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Judy SavageauJudith Savageau, M.P.H.

Faculty Consultant, Center for Health Policy and Research
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Judith Savageau brings her extensive experience with all phases of research methodology — study design, questionnaire development, coordination of day-to-day project activities, statistical analyses, and report generation — to her role as a Faculty Consultant at the Center for Health Policy and Research, part of UMass Medical School. As an epidemiologist and biostatistician, she has worked on the design and coordination of numerous large-scale, population-based studies.

In recent years, Ms. Savageau has focused on preventive medicine and underserved populations, yet her research activities have crossed many clinical specialties. She teaches methodology-specific workshops for colleagues throughout the many research areas of the Center for Health Policy and Research. She is currently working with MassAHEC to assess the recruitment and retention of primary care providers at community health centers throughout the state; UMMS Correctional Health to assess national policies and practices in managing self-injurious behaviors within state and federal prison systems; Long-Term Support Studies to evaluate the state of Vermont’s Choices for Care Program, assessing the use of home and community-based services for elders and persons with disabilities; and MassHealth on an evaluation of children’s behavior health screening during routine primary care visits to child health providers.

Prior to joining the Center for Health Policy and Research, Ms. Savageau held several positions within UMass Medical School. As Biostatistician for the Worcester Heart Attack Study, for example, she designed and directed data management and statistical analysis to examine the trends in occurrence and survival rates of patients with coronary heart disease.

She is also an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Medical School.
She received a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northeastern University.

Select Publications (most recent):

Ferguson WJ, Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Lasser DH. Thirty Years of Family Medicine Residency Training: Characteristics Associated with Practice in a Health Professions Shortage Area. Family Medicine 2009;41(6):405-410.

Difranza JR, Savageau JA, Fletcher KE. Enforcement of Underage Sales Laws as a Predictor of Daily Smoking Among Adolescents: A National Study. BMC Public Health 2009:9:107-113.

Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Ferguson WJ, Lasser DH. Community Dimensions and HPSA Practice Locations: 30 Years of Family Medicine Training. Family Medicine 2009;41(4):255-261.

O’Connor DM, Savageau JA, Centerbar D, Wamback KN, Ingle J, Lomerson N. Lesson in a Pill Box: Teaching Medical Students About the Challenges of Medication Adherence. Family Medicine 2009;41(2):99-104.

Wheelock C, Savageau JA, Silk H, Lee S. Improving the Health of Diabetic Patients through Resident-Initiated Group Visits. Family Medicine 2009;41(2):116-119.

Savageau JA, Mowery PD, Difranza JR. Symptoms of Diminished Autonomy over Cigarettes with Non-Daily Use. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2009;6:25-35.

Benjamin KL, Pransky GS, Savageau JA. Factors Associated with Retirement-related Job Lock in Older Workers with Recent Occupational Injury. Disability and Rehabilitation 2008;30(26):1976-1983.

Stenger J, Cashman SB, Savageau JA. The Primary Care Workforce in Massachusetts: Implications for the Workforce in Rural, Small Town America. J Rural Health 2008;24(4):375-383.

Harrold LR, Savageau JA, Pransky GS, Benjamin KL. Understanding the Role of Gender in Work Injuries: Implications for Primary Care Practice. Disability and Rehabilitation 30(1):36-43, 2008.

Difranza JR, Savageau JA, Fletcher KE, O’Loughlin J, Pbert L, Ockene JK, McNeill AD, Hazelton J, Friedman K, Dussault G, Wood C, Wellman RJ. Symptoms of Tobacco Dependence After Brief Intermittent Use: The Development and Assessment of Nicotine Dependence in Youth-2 Study. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 161(7):704-710, 2007.

Alfreds ST, Tutty M, Savageau JA, Young S, Himmelstein J. Clinical Health Information Technologies and the Role of Medicaid. Health Care Financing Review 28(2):11-20, 2007.

Savageau JA, McLoughlin M, Ursan A, Bai Y, Collins M, Cashman SB. Characteristics of Frequent Attenders at a Community Health Center. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 19:265-275, 2006.

Contact information:

Judy Savageau, M.P.H.
(774) 442-6535 – Family Medicine and Community Health
(508) 856-4333 – Center for Health Policy and Research

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