Skip to Content

Rachel Butler, MHA, MPH

Clinical Research Coordinator, CRISMA Center, Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness


Rachel joined the CRISMA Center's Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness in February 2017. As a Clinical Research Coordinator, Rachel manages the University of Pittsburgh site operations for the Prediction of Functional Outcomes from Chronic Critical Illness (ProFOCCI) study and lends support to other ongoing clinical research projects in Dr. Douglas White's research program. Prior to her work with Dr. White's team, she was a Senior Research Coordinator for Dr. Amber Barnato's program in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Section of Decision Sciences and served as Executive Director of the ICU StoryWeb project. Rachel received her Master of Health Administration and Master of Public Health degrees from Indiana University in 2013. She is currently a part-time doctoral student in the Health Services Research and Policy program at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, with interests in health services research in the end-of-life domain, decision science, and bioethics. Additionally, she is a fellow in the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's 2017 Fellowship on Death and Dying. Rachel completed the Respecting Choices Last Steps(R) Advance Care Planning Facilitator training in 2014. Her passion for end-of-life care and conversations overflows into her "free" time; she is a co-organizer and facilitator for Death Café Pittsburgh, a hospice and grief support volunteer, and a member of the Coalition for Quality at the End-of-Life (CQEL).