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Barret Michalec

Barret Michalec, Director

Barret Michalec, PhD, is the Director of ASU’s Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education & Research and Associate Professor at the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. As Director, he promotes and enhances ongoing CAIPER initiatives and programs, cultivates productive collaborative partnerships, as well as identifies and expands interprofessional learning and practice opportunities for students, faculty, and community members. As a sociologist, Barret brings unique and novel perspectives on various aspects of IPE/IPCP, with a keen eye on evaluation and assessment. His research focuses on socialization and professionalization processes and mechanisms within health professions education, disparities in health and health professions, intergroup and interpersonal processes, and empathy. 

Liz Harrell

Liz Harrell, Associate Director of Interprofessional Practice & Community Engagement

Liz Harrell, DNP, is the Director of the Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) and the ASU Faculty Lead for the Refugee Education and Clinic Team (REACT). In both programs, she supports students’ engagement and exploration of social justice, health outcomes, and team-based care in vulnerable communities. Dr. Harrell’s career spans over 28 years. Her experience as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in community-based settings, and the translation of interprofessional education into practice, leads students towards becoming culturally competent, socially aware practitioners.

Gerri Lamb

Gerri Lamb, Senior Advisor & Founding Director

Gerri Lamb, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Center's Founding Director and currently serves as the Senior Advisor. During her tenure as CAIPER Director, Dr. Lamb and the Center team received over $1.5 million in grant funding to launch the Center’s interprofessional initiatives and national reputation for innovation in distance education, including eLearning modules, digital magazines and micro-learning. In her roles as past chair of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative and 2019 co-chair of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education’s Summit, Dr. Lamb has been a champion for collaboration across diverse disciplines and for advancing research to understand and implement optimum team performance and outcomes.  She initiated the Arizona Nexus, Arizona’s state-wide interprofessional academic-clinical network.

Nina Karamehmedovic

Nina Karamehmedovic, Program & Project Manager

Nina Karamehmedovic contributes to the overall administrative and programing expansion of the Center and is responsible for managing training and development grant activities, and liaising with the ASU Foundation. With background in linguistics and education, her career includes program and project management in non-profit, public, and educational settings and her professional focus has always been on initiatives which support access to services for diverse and underserved populations.

Yvonne Price

Yvonne Price, Learning Solutions Architect

Yvonne Price, MAMC, leads the design, development, implementation and marketing of learning products through close collaboration with academic and business partners. With a background in both instructional design and health communications, she blends the skills, theories, design techniques, and technologies to produce creative and engaging interprofessional teaching and learning materials. Yvonne also serves as the primary contact for the Center's marketing communications, working closely with the Project Manager & Communications Specialist on all related initiatives.

Jody Thompson

Jody Thompson, Project Manager & Communications Specialist

Jody Thompson, BA, manages the Center’s social media platforms and guides the digital audience strategy, marketing communications, product launches and outreach initiatives. She has worked with multiple elements of interprofessional education and practice since 2012. Before joining CAIPER, she provided direct case management for homeless and vulnerable populations and is now pursuing her Master of Science degree in Digital Audience Strategy from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Kaitlyn Felix

Kaitlyn Felix, Project Manager & Community Engagement Specialist 

Kaitlyn Felix, MS, supports the development and organization of student and Center projects and engages new community partners to establish mentorship networks for students. As lead the program manager of the Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) and the Edson College liaison for the Refugee Education and Clinic Team (REACT), she assists with the development and execution of interprofessional experiential learning courses. She has a clinical background working as a Certified Nursing Assistant and a research background in areas of human trafficking, dementia, and ketamine treatment. Kaitlyn’s healthcare and community volunteer work reassures and propels her passion to continue her education in medicine, as an aspiring physician.