Research Team

Principal Investigator:


Barbara (Basia) Andraka-Christou, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Barbara (“Basia”) Andraka-Christou is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Health Management & Informatics. She researches health services, health policy, and consumer health informatics for substance use disorder treatment.  She has written extensively about the underutilization of evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorder. Dr. Andraka-Christou has a J.D. and Ph.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Co-Principal Investigators:


Danielle Atkins, Ph.D.

Dr. Danielle Atkins is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida. She studies the effect of health policies on a variety of outcomes related to substance use, maternal and child health, and risky behaviors.

Olena Mazurenko, M.D, Ph.D.

Dr. Olena Mazurenko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She holds a PhD in Health Care Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a medical degree in the specialty of Internal Medicine from Ukraine.


Dr. Mazurenko’s research focuses on patient-centered care, patient safety, and patient experiences with care in various healthcare settings.

Kendall Cortelyou-Ward, Ph.D.

Dr. Kendall Cortelyou-Ward is an associate professor in the Department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida, where she also serves as the Program Director for the Masters of Science in Health Care Informatics program.  Her research evaluates the interaction of healthcare system stakeholders and health information technology (HIT).  Specifically, a significant portion of her research stream is dedicated to how HIT impacts patients, and how patients can become engaged in their care by using a HIT.

Andrés Cubillos-Novella, Ph.D.

Dr. Cubillos-Novella is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Health at Javeriana University (Bogotá-Colombia). He researches social policy, public health, mental health and migration. He has written about mental health, maternal health and health in migrant populations. Dr. Cubillos-Novella has a PhD in International and Intercultural Studies from Deusto University.



Olivia Randall-Kosich, B.S., M.H.A. student

Olivia Randall-Kosich is a student in the Masters in Health Administration program in the Health Management & Informatics Department at UCF. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCF in 2017. Her research interests center on substance use disorders, specifically relating to stigma, harm reduction, treatment accessibility and preferences, and social determinants of substance use.

Rachel Totaram, M.H.A., Ph.D. student

Rachel Totaram is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Affairs with a concentration in Health Services Administration at the University of Central Florida. Her research experience is with Medications for Opioid Use Disorders and populations experiencing health disparities. She received her Masters in Health Administration in May 2018, receiving the distinction of Outstanding Student.

Mirtha Bailey, M.S.

Mirtha Novalien Bailey is the Experiential Learning Coordinator for the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. Mirtha utilizes her knowledge of student success strategies to cultivate experiential learning opportunities, to ensure students develop the necessary skill set to become leaders in public service. Mirtha earned her Master of Science in Leadership and Human Services from Nova Southeastern University.​

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