Meet the Team

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Mark X Cicero MD, FAAP

Project Director and Connecticut Site Principal Investigator More Information

In addition to being a board certified pediatrician, pediatric emergency physician, and EMS physician, a master educator and a skilled administrator, Dr. Mark Cicero is a respected researcher in pediatric EMS and disaster preparedness. He is currently the Co-Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services for Children- Connecticut State Partnership Grant. Mark has a strong grant history, including a previous  EMSC Targeted Issues Grant (2010-2014) focused on pediatric disaster triage, and support from AHRQ to create a video game for EMS education in pediatric disaster response, available now at 

Dr. Cicero is the principal investigator of PRIDE (Pediatric Research in Disaster Education).  PRIDE studies the care of children in disasters, and the education of those who provide medical care to them, especially paramedics and emergency medical technicians. He is a nationally known expert in pediatric disaster medicine, and has been an invited speaker on pediatric disaster preparedness in over 20 states and  six countries.  

Dr. Cicero’s areas of research interest are improving the quality of care for children in EMS, and disaster preparedness, response and recovery, partnered with emergency medical services for children. In summary, Dr. Cicero’s work continues to advance the science of mass casualty and disaster preparedness, response and resiliency. 


Kathleen Adelgais MD, MPH

Colorado Site Principal Investigator

Dr. Adelgais is an Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, CO. She serves as the Principal Investigator and Program Director for the Colorado EMS for Children State Partnership program, is the past-chair of the Pediatrics Committee for National Association EMS Physicians, and previously represented the American Academy of Pediatrics on the Board of Directors for Committee on the Accreditation EMS Programs. She also serves as the scientific advisor for the Aurora Fire Department EMS affiliate role in PEM-NEWS node within the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Nationally, she represents the Pediatric Emergency Physician Sector on the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC).

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Linda Brown, MD, MSC

Rhode Island Site Principal Investigator

Dr. Linda Brown is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University with over 15 years of experience as an educator and researcher. She graduated from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, completed a pediatrics residency at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island and fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where obtained a Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology. Her interests include the use of  medical simulation as an educational and assessment tool to help improve the care of children, especially during a pediatric resuscitation. She currently acts as the Director of the Lifespan Medical Simulation Center in Providence, RI. She has participated in several multi-center studies including as a primary investigator on an AHRQ-funded project “Improving Pediatric Resuscitation: A Simulation Program for the Community ED” and as a co-investigator on an EMS for Children Targeted Issues Grant“Small Victims, Big Challenges: Refining Pedi Disaster Triage Algorithms and Education in the Pre-Hospital Setting”. She currently serves as the Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) for Rhode Island and as the Chair of the EMSC Advisory Committee for Rhode Island.

Marc Auerbach

Marc Auerbach MD, MSci

Simulation and Implementation Science Lead

Marc is an Associate Professor and the Director of Pediatric Simulation at Yale University School of Medicine, where he works clinically in the pediatric emergency department. In addition he is Co-Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services for Children in Connecticut.

The overarching theme of his teaching and researchares to ensure that all ill and injured children receive optimal emergency care whenever and wherever it is needed. This work involves projects using simulation as a training methodology and other projects using simulation as an investigative methodology.

He is the founder and immediate past chair of INSPIRE (International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation Research and Education), the largest simulation based research network in the world. He serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Simulation in Healthcare and on the editorial board of the journal BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning.

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Cristina Carusone-Biceglia

Administration Coordinator

Cristina serves as a Senior Administrative Assistant for the Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Yale University; as well as on outreach initiatives such as Connecticut Emergency Medical Services for Children (CTEMSC), Already Ready for Children (ARC), and National Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative (NPRQC).  With a team of pediatric emergency medicine content experts, she travels to community hospitals throughout the state and acts as the parent during simulation training.

Cristina feels strongly about community involvement and has served as PTA Vice-President, PTA Hospitality Committee Chair, Room Mother, and taught CCD classes (2nd grade) for several years. Once her children grew older, she became involved in community theatre – as a volunteer and/or performer.