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Research Faculty


Louise Henderson, PhD
Principal Investigator, Director

After graduating from the UNC School of Public Health with a doctorate in Epidemiology, Dr. Henderson joined faculty in the Department of Radiology at UNC Chapel Hill as Assistant Professor in July 2009. Dr. Henderson currently serves as Director of CMR and participates in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium.

Dr. Henderson has over 10 years of experience collaborating with physicians, research scientists, and statisticians in the areas of health services research, quality improvement activities, disease surveillance, and clinical trials. Dr. Henderson’s research interests focus on cancer screening and the application of linked cancer outcomes and Medicare/administrative data to assess patterns and outcomes of care. Dr. Henderson’s interests lie primarily in breast cancer screening and the performance of imaging technologies, comparative effectiveness research, and disparities in cancer screening and treatment.

Sarah Nyante, PhD
Co-Investigator

Dr. Nyante joined the Department of Radiology in 2014 after receiving her masters and doctoral degrees in Epidemiology from UNC-Chapel Hill and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Nyante’s main research interests include cancer heterogeneity, the role of hormonal factors in breast cancer risk and prognosis, and mammographic density. Past studies include analyses of change in mammographic density as a predictor of breast cancer prognosis among tamoxifen-treated patients; common genetic variation in adipokine and estrogen-related candidate genes and risk of breast cancer molecular subtypes; smoking and breast cancer risk; and risk factors for rare breast cancer histologic types.

Staff


Thad Benefield, MS
Statistician

Thad Benefield received his MS in Biostatistics from UNC Chapel Hill in 2000. In March 2012, Mr. Benefield joined CMR as a statistician. Mr. Benefield’s primary duties include statistical modeling and creation of analytic datasets.

Katie Earnhardt, BA
Research Specialist

Katie Earnhardt joined the CMR in 2018. She earned a BA in Political Science from Appalachian State University in 2005. Ms. Earnhardt has worked in health research for a number of years, supporting projects in Behavioral Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and in Epidemiology at RTI and UNC. As Research Specialist for the CMR, Ms. Earnhardt is responsible for managing data abstraction and assisting with surveys, manuscript preparation, grant applications, and web design.

Ley Killeya-Jones, PhD
Project Manager

Ley Killeya-Jones joined the Department of Radiology in 2018. She received her PhD in Social-Developmental Psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1998, and completed NIDA and NICHD Postdoctoral Fellowships at Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Policy. She most recently worked as a Project Manager in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Prior to that position, Ley spent three years as the project manager on the Add Health study at the Carolina Population Center.

Michael Pritchard, BA
Data Manager

Michael Pritchard began working with the CMR in November 2016. As the Data Manager, Mr. Pritchard is responsible for coordinating data acquisition from facilities working with the CMR, in addition to managing, preparing, and merging the data-sets for further analysis.

Mr. Pritchard received his BA in Psychology from UNC in 2012 and worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Developmental Science for several years.