Wayne State University

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Elham Mahmoudi

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Office Location
87 E. Ferry Street, 211 Knapp Bldg, Detroit, MI 48202
Office Phone
313-577-2297
Research Focus

Health Care Disparities; Health Economics; Medicare Part D; Economics of Aging; Health Insurance; Applied Microeconomics;
Patient-Centered Medical Home

Areas of Expertise

Dissertation:

Medicare Part D and Its Impact on Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Access to Prescription Medications

Adviser: Gail Jensen Summers, Professor, Institute of Gerontology and Department of Economics, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Education
  • Ph.D. Economics, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (Expected December 2011)
  • M.S. Computer Information Systems, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, December 1996
  • M.B.A. Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, December 1995
  • B.A. Accounting, University of Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, Iran, February 1988

Citizenship: United States

 

Professional Associations
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • American Society of Health Economics (ASHEcon)
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)
  • Canadian Economic Association (CEA)
  • Detroit Volunteer Reading Corps - Detroit Public Schools
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • International Health Economics Association (iHEA)
Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of 2011 Dissertation Fellowship grant of $28,000 - Boston College Center for Retirement Research and the Social Security Administration
  • Samuel M. Levin Economics Award ($1,500.00) for the best economics paper 2011 - Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Economics
  • First prize ($750.00) for poster presentation at the Graduate Exhibition, March 2011 - Wayne State University
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2010 Senior Service America Junior Scholor Award ($500.00)
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2010 Carroll Estes Award ($500.00)
  • Second prize ($350.00) for poster presentation at Graduate Student Research Day - Wayne State University, Medical School
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Student Award grant of $3000 for 2010-2011 academic year
  • Graduate Student Travel Award (two times), Wayne State University, 2010 & 2011
  • Pre-doctoral Student Travel Award, Institute of Gerontology - Wayne State University (six times), 2009-2011
  • Appointment to Pre-Doctoral Trainee, National Institute of Health, Institute of Gerontology - Wayne State University, May 2009 - Present
  • Recipient of 2006-2007 Rumble Fellowship - Wayne State University, September 2006
  • Recipient of Beta Gamma Sigma Membership Award - University of Detroit Mercy, December 1994
  • Letter of Commendation for Graduating Valedictorian - University of Shahid Beheshti - Iran, February 1988
Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Institute of Gerontology - Wayne State University, May 2009 - Present:

  • SAS and STATA programming and model estimation
  • Extensive experience with large data sets, e.g., The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
  • Application of econometric methods and procedures for Survey designed datasets
  • Economics of racial/ethnic health care disparities (e.g., implementation of the Institute of Medicine's definition of a health disparity)
  • Data management and model estimation for an AHRQ-funded grant on cost-related non-adherence to prescribed medications and its consequences
  • Patient Centered Medical Homes and their impact on racial/ethnic health disparities

Teaching Assistant (2007 - 2009) - Wayne State University, Detroit, MI:

  • ECO 1000: Survey of Economics, Spring/Summer 2007, Winter 2008
  • ECO 2010: Principles of Microeconomics, Fall 2008, Winter 2008
  • ECO 2020: Principles of Macroeconomics, Fall 2007
Presentations

National/International Scientific Conferences:

  • Poster, Gerontology Society of America, Boston, MA, November 2011
  • Poster, American Public Health Association, Washington DC, October 2011
  • Poster, International Health Economics Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 2011
  • Presenter, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Cincinnati, OH, March 2011
  • Presenter, Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA, November 2010
  • Presenter, American Society of Health Economists, Ithaca, New York, June 2010
  • Presenter, Canadian Economics Association, Quebec City, QC Canada, May 2010

Regional/Local Presentations:

  • Presenter, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters - Saginaw Valley State University, MI, March 2011
  • Poster, Graduate Exhibition - Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, March 2011
  • Poster, Graduate Student Research Day - Medical School, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI September 2010
  • Poster, Steering Committee Meeting, Institute of Gerontology - Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 2010
  • Poster, Graduate Exhibition - Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, March 2010
Projects

Publications:

"Diverging Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Physician Care: Comparing 2000 and 2007," Medical Care (accepted for publication on October 29, 2011).

Working Papers:

  • Elham Mahmoudi and Gail A. Jensen, "Changing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Physician Care among Older Adults: 2000-2007"  Institute of Gerontology - Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2011 (invited to revise and resubmit by Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences)
  • Medicare Part D and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Prescription Drug Coverage, Spending, and Use - Institute of Gerontology - Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2011 (work in progress)