Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Professor of Epidemiology


Theresa Shireman (she pronouns) is the Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research and Professor in the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice, in the School of Public Health. She is a health services researcher who specializes in pharmaceutical policy,  pharmacoepidemiology and health economic evaluations. Significant research achievements include contributions to understanding how medications are used and to what effect in people who are on chronic dialysis, development of a novel methodology to tracking medication exposure over time, development of a bleeding risk prediction model for warfarin in older adult patients with atrial fibrillation, and health economic evaluations of expensive therapeutic agents.  In addition, she has managed numerous contracts with the State Medicaid agencies evaluating pharmaceutical use in children with disabilities and other vulnerable populations, examining the quality of diabetes care for people with disabilities, and creating a claims-based algorithm to distinguish between important subgroups of individuals with disabilities. Current research projects include the following: evaluation of the impact of Medicaid prescription cap policies on adherence and costs in people living with HIV; examination of federal initiatives designed to reduce antipsychotic use in nursing home residents; and outcomes and quality of care research among insured transgender populations. She teaches graduate courses and mentors graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

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