Design Fellows

Nick Bott, PsyD

Dr. Nick Bott received his BA in International Relations at Stanford University focusing on the psychology of religious and political violence. His interests in the role of spirituality and psychological health led him to complete his M.Div., and subsequently served as an associate pastor for two years. He returned to the Bay Area for doctoral work in clinical psychology and neuropsychology at the PGSP-Stanford Consortium. Nick completed his clinical internship at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System as the resident neuropsychology intern. 

As a clinician and clinical researcher Nick has trained at the Palo Alto VA, Stanford University School of Medicine, and UCSF. His dissertation, in partnership with Stanford's D.School, demonstrated the efficacy of an intervention to increase creative production, with concomitant gains in information processing. His research in older adult populations has focused on age-related and pathological cognitive decline and prevention through the identification of factors associated with successful cognitive aging trajectories, as well as the validation of digital assessments of cognition in clinical populations. He is excited by opportunities to translate cutting edge clinical research into scalable and affordable interventions to reduce cost and improve care for older adults experiencing cognitive decline. 


Brian Brady, MD

Brian Brady studied liberal arts and biology at the University of Delaware, prior to completing his medical school training in Philadelphia, at Jefferson Medical College.  He remained in Philadelphia to pursue his internal medicine residency at Temple University.

It was out of this residency training, during which he cared primarily for an underserved, urban patient population that his interest in population health, and public policy grew. During his chief residency year at Temple, this interest further developed as Brian spent much of his time designing improved healthcare delivery programs and working with multidisciplinary hospital teams to implement them. He came to Stanford to pursue a research fellowship in nephrology, and recently completed his first clinical year. He is excited to combine his passion for patient care with his interests in population health and health system innovation as a CERC fellow. 


Stephanie Peters, PsyD

Dr. Stephanie Peters earned her BA in psychology from the Colorado College and her Doctor of Psychology degree from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. Stephanie’s dedication to improving children’s health related behaviors led her to specialize in pediatric psychology—a field at the junction of psychology and pediatric medicine. For her dissertation, Stephanie targeted health related behaviors by designing a low-cost population based eating disorder prevention program for young adults.

Stephanie completed her psychology internship training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital—specializing in pediatric inpatient Consultation-Liaison (CL) psychology and pediatric solid organ transplant psychology. She returned to Stanford Medicine to complete her clinical psychology fellowship working primarily with the pediatric oncology and solid organ transplant teams at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Stephanie joined CERC to build upon her interest designing and implementing high value systems-based interventions to best serve patients suffering from chronic medical conditions. 


Scooter Plowman, MD, MBA, MHSA, MSc

Scooter Plowman is a first year design fellow working to reduce US national health expenditures on the prescription medication team. He graduated from BYU in Provo, Utah with degrees in Neuroscience, Latin American Studies, and Geography during which time he volunteered for 2 years as a missionary in the Amazon rain forest of Brazil and lived for a semester working in rural health clinics in El Alto, Bolivia. Before medical school he pursued a MSc in Diagnostic Imaging from Oxford University as a Clarendon Scholar where he studied the long-term impacts from neurovascular coiling of subarachnoid aneurysms. 

During medical school at the University of Kansas, he worked as a fellow for the Institute of Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI) cultivating his early interest in the science (and business) of healthcare delivery. This led him to pursue an MBA and subsequently a Masters in Health Services Administration before completing his clinical internship with Intermountain Healthcare in the Salt Lake Valley, where he received dedicated hands-on exposure to health system administration. Prior to coming to CERC Scooter finished his first year of radiology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Scooter hopes to participate in reshaping American healthcare delivery by pairing technology and innovative incentivized systems to develop safer, cheaper, more accessible and efficient healthcare; he is particularly excited about being at CERC where he finds a unique interplay between academia and industry in an idyllic setting. He is supported by his lovely and talented wife Jessica and three (soon to be four) convivial kiddos.


Clifford Sheckter, MD

Cliff Sheckter was born and raised in Mammoth Lakes, CA and graduated from UCLA summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He majored in anthropology and excavated pre-contact Guaymi burials in Panama. He earned his MD from USC and focused his research on surgical education in designing perfused cadaver models. He graduated valedictorian and AOA.

Cliff is currently a resident of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford with a clinical interest in burns and general reconstructive surgery. His current research focus includes cost-effective treatments and delivery systems for burn and breast reconstruction patients. He joins the multidisciplinary CERC team targeting cost reduction and quality improvement in age-related cognitive impairment. He looks forward to learning and advancing health systems innovation through CERC, and hopes to incorporate such methodology and knowledge in his future career.


Daniel Yang, MD

Dr. Daniel Yang is originally from Chicago where he completed his undergraduate and medical degree at the University Illinois at Chicago as part of a joint bachelors and MD program. He recently completed his residency in internal medicine at UCSF.

As an undergraduate he became interested in global health and spent several summers in Uganda where he worked with rural communities affected by HIV/AIDS. He co-founded a non-profit organization where artists from the US facilitated community art projects in Uganda. They produced and exhibited the artwork of Uganda communities and supported community-led development efforts. Notably, they helped establish the first internet center in the district of Lyantonde. Daniel has always had an interest in the intersection of the social sciences and the medical sciences. Between his 3rd and 4th year of medical school his interest in HIV brought him to Northern Thailand where he conducted research on HIV prevention as a Fogarty-NIH Scholar. He came to UCSF thinking he would he would continue his work in HIV, but his interest in complex systems and ethnography has drawn to him to the fields of QI and human centered design. He’s excited about continuing his training and getting hands on experience in health care systems design as a CERC fellow.

Research Fellows

Jeff Jopling, MD, MS

Jeff Jopling grew up in Sandy, Utah and attended Haverford College where he received a degree in Molecular Biology. After college Jeff worked at Intermountain Healthcare's Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research. It is there that he first developed his passions for critical care, surgery and research.

While completing an advanced training program in clinical quality improvement, Jeff discovered the unique intersection of systems engineering and medicine. He has since pursued these interests in the form of an MD at Emory and a Master's degree in systems engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jeff is now a General Surgery Resident at Stanford.


Adam Miner, MS, PsyD

Adam Miner is a second year research fellow, and clinical psychologist. Having worked with his amazing teammates in 2015 to improve cancer care as a CERC Design Fellow, Adam's current research uses natural language processing and machine learning to understand the language people use during crises, with the goal of improving the health responses of conversational agents, in collaboration with the Social Media Lab led by Professor Jeff Hancock.

Adam has provided mental health services at Stanford's Department of Psychiatry, Stanford's Chronic Pain Clinic, US Department of Veterans Affairs in both California and Chicago, and the San Francisco jail system. With a focus on technology augmented care, Adam was a lead clinical designer for anxiety and depression focused smartphone apps for Northwestern University’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies, and completed a doctorate in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium in Palo Alto, California. Adam grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and is frankly very glad to not have to shovel anymore.