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Past Award Winners

Career Achievement Awardees 


2023 Career Achievement Award 

Robert M. Kaplan, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Stanford University of School of Medicine, Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC)

Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

2022 Career Achievement Award 

Ron D. Hays, PhD

Distinguished Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA School of Public Health
Senior Social Policy Analyst, RAND

2020 Career Achievement Award 

Melanie Calvert - PhD   

Professor of Outcomes Methodology, NIHR Senior Investigator, Director Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes Research,

Director of Birmingham Health Partners Centre for Regulatory Science and Innovation, Institute of Applied Health Research

University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham


2019 Career Achievement Award 

Albert Wu - MD, MPH 

Director, Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research Joint Appointment in Medicine,  Johns Hopkins, Director, Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research; Director, PhD Program in Health Services Research & Policy; Director, Certificate Program in Quality, Patient Safety & Outcomes Research

2018 Career Achievement Award 

Madeleine Trudy King - PHD   

Cancer Australia Chair in Cancer Quality of Life (QOL), Director of the QOL Office, Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG), School of Psychology, Professor University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

2017 Career Achievement Award 

Ethan Basch - MD, MSc,  

Professor of Medicine; Professor of Public Health; Director, Cancer Outcomes Research Program; Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

2016 Career Achievement Award 

Arthur A. Stone - PhD

Professor of Psychology; Director, USC Dornsife Center for Self-Report Science, University of Southern California
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Stony Brook University

2015 Career Achievement Award 

Bryce Reeve - PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Professor, Health policy and management. 


2014 Career Achievement Award 

David Cella - PhD

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Social Sciences


2013 Career Achievement Award

Nick Black - PhD

Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Professor of Health Services Research 

Department of Health Services Research & Policy

Dissertation Awardees 

2023-2024 Dissertation Awardees

Sophia Weiner-Light, PhD Candidate

Northwestern University

Title: "Development of a Brain Health Literacy and Activation PREM"


2022-2023 Dissertation Awardees

Elizabeth Danielson, Post Doctorate

Northwestern University

Title: “Patient-reported outcomes after total hip arthroplasty and census-level social vulnerability"

Julianne Murphy, PhD Candidate

Northwestern University

Title: “Patient-reported health-related quality of life as complex patient outcomes in stroke survivors"


2021-2022 Dissertation Awardees

Rebecca Lovett, Post Doctorate

Northwestern University

Title: “Depression and Anxiety Symptoms in Middle to Older-Aged Primary Care Adults: 12 year Trajectories and their Determinants"

Jessica Acolin, PhD Candidate

University of Washington

Title: “Redefining Resilience as a Public Health Response to Stress”

2020-2021 Dissertation Awardees

Ebony Allen Toussaint, MPH
Department of Health Policy & Management

University of Maryland School of Public Health

Title: Psychological Distress and Need for Mental Healthcare: Examining and Modeling Prevalence
and Need using Multiple Data Sets

Claire Ryan, MA

School Psychology Program

The University of Texas at Austin

Title: Evaluation of the Linguistic Validity and Psychometric Properties of the ASL-SDQ with Deaf Youth

Puja Aggarwal, PhD

Cancer Prevention Research Training Program

Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Title: Predictors of risk of patient-reported cancer treatment-associated symptoms, symptom clusters, and longitudinal trajectory of symptoms among oropharyngeal cancer patients

2019-2020 Dissertation Awardees


Courtney Segal, 

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington.

Title: Determinants and Outcomes of Digital Engagement in Patient Portals

2018-2019 Dissertation Awardees


Keri J. S. Brady, MPH,

Ph.D. Candidate, Health Services Research Program Boston University School of Public Health

Title: Advancing the Measurement of Physician Well-Being Outcomes: An Item Response Theory Analysis

Katherine Hoyt, BS, ODT

PhD Candidate in Rehabilitation and Participation Science, Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Title: The Infant Toddler Activity Card Sort (ITACS): A Caregiver Reported Measure of Occupational Development of Young Children

Karen Fortuna, PhD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Centers for the Aging

Title: Smartphone-based Ecological Momentary Assessment and Peer-Delivered Integrated Medical and Psychiatric Self-Management Intervention for Adults with Serious Mental Illness"

2017-2018 Dissertation Awardees

Vanessa Hurley, PhD, University of California, Berkley 

Title: The Impact of Shared Decision Making for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis on Patient Preferences and Patient Reported Outcomes.

Adviser: Hector P. Rodriguez, PhD, MPH

Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

2016-2017 Dissertation Awardees


Theresa Coles, MS, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Title: The Association of Sleep Disturbance with Demographics, Clinical Factors and Exercise in Adults with Colorectal Cancer

Adviser:  Bryce Reeve, Phd

Professor, Health Policy & Management; University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

2015-2016 Dissertation Awardees

Jessica Roydhouse,  PhD, Brown University

Title: Improving patient-reported outcomes in cancer care: non-response and the role of proxies

Adviser:  Ira Wilson, MD, MSc

Professor and Chair, Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice, Brown University School of Public Health


2014-2015 Dissertation Awardees


Kurt R. Herzer, MSc, MD & PhD Candidate at John Hopkins University School of Medicine 

Title: Causes and Consequences of Geographic Variation in Healthcare Utilization Among Older Americans: Impact on Patient reported Outcomes

Adviser: Albert Wu, MD, MPH 

Director, Center for Health Services & Outcomes Research 

Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Lindsay White, MPH at University of Washington School of Public Health 

Title: Association between continuity of care and patient-reported measures in adults with multiple chronic conditions
Adviser: David Grembowski, PhD, MA
Professor, Health Services, University of Washington

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 R. Pfoh, 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 Dissertation 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 Dissertation Awardees


Suzanne Bentler, University of Iowa

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

Adviser: Fredric Wolinsky


Alicia Cooper, Brown University

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

Adviser: Amal Trivedi


Eva DuGoff, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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

Adviser:  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

Adviser:  Sydney Morss


Adele Shartezer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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

Adviser:  Gerard Anderson


2010-2011 Dissertation Awardees


Mark A. Unruh, Brown University

Title: The Influence of Medicaid and Medicare Policies on Hospitalizations and Outcomes Dissertation

Adviser: 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 Adviser: 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 Adviser: Hilary A. Llewellyn-Thomas, Ph.D.

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