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Sharada WeirSharada Weir, D.Phil.

Senior Project Director, Research and Evaluation Unit, Center for Health Policy and Research
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Dr. Sharada Weir is a Senior Project Director in the Research Unit of UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research. Currently, she serves as the Scientific Lead for several projects focusing on health care quality and consumer experiences of care for vulnerable populations. She is also contributing to a study on the effects of Massachusetts Health Care Reform on people formerly eligible for limited free care through the Uncompensated Care Pool.

Before she joined UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research in 2006, Dr. Weir was a Senior Research Associate at DxCG, Inc., a Massachusetts-based health risk predictive modeling company. She moved to Boston from Baltimore, where she was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. There, she contributed to the National Study on Costs and Outcomes of Trauma Care, the Limb Loss Research and Statistics Program, and the Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health Program.

She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and an adjunct faculty member in the Clinical and Population Health Research doctoral program at UMass Medical School. She is also an Associate of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Weir earned her doctorate in economics from the University of Oxford, England, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health economics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Publications:

Weir S, Ephraim P, Mackenzie E. Effects of Paediatric Limb Loss on Healthcare Utilization, Schooling, and Parental Labour Supply. Disability and Rehabilitation. In press.

Weir S, Salkever D, Rivara F, Jurkovich G, Nathens A, MacKenzie E. 2010. One-Year Treatment Costs of Trauma Care in the USA. Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research, 10(2):187-197.

Clark R, Weir S, Ouellette R, Zhang J, Baxter J. 2009. Beyond Health Plans: Behavioral Health Disorders and Quality of Diabetes and Asthma Care for Medicaid Beneficiaries. Medical Care, 47(5):545-52.

Weir S, Aweh G, Clark R. Case Selection for a Medicaid Chronic Care Management Program. Health Care Financing Review. 2008;30(1):61-74. PDF

Kuo T, Zhao Y, Weir S, Kramer M, Ash A. 2008. Implications of Comorbidity on Costs for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Medical Care, 46(8):839-846.

Zhao Y, Kuo T, Weir S, Kramer M, Ash A. 2008. Healthcare Costs and Utilization for Medicare Beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s. BMC Health Services Research, 8:108.

MacKenzie EJ, Rivara FP, Jurkovich GJ, Nathens AB, Frey KP, Egleston BL, Salkever DS, Weir S, Scharfstein DO. 2007. The National Study on Costs and Outcomes of Trauma Care. Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care, 63(6):S54-S67.

Weir S. 2007. An Examination of Some Mechanisms Underlying Externality Benefits of Girls’ Schooling. Journal of Population Economics, 20(1):203-222.

Weir S, Knight J. 2007. Production Externalities of Education: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia. Journal of African Economies, 16(1):134-165.

Weir S, Knight J. 2004. Externality Effects of Education: Dynamics of the Adoption and Diffusion of an Innovation in Rural Ethiopia. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 53(1): 93-113.

Reprinted in Modern Classics in the Economics of Education, Vol. I (C Belfield, ed.), The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics (Series Editor: Mark Blaug), Edward Elgar Publishing (2006).

Knight J, Weir S, Woldehanna T. 2003. The Role of Education in Facilitating Risk-Taking and Innovation in Agriculture. Journal of Development Studies, 39(6):1-22.

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