Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE


Associate Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, UMass Medical School
Contact Information

University of Massachusetts
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655

Tel. 508-856-3586
Fax: 508-856-5024                   




1994    MD           Boston University Medical School, Boston, MA

2003    MSCE      University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Philadelphia, PA


UMass Medical School, Clinical and Population Health Research

White Coat, Mood Indigo - Depression in Medical School
Interview for NEJM with Dr. Jennifer Tjia on depression among medical students
AGS Foundation for Health in Aging Research

UMass Medical School Division of Geriatric Medicine
Research and Teaching Interests

Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE, is an Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine at UMass. She has completed fellowship training in health services research and earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology. Dr. Tjia’s research interests include geriatric health services research, pharmacoepidemiology and population-based clinical effectiveness studies. Her interests focus on optimizing the use of chronic prescription medication by older adults, particularly patient-centered prescribing at the end-of-life and in advanced dementia. She has been awarded a K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the health outcomes associated with differences in prescription drug coverage for older adults. She is principal investigator on a grant from ARHRQ "Optimizing Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Advanced Dementia, and co-investigator on grants from AHRQ including “Improving Posthospital Medication Management of Older Adults through Health IT” & “Using HIT to Improve Transitions of Complex Elderly Patients from SNF to Home”, “Risk Informed Intervention to Improve Ambulatory Drug Monitoring and Safety”, and “Analytics and Research Data Support for Investigators of Safety and Comparative Effectiveness”. Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine 1994; Residency: University of California, San Francisco; Boston University School of Medicine; Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 


drug safety, inappropriate medication use, end-of-life, palliative care, pharmacoepidemiology

Selected Publications

Tjia J, Briesacher BA. Prescription drug benefits and use of guideline
recommended medications by elderly Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes mellitus. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Oct;56(10):1879-86.


Tjia J, Givens JL, Karlawish JH, Okoli-Umeweni A, Barg FK. Beneath the
surface: discovering the unvoiced concerns of older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Health Educ Res. 2008 Feb;23(1):40-52.


Tjia J, Bonner A, Briesacher BA, McGee S, Terrill E, Miller K. Medication
discrepancies upon hospital to skilled nursing facility transitions. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 May;24(5):630-5.

4.Tjia J, Mazor KM, Field T, Doherty P, Spenard A, Gurwitz JH. Predicting Nursing Home Adherence to a Clinical Trial Intervention: Lessons for the Conduct of Cluster Randomized Trials. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Oct 31. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03697.x. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22091689.
5.Tjia J, Field T, Raebel M, Fischer S, Peterson D, Zhao Y, Gagne S, Gurwitz J. PS1-40: Laboratory Monitoring of HEDIS Medications in the Ambulatory Setting: The Relative Contribution of Physician and Patient Behavior to Undermonitoring. Clin Med Res. 2011 Nov;9(3-4):178-9. PubMed PMID: 22090633.

Mailing Address
Meyers Primary Care Institute
630 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605

425 North Lake Ave
Worcester, MA 01605
Tel: 508-791-7392
Fax: 508-595-2200