

She has experience as a Co-I on the PROSPECT Study (Promoting Respect and Ongoing Safety through Patient-centeredness, Engagement, Communication and Technology) funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  As a Co-I with the PROSPECT study, Dr. Gazarian successfully implemented a patient centered care intervention to improve patient engagement, led a qualitative study exploring how patients and their care-partners define, describe, and experience dignity and respect during hospitalization and was the site PI for a Multicenter survey examining barriers to providing quality end of life care in the ICU.

She has served as the Nursing Program Director for STRIDE (Strategies to Reduce Injuries and Develop Confidence in Elders). In this role, she led nurse falls care managers in implementing a falls prevention intervention as part of a multisite pragmatic trial funded by PCORI. She is a Co-I on a STRIDE ancillary study funded by the Boston Roybal Center exploring the use of motivational interviewing by nurses for falls prevention among older adults.

She has been the PI on two studies exploring Nurse Decision Making in preventing adverse events.

Dr. Gazarian’s program of research is focused on preventable hospital harms, and the role of patient engagement, patient self-management, and nurse decision making. She is interested in how the patient experiences hospitalization and serious illness, including loss of dignity and respect as a preventable harm and goals of care conversations. She is an expert in the use of cognitive task analysis and the critical decision method as ways to understand the cognitive requirements of clinical work. Her population of interest is adults and elders in acute and critical care environments. Her research is conducted at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she holds an appointment as a Nurse Scientist.

Daniel A. Gundersen, PhD

Senior Research Scientist & Survey Methodologist
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Survey and Data Management Core



Daniel Gundersen is a Senior Research Scientist and Survey Methodologist at the Survey and Data Management Core.  In that role, Dr. Gundersen directs the survey design and development on a variety of health services and population health research projects for the Core.  This includes designing scientifically sound sampling and data collection protocols, and developing survey instruments using qualitative cognitive testing and quantitative psychometric analyses.  He is also experienced in developing and analyzing surveys in the context of mixed methods designs.  His research program is focused on developing mobile-optimized data collection methodologies that minimizes measurement error and leverages mobile technology for efficient follow-up of hard to reach populations. He is currently a Multiple-Principal Investigator on an NCI funded R01 project that compares different mobile-based data collection methodologies in a national sample of young adults.  His research in this area has been published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Keren Ladin, PhD, MSc

Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy, Tufts University
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Director, Research on Ethics, Aging, and Community Health (REACH)



My research applies quantitative, qualitative, and normative methods to examine questions at the intersection of ethics and health policy, namely: priority setting and fairness in resource allocation. In particular, my research examines three main areas: (1) the impact of public policies on the health of vulnerable populations, (2) the relationship between social networks/social support and health, and (3) healthcare decision-making among vulnerable populations. My research has implications for understanding how social factors affect the development of illness and disability, as well as how they can promote and facilitate recovery and well-being. It also has implications for better understanding medical decision-making among patients, their social networks, and their providers, ultimately informing clinical and policy interventions to enhance the treatment and quality of life among vulnerable patients. Topically, much of my work has been focused on health disparities in kidney disease, transplantation, disease and resilience among older adults and immigrants.

Anna C. Revette, PhD

Qualitative Research Manager
Department of Medical Oncology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute



Anna Revette is the Qualitative Research Manager for the Survey and Data Management Core at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Dr. Revette received her BA from Siena College, and her MA and PhD in Sociology from Northeastern University. In both independent and collaborative projects, she has designed, developed, and completed qualitative and quantitative research studies focused on a variety of disciplines and methodologies. Dr. Revette is highly proficient in Spanish, and as part of her dissertation project she spent seven months in Bolivia conducting qualitative research utilizing ethnography, focus groups, and interviews. Her research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council and Northeastern University. Findings from her dissertation have been published in Third World Quarterly, and also presented at the American Sociological Association of Development Conferences and the Latin American Studies Association Congresses. Over the last five years Dr. Revette has taught numerous courses in sociology, anthropology, and strategy and international business as a Lecturer at Northeastern and Suffolk Universities.