About the Authors
Eileen Van Schaik, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Clinical Assistant Faculty
Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems, University of Washington School of Nursing
Following an earlier career as a registered nurse, Dr. Van Schaik taught anthropology and conducted ethnographic evaluation research as a visiting lecturer and research assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for six years. She joined Talaria in 2002, and is the principal investigator for five completed and three ongoing SBIR grants. Dr. Van Schaik enjoys translating her nursing experience and expertise in anthropology into multimedia resources for healthcare providers, patients, and families. Currently, Dr. Van Schaik is also a clinical assistant professor in Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems at the University of Washington.
Cynthia E. Roat, MPH
Cynthia Roat is a consultant and trainer on issues related to language access in health care. She is the principle author of Bridging the Gap, currently the most widely offered training program for medical interpreters in the United States. She is a founding member of the Society of Medical Interpreters (SOMI) in Seattle, is Chair of the Advisory Committee of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), and is a national advocate for the field of health care interpreting and for language access in general. Ms. Roat has been an interpreter trainer for over twenty years, and is certified by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services for both medical and social service interpreting. She holds a Masters degree in International Public Health from the University of Washington.
Amy Baernstein, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine / General Internal Medicine
University of Washington
Diane Timberlake, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Harborview Medical Center
Disclosure: The author and contributors state that they do not have any financial arrangements that could constitute a conflict of interest.