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Wendy Craig, PhD Research Navigation, MMCRIWendy Craig, PhD
Research Navigator

Wendy Y. Craig, Ph.D. is a Research Navigator at Maine Medical Center (MMC). Dr. Craig received a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Bath, UK (1981), a Ph.D. in physiology from Stanford University (1986) and has a background that spans basic, clinical laboratory, and clinical research.

During her research career, Dr. Craig has acquired extensive experience in study development, design, implementation, analysis, andpublication. She has also developed experience in and a passion for education. As Research Navigator, Dr. Craig is responsible for supporting and mentoring investigators at all stages in the research pathway.

Her goal is to reduce the logistic barriers to research in all departments at MMC, with a focus on implementing a systematic program to guide new investigators through the intellectual, practical and regulatory processesthat must occur before data collection begins.

Research Interests

  • Risk factor identification and evaluation
  • Assay development and implementation
  • Clinical screening



Lee Lucas, PhD Research Navigation, MMCRIFrancis L. (Lee) Lucas, RN, MS, PhD
Epidemiologist | Faculty Scientist | Research Navigator

Lee Lucas mentors students, trainees, and faculty in research methods and biostatistics. Dr. Lucas is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with a clinical background in nursing and a Master's degree in health policy. Her professional career has been spent at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, studying variations in the delivery of health care, screening issues, and appropriateness and overtreatment.

Dr. Lucas' quantitative training has led to an interest in predictive modeling and she has participated in projects designed to create, evaluate and implement predictive models in clinical care. She is highly committed to the concept of shared decision making and works to provide patients and providers with the tools and skills they need to enhance shared decision making.

Research Interests

  • Assist in teaching risk communication to the Tufts medical students.
  • Assist in teaching critical appraisal of the literature and evidence based medicine to trainees.
  • Assist students, trainees and faculty in the development of research proposals, data analysis, and presentation of results.
  • Teach biostatistics in MMCRI's research course.


Deanna Williams Research Navigation, MMCRIDeanna M. Williams, BA
Research Navigator

Deanna is a Research Navigator with the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation and Maine Medical Center Research Institute's Research Navigation team. She primarily provides support with database creation and database management. Deanna has been responsible for various aspects of research coordination, data collection, database design and management.

Prior to joining CORE, Deanna was a Research Coordinator and Database Manager for a multisite study, the Early Detection, Intervention, and Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She recently joined the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC) as the multisite Data Coordinator.

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