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AHRQ announces recent recipients of dissertation research support

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality supports dissertation research undertaken as part of an academic program to earn a research doctoral degree. Through this program, AHRQ seeks to expand the number of researchers who address the Agency's mission to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

Recently, AHRQ awarded 12 dissertation grants to individuals from universities across the Nation. Each dissertation grant recipient benefits from the leadership and guidance of an experienced advisor. AHRQ offers congratulations to the new grantees and sincere thanks to the advisors and mentors.

The following listing identifies the dissertation grant recipient and his or her institution, the AHRQ project number and title, and the advisor.

Jeanne Black, University of California, Los Angeles
AHRQ grant HS15557, Latino-white differences in self-reported health status
Advisor: Ninez A. Ponce, M.P.P., Ph.D.

Caroline Carlin, Virginia Commonwealth University
AHRQ grant HS15527, Optimal pricing of employer-based health plans
Advisor: Bryan Dowd, Ph.D.

Laura Cramer, Yale University
AHRQ grant HS15536, Provider influence on quality of colorectal cancer care
Advisor: Elizabeth H. Bradley, Ph.D.

Amy Dailey, Yale University
AHRQ grant HS15686, Neighborhood, discrimination, and screening mammography
Advisor: Beth Jones, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Julie Darnell, University of Chicago
AHRQ grant HS15555, Factors predicting the prevalence of free clinics
Advisor: Michael R. Sosin, Ph.D.

Shannon Flood, University of Minnesota
AHRQ grant HS15528, Categorizing nursing homes based on quality performance
Advisor: Robert L. Kane, M.D.

Kathryn Flynn, University of Wisconsin
AHRQ grant HS15544, Health care decisionmaking in older adults
Advisor: Maureen Smith, M.D.

Matthew Plow, University of Minnesota
AHRQ grant HS15554, Comparing physiotherapy to a wellness intervention in multiple sclerosis
Advisor: Virgil Mathiowetz, Ph.D.

Danielle Rose, University of California, Los Angeles
AHRQ grant HS15530, Testing for discrimination in health care
Advisor: Thomas Rice, Ph.D.

James Rosenquist, University of Pennsylvania
AHRQ grant HS15561, Improving public health policy for adolescents
Advisor: Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D.

Janice Sabin, University of Washington
AHRQ grant HS15676, Provider implicit racial bias and medical decisionmaking
Advisor: David T. Takeuchi, Ph.D.

Steven Shechter, University of Pittsburgh
AHRQ grant HS15533, Optimizing when to start and switch HIV therapy
Advisor: Mark Roberts, M.D., M.P.P.

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