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Our PhD Graduates

Norbert Belz, PhD

Norbert E. Belz, PhD, MHSA (2015)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas 
MHSA, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
BS, Health Information Management, St Louis University

Current Position: President and Founder, norbbelz, Inc.

Research Interests: Health Information Technology (HIT), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Health Outcomes

Dissertation: "Advanced Use of Electronic Health Records in Patient-Centered Medical Homes"

Atlee Gafford, PhD

J. Atlee Gafford, PhD, MA (2020)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas 
MA, Applied Economics, Western Kentucky University
BA, Political Science, Western Kentucky University

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

Dissertation: "The Impact of Financial Changes on Hospital Quality of Care: Evidence from State Medicaid Expansion"

Jacqueline Hill, PhD Jacqueline D. Hill, PhD, MPH (2016)
jdhill@cmh.edu

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MPH, Health Management and Communication, Tufts University School of Medicine
BS, Health Promotion, Oklahoma State University

Current Position: Director, Office of Faculty Development, Children's Mercy Kansas City

Research Interests: Social determinants of health access to health care services, and impact of health insurance design on health care service utilization and outcomes

Dissertation: "The Role of County-Level Socioeconomic Characteristics in Low-Income Women's Use of Screening Mammography in Kansas"

Dorothy Hughes, PhD, Assistant Professor

Dorothy Hughes, PhD, MHSA (2019)
dhughes5@kumc.edu

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MHSA, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
BA, International Studies, American University

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Local, state and federal public policy

Dissertation:"The Role of Community in Midwestesrn General Surgeons' Practice Location Decisions"

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Melissa L. Jaffee-Gelb, PhD, MBA (2015)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MBA, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
BA, Economics, University of Texas - Austin

Current Position: Health Economics and Outcomes Research Value Demonstration Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim

Research Interests: Outcomes research, cost-effectiveness analysis, quality improvement, behavioral and health economics

Dissertation: "Emergency Department Utilization Among Kansas Medicaid Aged, Blind, and Disabled Beneficiaries with Severe Mental Illness: the Context and Extent of Ambulatory Care Sensitive Visits"

Karen S. Johnson, PhD

Karen S. Johnson, PhD, MHSA (2018)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
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

Dissertation: "Understanding the Role of the Patient-Centered Medical Home in Building a Strong Primary Care Foundation in the U.S."

Chris Mackay, PhD

Christine Mackay, PhD (2019)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MS Administration - Health Services, Central Michigan University
BSN, 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.

Dissertation: "Examining Enrollment Barriers to Adults Cancer Clinical Trials"

Taiye Popoola, PhD

Taiye Popoola, PhD, MPH (2017)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MPH, University 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

Dissertation: "Provision of Extended Office Hours at the Usual Source of Care and its Effect on Healthcare Utilization and Expenditures in the Population of Adults with Chronic Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions"

Tiffany Pothapragada, PhD

Tiffany Pothapragada, PhD, MS (2020)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MS, Molecular Biotechnology, University of Kansas Medical Center
BS, University of Kansas (Genetics), University of Kansas Medical Center (Clinical Laboratory Science)

Current Position: Clinical Operations Manager, Immune Tolerance Network, San Francisco, CA

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

Dissertation: "The Association Between Immunization Information Systems and Immunizations in Children 19-35 Months of Age in the United States"

Allen Solenberg, PhD

Allen K. Solenberg, PhD, MBA (2019)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MBA, Business Administration, Aspen University (Denver, CO)
BBA, Healthcare Management, American Intercontinental University

Research Interests: Healthcare and Business: quantitative and qualitative research and analysis of patient care delivery and demand v. scheduling and availability, budgetary constraints and manpower authorizations v. assigned personnel

Dissertation: "Experiences and Adherence to Colorectal Cancer Screening within the University of Kansas Health System for People with Spinal Cord injuries and/or Disorders"

Kevin Sykes, PhD

Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH (2014)
ksykes@kumc.edu

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MPH,University of Kansas
BA, Trevecca Nazarene University

Current Position: Director, Clinical Research at University of Kansas Physicians, Inc

Research Interests:Global humanitarian healthcare delivery, healthcare for the medically underserved, enrolling underrepresented populations in clinical trials, and the impact of socioeconomics on clinical outcomes

Dissertation: "An Exploration of Participant Motives and Motivational Tensions in Short-Term Medical Service Trips"

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