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Consultant Bios

 Name, TitleMethods Content Areas
Nrupen A. Bhavsar, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
• Chronic disease epidemiology
• Observational study design
• Longitudinal data analysis
• Comparative effectiveness research
• Analysis of large observational data
• Oncology registries
• Analysis of patient reported outcomes
• Data visualization
• Chronic disease disparities
• Decision analysis
• Electronic health data
Hayden Bosworth, PhD
Professor of Medicine
• Conducting pragmatic randomized trials
• Evaluation and quality improvement
• Patient-centered outcomes assessment
• Practice-based clinical research
• Behavioral intervention development
• Implementation science
• Shared and informed decision-making
• Organizational research
• Mobile health technology (e.g., SMS, e-mail, IVR)
• Telehealth technology (telephone-based, video-conferencing, asynchronous store-and-forward, home telehealth)
• Human development and family studies (e.g., dyadic design and data analysis)
Santanu K. Datta, PhD, MBA, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
• Estimating costs of implementing new interventions and programs; program and sustainability evaluation
• Micro-costing interventions and programs
• Healthcare resource utilization evaluation and cost modeling
• Utility and preference weight assessment
• Cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses using decision-analytic or Markov modeling
• Budget impact and return-on-invest analyses
• Metabolic syndrome disease interventions— diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity
• Telehealth (diabetic retinopathy screening, dermatology referral, genetic counseling)
• Musculoskeletal disease interventions—hip fracture, osteoarthritis
• Substance abuse interventions
• Smoking cessation interventions and lung cancer screening
Jennifer M. Gierisch, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicne
• Conducting randomized trials
• Evaluation
• Qualitative research
• Evidence synthesis
• Stakeholder engagement
• Behavioral intervention development
• Smoking cessation
• Weight management
• cancer screening
• Health communications
• Community and patient engagement
George Jackson, PhD, MHA
Associate Professor of Medicine

• Healthcare epidemiology
• Implementation science
• Quality improvement and evaluation
• Randomized trials in health services research
• Practice-based clinical and improvement research
• Healthcare epidemiology
• Health administration
• Implementation science
• Team-based interventions and care
• Organization of primary and specialty care
• Quality of chronic illness care
• Quality improvement methods
• Chronic illness management intervention development
• Development of cancer screening programs
Heather King, PhD
Medical Instructor
• Research question refinement and selection of most appropriate methods
• Theoretical and conceptual frameworks and models
• Measurement
• Quantitative longitudinal and dyadic data analysis
• Additional specific design and analysis considerations: mediation, multilevel, longitudinal
• Qualitative and mixed methods
• Community-based participatory research and stakeholder engagement
• Partnered research
• Evaluation and quality improvement methods
• Evidence synthesis, systematic review, meta-analysis
• Human development and family studies
• Health behavior
• Personality, stress, and health
• Behavioral interventions
• Implementation science
• Organizational research
Matthew L. Maciejewski, PhD
Professor of Medicine
• Conducting non-randomized studies
• Evaluation and quality improvement
• Health economics (cost analysis)
• Comparative effectiveness research
• Health services research
• Behavioral and surgical management of obesity
• Management of complex patients
• Quality of chronic illness care
• Health benefits design (e.g., value-based insurance design)
• Quality of care for end-stage renal disease
Shelby Reed, PhD, RPh
Professor of Medicine
• Economic evaluation
o Trial-based cost-effectiveness analysis
o Model-based cost-effectiveness analysis
o Descriptive studies using claims, cost-accounting data, etc.
• Stated-preference research
o Discrete-choice experiments
o Best-worst scaling
• Health policy evaluation
• Health services research
• Benefit-risk analysis
• Evaluation of patient-centered interventions (e.g. disease management, coping skills training)
• Drug and device development
• Patient engagement
• Heart failure
• Cancer
• Infectious disease
Nina Sperber, PhD
Medical Instructor
• Qualitative methods
• Mixed methods
• Evaluation
• Health behavior
• Aging
• Telemedicine
• Genomic Medicine
• Implementation
Karen Steinhauser, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
• Qualitative methods
• Survey development
• Patient-centered outcomes research
• Randomized trials in health services research
• Palliative care
• Quality of life during serious illness
• Caregiving in serious illness
• Psychosocial care in serious illness
• Instrument development and validation
• Shared decision-making in serious illness
• Provider resilience
Peter Ubel, MD
Professor of Medicine
• survey design
• survey experimental design
• physician/patient communication analyses
• bioethical analyses
• health care cost containment
• medical decision-making – decision psychology and behavioral economics
• Shared and informed decision-making
Courtney Harold Van Houtven, PhD, MSc
Associate Professor of Medicine
• Quasi-experimental study design
• Econometrics (instrumental variables estimation; propensity score methods)
• Cost modeling
• Comparative effectiveness research
• Program evaluation
• Dyadic randomized trials in health services research
• Health economics
• Health services research
• Long-term care policy and financing
• Economics of aging
• Informal caregiving
• Intra-family decision-making
• Long-term care insurance
• Home and community-based services
John Williams, MD, MHSc
Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
• Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
• GRADE approach to clinical practice guidelines
• Designing and conducting pragmatic randomized controlled trials
• Diagnostic test evaluation

• Approaches to delivering integrated behavioral health and primary care
• Patient centered medical home
• Mental illness in general medical setting: Depressive disorder, Anxiety disorders, dementia
• Shared decision making
Leah Zullig, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
• Quality improvement and program evaluation
• Patient-centered outcomes assessment
• Implementation science
• Systematic literature reviews
• Registry development
• Quality of care for cancer and chronic diseases
• Implementation science
• Health policy and management
• Organizational research
• Patient complexity
• Implementation science
• Disparities in care
• Global cancer