Meet The Research Team

Jane H. Brice, MD, MPH serves as the Co-Investigator for the PECC project and is currently Chair of Emergency Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill. She has extensive experience as an EMS Medical Director, emergency medicine professor, and EMS physician. She holds a Medical Degree from UNC Chapel Hill and completed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh. During her undergraduate education, she volunteered with the South Orange Rescue Squad and progressed to the paramedic level prior to receiving her MD. She worked with Durham County EMS for ten years and Carolina Air Care for five years. After joining UNC’s Department of Emergency Medicine, she founded the UNC EMS Fellowship for physicians seeking advanced training in EMS. She is also the Deputy Editor for the leading journal for out-of-hospital medicine, Prehospital Emergency Care.

Julianne Cyr, MPH serves as the Co-Investigator for the PECC project. She brings to the team several years of research experience in Emergency Medicine and Public Health, with a focus on education expansion and improving medical care for disparate populations. She has a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Behavioral Health from Saint Louis University. Recently, Julianne decided to go back to school for even more education and is now enrolled as a part-time DrPH student at Johns Hopkins University where she focuses on Implementation Science. In her previous roles, she has worked as a Project Manager and Research Assistant in EMS research, a Statistician in tobacco cessation and prevention research, and a Laboratory Scientist in an anthrax lab. Julianne is an avid hiker, enjoys cross stitching in her free time, and tries to pet every cat she meets.

Emily Forrest Hutchens serves as the research assistant for the PECC project. Mrs. Hutchens manages the day-to-day project management and has a background in teaching, project design, and public health work.

Lauren Gorstein serves as the Training Specialist for the PECC project, and designs educational courses and testing materials to improve prehospital pediatric medical care. She also serves as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Collegiate Emergency Medical Services. Ms. Gorstein brings extensive experience in EMS practice, education, and program development. In her previous roles, she has worked as a social researcher, sexual assault victim advocate, and teen dating violence prevention educator.

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If you have any questions about the PECC+ Project, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at: jcyr@med.unc.edu.

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