Research Interests of Health Management & Policy Faculty

Lakshmi Balasubramanian, PhD, MBA
Assistant Professor - Health Management & Policy
Dept: Health Mgmt & Policy
Address: EAD 601U
Phone: 817-735-0581
Email: Lakshmi.Bala@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:- My key area of research is health care financial management. I particularly favor research on hospital investments and am currently working on specific differences between not for profit and for profit hospitals. I am also interested in health care financial economics on a global scale and am currently working on economic factors responsible for the success or failure of the UN's goals in reducing child under-nutrition in developing countries. I have been published in Health Economics, Policy and Law.

Erin Carlson, PhD
Assistant Professor - Health Management & Policy
Dept: Health Mgmt & Policy
Address: EAD 601X
Phone: 817-735-2392
Email: Erin.Carlson@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:- My area of expertise is health policy. My areas of research are health care safety net utilization and disease prevention. I have received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. I am currently Principle Investigator on a CDC project, and Co-Investigator on projects funded by CDC, CPRIT, Texas Health Institute. I have presented my work to numerous national and regional audiences.

Hsueh-Fen Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor - Health Management & Policy
Dept: Health Mgmt & Policy
Address: EAD 601S
Phone: 817-735-0311
Email: Hsueh-Fen.Chen@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:-My area of expertise is health services research in healthcare organizations and systems. Over the last five years, I have been working on research related to the quality of care and patient safety in response to payment and market change in the hospital industry, telehealth monitoring and rehospitalizations. These works have been published in the American Journal of Managed Care, Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, Medical Care, Medical Care Research and Review, Health Economics, and Atlantic Economic Journal.

Richard Kurz, PhD
Dean - School of Public Health
Professor - Health Management & Policy
Dept: Health Mgmt & Policy
Address: EAD 749
Phone: 817-735-0278
Email: Richard.Kurz@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:- My current research focuses primarily on the problem of infant mortality in the Fort Worth-Tarrant County area. Using a Life Course Perspective, we have created the Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies-Healthy Community Initiative through which interventions impacting several aspects of the determinants of health can be implemented using a community-based participatory approach. Aspects of this work are funded by local and national foundations. The work collaborates with leaders and residents in the African American community. We believe that it will result in the development of a health community with reduced infant mortality and models of interventions that can be used by others concerned with this problem throughout the United States.

Nuha Lackan, PhD
Assistant Professor - Health Management & Policy
Dept: Health Mgmt & Policy
Address: EAD 601AC
Phone: 817-735-5023
Email: Nuha.Lackan@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:-My area of expertise lies in investigating health disparities and over the last few years I have been working on research related to studying disparities within the areas of end of life care, childhood obesity, and diabetes prevention/management. I have also participated in several projects involving the use of community health workers to immediately reduce health disparities within vulnerable populations. My work has been funded mostly by the Health Resources and Serives Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, along with some local funding, including the UNTHSC School of Public Health and the United Way of Tarrant County. This work has resulted in articles published in the journals Medical Care, Health Services Research, and the American Journal of Public Health, among others.

Kristine Lykens, PhD, MPA, AB
Associate Professor - Health Management & Policy
Dept: Health Mgmt & Policy
Address: EAD 6001W
Phone: 817-735-2325
Email: Kristine.Lykens@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:-My expertise is political economy and health policy. Over the past several years I have been working on research related to evaluation of local health programs, children's health, and international child health and nutrition. My research work has been funded by United Way agencies, the State of Texas,the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resource and Services Administration. My work has been published in the Journal of Public Policy and Management, Health Services Research, BMC Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health Journal, and the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved among others. I have mentored several studies with students as the primary author.

Thaddeus Miller, MPH, DrPH
Assistant Professor - Health Management & Policy
Dept: Health Mgmt & Policy
Address: EAD 601L
Phone: 817-735-5029
Email: Thaddeus.Miller@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:-My area of expertise is health policy and health economics. Since 2002 I have been engaged in domestic tuberculosis elimination. My primary strategy has been to make the often hidden value of TB elimination visible, in order that health system investment decisions are evidence based, and can be directed to maximize their potential health return. This work has been supported or sponsored by CDC, and has resulted in numerous presentations to national and international audiences and publication of articles in PLoS One, Annals of Epidemiology, CHEST, BMC Public Health, and others. My work has had a tangible and positive effect on domestic public health policy.

Liam O'Neill, PhD
Associate Professor - Health Management & Policy
Dept: Health Mgmt & Policy
Address: EAD 601K
Phone: 817-735-5029
Email: Liam.ONeill@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:-My primary research interests are in health care operations and information systems, including hospital efficiency analysis, hospital marketing, technology diffusion, and managerial benchmarking using Data Envelopment Analysis. My work has resulted in book chapters and more than 25 published articles in scholarly journals, such as Health Care Management Science, Health Affairs, Management Science, Medical Care Research and Review, Neurology, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Naval Research Logistics, and Socio-Economic Planning Sciences. I also serve on the Editorial Board of Health Care Management Science and four other journals and am past-president of the Health Care Applications Section of Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS).

Jose Pagan, PhD
Chairman And Professor - Health Management & Policy
Dept: Health Mgmt & Policy
Address: EAD 601AB
Phone: 817-735-0150
Email: Jose.Pagan@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:-My area of expertise is health economics and over the last few years I have been working on research related to diabetes prevention/management, telehealth monitoring and rehospitalizations, cancer screening, and program evaluation. My research work has been funded mostly by the Department of Defense, the National Cancer Institute, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and this work has resulted in articles published in the American Journal of Managed Care, Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, Health Services Research, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and the Journal of Cancer Education, among others.

Hyo Jung Tak, PhD
Assistant Professor - Health Management & Policy
Dept: Health Mgmt & Policy
Address: EAD 601
Phone: 817-735-2242
Email: Hyojung.Tak@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:- My primary field is health economics, health policy, and health services research. My research has focused on (1) health insurance choice and health care utilization, (2) health care quality, outcome, and expenditure in inpatient care, and (3) patient centered care.  My work was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. 

Elizabeth Trevino, DrPH, MPH
Assistant Professor - Health Management & Policy
Dept: Health Mgmt & Policy
Address: EAD 743
Phone: 817-735-2166
Email: Elizabeth.Trevino@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:-My area of expertise is Health Disparities and Program Evaluation. Over the last few years I have worked in the design, implementation and evaluation of Diabetes Prevention/Management interventions aimed at improving health care outcomes in the community. My disparities work has been funded locally by UNT Health Science Center and United Way of Tarrant County. Currently, I am responsible for the impact evaluation of statewide initiative the Benefit Bank of Texas, funded by the Texas Health Institute. My work and commitment to reducing health care disparities has allowed me to collaborate with key community organizations. For the last six years, I have been on the Board of Directors of the first and only Federally Qualified Community Health Center in Tarrant County, the North Texas Area Community Health Center, Inc., and this year assuming the role of President of the Board.

Melissa Winborn, PhD, JD 
Assistant Professor - Health Management & Policy
Dept: Health Mgmt & Policy
Address: EAD 601
Phone: 817-735-2242
Email: Melissa.Winborn@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:- My area of expertise is health policy and law.  I was involved in a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that evaluated the effectiveness of distracted driving laws.  I’ve examined conflicting evidence surrounding the Women’s Health Initiative and hormone replacement therapy. I’m also interested in the effects of Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.  I’m currently the Principle Investigator on an 1115 Waiver project that is seeking to implement a telehealth program to improve the quality of life of chronically ill Medicaid patients.
This page last updated 30th Jan 2014