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Jie Chen Jie Chen, Assistant Professor

Health Services Administration

3310A SPH Building   jichen@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-9053



Dr. Jie Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, School of Public Health, at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her PhD (2008) degree in economics from Stony Brook University. Dr. Chen conducts research in two fields (1) health disparity and (2) health policy analysis. Her health disparity research focuses on identifying and quantifying the factors associated with the disparities in health care access, utilization and expenditure among different racial and ethnic groups and immigrants in the United States. Dr. Chens research on health policy focuses on investigating the efficiency and quality of the health care delivery system. She is specialized in mental health policy analysis among the culturally and linguistically diversified population. She also has conducted studies on patient-centered care, consumer activation, health information technology and health insurance cost-sharing strategies. An additional field of her research involves applying economic and econometric models to broad health services research. Dr. Chens recent work has been published in Medical Care, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, American Journal of Public Health, Empirical Economics, and other peer-reviewed health services and economic journals.

http://www.jiechen.org


Rada Dagher Rada Dagher, Assistant Professor

Health Services Administration

3310B SPH Building   rdagher1@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-1210



Dr.Dagher received her Ph.D. in 2007 and her dissertation was nominated for the University of Minnesota Best Dissertation Award. Her research focuses on the risk and protective factors associated with maternal postpartum depression and the impact of this mental disorder on health services use and costs. She also studies the impact of work policies (e.g., policies of maternity leave after childbirth and job flexibility policies), work organization (e.g., job demands, job control, and supervisor and coworker support), and work-family conflict on workers mental and physical health outcomes and health care expenditures. To answer these research questions, she uses quantitative statistical methods that pertain to cross-sectional and longitudinal data.


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Health Services Administration

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No Picture Dawn Hamilton, Research Graduate Assistant

Health Services Administration

3310 SPH Building   dhamilt4@umd.edu

 

(240) 383-8459



Dawn Hamilton is a Graduate Research Assistant and second year Master's student in the Department of Health Service Administration. Dawn is an experienced healthcare lawyer, consultant and project manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego, School of Law. Dawn was a member of the UMD School of Public Health, Health Services Administration team that researched and studied comparative health system models for the 2011-2012 Prince Georges County Public Health Impact Study, which was published in July, 2012. In her current role as Project Manager, Dawn is working with a team from the Department of Health Services Administration to conduct two Community Health Needs Assessments for Dimensions Health System facilities: Prince George's Hospital Center and Laurel Regional Hospital. Dawn will be leading an innovative project designed to increase access to healthcare services for the residents of Prince George's County, Maryland.


Christopher King Christopher King, Lecturer

Health Services Administration

3310SPH Bldg.   cking@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-2469



Christopher King is board certified in healthcare management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He received a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from East Carolina University and Master of Health Science from Towson University.

Christopher currently serves as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Washington Hospital Center and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Consumer Health Foundation. He collaborates with foundations and corporations to create health services that will increase access to care and improve the quality of care for residents of the Washington, D.C. area.

Christopher is committed to evidence-based medicine and building healthcare infrastructures that demonstrate improvements in safety, quality, and desired clinical outcomes.


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Dushanka Kleinman Dushanka Kleinman, Associate Dean for Research, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Services Administration

Health Services Administration | Office of the Dean

2242P SPH Bldg.   dushanka@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-7201



Dr. Kleinman is a dentist and a board certified specialist in dental public health. Her research has included epidemiologic studies of dental, oral and craniofacial diseases, oral cancer and HIV-related conditions. She has participated in the development of several Surgeon General reports and was the co-executive editor of Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General (2000). Dr. Kleinman has a particular interest in enhancing the understanding and elimination of health disparities, with a focus on the role of factors that transcend health conditions such as health determinants, health promotion interventions and health literacy.


Tracey Manning Tracey Manning, Leadership Consultant and Adjunct Professor

Health Services Administration

3310 SPH Bldg.   tmanning@umd.edu

 

(410) 997-1728



Professional Experience: Tracey has specialized in assessing and developing transformational leadership and leadership self-efficacy, particularly with not-for-profit, higher education, and healthcare organizations, and with non-traditional (e.g. women, volunteers) and non-positional leaders (faculty, non-managers). She previously was Senior Scholar at the Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland College Park, and Professor of Psychology at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, now Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Research: Traceys research has centered on the relationships among attachment, civic engagement, work satisfaction, and transformational leadership, and has appeared in Women in Management Review, the American Psychologist, the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and the Journal of Leadership Education, along with several leadership books.

Community Service: After serving as program evaluator for the University of Marylands Legacy Leadership Institutes, Tracey initiated, helped to develop, and still co-coordinates, the Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment in Howard County, now entering its seventh year of preparing age 50+ adults for high-impact volunteer roles in environmental organizations.


Jack Meyer Jack A. Meyer, Professor of the Practice

Health Services Administration

  jmeyer@healthmanagement.com

 



Dr. Meyer has a joint appointment as Professor of the Practice in the School of Public Health and the School of Public Policy.

He is also a principal with Health Management Associates (HMA) in the Washington, D.C. office. In this capacity Dr. Meyer is conducting health care research, policy analysis, and strategic planning for grant-making foundations, health industry leaders, and state and federal agencies.


Karoline Mortensen Karoline Mortensen, Assistant Professor

Health Services Administration

3310C SPH Building   karoline@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-6545



Karoline Mortensen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, School of Public Health, at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also affiliated with AcademyHealth, the American Society of Health Economics, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the International Health Economics Association, the Maryland Population Research Center and the University of Maryland Prevention Research Center.

Dr. Mortensen's research interests are focused on health insurance and health care utilization of vulnerable populations, particularly utilization of Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured. She also explores health insurance transitions and the health status and health care utilization of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Houston. Professor Mortensen's most recent research has been published in the journals Medical Care, Health Affairs, and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Dr. Mortensen is involved with several projects examining factors that affect health care utilization patterns of Medicaid enrollees. Current research and future projects explore the geographic variation in health care utilization in Medicaid, emergency department utilization, and the implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured. Her work on the effects of copayments and increases in physician reimbursement on health care utilization of preventive services of Medicaid enrollees is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Mortensen has experience with community partners, including Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston, the Mental Health Policy Analysis Collaborative in Houston, Dimensions Healthcare System, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Prince George's County Health Department, and the University of Maryland Medical System. She teaches Introduction to Health Systems and Health Economics at the master's level, and Advanced Research Seminar and Health Services Portfolio at the doctoral level.


Wesley Queen Wesley Queen, Coordinator

Health Services Administration

3310A SPH Building   wqueen@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-2529



Wes serves as coordinator for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Public Policy and the Legacy Leadership Institute on Municipal Government at the University of Maryland. He also serves as Assistant to the Dean of the School of Public Health in the area of Public Health Advocacy.


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Kathleen Ruben Kathleen Ruben, Graduate Assistant

Health Services Administration

3310 SPH Bldg.   kruben@umd.edu

 

(301) 520-7448



Kathleen Ruben is a doctoral student in Health Services Administration. She received a BS in Nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and a MS in Nutrition from the University of Maryland. She has held positions as the Nutritionist for the Ocean County, NJ, Nutrition Project for the Elderly, Program Specialist for the Montgomery County, Maryland, WIC Program and Director of Nutritional Services for the Brooke Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sandy Spring, Maryland. In 2005, she completed the University of Maryland Center on Aging Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program. Research interests include consumer direction and access to health care for older adults, and health disparities in minority elders.


Elliot Segal Elliot A Segal, Professor of the Practice

Health Services Administration

  globalgti@aol.com

 

(301) 652-5001



He currently heads the Healthy Futures Program at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The primary mission of the Healthy Futures Program is to combat obesity, particularly among low income young children and their families in Prince George's County. He has spent his career in health care delivery, policy and finance in both the public and private sectors. His Congressional activities have led to several new laws and regulations. His previous teaching included 26 years at Yale University in topics including health policy, health care services, health planning and financing. He is currently President and CEO of GTM LLC, a health consulting firm. He holds a M.UrS and MPH from Yale University and a BA from Brandeis University.


Linda Siegel Linda Siegel, Field Director, Legacy Corps

Health Services Administration

3310 SPH Bldg.   linda.siegel@comcast.net

 

(301) 405-2469



Linda is the Field Director for the Legacy Corps for Health and Independent Living grant with the Corporation for National and Community Service.


Lori Simon-Rusinowitz Lori Simon-Rusinowitz, Associate Professor, Graduate Director

Health Services Administration

3310D SPH Bldg .   lasr@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-2548



Lori Simon-Rusinowitz, M.P.H., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Department of Health Services Administration and Center on Aging. Since 1995, she has served as Research Director for the Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation (CCDE), the Next Steps replication project, and the National Resource Center on Participant-Directed Services.. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland in the Center on Aging and the School of Public Health, Department of Health Services Administration. Her research focus has been in the field of aging and disability policy issues for the past 25 years. Among her responsibilities as Research Director for the CCDE, Dr. Simon-Rusinowitz has overseen a three-part study of consumers' preferences for consumer-directed personal care as well as other components of the Demonstration and Evaluation. She has led numerous policy implementation studies addressing topics such as: a policy option to hire family caregivers, including a study examining policymakers views about this issue; consumer-directed services for older consumers and their caregivers; workforce issues for personal care workers in consumer-directed and traditional agency settings; training representatives for consumers with dementia in consumer-directed services; and an environmental scan of behavioral health and self-direction. She has published and presented extensively on these topics. Her responsibilities in the Department of Health Services Administration include teaching courses in Health Policy and Politics, Qualitative Research Methods, Professional Writing and Communications, and coordinating the Internship Program.

Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Simon-Rusinowitz held positions at the George Washington University National Health Policy Forum and The Gerontological Society of America. She earned a Ph.D. in Health Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan.


No Picture Sharon Simson, Research Professor

Health Services Administration

3310G SPH Bldg.   ssimson@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-2469



Sharon P. Simson, PhD, MHSA is Research Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and Center on Aging, Associate Director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMD, Director of the Gliner Center on Humor Communication and Health, Co-Director of the Center on Civic Literacy and coordinator of the Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program. Her research and practice interests are health and mental health administration, aging, professional education, lifelong learning, civic engagement, horticulture as therapy and humor practices.


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Jack Steele Jack Steele, Project Director, Legacy Corps

Health Services Administration

3310 SPH Bldg.   jsteele@stny.rr.com

 

(301) 405-2469



Jack is the Project Director for the Legacy Corps for Health and Independent Living grant with the Corporation for National and Community Service.


Sue Swartz Sue Anne Swartz, Coordinator

Health Services Administration

3310E SPH Bldg.   sswartz@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-2469



Sue is the coordinator and business manager for the department. She has been on campus for eleven years. Prior to joining the School of Public Health, Department of Health Services Administration she worked in the College of Chemical and Life Sciences in the Biology and Chemistry Departments. She enjoys time with her family, playing games, crafting, and traveling.


Stephen Thomas Stephen B. Thomas, Professor & Director

Health Services Administration

3302E SPH Building   sbt@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-8357



Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, is professor of Health Services Administration in the School of Public Health and Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland in College Park. One of the nation's leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, Dr. Thomas has applied his expertise to address a variety of conditions from which minorities generally face far poorer outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and HIV/AIDS. He is principal investigator of the Research Center of Excellence on Minority Health Disparities, funded by the NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He is also principal investigator, with Dr. Sandra Quinn, of the NIH National Bioethics Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers awarded in 2009. For information please visit the Maryland Center for Health Equity website: http://www.healthequity.umd.edu/buildingtrust_bio_thomas.asp"


Eric  Walker Eric Walker, Graduate Assistant, Dean's Office

Health Services Administration | Office of the Dean

2242E SPH Building   ewalker1@umd.edu

 



Eric is a masters student in the Department of Health Services Administration. He currently works as a graduate assistant for the Office of the Dean in the School of Public Health. He is a proud graduate of Tuskegee University in Alabama and participated in the University of Maryland School of Public Health's Summer Training and Research (STAR) program before pursuing graduate studies.


Laura Wilson Laura Wilson, Professor Emerita, Health Services Administration

Health Services Administration

3310F SPH Bldg   lwilson@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-2470



Laura Wilson was the founding chair for the Department of Health Services Administration and the Director of the Center on Aging. She also directed RSVP International and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Maryland.


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