b'10BIOGRAPHIESMelissa D. Aldridge, PhD, MBA,is a Professor and Vice-Chair of Research in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Aldridge is a health services researcher with expertise in the use of large, national, survey, and administrative databases. Her research focuses on patterns of hospice use, transitions in care at the end of life, and the financial incentives inherent in the Medicare Hospice Benefit payment structure. She is particularly interested in the effect of hospice organizational characteristics (for-profit ownership, size) on the quality of care delivered to patients and families. Dr. Aldridge leads the Population Research and Methods Core for Mount Sinais Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Center and NPCRCs junior faculty Research Technical Assistance Program, which encompasses the pre-Foley retreat research methods workshops, webinars, and grant review [email protected] Ananth, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine and a faculty member in the Yale Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center. Harnessing qualitative and quantitative methodologies, her family-centered research seeks to evaluate and enhance care quality for children with advanced cancer. She is a 2020 NPCRC [email protected] Allison J. Applebaum, PhD,is an Associate Attending Psychologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is the Founding Director of the Caregivers Clinic at MSK.Dr. Applebaums program of research focuses broadly on the development and dissemination of supportive programs for caregivers. She has received competitive funding for her research, including awards from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the American Cancer Society, the T.J. Martell Foundation, and thevan Ameringen [email protected] M. Arnold, MD,is a Distinguished Service Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and the Chief Medical Officer for UPMC Palliative and Supportive Care Institute. Dr. Arnold has published on end-of-life care, hospice and palliative care, doctor-patient communication, and ethics education. His current research interests are focused on educational interventions to improve communication in life-limiting illnesses and to better understand how ethical precepts are operationalized in clinical practice. He is also intimately involved in trying to extend palliative care throughout the UPMC health system and to integrate it across the continuum of care. Dr. Arnold is a 2007 NPCRC grantee. [email protected]'