As a member of the OpenNotes team, Suzanne is examining new approaches to patient access to online medical records as a means to empower patients for self-management of chronic conditions.
Suzanne is a Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she directs the Nursing PhD Program. In addition, she is an epidemiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and lecturer at Harvard Medical School.
Suzanne has expertise in the conduct and analyses of epidemiologic studies and is currently leading a longitudinal cohort study of chronic pain as a risk factor for disability and falls in older adults living in the Boston area. This work is funded by the National Institute on Aging. She co-led a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funded study of a portal-based health coaching intervention to improve patient-doctor communication concerning chronic health problems in the primary care setting. This was among the first such studies conducted entirely online, from patient screening and recruitment through study follow-up.
Suzanne served as a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Board for the Boston Commission for Persons with Disabilities, and on the Board of Directors for the Boston Partnership for Older Adults, a city-wide coalition of aging services funded by RWJF to improve community-based long-term care services for Boston’s elder population.