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.
Dr. Kaskie’s primary interest concerns the intersection between public policies and older persons.
Dr. Kaskie has a history of contributing directly to the formulation and implementation of public policies concerning older adults. He has worked with the Alzheimer’s Association National Public Policy office on developing state level strategies since 1993. He has served as the project manager for the state of California’s Strategic Planning Initiative for Older Adults from 1999-2001, providing legislators and agency executives critical guidance in formulating policy responses in the state with the nation’s largest population of older adults. In Iowa, Dr. Kaskie has established a superlative record of contributing in the aging and health policy arena. Brian has been appointed to several committees and task forces such as the Governor’s Taskforce on Re-Balancing Long-Term Care and the Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare. Dr. Kaskie also created the University of Iowa multi-disciplinary graduate fellowship in aging, authored the Iowa Board of Regents Strategic Plan for Geriatric Care, and currently directs the two graduate degree programs in health policy offered at the University of Iowa.
His research involves analyzing Medicare and Medicaid policies, empirically testing models of state policy formation and implementation, and translating integrated approaches to providing geriatric care in a variety of healthcare settings. Most recently, Dr Kaskie has examined the increasing use of cannabis among older persons, evaluating the implications for opioid abuse and end of life care.