Decision Sciences and Outcomes Research

Gracelyn Cruden

Gracelyn Cruden

Gracelyn Cruden (PhD expected May 2019)
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Contact Info: gcruden@live.unc.edu
Research Interests: Computer modeling/simulation (microsimulation/agent-based, decision trees, system dynamics, causal loop), multi-criteria decision analysis, hybrid trial design, mental health policy, substance misuse prevention, Group Model Building/community-based research
Dissertation Title: System Dynamics and Group Model Building to Facilitate Decision Making for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment in North Carolina
Dissertation Committee: Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Leah Frerichs, Byron Powell, Paul Lanier, C. Hendricks Brown


Jennifer Spencer

Jennifer Spencer (PhD expected May 2019)
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Contact Info: jennifer_spencer@unc.edu
Research Interests: Health equity, cancer prevention, HPV Vaccination, financial toxicity of cancer, cancer care quality,  social determinants of health
Dissertation Title: HPV Vaccination as a Mechanism to Reduce Socioeconomic Disparities in Cancer Prevention
Dissertation Committee: Stephanie Wheeler, Noel Brewer, Tamera Coyne-Beasley, Justin Trogon, Morris Weinberger


Economics

Juan Carlos Caro

Juan Carlos Caro

Juan Carlos Caro (PhD expected 2020)
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Contact Info: juancaro@ad.unc.edu
Research Interests: Food systems, early human capital, public health and policy.
Dissertation Title: Early childhood development, health behaviors and nutritional health in a context of high overweight prevalence: evidence from the School Meals Program in Chile
Dissertation Committee: Sean Sylvia (chair), Jere Berhman, Jane Fruenwirth-Cooley, Harsha Thirumurthy, Sally Stearns


Jason Rotter

Jason Rotter

Jason Rotter (PhD expected May 2019)
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Contact Info: jrotter@live.unc.edu
Research Interests: Chronic disease, Medicare/Medicaid policy evaluation, econometrics, value-based care, economic evaluation, causal inference, decision science methods, machine learning.
Dissertation Title: The Effects of Patient Financial Burden on Health Outcomes for Medicare Beneficiaries with Cancer
Dissertation Committee: Stephanie Wheeler (chair), Justin Trogdon, Sally Stearns, Brad Hammill, Yousuf Zafar


Paul R. Shafer

Paul R. Shafer

Paul R. Shafer (PhD expected May 2019)
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Contact Info:
shaferp@live.unc.edu
Research Interests: Health economics, health insurance policy, Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, health care utilization, preventive services, microeconometrics
Dissertation Title: Effect of the Affordable Care Act on utilization of emergency and primary care
Dissertation Committee: Justin Trogdon, Sally Steams, Stacie Dusetzina, Lindsay Sabik. Timothy Platts-Mills


Organization and Implementation Science

Amir Alishahi

Amir Alishahi
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Contact Info:
amir17@live.unc.edu
Research Interests: Dissemination and implementation science, Optimizing emergency department operations, Organization theory, Organizational behavior, Bioethics and ethics of health policies, Shared decision making, Global health
Dissertation Title: Adoption, Implementation and Effectiveness of Full Capacity Protocols in Emergency Departments
Dissertation Committee: Bruce Fried, PhD (Chair), Judith E Tintinalli, Justin Trogdon, Sarah Birken, Chris Shea

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