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Departmental Affiliations

Judy Kasper, PhD, studies disability in later life and its implications for individuals, families, and national health and health care policies.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Room 641

Research Interests

Health Policy and Management, disability, long-term care, aging, dementia, access to care, survey research

Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Chicago

Dr. Kasper's research and teaching interests include health policy in disability and long-term care; assessment of needs for care and service provision to physically and mentally disabled people; health care financing and access for vulnerable populations; and the development and application of data sources -- national surveys in particular -- for health policy analysis and health services research. She is Principal Investigator of the National Health and Aging Trends Study ( funded by the National Institute on Aging to support research on disability trends and dynamics among older people. 


Honors & Awards

Teaching Recognition – class in top 7 in Student Evaluation for 4th Quarter courses, 2009

Teaching Recognition – class in top 17 in Student Evaluation for 2nd Quarter courses, 2008

Delta Omega Honorary Society for Public Health, Alpha Chapter, Elected to membership 2001

Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), Student Assembly of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 2000

Student Coordinating Committee Faculty Award, Dept. of Health Policy and Management, 2000

Select Publications
  • Freedman VA, Kasper JD, Cornman J, Agree E, Bandeen-Roche K, Mor V, Spillman B, Wallace R, Wolf D. Forthcoming. Validation of New Measures of Disability and Functioning in the National Health and Aging Trends Study. J of Gerontology:  Medical Sciences.

  • Kasper JD, Edwards B, Freedman VA, Seplaki CL, Weiss C, Carlson M, Bruce T, Guralnik JM, Plassman BL, Wallace R, Varma V, and Niefeld M. 2011. Forthcoming. Advances in Survey Assessment of Disability in Older Adults:  Measuring Physical and Cognitive Capacity in the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS).  Proceedings of the 10th Conference on Health Survey Research Methods.

  • Kasper JD, Pezzin LE and Rice JB. 2010. Stability and Changes in Living Arrangements:  Relationship to Nursing Home Admission and Timing of Placement.  J of Gerontol Soc Sci 65B(6): 783-789. (PMC2954324)

  • Kasper JD, Black BS, Shore AD and Rabins PV. 2009. Evaluation of the Validity and Reliability of the Alzheimer Disease-Related Quality of Life (ADRQL) Assessment Instrument. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders 23(3):275-284. (PMC3086660)

  • Watts-O’Malley M, Lyons B and Kasper J. 2009. Challenges Facing Medicaid’s Role as a Provider of Long-Term Care.  NAELA Journal (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) Vol V, Number II:105-122.