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Our Ph.D. Graduates

BelzNorbert E. Belz, Ph.D., MHSA (2015)
Ph.D., 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 Technologay (ICT), and Health Outcomes
Dissertation: "Advanced Use of Electronic Health Records in Patient-Centered Medical Homes"

gaffordJ. Atlee Gafford, Ph.D., MA (2020)
Ph.D., 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"

HillJacqueline D. Hill, Ph.D., MPH (2016)
Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., MHSA (2019)
Ph.D., 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 Midwestern General Surgeons' Practice Location Decisions"


Karen S. Johnson, Ph.D., MHSA (2018)
Ph.D., 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."


Danielle D. Jones, Ph.D., MPH (2021)
Ph.D., Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MPH, Public Health, University of West Florida, Pensacola
BS, Biology, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Research Interests: Racial/ethnic disparities, infant and maternal mortality, social determinants of health and health equity
Dissertation: "Deconstructing Unconscious Bias in the Health Care Workforce: An Iterative Mixed Methods Approach


Christine Mackay, Ph.D. (2019)
Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., MPH (2017)
Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., MS (2020)
Ph.D., 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 K. Solenberg, Ph.D., MBA (2019)
Ph.D., Health Policy and Management, University of Kansa
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, Ph.D., MPH (2014)
Ph.D., 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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