Sarah Adasonla is an Associate Consultant in Patient Centered Outcomes & Engagement, located in the London, UK office. She recently received a first-class degree in Pharmaceutical Science from the university of Lincoln and is currently pursuing an LLM in Medical Law and Ethics. She is particularly interested in health policy and patient support.
Her previous work experience includes an internship in healthcare communications, where she got first-hand knowledge and experience in scientific project planning, account management, and medical writing. Sarah will work to support the managing consultants in the seamless delivery of projects.
Cole Ayasse is an Associate Scientist in Patient-Centered Outcomes & Engagement, located in OPEN Health's Boston, MA office. His expertise includes quantitative research and statistical analysis.
Prior to joining OPEN Health, Cole worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher on collaborative projects between NYU School of Medicine and Brandeis University. Cole’s prior research and publications primarily aimed to understand the discrepancies between speech comprehension outcomes in audiology clinics and in everyday listening. He has worked on a variety of federally funded projects focused on older adults with a mild-to-moderate hearing impairment or on cochlear implant users. Cole earned a PhD in Psychology and MS in Neuroscience from Brandeis University.
Karen is currently Associate Director in the Patient-Centered Outcomes and Engagement Centre of Excellence at OPEN Health. She is also the EU service lead for qualitative research projects. Karen has 10+ years’ experience conducting qualitative and mixed-methods research to accentuate the voice of people with lived experience of health problems. She is vocal about the importance of ensuring research is something that is ‘done with’ people with rather than ‘done to’ and brings expertise in the therapeutic areas of mental health, addictions and rare diseases, with a focus on health inequalities and vulnerable groups. Karen previously held leadership roles in UK not-for profit organisations working to end gender-based violence, leading on business development and research, and delivering projects on behalf of the UK Department of Health, Home Office, Ministry of Justice and the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Karen holds a PhD in Addiction Science from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, leading a mixed-methods feasibility study of a behavioural change intervention for women experiencing post-traumatic stress and problematic substance use. She also holds an MSc in Mental Health Services Research and MA in The Theory and Practice of Human Rights. She is also a member of ISOQOL special interest groups for Mixed Methods and Patient Engagement, has published in several peer reviewed journals, presented work at a number of national and international conferences and won several research grants from the UK Economic and Social Research Council, NICE and the Arts and Humanities Research Board.
Adele Barlassina is a Senior Research Analyst in Patient-Centered Outcomes & Engagement, based in Brussels, Belgium. Her work includes qualitative patient centered research, patients/stakeholders engagement, and literature reviews. She also has experience in running Delphi Panels, developing interview guides, and performing thematic analysis and patients/physicians interviews.
Adele holds a BSc in European Public Health and a MSc in Global Health from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Prior work experiences include health advocacy in oncology, with a focus on bringing the voice of patients in the European health policy debate, and the development and validation of a protocol for patients’ reported leprosy case detection delay.
Prior to joining OPEN Health, Bryant studied cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases as an undergraduate. He also assisted in research at Habersham Medical Center, collecting and analyzing exercise prescription data to investigate possible new regimes to help reduce the risk of death from heart disease and reduce the risk of future heart problems. Bryant earned a BS degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Georgia.
Kate Cheng is an Intern Assistant Health Psychologist in Patient-Centered Outcomes and Engagement located in the London, UK office.
Kate earned a first-class honors BSc in Psychology in 2020 and is currently undertaking a MSc in Health Psychology where she is conducting a mixed-methods study exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted symptomatic help seeking behaviours and healthcare access in adult cancer survivors. She has formal work experience as a Psychology research assistant and has also worked within local authority health promotion services across a breadth of areas and patient groups including Smoking Cessation, Weight Management and NHS cardiovascular health checks.
Laura DiGiovanni is Director, Study Operations in Patient-Centered Outcomes & Engagement, located in OPEN Health's Bethesda, MD office. Her expertise includes operational planning, development of project tools, and resource management. Laura has therapeutic experience in the following areas: Hereditary Cancer Susceptibility Syndromes, Oncology, ALS, and Dementia, working on both North American and global research initiatives.
Prior to joining OPEN Health, Laura worked within the Real World Solutions department of a leading CRO, managing the day-to-day operations of global interventional Phase III/IV clinical trials from study award through close-out. The majority of her career was spent at the University of Pennsylvania managing design, recruitment, execution, and publication of non-interventional studies in oncology. Laura started her career at a large pharmaceutical company. The combined experience at a pharmaceutical company, in academia, and at a CRO will enable her to successfully lead the study operations team with a keen eye towards site recruitment and management. Laura earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University, and then a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Emily Evans is a Scientist in Patient-Centered Outcomes & Engagement, located in the Bethesda, MD office. Emily has over 10 years of experience in health outcomes research, with expertise in qualitative research. Emily has therapeutic experience in the following areas: oncology, hematology, rare disease, cardiology, infectious disease, rheumatology, dermatology, gynecology, gastroenterology, and psychiatry.
Prior to joining OPEN Health, Emily was with RTI Health Solutions in Research Triangle Park, NC, across a breadth of roles including project manager and key technical contributor on a wide range of qualitative projects, including instrument development, exit interviews, and preference studies. She also has extensive experience reviewing and analyzing regulatory product labeling and submission documents. Emily recently worked on a project developing a patient-reported measure for COVID-19. Emily earned a bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree from Georgia State University.
Katie joined OPEN Health in August 2021, coming from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde where she worked to coordinate a portfolio of oncology clinical trials. Katie worked primarily with urological cancers and has a breadth of experience in this area.
Since starting at OPEN Health, Katie has submerged herself in the world of market research; conducting data analysis, developing research materials, supporting in the planning and facilitation of co-creation workshops, and producing reports for clients.
Katie is educated to MSc level in Health Psychology and is passionate about health behaviour and health related behaviour change through the application of psychological theory. Additionally, Katie is enthusiastic about providing clear, inclusive and accessible information to patients and works well with clients who take a patient-centric approach.
Ella Graham-Rowe is a Psychologist in Patient-Centered Outcomes & Engagement, located in the Marlow, UK office. She works within the Health Psychology team to support the delivery of patient research, the development of patient support and engagement programs and patient journey mapping.
Ella has a background in both academic and commercial settings as a health researcher and consultant. She has extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies including interview studies, experimental designs, and systematic reviewing to better understand patient experience and engagement, as well as health behavior and behavior change. She has a strong interest in identifying barriers and enablers to health behavior change and applying behavioral theory, frameworks, and techniques to develop effective solutions to improve patient engagement, experience, and to optimize health outcomes.
Ella has a BA (Hons.) in Social Psychology, an MSc in Health Psychology, and a PhD in Psychology.
Na Guo is a Senior Director and China local lead across all COEs, located in the China office. Na has over 10 years of experience in epidemiology, Real-World Data/ Real-World Evidence, Health Economics and Patient-Centered Outcomes research.
Prior to joining OPEN Health, Na worked in AstraZeneca, Paraxel, GSK, and Roche across a breadth of roles including RWE & Big Data Scientist, Solutions Consultant Director, Value Evidence Outcomes Associate Director, EpiPRO scientist and RWD scientist, where she established comprehensive capabilities in evidence generation to support market access & reimbursement negotiations, medical affairs, and late-stage drug development. Na holds a Ph.D. in Outcomes Research from University of British Columbia, an M.P.H. in Clinical Epidemiology from University of Alberta, and a B.Sc. in Medicine from Shandong University. Na also has clinical medicine trainings and bachelor’s degree in China.