Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice


I am a gerontologist and health services researcher deeply committed to a career in health and healthcare disparities research, examining disparities for vulnerable older adults. Further, my goal is to develop and test interventions that will improve care and decrease any disparities detected. After completing my doctoral education (social gerontology at Miami University in Ohio), it was clear to me that the research questions I was most interested in answering required further training in quality of care and health care disparities. To pursue this, I began an AHRQ T32 – fellowship at the Center for Gerontology at Health Care Research at Brown University.  After my completing fellowship, I received a Diversity Supplement from the National Institute of Aging to support my research, which has landed in collaborative projects with researchers from different departments, as well as other institutions outside Brown. I am currently and Assistant Professor at the Center and the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice interested in improving healthcare access, quality and outcomes for disadvantaged minority elders through policy-relevant research, I believe that I have considerable potential to make an impact on the fields of gerontology and health services. I received funded by the Advance-Clinical Translational Research (CTR) Mentored Research Award to understand issues about choice among Medicare Advantage enrollees. I am currently funded by the NIA. I have a K01 (Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards) to study Medicare Advantage plan choice and selection among racial and ethnic minorities and low-income seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. In addition, I have an R03 to explore nursing home disparities among Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries with dementia.

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