John E. Zeber, PhD

Center for Applied Health Research (CAHR)
Portrait of John E. Zeber, PhD

- Co-Director, Health Outcomes Core, Center for Applied Health Research, Internal Medicine

-  Associate Professor-Research (pending), Texas A&M University Health Science Center (TAMUHSC), Department of Medicine  / Adjunct faculty, School of Rural Public Health (pending)

- Investigator, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

- Adjunct Research Faculty, Department of Psychiatry,  University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

- Member, International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and ISPOR National Working Group on Medication Compliance

- Washington Post, June 2005 (front page article, interview of JZ): “Racial Disparities Found in Pinpointing Mental Illness” (6/28/05)

- Lead Guest Editor, Depression Treatment and Research (Fall 2011 publication)

Center for Applied Health Research
2102 Birdcreek Drive, Temple, TX 76502
Phone: 254-215-9877


  • Ph.D.,  Health Services Organization  & Policy  – Sociology Cognate, 2004, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • MHA, Health Administration, 1998, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • B.A., Economics, 1987, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Research Interests

Over the past decade of experience in health services research and outcomes, my primary research focus areas have included serious mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, depression, substance abuse),  medical sociology and health beliefs, medication and treatment adherence, ethnicity, culture, and reducing disparities, health policy evaluation, cost-effectiveness analysis, post-deployment experiences of veterans seeking VA care, and enhanced implementation of the chronic care model or patient-centered medical home principles. As I continue developing my research portfolio and an emerging national reputation (e.g., medication copayment policies, ethnic disparities), I will continue to offer contributions to my institutions and the wider research community through project consultations, conference presentations and invited talks, national committees and work groups, journal reviewer and guest editor roles, along with teaching roles as appropriate. In addition, as I pursue new leadership roles within our newly established health research outcome center, I look forward to greater involvement in setting research agendas, recruitment and investigators, and mentoring roles for younger researchers.

Selected Publications

  1. Zeber JE, Miller AL, Copeland LA, McCarthy JF, Zivin K, Valenstein M, Greenwald D, Kilbourne AM. (2011). “Medication adherence, ethnicity, and the influence of multiple psychosocial and financial barriers.” Adm Policy Ment Health.  38:86-95.
  2. Zeber JE, Copeland LA, Pugh MJ. (2010). “Variation in antiepileptic drug adherence among older patients with new-onset epilepsy”. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 44(12):1896-904.
  3. Zeber JE, Copeland LA, Good CB, Fine MJ, Bauer MS, Kilbourne AM. (2008). “Therapeutic alliance perceptions and medication adherence in patients with bipolar disorder”. Journal of Affective Disorders, 107(4):53-62.
  4. Zeber JE, Grazier KL, Valenstein M, Blow FC, Lantz PM. (2007). “The effect of a medication copayment increase on veterans with schizophrenia”. American Journal of Managed Care, 13(6, part 2):335-46.
  5. Blow FC, Zeber JE, McCarthy JF, Valenstein M, Gillon L, Bingham CR. (2004). “Ethnicity and diagnostic patterns in veterans with psychoses”. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 39(10):841-51.

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