Key Staff

Miara Jeffress, Ph.D.


Miara Jeffress is the Project Manager on the PCORI award that provides partial support for research training for members of the USA Patient Network. In her role at the National Center for Health Research, she is  NCHR’s liaison to patient advocates, and manages NCHR’s outreach to patients. She has a strong commitment in helping all patients advocate for better health care and is particularly interested in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and health disparities. 

Prior to joining NCHR and the Patient Network in 2016, Dr. Jeffress conducted basic science research on alcoholic cardiomyopathy and guest lectured at the Howard University College of Pharmacy. She received her Ph.D. from Howard University in Physiology and Biophysics, where her work focused on the molecular mechanisms responsible for alcohol-induced heart failure.  She earned her B.S. degree at North Carolina Central University in Biology. She can be reached at


Amelia Murphy, BA


Amelia Murphy helps manage the Patient Advocacy Network Project, which trains patients to participate in decision-making regarding the design and interpretation of clinical trials that study the safety and effectiveness of medical products. At NCHR, she assists patients who are having difficulty obtaining health insurance coverage for medically necessary surgery.


Prior to NCHR, Ms. Murphy was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia. Ms. Murphy graduated from Smith College in May 2013 with a B.A in Psychology and Italian. While at Smith, Ms. Murphy worked at a psychology clinic in Italy, served as the health representative for her college residential house, and wrote for a magazine and her own blog. She can be reached at

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