Providence, Rhode Island
I am a third year doctoral student in the department of health services, policy, and practice at the Brown University School of Public Health. I have extensive experience in data management and analysis of primary and secondary data. My interest in the elderly and nursing home population developed while working at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) – a Harvard-affiliated research center located then on the top floor of a nursing home. During my tenure at IFAR I served as the data manager and lead statistician for an $11 million Program Project on delirium funded by the National Institute on Aging. At Brown I have continued clinical outcomes research and have begun to focus on policy. I currently collaborate with Vince Mor, the chair of my dissertation committee, on several research projects including rural-urban disparities in the utilization of post-acute care and the measurement of hospital-skilled nursing facility linkages through secondary data sources.
My research career will focus on identifying causes and consequences of disparities in access to high-quality health care in the elderly population. I am especially interested in studying more vulnerable populations such as the impoverished, frail, and cognitively impaired. I have completed a concentration in health economics to facilitate a strong understanding of the dynamics between healthcare access, quality, and costs in these populations. My proposed dissertation combines economic theory and innovative statistical models to determine whether patients who are financed at lower levels by Medicare are less likely to receive high-quality post-acute care in the nursing home setting.