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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics
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Research Studies

The Buehler Center provides research training and support related to health policy and economics; learn more about some of our work below.

  • Link between pharmaceutical incentive payments to physicians to prescribe opioids and death. This study will be an economic and demographic study.
  • Social construction of addiction. Whether a substance use is deemed as bad or a felony is a complete social construction. This study will rely on historical comparative analysis. It will result in a documentary and pubs.
  • Firearm research. A comparison of mass shooters and everyday gun injuries, the noise through the signal. This will be a secondary analysis of firearm data collected by Mother Jones.
  • Widow abuse. qualitative study of human rights provisions in various constitutions and whether or not these provisions are enforced globally. Funded by USAID.
  • Abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults in the ED, in legal clinics and at the bank. Quantitative scaling. Opportunity to screen patients and collect data in a Dept of Justice study
  • Female genital mutilation. Silent but significant population that are trafficked, victims of child abuse, sexual abuse, PTSD.
  • Food security. Informatics methods, rasch modeling. Outcomes of food insecurity at a global level.

Undergraduate Intern Research

Lynn Hur, a rising senior from Penn, was our undergraduate student intern this summer. She worked on a global analysis of food security and how it is modulated by human rights. Hur has one publication accepted and three more in the works. She is learning how to best craft and present actionable, evidence-based recommendations to inform policy. Her internship concluded by testifying at the United Nations Human Rights Council 38 in Geneva, Switzerland, on the impact of Violent Extremism on Women and Children.

Graduate Student Research

The Buehler Center’s first graduate student research assistant, Niamba Baskerville, is a fourth-year PhD candidate in sociology at Northwestern University. Baskerville graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in sociology and anthropology with a minor in psychology. She is also a graduate of Northwestern University, where she received a MA in sociology. Baskerville is conducting research on the social construction of addiction.

MD Student Research

Michael Wang, BA, is a second-year medical student at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Originally from Atlanta, he graduated from Yale College in 2017 with a BA in economics. He worked on economic drivers of the opioid epidemic by examining differences in mortality rates across counties, including urban-rural differences, demographic trends and prescribing patterns. His Area of Scholarly Concentration resulted in two manuscripts, now under review, "The Ohio River Valley Opioid Epidemic" and "The Effect of Financial Incentives by Pharmaceutical Companies on Opioid Prescribing."

Faculty Research

Joyce Johnson, MD, assistant professor of Cardiology in the Department of Pediatrics, is applying for a K08 to define the ways in which value in the care of patients with congenital heart disease varies across disease severity and centers with the goal of understanding the implications of moving toward a value-based care delivery system and the potential "value savings" in congenital heart disease.

Scott Dresden, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and director of the Geriatric Emergency Department Initiative, submitted an R01 to determine if geriatric patients treated in the Geriatric Emergency Department have better outcomes.

Faculty Trainees

Ava Chappell
Aaron Quarles


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