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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. 

Gerri Lamb

Gerri Lamb, Founding Director

Gerri Lamb, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Founding Director of CAIPER and professor at Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.   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, Project Manager

Nina Karamehmedovic is the Project Manager for the Center. In this role, she 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, Sr. Instructional Designer and
Marketing Communications Lead

Yvonne Price, MAMC, is the Senior Instructional Designer as well as the Marketing Communications Lead for the Center. With a background in both instructional design and health communications, she blends the skills, theories, design techniques, and technologies from these two fields to produce creative and engaging interprofessional teaching and learning materials. She has been developing and designing training materials for interprofessional education and practice since 2010. Yvonne also serves as the primary contact for the Center's marketing communications, working closely with the Communications Program Coordinator on all related initiatives.

Jody Thompson

Jody Thompson, Communications Program Coordinator

Jody Thompson, BA, is the Communications Program Coordinator for the Center. She works with the team to support all marketing communications initiatives and outreach. As editor for the CAIPER Blog, she contributes articles and serves as the primary contact for guest authors, working with them through the publishing process. She also manages the Center's social media channels, supports the Center website, and assists the team with editorial and research needs. Her past experience includes working for the University of Arizona Interprofessional Education and Practice Program and providing direct case management for homeless and vulnerable populations.