Current PhD Students

Policies surrounding immunization recommendations, immunization registries, improving immunization rates, and improving the tracking and documentation of vaccines

Gayle Brekke

Gayle M. Brekke

MBA, Health Care Leadership, Rockhurst University
BA, Mathematics, St. Mary's University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Health economics, patient engagement and empowerment, disruptive innovation, measurement and communication of quality and outcomes, impact of insurance benefit design on health care expenditures, and modeling and simulation techniques.


A Gafford

Atlee Gafford

M.A. Applied Economics, Western Kentucky University
B.A. Political Science, Western Kentucky University

Research Interests:  Health Economics, Medicaid/Medicare cost effectiveness, and Efficiency of Medical Institutions

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Jonathan J. Hamdorf

M.B.A. Baker University
B.S. Sociology, University of Iowa
B.B.A. Management Information Systems, Univerity of Iowa

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J. Hill

Jacqueline D. Hill (2010)

MPH (Health Communication Concentration), Tufts University School of Medicine
BS, Health Promotion, Oklahoma State University

Research Interests: Access to health care services, particularly for the under/uninsured, and impact of health insurance design on health care service utilization and outcomes

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Dorothy Hughes (2015)

MHSA, University of Kansas
BA, American University

Research Interests: Local, state and federal public policy


Karen S. Johnson (2009)

MHSA, College of Business, Arizona State University
BA, Sociology, Hanover College (IN)

Research Interests: Health insurance, the Patient-Centered Medical Home, medical management interventions in commercial/Medicare/Medicaid populations, and workplace wellness initiatives

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Tiffany  M. Pothapragada (2012)

MS, Molecular Biotechnology, University of Kansas Medical Center
BS, Genetics, University of Kansas
BS, Clinical Laboratory Science, University of Kansas Medical Center

Research Interests: Policies surrounding immunization recommendations, immunization registries,  and improving the tracking and documentation of vaccines..

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Chris Mackay

M.S. Administration-Health Services, Central Michigan University
B.A. Nursing, University of Kansas

Research Interests:  Health policy influence on insurance coverage of clinical trial participation, Research training and education of health professionals working in clinical trials.

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Shirley Orr

Master of Health Science, Wichita State University
B.S. Nursing, Wichita State University

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Phil Pereira

Felipe Pereira (2012)

MHS (Health Policy), Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
BA, Sociology, Brandeis University
Research Interests: Access to health care insurance and services, the impact of health insurance   design on utilization and outcomes, the role of public insurance programs in the American health care system and their impact on vulnerable populations, and the politics of health policy

Taiye Popoola

Taiye Popoola (2014)

MPH, Universisty of North Texas Health Sciences Center
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Research Interests: Patient-centered care and outcomes, primary care, hospital readmissions and health disparities.

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Jalal Uddin

Jalal Uddin (2014)

MS Sociology and Anthropology, Iowa State University
Master of Social Sciences, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bachelor of Social Sciences, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research Interests: Health behavior, healthcare utilization, health inequality, and social demography.

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William R. Venable III (2011)

MPA, Public Administration, UMKC
MBA, Barnett Helzberg School of Management, Rockhurst University
BS, Journalism, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Organizational Development, Business Modeling and Strategic Planning, in the Health Care Sector.  Also interested in improving access to information on the issues of aging.

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Last modified: Sep 21, 2015