About Us

Susan Sawning, MSSW

Research Director, 

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Susan entered the field of medical education research in 2002 upon graduating from Columbia University and completing a research internship at the Social Intervention Group, a multidisciplinary research center at Columbia University that focuses on developing evidence-based, sustainable solutions to co-occurring issues affecting vulnerable populations. Susan helped create the UofL Medical Education Research Unit (MERU) in 2002, and was the Director from 2002 - 2005. Susan moved to Chapel Hill, NC in 2005 and worked at UNC-CH School of Medicine's Office of Educational Development where she managed various medical education research initiatives. There she worked with the Duke University and UNC-CH Interprofessional Patient Safety Education Collaborative, the Internal Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship Program at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, and oversaw several federal and foundation grants. Susan rejoined UofL School of Medicine in 2014 as Research Director and leads multiple research efforts related to medical education outcomes, as well as various faculty development initiatives.


Research Coordinator,

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Emily serves as a Research Coordinator and supports UME Office research initiatives by coordinating research studies, IRB applications, literature searches, and planning the Undergraduate Medical Education Faculty Development Series. She previously worked as a Program Coordinator in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine and joined the UME Office in 2004. Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and a Master of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Services from Murray State University.

Research Coordinator,

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Emily Noonan serves as a Research Coordinator for the UME Office and the LGBT Center's satellite office on the Health Sciences Center Campus. Emily's primary responsibility is coordinating research related to the eQuality project, as well as assists with other UME qualitative research initiatives. Emily earned a Bachelor's Degree from Warren Wilson College, a Master's Degree from Georgia State University, and has a PhD in medical anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Emily is also an adjunct instructor in UofL's Anthropology Department and enjoys teaching courses on cultural and medical anthropology. 

Research Manager,

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Laura joined the UME Office in 2016 as the Research Manager in the Medical Education Research Unit.  Her role is to help develop research projects, disseminate the results of various studies, and secure funding for research initiatives.  Laura’s undergraduate background is in science education and biology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  Laura continued at Miami University to complete a MS studying molecular evolution, and she completed a PhD in biology studying evolutionary genetics at Indiana University in 2015.


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Craig provides data analysis support to UME Office research initiatives in a shared positions with Graduate Medical Education and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Craig previously worked in the School of Public Health as a Biostatistician. Craig received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Louisville where he specialized in research methods and statistics. He recently earned a PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Health Management and Systems Sciences from the University of Louisville's School of Public Health and Information Sciences.