Education & Training

The overall aim of Education & Training is to develop an interdisciplinary, team science approach for precision health education at U-M and Michigan Medicine. As precision health evolves, the need for a research and professional workforce experienced in this field has become a reality. As health research continues to embrace the team science model, it is becoming more important for the next generation of scientists and health care professionals to have a broad understanding of the many fields impacted by precision health.

Workgroup Leaders:

Vicki Ellingrod, PharmD, FCCP

Vicki L. Ellingrod is associate dean for research and graduate education at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, as well as the John Gideon Searle Professor of Clinical and Translational Psychiatry in the Clinical Pharmacy Department. Dr. Ellingrod is also associate director for the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR). Dr. Ellingrod earned her BS and PharmD from the University of Minnesota. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychopharmacology/pharmacogenetics at the University of Iowa before joining the U-M faculty in 2006. Her research primarily focuses on the pharmacogenomics of mental health treatments. She is a founding member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists and a full member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Veronica Berrocal, PhD

Veronica J. Berrocal is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics. She received her PhD in Statistics from the University of Washington in 2007, following which she was a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Associate at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), developing new approaches to spatially model and predict air pollution. In 2009, she joined the Department of Statistical Sciences at Duke University as a Postdoctoral fellow, and started collaborating with researchers at the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI) to develop statistical methods to characterize and relate maternal personal exposure and birth outcomes. In 2010, she was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). Dr. Berrocal’s research focuses on developing and applying statistical models for data collected over space and/or over time. Her main applications are related to: atmospheric sciences, environmental/social epidemiology, rheumatology, and also some image data. She is actively involved in the protection of public health from environmental risk factors.

Workgroup Goals:

  • With outreach to ongoing educational initiatives, devise a comprehensive PH learning environment that also ensures community and patient engagement in learning
  • Initiate a program of undergraduate and graduate research training in PH
  • Working with key partners, devise practical training for health professionals wishing to use PH resources in their research
  • Facilitate the education and training of currently practicing health professionals (continuing medical education).
  • In the real-world hospital/clinic environment, invoke knowledge-to-practice (K2P) methods focused on implementation of actionable insights and resulting in practice change at the individual, group, and organizational levels
  • Provide education to patients participating in these efforts so they can understand what this approach may mean for them personally, as well as for society