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.

The Penn State College of Medicine Team

  • Principal Investigator

    Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, MD

    Director, Project Talk Communication Lab

  • Project Manager

    Pamela Witt

  • Research Assistant

    Maria Katsaros MS, CCC-SLP

  • Data Analyst

    Emily Wasserman, MAS

The Hospice Foundation of America Team

  • Co-Investigator

    Amy Tucci

    President, HFA

  • Project Manager

    Cindy Bramble

  • Project Assistant

    Lindsey Currin

  • Marketing Assistant

    Denise Grant


  • Vernon M. Chinchilli, PhD

    Penn State College of Medicine

  • 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

  • Allison Scott Gordon, PhD

    University of Kentucky