Health Policy and Management Research

When patients with mental health needs cannot be properly treated through outpatient or general hospital care, state psychiatric hospitals act as the ultimate safety net. In an attempt to find solutions for long wait times for beds, Elizabeth La, PhD, a recent HPM graduate, conducted a study that simulated the flow of patients through one of North Carolina’s three state psychiatric hospitals. Read more here.

The research program in the Department of Health Policy and Management takes a multidisciplinary approach to studying important and complex issues in health policy and service delivery. By applying innovative quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches, researchers aim to improve the availability, quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care services and reduce health disparities at the local, national, and international levels. In addition to publishing numerous articles, books, and book chapters, faculty testify before Congress, serve on commissions, and provide consultation to various health care organizations and government agencies.

Triangle Health Economics

The Triangle Health Economics site provides a convenient listing of online sources to Triangle health economics researchers, centers, and institutes, and includes the schedule for the Triangle Health Economics Workshop, which is held approximately bi-weekly during the academic year to bring together health economists from across the Triangle to discuss current research by invited speakers.

The Cancer Care Quality Training Program

Mounting evidence indicates that the quality of cancer care is not what it could be. Improving cancer care quality will require clinician and non-clinician scientists to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary research teams that span the fields of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, information science, public health, and social work. The Cancer Care Quality Training Program (CCQTP) recruits 2 pre-doctoral and 2 post-doctoral candidates per year, offers them a specialized curriculum that fosters a multidisciplinary understanding of cancer care quality, provides them mentored research experience in multidisciplinary teams, and prepares them for careers in cancer care quality research. The CCQTP draws on the mentoring, teaching, and research expertise of more than 30 faculty members from 11 departments and divisions within the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Department of Health Policy and Management has a very active and well-funded research program addressed to a wide range of contemporary healthcare issues. The research interests of the HPM faculty are listed alphabetically by name below. Click the link to the faculty member’s name for contact information.

For a table listing interests alphabetically by subject, please see the Faculty Expertise by Subject document (Adobe Acrobat format).

Antonia Bennett, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Implementation of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and other forms of patient-generated health data (PGHD) in oncology practice, clinical trials, and comparative effectiveness research
  • Evaluation of long-term symptom reporting with clinician notification to improve functional outcomes following sphincter-preserving surgery for colorectal cancer
  • Longitudinal registry study of pain in metastatic prostate cancer
  • Survey methodology; and strategies for electronic administration of PROs
  • Analysis of longitudinal PRO data
  • Qualitative research and psychometrics for the validation of PROs
  • Outcomes assessment in palliative care populations

Sarah Birken, PhD
  • Health care organization and delivery
  • Dissemination and implementation of innovations
  • Quality improvement
  • Organizational behavior
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods
  • Survey research

Timothy Jay Carney, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Applied Public Health Informatics
  • Surveillance and Situational Awareness
  • Organizational Informatics
  • Health Information Technology Adoption and Use
  • Computational Modeling and Simulation
  • Social and Organizational Network Analysis
  • Cancer Care
  • Health Disparities
  • Community Health Improvement

Alyssa Mansfield Damon
  • Integrating individual- and systems-level predictors of healthcare access, utilization, and outcomes for population health management;
  • Modeling approaches to maximizing efficient care delivery;
  • Using large administrative databases to improve healthcare value;
  • Healthcare epidemiology; operations research and analytics;
  • SAS and database management
  • Veteran and Military populations

Peggye Dilworth Anderson, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Health Disparities
  • Dementia and Caregiving
  • Family Caregiving and Aging
  • Minority Aging & Aging in Cultural Context

Marisa Domino, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile


  • Health Economics
  • Medicaid Policy
  • Mental Health Economics and Policy

Stacie Dusetzina,PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Pharmacoepidemiology / Drug Utilization Research
  • Pharmaceutical and FDA Policies
  • Treatment of Multiple Chronic Conditions
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Mental Illness Treatment

Bruce Fried, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile


  • Health Services Management Education
  • Mental Health and Mental Health Services
  • Global Health Systems and International Health
  • Human Resources Management in Healthcare

Bill Gentry, MPA

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Health administration
  • Health policy
  • Public health leadership
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Disaster Management

Sandra B Greene, DrPH

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Healthcare Utilization and Cost Trends
  • Physician Profiling
  • Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need
  • Health Insurance and Managed Care
  • Healthcare Policy Issues in North Carolina

Dean M. Harris, JD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Global Health Systems and International Health
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Healthcare Law

Mark Holmes, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Rural healthcare
  • Patient-centered outcomes research
  • Policy implementation and policy development
  • Workforce

Sheila Leatherman, MSW

REACH NC Research Profile
  • International Health Policy
  • Health Systems Performance
  • Micro-financing

Jessica Y. Lee, DDS, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Evidence-based Practice of Dentistry
  • Dental Public Health

Shoou-Yih Daniel Lee
  • Organizational change
  • Organizational structure and performance
  • Governance and community health accountability
  • Health literacy research

Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Tobacco Policy
  • Econometrics in Healthcare
  • Operations Research Application in Complex Systems
  • Infectious Disease Modeling
  • Tuberculosis Control

Joseph Morrissey, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Depression in Primary Care
  • Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Justice Services/Policy
  • Interorganizational Systems
  • Families and Autism

Jonathan B. Oberlander, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Medicaid
  • Health Politics and Policy
  • Aging and Public Policy
  • Medicare
  • American Politics and Public Policy

John E. Paul, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Organization and Delivery of Healthcare in Developing Countries
  • Healthcare Outcomes Research
  • Pharmaceutical Development and Pharmacoeconomics
  • Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
  • Teaching Methods and Graduate Education

George H Pink, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Health Care Finance
  • Hospital Financial Performance

James Porto, Jr, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Public Policy Development and Assessment
  • Measuring Efficiency and Effectiveness in Public Organizations
  • Comparative Evaluation Methodology (Data Envelopment)
  • Socio-Economic Evaluations (CBA, CEA)
  • Expert Decision-Making
  • Disaster Management
  • Political Leadership
  • Substance Abuse Treatment

Byron J. Powell
  • Implementation Research
  • Quality Improvement
  • Organizational Change
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research
  • Systems Science
  • Behavioral Health
  • Child Welfare

Bryce Reeve, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Health-Related Quality of Life Research
  • Cancer Outcomes Research
  • Psychometrics
  • Questionnaire Design

Kristin L. Reiter, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Hospital Pay for Performance
  • Healthcare Financial Management
  • Healthcare Accounting

Cleo Samuel, PhD
  • Cancer care
  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Disparities
  • GIS methods
  • Health information technology (IT)
  • Program implementation and evaluation
  • Quality measurement and improvement
  • Social determinants of health
  • Veterans and military health

Christopher M. Shea, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Adoption and Implementation of Innovations
  • Health Informatics
  • Organizational Behavior and Change
  • Quality Improvement
  • Health Care Organization and Delivery
  • Business Writing

Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH
  • Medicaid
  • The Uninsured
  • State Child Health Insurance Program
  • State Health Policy
  • Rural Health

Asheley Cockrell Skinner

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Pediatric research
  • Child health policy
  • Childhood obesity
  • Substance use
  • Child welfare
  • Program evaluation
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Medicaid Policy

Rebecca Slifkin
  • Critical access hospitals
  • Pharmacy and Medicare Part D
  • The 340B program
  • Medicaid managed care
  • Public health departments
  • Access to care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries
  • Medicare reimbursement issues
  • Impact of ACA implementation

Steven Sloate
  • Strategy
  • Governance
  • Marketing and Business Development
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Population Health Management
  • Implementation Sciences

Paula Song, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Health care financial management
  • Not-for-profit hospital investment decisions and strategies
  • Business case evaluation
  • Community benefit
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research
  • Accountable Care Organizations

Sally Stearns, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Cost-effectiveness Analysis
  • Health Service Reimbursement Systems
  • Use of Health Services at the End of Life
  • Applied Statistical Methods

Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Development Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics

Margaret (Marci) S. Thomas, MHA
  • Non profit governance
  • Internal control in not-for-profit organizations
  • Fraud
  • Grant compliance
  • Strategy and operations

Justin Trogdon, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Health economics
  • Cancer outcomes research
  • Econometrics
  • Cost of illness
  • Cost effectiveness analysis

Karl Umble, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Evidence-based public health
  • Public health leadership
  • Public health practice

Morris Weinberger, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Pharmaceutical Care
  • Quality of Care
  • Health Services Research
  • Patient-centered Outcomes Research

Bryan Weiner, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Adoption and Implementation of Innovations
  • Interorganizational Relationships
  • Health care organization and delivery
  • Dissemination and implementation of innovations
  • Quality improvement
  • Organizational behavior
  • Cancer survivorship

Stephanie B. Wheeler, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Use of mathematical modeling and systems thinking to address complex health services questions
  • Cost-effectiveness in evidence-based medicine
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Cancer
  • Sexual/reproductive health
  • Women’s health
  • Elimination of health disparities, both internationally and domestically
  • Social epidemiology
  • Health outcomes measurement
  • Medical decision making

B. Alex White, DDS, DrPH

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Dental Public Health
  • Access to Dental Care for Children