About Our Research

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.

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The faculty of the Department of Health Policy and Management represent some of the top authorities in the field. This list matches faculty names with their subject matter and research skills/methods expertise.

Research Activities

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.

Faculty Research Areas

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 with links to their contact information.

Faculty NameResearch Interests
Antonia Bennett, PhDImplementation 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, PhDHealth care organization and delivery
Dissemination and implementation of innovations
Quality improvement
Organizational behavior
Cancer survivorship
Qualitative methods
Mixed methods
Survey research
Alyssa Mansfield Damon, PhDIntegrating 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
Marisa Domino, PhDHealth Economics
Medicaid Policy
Mental Health Economics and Policy
Bruce Fried, PhDHealth Services Management Education
Mental Health and Mental Health Services
Global Health Systems and International Health
Human Resources Management in Healthcare
Leah Frerichs, PhDIntegration of engaged and participatory research with systems thinking and systems science
Social and physical environment influences on obesity and obesity-related health behaviors
System influences on health and wellness in underserved communities
American Indian cancer disparities
Simulation modeling and network analysis
Technology-based research and intervention
Bill Gentry, MPAHealth administration
Health policy
Public health leadership
Public Health Preparedness
Disaster Management
Sandra B Greene, DrPHHealthcare Utilization and Cost Trends
Physician Profiling
Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need
Health Insurance and Managed Care
Healthcare Policy Issues in North Carolina
Mark Holmes, PhDRural healthcare
Patient-centered outcomes research
Policy implementation and policy development
Erin Kent, PhDCancer survivorship
Cancer caregiving
Palliative care
Mixed methods
Social determinants of health
Patient-reported outcomes
Survey development
Data linkages and informatics
Sheila Leatherman, MSWInternational Health Policy
Health Systems Performance
Jessica Y. Lee, DDS, PhDEvidence-based Practice of Dentistry
Dental Public Health
Valerie Lewis, PhDHealthcare delivery reform
Socioeconomic disparities in outcomes
Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhDTobacco Policy
Econometrics in Healthcare
Operations Research Application in Complex Systems
Infectious Disease Modeling
Tuberculosis Control
Jonathan B. Oberlander, PhDHealthcare Reform
Health Politics and Policy
Aging and Public Policy
American Politics and Public Policy
George H Pink, PhDHealth Care Finance
Hospital Financial Performance
Kristin L. Reiter, PhDHospital Pay for Performance
Healthcare Financial Management
Healthcare Accounting
Cleo Samuel, PhDCancer care
Diffusion of innovations
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, PhDAdoption and Implementation of Innovations
Health Informatics
Organizational Behavior and Change
Quality Improvement
Health Care Organization and Delivery
Business Writing
Pam Silberman, JD, DrPHMedicaid
The Uninsured
State Child Health Insurance Program
State Health Policy
Rural Health
Rebecca Slifkin, PhDCritical 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 SloateStrategy
Marketing and Business Development
Public/Private Partnerships
Population Health Management
Implementation Sciences
Paula Song, PhDHealth 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, PhDCost-effectiveness Analysis
Health Service Reimbursement Systems
Use of Health Services at the End of Life
Applied Statistical Methods
Angela Stover, PhDPatient-reported outcomes (PROs)/health-related quality of life
Questionnaire design
Cancer outcomes and care delivery
Clinical benefits of using PRO measures (e.g., symptom questionnaires) during routine care delivery
Quality measurement and improvement
Implementation science
Practice facilitation to help community practices implement PROs into routine care
Cancer in older adults
Melanie Studer, PhDHealth Insurance/Managed Care
Human Resources Development
Population Health/Public Health
Psychometrics and Questionnaire/Survey Development
Healthcare Workforce
Sean Sylvia, PhDHealth Economics
Impact Evaluation
Cost Effectiveness Analysis
Performance-based Contracts
Quality of Care
Early Childhood Development
Justin Trogdon, PhDHealth economics
Cancer outcomes research
Cost of illness
Cost effectiveness analysis
Karl Umble, PhDEvidence-based public health
Public health leadership
Public health practice
Morris Weinberger, PhDPharmaceutical Care
Quality of Care
Health Services Research
Patient-centered Outcomes Research
Stephanie B. Wheeler, PhDUse of mathematical modeling and systems thinking to address complex health services questions
Cost-effectiveness in evidence-based medicine
Comparative effectiveness research
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, DrPHDental Public Health
Access to Dental Care for Children

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