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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 Associate 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

Caleb Banta-Green,  PhD, MPH, MSW
Affiliate Associate Professor
Drug abuse epidemiology; health services research; youth substance abuse prevention; drug overdose prevention; drug treatment services research

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 Assistant Professor

Shirley A. A. Beresford,  PhD
Adjunct Professor
Nutritional epidemiology; folic acid; fruit and vegetable; exercise in preventive intervention trials

Deborah J. Bowen,  PhD
Adjunct Professor
Health behavior; underserved populations; health communication

Diana Buist,  PhD, MPH
Affiliate Professor
Comparative effectiveness research, cancer screening, outcomes research

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

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

Allen D. Cheadle,  PhD
Affiliate Professor
Community-based research

Norma B. Coe,  PhD
Assistant 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
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 Associate Professor
Psychometrics and measurement theory; Alzheimer's disease and cognitive functioning

Beth Devine,  PhD, MBA, PharmD
Adjunct Associate 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

Peter J. Dunbar,  MBChB
Adjunct Associate Professor

Bonnie M. Duran,  DrPH, MPH
Adjunct Associate Professor
Native American mental health; community-based participatory research

Beth E. Ebel,  MD, MPH, MSc
Adjunct Associate Professor
Injury prevention; health behaviors

Amira El-Bastawissi,  PhD, MS, MBChB
Affiliate Assistant Professor
Determining epidemiologic and biologic risk factors for adverse pregnancy 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
Affiliate Associate 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

Sherrilynne S. Fuller,  PhD, MLS
Adjunct Professor
Telemedicine; integrated medical information systems; information retrieval

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

Stephen S. Gloyd,  MD, MPH
Professor
Infectious disease epidemiology (STD, TB, EPI); health systems research; political economy of health and impact and equity in health care

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

David C. Grossman,  MD, MPH
Professor
Injury control; Native American health; suicide prevention

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

Jeffrey R. Harris,  MD, MPH, MBA
Vice Chair and Professor
Health-care quality; economic evaluation; systematic reviews of community-based prevention, older adults, physical activity, tobacco, chronic disease, adult immunization

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

Colleen E. Huebner,  PhD, MPH
Professor
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

John Inadomi,  MD
Adjunct Professor
Mass screening; colorectal cancer; esophageal cancer; Barrett's esophagus, cost-effectiveness analysis; decision analysis

Christopher E. Johnson,  PhD
Associate Professor
Organizational theory; healthcare quality; long-term care; veteran's care; information technology

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

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

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

Linda K. Ko,  PhD, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor
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

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

Stephen Lim,  PhD
Adjunct Associate 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
Health economics; mental health; risk adjustment; outcomes research.

William Lober,  MD, MS
Adjunct Associate 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
Cancer comparative effectiveness; health outcomes

Bonnie A. McGregor,  PhD, MS
Affiliate Associate Professor
Effect of psychological interventions on distress, posttraumatic growth, nervous, endocrine, and immune system functioning among cancer patients and those at risk for cancer; psychological factors contributing to distress among women at risk for breast and ovarian cancer

Hendrika W. Meischke,  PhD, MPH
Professor
Health communication; health promotion; theory development

Ali Mokdad,  PhD
Adjunct Professor
Chronic Diseases; obesity; surveillance; survey methodology; emergency and refugee health

Leo Morales,  MD, PhD, MPhil, 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

India J. Ornelas,  PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Racial and ethnic health disparities; social determinants of health; Latino and immigrant populations; theory-based interventions; cancer prevention and control; community-based participatory research

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

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

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

Elizabeth Phelan,  MD, MS
Adjunct Associate 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

Ileana Ponce-Gonzalez,  MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
Health services research; health disparities; health literacy; vulnerable populations; community-based participatory research; health administration; human rights; epidemiology; patient safety; public health information; international health

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

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

Robert J. Reid,  MD, PhD, MPH
Affiliate Associate Professor
Translation of research into practice to improve health

Carolyn M. Rutter,  PhD, MS
Affiliate Professor
Longitudinal data analysis; assessment of diagnostic and screening tests; Bayesian methods

Jeanne M. Sears,  PhD, MS, BA
Research Associate Professor
Occupational injury surveillance; occupational health services; 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

Rosa Solorio,  MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Social media marketing interventions to prevent HIV in Latino youth

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

Andy S. Stergachis,  PhD, MS
Adjunct Professor
Pharmacoepidemiology, global medicines safety, public health systems research, pharmaceutical education in developing countries, medicines policy

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

Sarah Taubman,  ScD, MS
Affiliate Assistant Professor
Health insurance

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

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

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

William E. Welton,  DrPH, MHA
Principal Lecturer
Organization of health care markets and relationship to overall per capita costs

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

Thomas M. Wickizer,  PhD, MA, MPH, MSW
Affiliate Professor
Managed care costs and outcomes; occupational health; quality improvement; expenditure growth; economic outcomes of substance abuse treatment

Emily C. Williams,  PhD, MPH
Assistant 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

Fredric M. Wolf,  PhD, MEd
Adjunct Professor

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

Steven Zeliadt,  PhD, MPH
Research Associate 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