Julie Robison, Ph.D. is a Professor of Medicine in the Center on Aging at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. I conduct evidence-based health services research and intervention studies focused on aging families; long term services, supports and policy; dementia and health disparities using quantitative and qualitative research methods. I completed my Ph.D. at Cornell University and a post-doctoral fellowship in the epidemiology of aging at the Yale School of Medicine. My work has been funded since 1997 by a range of sources including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Administration on Community Living, Connecticut State Agencies and the State Legislature, medical research foundations, and the National Institutes of Health. The results of my work directly impact the implementation of policies and programs that serve extremely vulnerable populations in Connecticut and nationally. I have served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over 50 funded research studies and regularly present research findings in national and community forums. I have published over 55 scientific articles and book chapters as well as over 70 legislative and policy reports.

Read below as Dr. Robison shares her experience as an AcademyHealth member...

I’ve always been interested in the intersection of health services research, health care, and health policy and AcademyHealth brings all of these together while still providing space for specialized interests. I quickly found a community within AcademyHealth that shared my focus on aging and the growing need for supportive services to those needing assistance with daily living activities: AcademyHealth’s Long Term Services and Support (LTSS) Interest Group.

Having an interest group that’s specific to LTSS is extremely unique. I haven’t found that at any other professional society. My involvement in the group has connected me to receptive, warm colleagues who share similar passions to my own and has had a direct impact on my career path. In order to advance an academic career, many universities require evidence of national involvement in the field. AcademyHealth was instrumental in connecting me to opportunities to show that national involvement, which offered me the ability to present at prestigious institutions such as Brown University and Johns Hopkins University. I’m now a full professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and I can thank AcademyHealth and the LTSS Interest Group for helping me reach that goal!  

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