Job-Seeking 2022 PhD Candidates
Linda C. Chyr
Dissertation Title: Redefining Aging in Place: Evidence from Examining Trends, Predictors, and Impacts of Transitions to and across Settings for the Provision of Long-Term Services and Supports among Older Adults
Dissertation Summary: Older adults prefer to age in place, but changes in health status may prompt them to change living and care arrangements. Various options for long-term services and supports (LTSS) exist to meet the diverse needs of older adults, and can be delivered in the home, residential care settings, and nursing homes. This dissertation applies longitudinal data analyses to examine recent trends, predictors, and impacts of transitions to and across settings for the provision of LTSS among older adults.
Job Type Preferences: Primarily interested in research, research services or management, program administration or management, or consultation opportunities at academic, government, private, non-profit, or community-based organizations.
Geographical Preferences: New England, Mid-Atlantic, Eastern Midwest; Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area; Canada.
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
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: Effects of Plan Benefit Design and Online-Prescribing Policies on Telemental Health Utilization, Spending, and Treatment Decisions for Behavioral Disorders
Dissertation Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an explosion in demand for telemedicine and with it myriad new, untested telemedicine policies. The effects of these policies are largely unknown, and the shift to telemedicine can have longstanding impacts. My research isolates the effects of two such policies that promote telemedicine use and estimates the elasticity of demand for telemental health, as well as the effects on mental health treatment decisions, adverse health events, and overall spending.
Advisors: Matthew D. Eisenberg, PhD
Job Type Preferences: Primarily interested in research or consultation opportunities at academic, government, or private organizations.
Geographical Preferences: No preferance.
Dissertation Title: Vaccination Programs and Policies for Reaching Older Adults in the U.S.: Considerations for Data, Access, and Equity
Dissertation Executive Summary: Older adults in the U.S. are at higher immunologic risk for many vaccine-preventable infections. A patchwork of vaccination programs and policies covers this highly heterogeneous population, and fragmented data systems contribute to issues of vaccine access and supply. This dissertation looks at questions of vaccine access for three different vaccines for older adults in the U.S. using two different pharmacy-based access strategies and proposes an ethical framework for vaccine data monitoring.
Advisors: Nancy Kass, ScD
Job Type Preferences: Primarily research, research services or management, program administration or management, or consultation at academic, government, private, non-profit, or community-based organizations.
Geographical Preferences: New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Eastern Midwest regions; Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.
Dissertation Title: The Impact of Increasing Private Insurance Payment Rates and ACA Medicaid Expansion on Hospital Behavior
Dissertation Executive Summary: Hospital prices paid by private insurers are more than double Medicare’s payment rates. My dissertation examines (1) non-profit hospital’s financial and spending behaviors, and community benefit provision associated with higher private sector prices compared to Medicare’s payment rate; (2) whether the ACA Medicaid expansion is associated with a spillover effect on lowering private sector hospital prices or (3) changing hospital’s cost structure.
Advisors: Gerard F. Anderson, PhD
Job Type Preferences: Primarily research, research services or management, or consultation at academic, private, non-profit, or community-based organizations.
Geographical Preferences: Mid-Atlantic regions; Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area; International.