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. Click the link to the faculty member’s name for contact information.

Antonia Bennett, PhD

  • 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

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

Marisa Domino, PhD

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

Bruce Fried, PhD

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

Leah Frerichs, PhD

  • Integration 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, MPA

  • Health administration
  • Health policy
  • Public health leadership
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Disaster Management

Sandra B Greene, DrPH

  • Healthcare 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, PhD

  • Rural healthcare
  • Patient-centered outcomes research
  • Policy implementation and policy development
  • Workforce

Sheila Leatherman, MSW

  • International Health Policy
  • Health Systems Performance
  • Micro-financing

Jessica Y. Lee, DDS, PhD

  • Evidence-based Practice of Dentistry
  • Dental Public Health

Valerie Lewis, PhD

  • Healthcare delivery reform
  • Socioeconomic disparities in outcomes

Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD

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

Jonathan B. Oberlander, PhD

  • Healthcare Reform
  • Medicaid
  • Health Politics and Policy
  • Aging and Public Policy
  • Medicare
  • American Politics and Public Policy

George H Pink, PhD

  • Health Care Finance
  • Hospital Financial Performance

Kristin L. Reiter, PhD

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

Angela Stover, PhD

  • Patient-reported outcomes (PROs)/health-related quality of life
  • Psychometrics
  • 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

Sean Sylvia, PhD

  • Health Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Cost Effectiveness Analysis
  • Performance-based Contracts
  • Quality of Care
  • Nutrition
  • Early Childhood Development

Justin Trogdon, PhD

  • Health economics
  • Cancer outcomes research
  • Econometrics
  • Cost of illness
  • Cost effectiveness analysis

Karl Umble, PhD

  • Evidence-based public health
  • Public health leadership
  • Public health practice

Morris Weinberger, PhD

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

Stephanie B. Wheeler, PhD

  • 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

  • Dental Public Health
  • Access to Dental Care for Children

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