Health System and Academic Researchers

Our health system and academic collaborators represent the complex interactions Seniors have when making health care decisions.  The integration of these professionals and their specialties demonstrate the Center’s approach grounded in the Expanded Chronic Care Model.

Angie Hochhalter, PhD

A Geriatric Researcher at S&W and an Assistant Professor at TAMHSC College of Medicine and SRPH. Her research focuses on health outcomes associated with Seniors’ health behaviors and their interactions with healthcare providers. She participates in the Healthy Aging Network and Cancer Control and Prevention Research networks, and will be a liaison with Dr. Ory between the Center and these national groups. Dr. Hochhalter will be a leader in the Center’s activities in the areas of health behaviors and associated outcomes. She will mentor one of the two post-doctoral fellows on this topic.

Shirley Jones, MD, Investigator

Board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep. She practices at Scott & White and is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine. Dr. Jones is a resource to the Center and to Center investigators on issues related to healthcare delivery with specific attention to pulmonary chronic diseases, ICU care and Sleep.

Jose Loera, MD, Investigator

Chief of Geriatrics at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) and has a joint appointment as a professor at Scott & White and Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine. Dr. Loera represents the interest of the Central Texas VA at Center activities and advocate for collaborative projects between Center investigators and the VA.

Thomas Miller, PhD, MBA, Investigator

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M HSC SRPH. He will provide substantive expertise in health policy issues and work with the team on identifying economic aspects of different intervention approaches. Dr. Miller is a resource to both health system and community representatives and will guide the inclusion of cost-benefit analyses for health interventions. He is currently collaborating with S&W Health Plan and Dr. Hochhalter to study similar issues.

Cathleen Rivera, MD, Investigator

Practices General Internal Medicine at Scott & White Healthcare and is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine. Dr. Rivera is a resource to the Center and to Center investigators on issues related to healthcare delivery with specific attention to primary care.

Juhee Song, PhD, Biostatistician/Investigator

Provides biostatical support to S&W investigators. She assists investigators with linking specific aspects of assessment to study design and data analysis.

Jinmyoung Cho, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Applied Health Research, Scott & White Healthcare and the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health. Dr. Cho assists the Center with data collection and analysis related to aging and the impact of formal care services. She also assists with preparation of evaluation reports.

Rashmita Basu, PhD

Assistant Professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center and Scott & White Healthcare, Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Basu is a resource to the Center on research methodologies and analyses of health economic outcomes data.


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