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PhD Program in Health Services

Program Faculty

Program faculty are involved locally, nationally, and internationally in health services research and policy. They are developing and testing interventions and translating research into practice. They play an important role in improving health and shaping health care systems and policy world-wide.

By participating in myriad organizations and associations outside of the UW, members of the faculty are able to provide relevant experience and opportunities to graduate students.


Neil F. Abernethy,  PhD
Associate Professor
Public Health Informatics standards, epidemic models, and molecular epidemiology in the context of global health; scientific and social networks as they pertain to collaborative research; novel 3-D imaging displays; environmental interventions for infectious disease; high-throughput biology; evolutionary game theory.

Dagmar Amtmann,  PhD, MA, MS
Adjunct Research Professor
Item response theory; instructional design, assistive technology, and information systems with a focus on issues related to accessibility of information technology to users with disabilities

Barbara Baquero,  PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Health equity; racial and ethnic health; urban and rural disparities; community-based participatory research; social and structural determinants of health; Latino and immigrant populations; chronic disease; cancer prevention and control

Anirban Basu,  PhD, MS, MS
Professor
Health econometrics; cost-effectiveness; comparative effectiveness and value of information analyses; quality of life; spill-over effects; substantive focus on cancer, mental health and diabetes

Janice F. Bell,  PhD, MPH, MN
Affiliate Associate Professor
Child health services research; maternal and child health; mental health; obesity; social determinants; medical geography; health disparities

Katharine A. Bradley,  MD, MPH
Affiliate Professor
Alcoholism prevention (screening, intervention and epidemiology in primary care setting); women's health; post-traumatic stress disorder

Brian Bresnahan,  PhD
Adjunct Research Associate Professor
Radiology; health economics

Rachel Ceballos,  PhD, MS
Affiliate Associate Professor
Biobehavioral research methods; community based participatory research; cancer health disparities; cancer survivorship in underserved populations

Kwun Chuen (Gary) Chan,  PhD
Professor
Survival analysis and stochastic processes; epidemiological design and analysis; missing data and causal inference; nonlinear mixed models and predictions; semiparametric models

Michael K. Chapko,  PhD
Research Professor Emeritus
Ambulatory care; long-term care; cost-effectiveness

Donald Chi,  PhD, DDS
Professor
Children's oral health inequalities; social and behavioral determinants of oral health; community-based behavioral interventions; Alaska Native oral health disparities; preventive care decision making in pediatric dentistry; Medicaid

Norma B. Coe,  PhD
Affiliate Associate Professor
Long-term care; disability policy; health insurance; how government programs impact health and behavior; how health/disability and the labor market are intertwined

Douglas A. Conrad,  PhD, MBA, MHA
Professor Emeritus
Vertical integration in health services; integrated health systems; impact of financial incentives on physician behavior

Beverly J. Court,  PhD, MHA
Affiliate Assistant Professor
Evidence-based public policy development; Medicaid/Medicare dual eligible populations; implementation of Medicaid health reform and chronic care management for high risk/high cost Medicaid clients

Paul K. Crane,  MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor
Psychometrics and measurement theory; Alzheimer's disease and cognitive functioning

Emily (Beth) E. Devine,  PhD, MBA, PharmD
Adjunct Professor
Comparative effectiveness research; clinical research informatics; evidence synthesis; medication management; health information technology

Richard A. Deyo,  MD, MPH
Affiliate Professor
Evidence-based medicine; health status measures; technology assessment; strategies in primary care; low back problems

Paula K. Diehr,  PhD, MS
Professor Emeritus
Statistics, insurance, quality of life

Beth E. Ebel,  MD, MPH, MSc
Adjunct Professor
Injury prevention; health behaviors, health disparity research, safe and active transportation

Amy T. Edmonds,  PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Intersection of health services research and social/psychiatric epidemiology; policy and program evaluation, especially related to efforts to improve access and quality of mental health and substance use services and behavioral health outcomes; assessment of health inequities and social determinants of health; administrative data, nontraditional data sources, cross-sector data integration

Todd Edwards,  PhD, MA
Associate Professor
Development and validation of patient-reported measures of symptoms, function, and quality of life; integration of patient-reported measures into clinical practice, decision making, and assessment of treatment outcomes

Thomas Eng,  VMD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
Health technology; business

Ruth B. Etzioni,  PhD, MS
Affiliate Professor
Statistical methods in cancer screening, Bayesian methods in biostatistics, design issues in clinical trials.

Paul A. Fishman,  PhD, MA, MA
Professor
Cost analysis; risk adjustment

Meredith P. Fort,  PhD, MPH
Affiliate Instructor

Gary M. Franklin,  MD, MPH
Adjunct Research Professor
Occupational injury. Neurological epidemiology. Outcomes research.

Bianca Frogner,  PhD
Adjunct Professor
Health economics; health workforce; health insurance; comparative health systems

Emmanuela Gakidou,  PhD, MSc
Adjunct Professor
Impact evaluation studies; health systems reforms; health inequalities and health of the poor; measurement of adult mortality in developing countries

Michelle M. Garrison,  PhD, MPH
Affiliate Professor
Child and adolescent sleep problems; interactions between media use, physical activity, and sleep, and the impact on health and behavior; development and testing of health behavior change interventions; pediatric inpatient quality of care and quality improvement research

Joseph Glass,  PhD, MSW
Affiliate Associate Professor
Implementation science; health disparities; substance use disorders and treatments; digital treatment

Stephen S. Gloyd,  MD, MPH
Professor
Health systems research, implementation science, political economy of global health

Kristen E. Gray,  PhD, MS
Research Assistant Professor
Reproductive health across the lifespan; health behaviors and their mechanisms of change; risk factors and outcomes of diabetes; 

David Grembowski,  PhD, MA
Professor Emeritus
Design and performance of health care systems; prevention; technology diffusion; program evaluation; survey research

David C. Grossman,  MD, MPH
Clinical Professor
Injury control; suicide prevention; firearm injury prevention; quality improvement

Margaret (Peggy) Hannon,  PhD, MPH
Professor
Cancer prevention and control; chronic disease prevention; dissemination and implementation research; health promotion; workplace health promotion

Jeffrey R. Harris,  MD, MPH, MBA
Professor
Adult immunization; cancer screening; chronic disease; community-based prevention; health equity; health promotion; implementation science; older adults; physical activity; tobacco; workplace health; COVID-19

Paul L. Hebert,  PhD
Research Professor
Chronic disease with elderly and minority populations; disease management; social determinants of health disparities

Susan E. Hernandez,  PhD, MPA
Affiliate Assistant Professor
Patient-centered medical home model; racial/ethnic minority groups

Colleen E. Huebner,  PhD, MPH
Professor Emeritus
Design, delivery and evaluation of preventive interventions with young children and families; social bases of language; cognitive and emotional development in normal and at-risk children; language and literacy development; parents' health literacy

Jessica Jones-Smith,  PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Social, environmental and economic causes and correlates of obesity risk; distal drivers of nutrition-related health inequities; community and individual economic resources as causal factors in obesity-related health status; obesity-related impacts of health and non-health related policies; disparities in nutrition-related diseases based on socioeconomic factors and race/ethnicity; public health nutrition; obesity epidemic; obesity epidemiology

Andrew J. Karter,  PhD, MS
Affiliate Professor
Diabetes epidemiology; social determinants of health; pharmacoepidemiology

Larry Kessler,  ScD
Professor
Cost-effectiveness and diagnostic value of medical technology in screening for cancer and other diseases

Sarah Knerr,  PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Cancer prevention and control; translational genomics; stakeholder engagement; health and health care disparities

Cynthia Ko,  MD, MS
Adjunct Associate Professor
Colorectal cancer screening and outcomes

Linda K. Ko,  PhD, MPH, MS
Professor and Associate Chair
Health communication interventions using new media; decision making in cancer screening; mediators and moderators of behavior change; cancer prevention and control; obesity prevention; health literacy and health disparity; aging and social support

Thomas D. Koepsell,  MD, MPH
Professor Emeritus
Epidemiologic methods, Injury epidemiology, neuroepidemiology, veterans health, application of epidemiology to evaluation of health services

Branko Kopjar,  MD, PhD, MS
Associate Professor
Prevention effectiveness; outcomes research; comparative effectiveness; neurosurgery; orthopedics, biostatistics; quality of care; clinical trials

James W. Krieger,  MD, MPH
Clinical Professor
Chronic disease prevention; healthy food policy, nutrition science; policy evaluation; asthma

Sharon Laing,  PhD, MS
Adjunct Associate Professor
Chronic disease prevention; technology and health promotion; mobile health promotion; health disparities; cancer prevention; community health and wellness

Gwen Lapham,  PhD, MPH, MSW
Affiliate Assistant Professor
Implementation and evaluation of behavioral health and substance use care in primary care; identification and treatment of unhealthy substance use disorders; assessment of medical and nonmedical cannabis use; treatment of opiate use disorders; mixed methods; pairing qualitative interviews and surveys with population-based evaluation of electronic health records

Danielle Lavallee,  PhD, PharmD
Affiliate Associate Professor
Patient engagement; patient-reported outcomes; patient-centered outcomes

Cara C. Lewis,  PhD, MS
Affiliate Associate Professor
Implementation science; mental health; social health; measurement and methods

Stephen Lim,  PhD
Adjunct Professor
quality of mortality data, health inequality, risk factor and disease burden, economic evaluation and priority setting

Bonnie K. Lind,  PhD, MS
Affiliate Assistant Professor
Quality improvement; complementary and alternative medicine; research methods

Chuan-Fen Liu,  PhD, MPH
Research Professor Emeritus
Health economics; mental health; risk adjustment; outcomes research.

William Lober,  MD, MS
Adjunct Professor
Clinical informatics

Elliott Lowy,  PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Rafael Lozano,  MD
Adjunct Professor
Health needs assessment; national burden of diseases studies; design, monitoring, and evaluation of national health information systems

Gary Lyman,  MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor
Personalized cancer supportive care; comparative effectiveness and outcomes research related to biomarkers and targeted therapies; mathematical and statistical prognostic and predictive models; advanced methods of evidence synthesis in support of clinical practice guidelines; population studies of patterns of cancer treatment; impact of health disparities on cancer care delivery and outcomes

Diane P. Martin,  PhD, MA
Professor Emeritus

Charles C. Maynard,  PhD, MSW, MA
Research Professor Emeritus
Cardiovascular disease; administrative databases

Leo Morales,  PhD, MPhil, MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor
Minority health and health disparities; obesity and diabetes; psychometric methods

Christopher J. Murray,  MD, DPhil
Adjunct Professor
Health metrics and evaluation; mortality analysis and causes of death; life expectancy; health disparities; burden of disease assessment; injuries and risk factors; health economics; cost-effectiveness; health program evaluations; infectious disease epidemiology; coronavirus; Covid-19; emerging diseases; epidemics; pandemics; disease outbreaks

India J. Ornelas,  PhD, MPH
Professor and Acting Chair
Racial and ethnic health disparities; social determinants of health; Latino and immigrant populations; American Indian populations; health promotion interventions; community-based participatory research; cancer prevention; mental health; substance use; coronavirus

Michael Parchman,  MD, MPH
Affiliate Professor
Primary care; chronic disease; complex systems; implementation science

Donald L. Patrick,  PhD, MSPH
Professor Emeritus
Outcomes in health policy and treatment effectiveness; improving end-of-life care; health behavior and health promotion; disability policy; community intervention; resource allocation

Edward B. Perrin,  PhD, MA
Professor Emeritus
Outcomes research, Health promotion, Program evaluation

James Pfeiffer,  PhD, MPH, MA
Adjunct Professor
Medical anthropology; International health; HIV/AIDS prevention

Elizabeth Phelan,  MD, MS
Adjunct Professor
Delivering effective primary care to older adults; health promotion

Alonzo L. Plough,  PhD, MA, MPH
Clinical Professor
Prevention activity; community-oriented primary care; health policy and management

James D. Ralston,  MD, MPH
Affiliate Professor
Electronic tools to improve health

Gayle E. Reiber,  PhD, MPH
Professor Emeritus
Diabetes mellitus; diabetic foot; foot ulcer; amputation; foot care; footwear; epidemiology; health services research

Jeanne M. Sears,  PhD, MS
Research Associate Professor
Occupational injury surveillance; occupational health services; workers' compensation systems; policy and program evaluation; disparities in health and health care access

Michelle D. Seelig,  MD, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Primary care/specialist physician collaboration; maximizing quality and efficiency of care

Clarence Spigner,  DrPH, MPH
Professor
Tobacco-related behavior; racism as a stressor; social construction of 'race' vis-a-vis biological reductionism in health research and behavior; knowledge and opinions about organ donation among ethnic groups; program evaluation; popular culture

Helene E. Starks,  PhD, MPH
Adjunct Associate Professor
End-of-life issues; qualitative research; medical decision-making; clinician-patient communication

Andy S. Stergachis,  PhD, MS
Adjunct Professor
Pharmacoepidemiology, global drug and vaccine safety, reproductive health, public health emergency preparedness and response

James W. Stout,  MD, MPH, MAT
Adjunct Professor
Pediatric asthma care; healthcare quality improvement

Jennifer Stuber,  PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Behavioral health policy and systems change in crisis systems, healthcare and schools; suicide prevention with a particular focus on youth

Sean D. Sullivan,  PhD, MS
Professor
Technology assessment; medical decision making; economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals, particularly in the areas of respiratory disorders, organ transplantation, HIV/AIDS, mental health and clinical decision making

Victoria M. Taylor,  MD, MPH
Research Professor Emeritus
Special populations; health disparities; cancer control; secondary prevention

Engelberta (Beti) Thompson,  PhD, MA
Professor Emeritus
Community-based research; dietary change; cancer prevention; health disparities

Joseph Unger,  PhD, MS
Affiliate Associate Professor
Cancer care delivery research; clinical trials; income disparities; clinical trial impact and generalizability; diffusion of new treatments

Nicole D. Urban,  ScD, MS
Research Professor Emeritus
Breast/ovarian cancer screening; cost-effectiveness analysis

Sarah Veele,  PhD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
Applied and translational research; underserved populations; child welfare and juvenile justice reform; evidence based programming; gender equity; racial and ethnic disproportionality; university and government collaboration

Edward H. Wagner,  MD, MPH
Professor Emeritus
Health services research; Health promotion and disease prevention

Marcia R. Weaver,  PhD, MA
Adjunct Research Professor
Cost analysis; HIV/AIDS programs

Bryan Weiner,  PhD, MA
Professor
Adoption, implementation, sustainment of innovations and evidence-based practices; management, operation, and sustainability of inter-organizational relationships; total quality management; patient safety

Karen Wernli,  PhD, MS
Affiliate Associate Professor
Comparative effectiveness research; cancer screening and diagnostic, preventive services, methodology

Emily C. Williams,  PhD, MPH
Professor
Implementing evidence-based management of unhealthy alcohol use in medical settings; decision-making in health and health care (patient, provider, and system-level decision making); stigmatized chronic conditions (e.g., unhealthy alcohol use, HIV); social and cultural determinants of health and healthcare

Edwin Wong,  PhD, MA
Research Associate Professor
Health economics; applied microeconometrics; impact of policy interventions on veterans' healthcare; comparative effectiveness research; cost-effectiveness analysis

Suzanne Wood,  PhD, MS
Affiliate Associate Professor
International business and strategy; strategic management; management theory and practice; action research; qualitative analyses; program and process evaluation

Bessie Young Mielcarek,  MPH, MD
Adjunct Professor
Health disparities; racial and ethnic differences in kidney disease, diabetes, and transplantation

Steven Zeliadt,  PhD, MPH
Research Professor
Decision-making and quality of life in prostate cancer treatment; cancer screening; costs of health care interventions; evaluation of informed decision making strategies; comparative effectiveness using large databases; quality of life assessment among cancer survivors; decision modeling; assessment of health care costs

Chuan Zhou,  PhD, MS, MS
Adjunct Research Associate Professor
Health services research; causal inference; missing data; Bayesian inference

Brenda K. Zierler,  PhD
Adjunct Professor
The influence of care delivery systems on patient outcomes; clinical effectiveness