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2014-15 Alvin R. Tarlov & John E. Ware Jr. Doctoral Dissertation and Post- Doctoral Awards in Patient Reported Outcomes

The Board of Directors of the Health Assessment Laboratory (HAL) is pleased to announce the solicitation of applications for the 2014-15 cycle of the Alvin R. Tarlov & John E. Ware Jr. Doctoral Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Awards in Patient Reported Outcomes. The purpose of these awards is to encourage doctoral dissertations and post-doctoral research using patient reported outcomes. We envision up to three (3) awards being given for the 2014-2015 academic year, with each award being for $25,000 ($20,000 made in September 2014, and an additional $5,000 upon receipt of a satisfactory progress report at the end of the academic year). Eligibility for the 2014-15 academic year is limited to U.S. citizens enrolled in U.S. based doctoral programs or post-doctoral fellowships in U.S. research programs.

This award is named in honor of the Health Assessment Laboratory's founders, Dr. Alvin Tarlov and Dr. John Ware, Jr. - two of the world's leading pioneers in the development and use of patient reported outcome measures.  The Health Assessment Lab is a free-standing not-for-profit organization with the goal of advancing state-of-the-art tools for monitoring health care services and health outcomes from the patient/consumer point of view. Historically it has had four missions: development and validation of new measures; translation and adaptation of tools for use in international research; technical assistance in support of patient-based tools in a variety of specific applications; and education and training in psychometrics as applied to the health care field.

The Selection Committee for 2014-2015 is chaired by Professor Eugene Nelson, DSc, a HAL Board Member, Director of the Population Health Measurement Program at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Other members of the selection committee include: Shelly Greenfield, MD (UC -Irvine), Lewis Kazis, DrPH (Boston U), Sherry Kaplan, PhD (UC-Irvine), Ed Perrin, PhD (U of Wash), Cathy Sherbourne, PhD (RAND), and Lisa Zubkoff, PhD (VA). Members of the selection committee will be required to recuse themselves from discussions and votes on any applicants from their home institution or any affiliated entities.

Details about the application and review process follow:

Fundable proposals will be dissertations or post-doctoral research projects that use patient-reported outcomes (PROs) as a dependent variable. Patient satisfaction will be considered as a type of PRO. The review process will not include Pink Sheet-like critiques; the review adopts the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation policy of only providing decisions. Applicants may apply more than once.

Applicants for 2014-2015 should submit:

  1. CV (including contact information)
  2. Name of degree granting institution and program, including contact information
  3. Name and contact information of dissertation advisor
  4. Two recommendations (including one from dissertation advisor)
  5. 8-10 page narrative (excluding appendices) on the dissertation, including the:
    1. Title
    2. Overall aims of proposed work
    3. Specific research questions
    4. Conceptual framework or model
    5. Proposed methods for work
    6. Importance or implications of using patient reported outcomes (as a dependent variable)

The application should be on standard paper size (8.5” x 11”). Use at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages. Use an Arial or Helvetica typeface and a font size of 11 or 12 points. The text of the application should be single-spaced. Use headings and sub-headings to separate sections and label tables and figures.

Submit applications via email before midnight of June 1, 2014 to  Any questions that arise should also be sent to

Dr. Michael Zubkoff, President, Board of Directors, Health Assessment Laboratory
Dr. Eugene Nelson, Chair, Selection Committee, and Member, Board of Directors, HAL



Nominations Solicited for Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs)
Career Achievement Prize of $20,000 (USD)

We are seeking nominations for the Health Assessment Lab/Medical Outcomes Trust* John Ware and Alvin Tarlov Career Achievement Prize in Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) which includes a $20,000 honorarium.

Upon submission of nominations, candidates are reviewed by a panel of experts selected by the Health Assessment Lab/Medical Outcomes Trust and the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). Recipients of the prize are announced and honored at ISQua's Annual International Conference which will be held this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in early October.

The award is named in honor of the Health Assessment Laboratory/Medical Outcomes Trust's founders, Dr. John E. Ware, Jr., and Dr. Alvin Tarlov - two of the world's leading pioneers in the development and use of patient reported outcome measures.

The successful candidate will have made significant contributions to the field of PROMs throughout their career. Examples might include being:


  1. A leader in developing patient reported outcomes measures (PROMs) for use in:
    • measuring and improving health care outcomes
    • enhancing patient-centered research
    • engaging patients in their own care
  2. A leader in promoting the adoption of PROMs by multiple stakeholders including patients, health systems, employers, and quality measurement sponsors.
  3. A leader who inspires the use of PROMs for improving health care delivery and population health programs
  4. A leader who inspires the use of PROMs for educating health care professionals on how to improve their ability to measurably improve the outcomes of things that matter most to patients.

To submit a nomination, please (a) send a cover letter to nominate the individual, and (b) send aCV of the individual nominated. Nominations should be submitted to: by May 31, 2014.

* The Health Assessment Lab/Medical Outcomes Trust is a free-standing not-for-profit organization with the goal of advancing state-of-the-art tools for monitoring health care services and health outcomes from the patient/consumer point of view.



2013-2014 Dissertation Awardees:

Anjali Pandit, MPH, MS at Northwestern
Title: Development and Validation of a Consumer Health Activation Index (CHAI)
Primary mentor: Michael S. Wolf, PhD, MPH

Elizabeth Phoh, MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Title: The Value of Measuring Quality of Care using Patient-Reported Depression as an Indicator in Primary Care
Primary mentor: Sydney Dy, MD, MSc


2012-2013 Postdoc Awardees:

Ashley Leak, PhD, RN-BC, OCN at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title: The Impact of Exercise on patient-Reported Depression, Fatigue, and Sleep Disturbance Outcomes on Newly Diagnosed Patients with Acute Leukemia
Primary mentor: Bryce Reeve, PhD

Aubri Hoffman, Ph.D., M.S. at The Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Title: Patient-reported outcomes as a guide to the development, evaluation, and provision of tailored decision support for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.
Primary mentors: Dr. Stephen J. Bartels and Dr. Dawn Stacey

2012-2013 Dissertation Awardees:

Barbara Gandek, Ph.D. Candidate, M.S. at University of Massachusetts
Title: Evaluating Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement in Total Joint Replacement
Primary mentor: John E. Ware, PhD

Susan McClernon, Ph.D. Candidate, MHA, FACHE at University of Minnesota
Title: Analysis of the Effect of Psychosocial Factors, Self-Efficacy and Self-Management Behavior on Clinical and Quality of Life Outcomes in Adult Patients with Type 2 Diabetes
Primary mentor: Dr. Bryan Dowd

2011-2012 Awardees

Suzanne Bentler, Univeristy of Iowa

Title:  Continuity of Care for Older Adults in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Era

Advisor: Fredric Wolinsky


Alicia Cooper, Brown University

Title:  Examination of Predictors and Consequences of Inappropriate Drug Prescription Among the Elderly

Adivor:  Amal Trivedi


Eva DuGoff, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Title:   Evaluating Patient-Reported Continuity of Care in Multimorbid Older Adults

Advisor:  Gerard Anderson


Kathryn Martinez, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Title:  Evaluating the Association Between Colorectal and Lung Cancer Patients Perceived Quality of Care and Self-Reported Pain and the Racial and Ethnic Disparities in both Perceived Quality of Care and Self-Reported Pain

Advisor:  Sydney Morss


Adele Shartezer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Title:  The Impact of Health Insurance Competition on Consumer Access and Satisfaction

Advisor:  Gerard Anderson


2010-2011 Awardees

Mark A. Unruh: Brown University
Title: The Influence of Medicaid and Medicare Policies on Hospitalizations and Outcomes Dissertation Advisor: Vincent Mor, PhD

Larrell Wilkinson: University of South Carolina
Title: A population-based analysis of the association between health insurance coverage and psychological distress, and the influence of other mediating factors among young adults in the United States.
Dissertation Advisor: Saundra Glover, PhD.

Aubri Hoffman: Dartmouth College
Title: Patient reported information-seeking and health care decision making, the effectiveness of interactive capabilities in patients’ decision support tools and variance across socio-demographic, cognitive and clinical subgroups.
Dissertation Advisor: Hilary A. Llewellyn-Thomas, Ph.D.


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