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MGH Chelsea Research Program Leadership

Pictured, from left, are MGH Chelsea Research Council leaders Amy Novikoff, MS, CCC-SLP, Rohit Changra, MD, and Julie Levison,  MD, MPhil, MPH


The Community Research Program at MGH Chelsea began in May 2013 with the first meeting of the MGH Chelsea Interdisciplinary Research Roundtable.

The Research Roundtable was initially supported by the Speech, Language & Swallowing Disorders and Reading Disabilities Department, and then by MGH Chelsea Administration. It is now supported by the Mass General Division of Clinical Research and the Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM).

The Program is led by Amy Novikoff, MS CCC-SLP, a speech language pathologist; Rohit Chandra, MD, a psychiatrist; and Julie Levison, MD, MPhil, MPH; an infectious disease specialist. Josh Metlay, MD, PhD, chief of the DGIM, provides feedback to the Program.


The Community Research Program at MGH Chelsea communicates with more than 175 individuals who work in Chelsea, Revere, Boston and Charlestown, either at or outside of Mass General.

These individuals want to connect with the research that is being done in their community either through conducting studies or quality improvement initiatives, learning how to contribute to studies or furthering their interest in initiating research studies.

Studies are being conducted across all departments at MGH Chelsea, including:

  • Adult Medicine
  • Behavioral Health
  • Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)
  • Lab
  • Pediatrics
  • Specialties
  • Speech and Language
  • Urgent Care
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

The Research Roundtable

Since its beginning in 2013, the MGH Chelsea Research Roundtable has been open to anyone interested in community-based participatory research (CBPR). Monthly Roundtable meetings serve as a venue for feedback on research in progress, a space to foster collaboration and share resources, and a way to promote improved clinical practices and clinical research in the healthcare setting. Please contact MGH Community Research if you are interested in being added to the email list.

  • Meets on the fourth Thursday of every month
  • Eleanor Clark Conference Room
  • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Phone participation available

Chelsea Research Council

Community Research Council and Advisory Board

The MGH Chelsea Research Council was established in June 2015. The group is composed of 8-12 people whose who have actively participated in Research Roundtable and/or whose research is based at MGH Chelsea. Membership reflects the Departments at the HealthCare Center. The role of the Council is:

  1. To establish and achieve short and long-term research goals.
  2. To bridge the research communities within the Chelsea HealthCare Center, main MGH campus, Harvard University, and the Chelsea community.
  3. To share information at quarterly Council meetings and monthly Roundtable meetings.

The first meeting of the MGH Chelsea Research Advisory Board occurred in October 2016. The Advisory Board consists of 7-13 people who work across the MGH system and provide ongoing bi-directional communication between the Community Research Program and the Advisory Board members’ constituency. Meetings are held annually with the Research Council.

Alexy Arauz-Boudreau, MD Pediatrics
Skip Atkins, MD Adult Medicine
Rohit Chandra, MD Behavioral Health
Trina Chang, MD, MPH Behavioral Health
Barbara Chase, RN, MSN Adult Medicine, Nursing
Sofia Devine, PT, DPT Physical Therapy
Julie Levison, MD, MPhil, MPH Medical Specialties
Danelle Marabele, MA MGH Chelsea Community Health Improvement (CCHI)
Tara McCarty WIC
Jeannette McWilliams Administration
Amy Novikoff, MS-CCC SLP Speech
Sanja Percac-Lima, MD, PhD, DMD Adult Medicine

MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center Research Day

MGH Chelsea hosted its inaugural Research Day on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am at MGH Chelsea. Research Day consisted of the following:

  • 8:00 am to 8:40 am: Poster Session 1
  • 8:40 am to 9:20 am: Poster Session 2
  • 9:30 am to 10:00 am: Panel Discussion with Community Members
  • 10:00 am to 10:30 am: Keynote Speaker
  • 10:30 am to 11:30 am: Questions and Discussion with Keynote Speaker

This year’s Research Day will occur on Friday, October 13, 2017. We are accepting abstracts through 6/1/17 online. Please find additional information here.

Benefits of Community-based Research

  • Inclusive and collaborative research results from grassroots partnerships with stakeholders. Since the research occurs in partnership with communities of interest, study results are more likely to be relevant to the community and promote development of solutions that address community-identified problems.
  • Community-based research allows community members to receive training and opportunities to collaborate with interdisciplinary research teams in order to study topics of importance to the community. The results of these studies directly affect the lives of the participants, and can potentially improve the lives of other community members as well.

If you are interested in developing a research project in Chelsea, please contact MGH Community Research and give us some background information on your project by filling out this information form. We welcome anyone interested in developing a research project to contact us and attend a Roundtable meeting.

Example Projects

  • Hong Chen-Cheung, MD, encourages community members to post healthy versions of traditional recipes on Facebook to receive financial rewards and positively influence the diets of their friends and community.
  • Julie Levison, MD, MPhil, MPH, works with with HIV-infected Latino/Hispanic immigrants and their health care providers in Chelsea and the greater Boston area to develop community-based interventions to overcome non-adherence to longitudinal HIV care.
  • Anne Thorndike, MD, has been working with the Center for Community Health Improvement at MGH Chelsea, as well as with Chelsea corner store owners, to improve the purchasing and eating habits of Chelsea residents by both adapting the stoplight menu to product labeling and moving nutritious items to more prominent and appealing positions in the store.

Contact Us

Please contact Amy Novikoff with questions, or to be added to our Research Roundtable e-mail list.

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