Our Team

Tracy Battaglia, MD, MPH, Co-Director

Tracy Battaglia is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health where she serves as the Director of the Women’s Health Unit, a DHHS designated Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. A graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, Public Health and the GIM Fellowship program (2001), she has been a faculty at BUSM since 2001. As a practicing internist and breast health specialist at Boston Medical Center, the largest safety-net medical center in New England, her approach to health disparities focuses largely on engaging the community as partners in the research process. A pioneer in the development of oncology Patient Navigation programs that target under-resourced cancer patients, Dr. Battaglia has contributed to the scientific evidence solidifying the impact of navigation on reducing delays across the continuum of cancer care.  She is currently leading a cooperative study funded by the National Center to Advance Translational Science (NCATS) in partnership with the four Massachusetts Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) hubs (Boston University, Harvard University, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts) to support a City-wide dissemination study to reduce breast cancer disparities through a patient navigation network. Read more

Linda Sprague Martinez, PhD, Co-Director

Linda Sprague Martinez is associate professor and chair of the Macro Department at the Boston University School of Social Work. She is interested in examining asset-based strategies to tackle health inequities; as such community-engaged research (CEnR) approaches like community-based participatory research (CBPR) and youth-led participatory action research (YPAR) are central to her work. Having formerly worked in municipal and state governance, and as an adolescent mental health provider, she brings practical expertise in community collaborations designed to engage diverse communities of color and low-income residents in community planning and intervention development. In 2017 she was a Boston Housing Authority, Center for Community Engagement and Civil Rights, Resident Empowerment Coalition, Resident Empowerment Honoree. Read more

Rebecca Lobb, ScD, MPH, Assistant Director

Rebecca Lobb is the Assistant Director of Community Engagement (CE) for Boston University’s Clinical and Translational Research Institute. She has extensive experience in community-engaged research collaborations with community-based organizations, public health departments, health care organizations, and resident groups to develop sustainable cancer control programs for vulnerable populations. Read more

Dema Hakim, MPH, Program Manager

Dema Hakim is the Program Manager of Community Engagement. She completed her Bachelors in Science in Psychology at UMass Amherst and earned her Master’s in Public Health from Dartmouth College, where she had a special interest in social determinants of health, healthcare ethics, and quality improvement. She then completed a post-master’s fellowship with the VA (Department of Veteran’s Affairs), where she focused on housing insecure Veterans. She completed a post-master’s fellowship in Patient Safety at the VA. Prior to joining the BU CE Program, Dema was a Human Research QI Specialist at Mass General Brigham where she audited studies and educated study teams on research compliance.

Jennifer Pamphile, MPH, Community Engagement Specialist

Jennifer Pamphile is the Community Engagement Specialist for the Community Engagement Program of Boston University’s Clinical and Translational Research Institute. Jennifer has several years of experience in supporting various stakeholders through capacity building and enhancing participatory research knowledge. Previously she worked with the Women’s Health Unit as a bilingual research assistant and community engagement coordinator.  Her past work has culminated in the co-creation of public-facing training programs that introduce the audience to Community Engaged Research while improving advocacy, storytelling, and empathic communication skills. She returns to our team from a publishing company where she supported large scale academic- industry collaborations centered around data science. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience and her Master’s of Public Health in Urban Health from Northeastern University.

Anushree Sahay, Communications Assistant

Anushree Sahay is the Communications Assistant for the Community Engagement Program. Anushree is currently a graduate student at Boston University College of Communication, pursuing a Master of Science in Public Relations. Anushree joins the CE Program with expertise in digital marketing and public relations.