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Chantal Brazeau, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine
New Jersey Medical School
Assistant Dean for Faculty Vitality
New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Chief Wellness Officer
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Dr. Brazeau has over 25 years of experience in the field of health professional well-being. She has taught about well-being and burnout, conducted local and national survey-based studies on medical student, faculty and physician well-being and presented at national and international venues on these topics. As the inaugural Chief Wellness Officer at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, she works with school, university and hospital leadership teams to explore and lead the development and implementation of wellness initiatives for faculty and health care providers.


Manasa Ayyala, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Director, The Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine
New Jersey Medical School

Dr. Ayyala completed a fellowship in medical education and has formal training in qualitative methodology and experience conducting large survey research. Her work exploring bullying in residency training was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2019. She has experience in physician wellness interventions spanning the learning continuum from undergraduate medical education to faculty wellness and currently serves as Faculty Vitality Champion for the Department of Medicine and Chair for the Department of Medicine Wellness Committee. Additionally, she has personal experience with engaging in informal peer support through a texting platform.


Ping-Hsin Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine
New Jersey Medical School

Dr. Chen is an experienced mixed methods researcher with extensive experience in intervention studies, community service learning programs, quality assurance and quality improvement projects, and clinical trials. Dr. Chen is proficient in building and managing secure online surveys and databases and using specialized statistical software packages for data analysis. She has provided quantitative and qualitative analyses and evaluation of several surveys on faculty and health professional well-being.


Margaret (Peggy) Swarbrick, Ph.D.
Research Professor & Associate Director
Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Dr. Swarbrick has worked for over 35 years in a variety of healthcare settings designing and evaluating innovative peer delivered models and training programs that promote wellness and resilience. She has created an 8 dimensional Wellness Model adopted by behavioral healthcare agencies and state authorities across the country. In addition, she has developed a wellness coaching model and wellness Self-care Programs for a variety of populations including health professionals. Dr. Swarbrick has published extensively on a wide range of topics including health disparities, the wellness model and health promotion approaches.


Norma Hernandez, B.S.

Ms. Hernandez has over 30 years of experience as an administrative assistant at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, with extensive experience in medical education, coordinating student education and faculty development activities, organizing teaching schedules, interfacing with faculty, organizing CME events and more. She has assisted with several Health Research and Services Administration grant applications, outcome tracking and evaluation. She is the administrative contact for the CIRCLE Peer Talk Groups and Peer Text Groups and for the One 2 ONE 2 CARE peer support program.




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Brazeau, C. M. L. R., Ayyala, M. S., Chen, P.-H., & Swarbrick, M. (2022, February 22). Virtual Faculty Development Peer programmes support … Wiley Online Library.

Brazeau, C, Ayyala, M, Chen, P, Swarbrick, M: Creating a Culture of Peer Support for Physicians during COVID-19 using Synchronous and Asynchronous Virtual Peer Discussion Groups, International Conference on Physician Health, Virtual Conference, April 26-30, 2021.