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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Buehler Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Social Sciences
Director, Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine
Areas of Focus
- Aging – elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation
- Gender-based violence
- Mass shooting and gun violence
- Defining “public will” and “political will” as they pertain to policy change and social change
- Opioid misuse and overdose deaths
- Violence prevention, surveillance and background checks
- Injury prevention
- Develops psychometrics for various constructs of elder abuse, functional and cognitive status for community dwelling older adults.
- Continually works to define “public will” and “political will” and how to operationalize them for social change. Has developed an approach to align public will with political will to secure positive social change. Can review policy and explain why it is working or not working
- Examines economic drivers of the opioid epidemic by looking at how pharmaceutical companies incentivize physicians to write opioid prescriptions, resulting in increased prescriptions and overdose deaths
- Developed psychometrics of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse of older adults
- Works with Northwestern’s Vice President for International Relations to link aging researchers from Northwestern with investigators working in similar areas with Northwestern partnering universities.
- Examines adverse health outcomes of food insecurity and how they result in human right's violations, including female genital mutilation, child marriages, widow cleansing and witch hunting
- Tracks mass shooting and massacre data and trends in a gun violence database from 1982 to present
- Funded by Centers for Medicare to develop background checks for older adults receiving long-term care services. This pilot study was named as the national model in the Affordable Care Act that hard-lined $3 million per state to develop similar systems. Michigan is the only pilot state still in operation. Maine and Delaware used the Michigan System.
- Funded by Medicaid and Department of Justice to develop measures with superior psychometric properties of abuse, neglect and exploitation by direct care workers in long-term care.
- Developed a sexual assault surveillance system for the State of Michigan that was in operation for a decade (CDC funding). Also sat on intimate partner violence surveillance team and sexual violence team at CDC.
- Developed metrics of cognitive and functional status of older adults presenting to emergency departments at Yale University (AHRQ) and Northwestern University (DOJ).