Research Jam is part of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). The Indiana CTSI is a partnership between Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. It brings together the state’s brightest minds to solve Indiana’s most pressing health challenges through research.
Research Jam is a multidisciplinary team of healthcare, research and design professionals. We collaborate with healthcare providers and community members through people-centered research and design methods, in an effort to improve research, health services, and quality of life.
People-Centered Research and Design
Brandon Cockrum, MFA
People-Centered Researcher & Designer
Brandon has experience working as a people-centered researcher and designer with on a wide variety of projects with both non-profit organizations and consumer goods companies. He believes that when facing a challenge it is best to work with experts, and seeks to integrate regular, everyday people into his work as experts of their life experiences. Brandon received a BS in Journalism & Computer Publishing from the University of Southern Indiana and a MFA in collaborative design from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art & Design. Outside of work, Brandon enjoys chasing around soccer balls and his family.
A Hoosier her entire life, Bridget has long been seeking solutions to problems by asking people affected by those problems. She explored this closely through her graduate work at Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and Design earning her masters degree in People-Centered Design in 2012. Much of her time during her graduate work was focused around the idea of incorporating play into the generative parts of the design process. This helps stretch the minds of the people creating solutions to lead to more innovative solutions. Outside of work – she is a modern day Superwoman juggling family, friendships and community involvement while still beating her mom at an occasional game of cards.
Dustin received his BFA in Visual Communication from Herron School of Art & Design while working as a laboratory technician and educator at St. Francis Hospital, where he saw every day the opportunities for design to improve communication. Inspired by this, Dustin—along with fellow designer Courtney Moore—opened Attic Design, a small Indianapolis design studio. Their approach to health communication and research design is now utilized as part of Research Jam—where Dustin’s background in design and medicine help inform new ideas about health research. How his background in magic, juggling, and unicycling will affect health research is yet to be determined.
People-Centered Researcher & Designer
Courtney Moore is a People-Centered Researcher & Designer for Research Jam. The expertise she brings to the team was seeded during her studies at Herron School of Art & Design where she earned a BFA in Visual Communication Design. It was further tended when she—along with fellow designer Dustin Lynch—started Attic Design Collective, a design studio focused on communication design in public health. Working with Research Jam allows Courtney to continue using design research as a tool to help people leverage their skills and knowledge as they shape their own health. And, because she’s no longer running a business, she can use her free time to expand her vegetable garden, which is likely to take over her entire property in a few years’ time at the rate she’s going.
Leadership & Admin
Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH,
Sarah is a pediatrician and public health researcher in Children’s Health Services Research at Indiana University School of Medicine, an Affiliated Scientist at the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Geography and Public Health. Her research focuses on how poverty, associated social determinants of health and context influence adolescent and young adult health-risk behaviors and outcomes. She partners with local and community agencies and a team of researchers to investigate health care access and quality of care relating to STI/HIV testing and care for individuals after arrest or incarceration and the HIV care continuum during this same time period. In her own community, Sarah strives to be an advocate for social and environmental justice. She serves on the board of Family Development Services (Head Start) and Eskenazi Health Center. She is invested in local community development efforts, particularly those focused on gardening and sustainability.
Gina Claxton, MPH, RD
Gina received her MPH degree with a concentration in health systems, management, and policy from the University of Colorado. She completed a dual major undergraduate degree at Purdue University in Dietetics and Nutrition, Fitness, and Health. Her supervised dietetic practice program was done at Cornell University. Prior to joining CHeP she served as study coordinator and registered dietitian for the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center focusing on clinical research and community programming. Outside of work she loves spending time with family and running.
Lisa completed a dual major undergraduate degree in Communication Studies and Political Science at IUPUI, and also brings 9 years of experience in project management and working with a variety of communication styles and audiences to the group. Her professional passion is in community engagement and communication strategies, and she is completing her master’s degree in communication.