Dr. Teresa Waters holds the Charles T. Wethington Jr. Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences and currently serves as Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. She is also the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Public Health.
Dr. Waters earned her B.A. in Accounting at Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa, 1987) and her Ph.D. in Economics at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee, 1992). Her research focuses on health care financing and health policy. She is especially interested in innovations in health care delivery and payment, and has several funded research projects that focus on the implementation and impact of “value based payment” polices.
Dr. Waters joined the UK College of Public Health in December 2017. Prior to joining UK, she was on the faculty at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where she served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine in the College of Medicine.