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What Starts Here Changes the World

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Dr. Kang winning award at Research Day 2019

Alumni Spotlight

Natalia Shcherbakova, Ph.D.

Dr. Natalia Shcherbakova

Current Title: Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences
Institution: Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Dissertation title: Medication use patterns of antiepileptics and epileptic events
Year graduated: 2012
Advisor: Dr. Karen L. Rascati

“UT prepared me to embark on the journey of becoming a researcher and a faculty at a pharmacy program. The skills acquired at UT have allowed me to conduct independent research in the area of Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy and inspire new generations of pharmacists entering the workforce. The diverse and vibrant academic and social environment of the College of Pharmacy, the UT and the city of Austin has allowed me to make lifelong friends from all over the world.”

Rakesh Singh, Ph.D.

Dr. Rakesh Singh

Current Title: Senior Director and Head, US Health Economics and Outcomes Research Strategy
Institution: Bayer U.S. LLC
Dissertation title: A study of incidence, prevalence, treatment patterns, healthcare utilization, and costs of treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among Texas Medicaid preschoolers
Year graduated: 2015
Advisor: Dr. Kenneth A. Lawson

“The invaluable experience gained during my time at UT, has truly set the foundation for rigorous research, critical thinking, and expertise to identify and solve today’s healthcare issues. UT has also connected me with a vast network of HEOR professionals and alumni who continue to inspire and develop novel ways of conducting meaningful research and impacting patient lives. I firmly believe in the University Motto of “What Starts Here Changes the World” and try to bring it to life.”

Meet Our Recent Ph.D./M.S. Alumni



Elizabeth Ibiloye, Advisor(s): Jamie Barner  
Title: Patient Experience and Factors Influencing Willingness to Utilize the Emergency Department among Individuals Living with Sickle Cell Disease

John C. Lavallee, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati
Title: A Retrospective Real-World Evidence Assessment of Association of the MIDAS Score with Healthcare Utilization and Costs Among Patients with Episodic Migraines (EM) in the U.S.

Benjamin Wong, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati, Chanhyun Park
Title: Patient Characteristics in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma and Associated with Time-to-next-treatment Duration

Xiaojing Ma, Advisor(s): Kenneth Lawson
Title: Treatment Patterns and Healthcare Resource Utilization Payments in Patients with Lung Cancer in the Texas Medicaid Program

Shuang Chen, Advisor(s): Jamie Barner
Title: Medication and Healthcare Utilization of Second Generation Antipsychotic Long-Acting Injectables Among Texas Medicaid Patients with Schizophrenia

Andrew Wash, Advisor(s): Leticia Moczygemba
Title: Using Self-Determination Theory to Evaluate Well-being and Burnout in Community Pharmacists



Gloria Odonkor, Advisor(s): Jamie Barner, Hyeun Ah Kang
Title: Examination of Age-Related Medical Complications among Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Patients with Sickle Cell Disease in Texas Medicaid

Anthony Yu, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati
Title: Assessing Factors Related to Clinically Advanced Fibrosis in Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease or Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis in a Texas Integrated Delivery Network

Timothy Reynolds, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati, Chanhyun Park
Title: The Effect of a Health-System Real-Time Prescription Benefit Tool on Primary Medication Adherence: An Interrupted Time Series Study    



Nisha Kumaraswamy, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati  
Title: Pharmacy provider fraud detection utilizing administrative claims data: A machine learning approach

Yi Liang, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati  
Title: Treatment patterns, clinical and economic outcomes in adults with immune thrombocytopenia receiving pharmaceutical second-line therapies: an administrative claims database analysis

Chinelo Orji, Advisor(s): Carolyn M. Brown  
Title: Using the theory of planned behavior to assess factors that influence the intent to use human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among young adult college students

Rachel Raia, Advisor(s):  Kenneth A. Lawson  
Title: Adults seen in the emergency department with nonemergency respiratory diagnoses:  an investigation of costs and utilization in a commercial health plan

Nidhi Shukla, Advisor(s): Jamie C. Barner  
Title: Comparison of medication utilization patterns and healthcare resource utilization outcomes in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer receiving novel hormonal therapies

Yogesh Vohra, Advisor(s): Carolyn M. Brown  
Title: Impact of hepatic and pancreatic cancers on the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of patients

Hanxi “Molly" Zhang, Advisor(s): Jamie C. Barner, Leticia R. Moczygemba  
Title: Neoadjuvant versus adjuvant chemotherapy for older adults with stage I–III breast cancer  


Emma Gugala, Advisor(s): Jamie C. Barner  
Title: Comparison of receipt of postpartum care and pregnancy-related risk factors among Texas Medicaid pregnant enrollees

Cindy Nguyen, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati  
Title: The impact of race and ethnicity on healthcare utilization, medication utilization, and obesity-related clinical measurements in an employee-based insured population

Ryan Thaliffdeen, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati  
Title: Racial/Ethnic Disparities between Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Women with Breast Cancer



Qiujun (Samantha) Shao, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati
Title: Healthcare utilization, expenditure, and medication use in commercially insured patients with migraine

Joshua Toliver, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati
Title: Development and validation of a claims- based algorithm to predict multiple sclerosis disease severity in the Medicare and commercially insured populations

Shiyu (Serene) Zhang, Advisor(s) Karen L. Rascati
Title: Opioid use, opioid use disorder, and poisoning among children and adolescent cancer survivors


Chinyere Okoh, Advisor(s): Leticia R. Moczygemba
Title: Community paramedics' perception of their roles in community paramedicine programs

Andrew Osterland, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati
Title: Real-world outcomes of patients receiving prophylactic therapies for hepatic encephalopathy

Esther Yi, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati
Title: The association between a copay reduction program for chronic preventive medications and adherence within an integrated delivery





Somraj Ghosh, Advisor(s): Kenneth A. Lawson
Title: Determining prescription opioid use among pregnant women in Texas Medicaid

Elizabeth Ibiloye, Advisor(s): Jamie C. Barner
Title: Prevalence of and factors associated with gabapentinoid use and misuse among Texas Medicaid recipients

Nina Kim, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati
Title: Impact of obesity on real-world clinical outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation on direct oral anticoagulant therapy: a retrospective cohort study

Yogesh Vohra, Advisor(s): Carolyn M. Brown
Title: The association of patient activation with the health-related quality of life of pancreatic cancer patients

Hanxi “Molly” Zhang, Advisor(s): Jamie C. Barner, Leticia R. Moczygemba
Title: Medication adherence among type 2 diabetes Texas Medicaid patients using basal insulin



Matthew Hill, Advisor(s):  Kenneth A. Lawson
Title: Healthcare services utilization and expenditures in autism spectrum disorder

Hyeun Ah Kang, Advisor(s): Jamie C. Barner
Title: Review of economic studies of sickle cell disease and adherence to hydroxyurea and clinical and economic outcomes among Texas Medicaid enrollees with sickle cell disease

Chisom Chimah Kanu, Advisor(s): Carolyn M. Brown
Title: The relationship between health literacy, patient activation, and health outcomes in breast cancer patients

Sabina Nduaguba, Advisor(s): Jamie C. Barner, Kentya Ford
Title: Reducing health disparities among blacks with HIV – a focus on drug treatment and quality of care


Linda Chen, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati
Title: Cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of universal versus selective pediatric lipid screening methods in the United States

Chinelo Orji, Advisor(s): Carolyn M. Brown
Title: White blood cell growth factor utilization among metastatic colorectal cancer patients: findings from a multi-center oncology practice network

Elmor Pineda, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati
Title: Evaluation of cardiovascular outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes newly initiated on sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors, glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists, and other antidiabetic medications

Nidhi Shukla, Advisor(s): Jamie C. Barner
Title: Use of medications and services for the management of sickle cell disease



Cat Bui, Advisor(s) Karen L. Rascati
Title:  Impact of surveillance and early-stage versus late-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) detection on patient overall survival

Sanket Shah, Advisor(s) Karen L. Rascati
Title: Patterns and predictors of opioid use in migraine patients presenting to the emergency department (ED)


Joseph Goble, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati
Title: Impact of CYP3A4/P-GP interacting medications on clinical outcomes in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation patients managed on rivaroxaban

Pin Xiang, Advisor(s): Karen L. Rascati
Title: Predictive modeling pilot project for readmissions in heart failure patients with preserved ejection fraction