The Project Talk Trial is a continuation of an ongoing collaboration between Penn State College of Medicine and Hospice Foundation of America. Our teams have been collaborating since 2018 on advance care planning research. We recently published a national study of the conversation game, Hello, funded by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation, which was foundational to the creation of the Project Talk Trial.

We're excited to welcome the University of Kentucky to our collaborative as we advance our shared goals of increasing awareness and engaging underserved communities in advance care planning.

Project Leads

  • Principal Investigator

    Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, MD

    Director, Project Talk Communication Lab

  • Co-Investigator

    Amy Tucci

    President, HFA

The Team

  • Heather Costigan

    Research Project Manager

    Penn State College of Medicine

  • Cindy Bramble

    Community Outreach Project Manager

    Hospice Foundation of America

  • Lindsey Currin

    Project Assistant

    Hospice Foundation of America

  • Denise Grant

    Marketing Assistant

    Hospice Foundation of America

  • Angela Novas, MSN, RN, CRNP, ACHPN

    Project Assistant

    Hospice Foundation of America

  • Erika VanDyke, MPH, DrPH candidate

    Supplement Project Manager

    Penn State College of Medicine

  • Emily Wasserman, MAS

    Data Analyst

    Penn State College of Medicine

  • Vernon M. Chinchilli, PhD

    Penn State College of Medicine

  • Lauren Dennis, MD/MPH candidate

    Research Intern

    Penn State College of Medicine

  • Daniel George, PhD, MSc

    Co-Investigator on Supplement

    Penn State College of Medicine

  • Allison Scott Gordon, PhD

    University of Kentucky

  • Michael Green MS, MD

    Penn State College of Medicine

  • Christopher S. Hollenbeak, PhD

    Penn State College of Medicine

  • Benjamin H. Levi, MD, PhD, FAAP

    Penn State College of Medicine

  • Morgan Loeffler

    Research Project Coordinator

    Penn State College of Medicine

  • Hilary Lum, MD, PhD

    Co-Investigator on Supplement

    University of Colorado