Job-Seeking 2021 PhD Graduates
Kelly E. Anderson
Dissertation Title: Is Medicare Advantage Effectively Managing Care? Evidence from Physician-Administered Drugs
Dissertation Summary: Medicare spending on Part B drugs has increased - 9% a year since 2009 and exceds $32 billion annually. Medicare Advantage (MA) insurers have a financial incentive to reduce spending on Part B drugs. I study whether and how MA insurers are managing Part B drugs to understand the effects of insurance design on beneficiary use of these drugs. Strategies such as network design, formulary design, and white/brown bagging may reduce spending, but may also limit beneficiary access to Part B drugs.
Job Type Preferences: Primarily interested in research taking place at academic, government, private, non-profit- or community-based organizations.
Dissertation Title: The Indirect Effects of Financial Incentives on Physician Behavior in Perinatal Care
Dissertation Summary: Debra's research focuses on understanding the effects of financial incentives on physician behavior, particularly for vulnerable populations. Her dissertation evaluates the indirect effects of state-level payment reform for perinatal care, including (1) whether and how spillover effects occur across payers and services, (2) how baseline characteristics impact provider performance in value-based models, and (3) the mechanism by which incentives may exacerbate racial disparities in care.
Advisor: Aditi Sen, PhD
Job Type Preferences: Primarily interested in research, research services or management, teaching, or consultation opportunities at academic, government, private, non-profit, or community-based organizations.
Geographical Preferences: New England, Mid-Atlantic, Eastern Midwest, Southern Atlantic, Mountain, and Pacific regions of the United States; Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area
Benjo A. Delarmente
Dissertation Title: Mechanisms of Readmissions Reduction Among Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients in Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
Dissertation Summary: Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction (HRRP) reduces payments to hospitals for excess readmissions for six conditions or procedures. While many evaluations of the HRRP have found reductions in excess AMI readmissions attributable to the HRRP, the underlying channels that lead to these reductions are less fully understood. This dissertation further explores treatment choice, care substitution, and community health networks as possible mechanisms using longitudinal data.
Advisor: Darrell Gaskin, PhD
Job Type Preferences: Primarily research, research services or management, program administration or management, or consultation work in academic, clinical, private, non-profit, community-based, and multilateral organizations.
Geographic Preferences: New England, Mid-Atlantic, Western Midwest, Southern Atlantic, and Pacific regions of the United States; Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area; international regions and locations including, Ontario, Canada, Australia, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.
Dissertation Title: Advancing the role of social and ethical values in health priority-setting to achieve universal health coverage
Dissertation Summary: Universal health coverage is an important policy objective for many countries. However, at any given time, demand for health services is virtually infinite, while resources are finite. Health priority-setting is thus inescapable. My work advances the identification, interpretation, and balancing of social values to inform national health priority-setting. Toward this end, I employ qualitative content analysis, key informant interviews, and conceptual and normative philosophical analysis.
Advisor: Maria Merritt, PhD
Job Type Preferences: Primarily research, research services or management, and teaching opportunities in academic, clinical, government, private, non-profit, or community-based organizations.
Geographical Preferences: New England, Mid-Atlantic, South Eastern, Mountain, and Pacific regions; Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area; and International locations.
Dissertation Title: Factors Affecting Menu Development and the Effectiveness and Ethical Considerations of 'Nudge' Techniques Designed to Encouraging Meatless Eating in Rural Restaurants
Dissertation Summary: High meat consumption can lead to number chronic health conditions. Furthermore, large scale meat production has negative public health implications such as infectious diseases, occupational hazards, and climate change. This research explores how restaurant stakeholders structure customer choices and their attitudes and beliefs regarding meatless menu offerings; it tests how menus affect whether consumers order a meatless option; and it analyzes ethical considerations of nudge interventions.
Advisor: Jeffrey Kahn, PhD
Job Type Preferences: Primarily teaching, research services and management, program administration and management, and consultation opportunities in academic, clinical, government, private, non-profit, or community-based organizations.
Geographical Preferences: Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area
Dissertation Title: The Association Between State Minimum Wage Laws and Occupational Injuries
Dissertation Summary: Current debates on minimum wage includes calls for increases in the rates among states as diverse as Tennessee and Hawaii. As calls for higher minimum wages become more popular at both the state and federal level, it is important to understand both intended and unintended consequences of wage increases, such as implications for worker safety. Molly's dissertation uses econometric models to examine the association between state minimum wage laws and occupational safety outcomes.
Advisor: Jon Vernick, JD
Job Type Preferences: Primarily interested in research and consultation opportunities in academic, government, private, non-profit, and community-based organizations.
Dissertation Title: Examining Work Productivity Among Employed Family Caregivers of Older Adults
Dissertation Summary: An estimated 9 million people in the U.S balance employment alongside being a family caregiver to an older adult, and as a result, may experience reduced work productivity, a social determinant of health. This is the first national study to examine absenteeism and presenteeism and their relation to health among employed family caregivers of older adults. Study findings will inform the development of evidence-based health, paid family leave, and long-term care policies.
Advisor: Jennifer Wolff, PhD
Job Type Preferences: Primarily research, teaching, and consultation opportunities in academic, clinical, government, or private organizations.
Geographical Preferences: Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area
Crystal Lee Perez
Dissertation Title: Understanding Implementation of Healthy Kids' Meal Policies in the United States
Dissertation Summary: Healthy kids’ meal (HKM) policies target the nutritional composition of kids’ meals to make the healthy choice easier. There is ample variation in how they are written, which affects implementation, enforcement and the effectiveness of the policy for improving the health of the public. This dissertation evaluates the policies, describes their implementation and assesses correlates of kids’ meal purchases to inform policymakers, agencies, advocates and restaurants about HKM policy implementation.
Job Type Preferences: Primarily interested in research, teaching, or consultation opportunities at academic, government, private, non-profit, or community-based organizations.
Geographical Preferences: New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Pacific regions of the United States; Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area and Austin, Texas; and, select international locations: Barcelona, Spain; Italy; and the United Kingdom.
Dissertation Title: Understanding Enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (2008)
Dissertation Executive Summary: The majority of the federal parity research evaluates the impact of the law on costs and service utilization. Generally absent from this literature is consideration for the role of parity enforcement and its impact on outcomes for individuals. This dissertation aims to address this gap in the parity literature by qualitatively exploring state insurance policies and agency enforcement actions.
Advisors: E. Beth McGinty, PhD
Job Type Preferences: Primarily research and teaching opportunities at academic, government, private, non-profit, or community-based organizations.
Geographical Preferences: New England and Mid-Atlantic regions; Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area; and International locations.