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Using health data to understand and improve children’s mental health service use

Using health data to understand and improve children’s mental health service use,” by Kathleen Thomas, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor and senior research fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kathleen's research seeks to enrich the knowledge-base for ways to improve access to care for underserved populations with mental health needs, ranging from minority populations, to disability policy and childhood autism.

She is deeply engaged in understanding how people live – what motivates them to be transactional around the most important things in their lives – family, health, well-being.

Her work focuses on decision-making around the use of health care to promote mental health and emotional well-being. It is grounded in mixed methods, using a variety of primary and secondary data sources including qualitative data, stated preferences, quantitative surveys of health and health behavior, claims and administrative records. Further, her work is guided by stakeholder input and seeks to expand the research and science of stakeholder engaged work.

She is recipient of the John Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Steven M Banks Award for Mentorship from the American Public Health Association. Dr. Thomas’ undergraduate degree in classical languages is from Pomona College.

She holds an MPH from Yale University and a PhD in health economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, US News, and The Guardian.

She is recipient of the Mental Health Section Award of the American Public Health Association; she serves on the Steering Committee of the Intersectional Council of the Association and is past Chair of the Mental Health Section.

Friday, February 21 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Hallie E. Ford Center For Healthy Children and Families, 115
2631 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97330

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Lecture or Presentation

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Faculty and Staff, Student, Graduate, Undergraduate




College of Public Health and Human Sciences


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Marie Harvey

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