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Divya Bhagianadh is the Postdoctoral Associate in Aging and Health Equity at Rutgers School of Social Work. She received her Ph.D. in Health Services and Policy from the College of Public Health, University of Iowa. Her research focuses on gerontology with an emphasis on end-of-life (EOL) supports and systems of care. 

Investigator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hyojung Kang, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research with a focus on systems healthcare engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on developing data-driven quantitative models for improvement of patient outcomes, system performance, and decision-making in healthcare systems and public health.

Investigator, University of Iowa

J. Alton Croker III, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. He obtained his PhD in Health Services and Policy at the University of Iowa, and his MA in Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. He has extensive research and evaluation experience in substance abuse prevention and harm reduction, survey design, qualitative methods, and primary data management. Research interests include health outcomes, disparities, end-of-life care, industry practices, and regulatory policy.

Investigator, University of Iowa
(319) 384-3820

Brian Kaskie, PhD, earned a masters degree at Washington University in St Louis, he completed his doctoral training at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Center, and participated in a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research and policy at University of California, San Francisco. Most recently, Dr Kaskie served an APSA Congressional Fellow, assigned to the Majority Staff of the Senate Aging Committee chaired by Senator Susan M. Collins.

Investigator, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
(319) 335-8877

Gary Milavetz, PharmD, RPh is a Professor of Pharmacy in the Division of Applied Clinical Sciences in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and he serves as the Executive Associate Dean of the college. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Minnesota and completed a Post-Doctoral clinical pharmacy research fellowship at the University of Iowa.

Investigator, University of Illinois at Chicago
Julie Bobitt, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science at the UIC College of Medicine. Dr. Bobitt’s research is on the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies for older adults with chronic conditions. She participated in the Health and Aging Policy Congressional Fellowship program in 2015-2016 where she served in the Office of the Surgeon General.
Investigator, University of Iowa
(319) 384-3817

Kanika Arora, PhD, joined the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa in 2015. She completed her PhD in Public Administration from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University in 2015. Her research focuses on understanding the motivations and implications of supplying long-term care services to the elderly in the U.S. Her recent work examines: time tradeoffs associated with informal care, parental dementia and wealth accumulation among adult children, and the effect of formal care services on Medicaid expenditures.


  • University of Southern California

    Freddi Segal-Gidan, PA, PhD, completed her clinical training at the Johns Hopkins University, Health Associate Program, and completed the PA fellowship (USC) in geriatric medicine.  She is currently director and of the USC/Rancho California Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CADC) located at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey.

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs Aging Center

    Since 1984, Dr. Qualls has been a member of the Psychology faculty. She served as Department Chair (1993-2000) and Director of Clinical Training (1987-96; 2004-07). She teaches primarily at the graduate level, maintains a lab of research mentees, and conducts research on the caregiver program within the department's training clinic, the UCCS Aging Center. Other campus roles include Director of the Gerontology Center, Faculty Director of the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences and Director of the UCCS Aging Center.

  • University of Colorado School of Medicine

    Dr. Lum is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She received her medical degree and doctorate in Cellular and Molecular Biology through the Medical Scientist Training Program at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She did her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, followed by fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Colorado. As a health services researcher, Dr.