Our Team

Core Team

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Tyler G. James, Ph.D., MCHES
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

Dr. James is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. His substantive research interests focus on healthcare access, utilization, and delivery among people with disabilities, with a particular interest in health outcomes among people with sensory disabilities. He is also a research methodologist, with expertise in applied latent variable modeling, qualitative, and mixed methods. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and regularly teaches mixed methods through the Michigan Mixed Methods Program. He also teaches social epidemiology for the University of Michigan Department of Epidemiology.

Dr. James is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, with over 9 years of experience in health education and health promotion evaluation and needs assessment. He received his Ph.D. in Health Behavior ('21) from the University of Florida, where he also received his M.S. in Health Education and Behavior ('17), and B.S. in Psychology ('16). He was a 2023 Davenport Fellow with the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, a 2023-24 Long-term Cohort Member of the Michigan Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MI-LEND), and also in the 2023-24 cohort for the Rare Disease Clinical Research Training Program. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Disability Rights Florida (Sept. 2023 - present) and the American Public Health Association-Disability Section's Executive Committee. 


Josee Li, B.S., B.A.
Study Coordinator, University of Michigan

Josee Li is a Study Coordinator in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University focused on Global Disability and Health: Policy, Practice, and Narratives. She is interested in improving healthcare access and equity for people with disabilities, particularly from an attitudinal and policy lens. She provides support to Dr. James's study on HIV prevention and testing among people with disabilities, funded by NIDILRR.  

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Ariana Nigoghosian, BS
Research Assistant, University of Michigan

Ariana is a University of Michigan alumna (major: neuroscience) and Research Assistant in the Department of Family Medicine. She was one of three interns for the competitive 2023 MDisability Summer Internship. Her goal is to be a pediatric neurologist. She is providing assistance to Dr. James's studies on healthcare coordination among people with CHARGE syndrome.  

Logan Roberts, B.S., CHES
Research Associate, University of Florida

Logan Roberts is a Research Assistant in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida, where she is also completing an M.S. in Health Education and Behavior. She is interested in pursuing healthcare administration to improve equity and inclusion. She provides support to Dr. James's National Library of Medicine grant developing patient health education materials for people withsensory disabilities.  

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Oliver Otero
Friend of the Lab

Oliver has been here for all of our publications, and several team meetings. His interests include canine-human interaction, verbal and gestural cues, and barking at cats.

Community Organization Partners

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Frequent Collaborators

Dr. Michael M. McKee
University of Michigan

Dr. Julia R. Varnes
University of Florida

Dr. Timothy Guetterman
University of Michigan

Dr. Michael S. Argenyi
University of Iowa

Yary Santiago
University of Florida

Dr. Nioud (Neo) Gebru
Brown University

Meagan K. Sullivan
University of Florida

Dr. Elham Mahmoudi
University of Michigan

Dr. Monika Mitra
Brandeis University

Dr. Devon K. Otero
VCA Cypress Creek

Eiryn Griest Schwartzman
COVID Safe Campus