The Body Listening Project Team


The members of the BLP Team come from different backgrounds and include researchers, educators, patients, and students, and we each have our different interests relating to body listening.  In the ten-week Guided Exploration, we hope to partner with you to turn your acquired knowledge of your body into a resource for others.  Please contribute whatever you can to the project, and please let us know what we can do to help!


A big thanks to:

Ophelia Morey, Associate Librarian, University at Buffalo for helping us with outreach and dissemination


Annie T. Chen

Project Manager
Annie T. Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her research interests include long-term knowledge acquisition and formation in learning how to manage chronic illnesses, and the role that online support groups, other types of social media can play to improve people's health. Having learned to manage multiple chronic conditions with Western and Eastern medicine, she is particularly interested in alternative therapies and the role that exercise and food can play in health management.

Kelly Colht

Site Administrator


Kelly Colht is a graduate student studying information science at the University of Washington. Her research interests include information and knowledge organization, particularly within communities of practice, and social informatics. Kelly is excited to work on a project that will involve Guided Exploration participants in the collection and organization of information about what it is like to live inside and listen to one's own body. Having a close relative with primary-progressive Multiple Sclerosis has led to a better understanding of why there may be a special need for studying body listening in the context of chronic conditions.

Mary Grace Flaherty



Mary Grace Flaherty is an assistant professor at the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has been working with health information in one way or another for over 30 years, mostly in a variety of library settings. Her current research interests include health information provision, health literacy, and health  promotion. Her own experiences as a "medical outlier" have piqued Mary Grace's interests in how individuals discover, learn about and assess conditions, and how they communicate with health care providers.

Gail Moser

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Gail Brightmon Moser recently retired from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine as an administrator in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. She currently teaches an expressive art course entitled “Freeing the Artist Within” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gail has multiple chronic illnesses and employs mindfulness techniques, diet, exercise, and expressive arts to manage her health. She is excited to share and exchange knowledge with the Body Listening Project's guided exploration participants on their journeys to wellness.

Rachel Carriere



Rachel Carriere is a Content Designer at EBSCO Information Services in Ipswich, MA.  She received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and specializes in metadata creation, classification, and transformation.  Rachel has been learning techniques for coping with her own chronic pain over the last three years and is excited both personally and professionally to participate in this knowledge sharing initiative from which she and others can benefit.


Samantha Kaplan


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Samantha Kaplan is a doctoral student studying Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research interests include health information evaluation and use, particularly by parents and/or caregivers. Watching a member of her immediate family learn to manage and cope with a chronic pain condition and her own experiences as a migraineur motivated her to take an active role as a moderator in this project. She is excited to learn from participants about how they use the information they glean while listening to their bodies in their everyday lives. 

Stacey Slager (AppleStrudel)



Stacey Slager is a Research Assistant with the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah, as well as the Salt Lake City VA and is nearly completed a Master’s in Biomedical Informatics with the University of Utah. She has been a Twitter enthusiast since December 2009 and nabs every opportunity to combine her social media skills with her world of biomedical informatics. Her research interests are human factors, usability testing, and user interface design. Stacey has overcome chronic migraines and is interested in sharing experiences with BLP members.

Jerrie Kumalah

Guest Moderator

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Jerrie Kumalah is a passionate public health practitioner dedicated to addressing health disparities in marginalized communities. With over 8 years of experience in the field, she is particularly well versed in using innovative methods of social engagement towards bettering communities. As a young professional that has had to learn how to navigate the workforce while living with Fibromaylgia she is also dedicated to increasing awareness about Fibromyalgia and helping other professionals such as herself learn how to advocate for themselves in the workplace.

Cynthia Price


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Cynthia Price is a Research Assoc. Professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing and Director of the Center for Mindful Body Awareness (  Her area of expertise is interoceptive awareness, i.e., the awareness of inner body sensations.  She has developed a mind-body intervention to teach interoceptive awareness and improve regulation and self-care called Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT).  Cynthia uses somatic approaches, including MABT and yoga, to stay in connection with herself and to mitigate the stresses of daily life.