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June 2013 Archives

Brent Gibbons joins staff as post-doctoral fellow

MIPAR is pleased to welcome Dr. Brent Gibbons to its staff as a post-doctoral fellow. Brent received his B.A. and M.P.P. degrees from UMBC. He graduated from UMBC in 2013 with a Ph.D. in health policy. His primary areas of interest are mental health and disability policy, physical health, labor, and education policy. While in the Public Policy program, Brent obtained extensive research experience - as an intern with Macro International, a research assistant for Dr. David Salkever, and a researcher for the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His dissertation topic was "Effects of Employment on Mental Health for Those with Severe Mental Illness." As a post-doctoral fellow with MIPAR, Brent will assist senior faculty in developing proposals and conducting externally funded health policy research. His contact information is: g2@umbc.edu; 410-455-8458.

Stephen S. Johnston receives Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Award

The UMBC Department of Public Policy is pleased to announce that the inaugural recipient of the Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Award is Stephen S. Johnston, an outstanding Ph.D. student in health policy currently conducting research for his dissertation. Stephen will receive $1,500 to provide support for his scholarly advancement.

Stephen received his M.A. in Economic Policy Analysis from UMBC, where he was selected by the Economics Department as the Outstanding Graduating Student in 2007. His research interests include economics of health-related behaviors, pharmaco-economics, and mental health economics. Stephen is employed full time as a Senior Research Leader at Truven Health Analytics, assisting pharmaceutical clients with conducting retrospective observational research studies. He has co-authored a number of scholarly articles on pharmaco-economics, as well as other areas of health policy and economics.

The family of Judith Shinogle established the Memorial Fund in her memory following her untimely death in 2012 in order to provide support for Ph.D. students committed to health policy research. Dr. Shinogle had a distinguished and productive career as a health policy analyst and health outcomes researcher. She received a Ph.D. in Public Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Master’s in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. She had held positions as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland College Park and the University of South Carolina, an economist with RTI International, and a NCHS/AcademyHealth Policy Fellow. At the time of her death, she was a Senior Research Scientist with the UMBC Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research.

Donations to the Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Fund can be sent to UMBC, 8th Floor Administration, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 (make checks payable to the UMBC Foundation), or online at umbc.edu/giving.