Research Team

Our multidisciplinary team brings significant research and operational expertise in the delivery, financing, and alignment of child welfare, addiction treatment, and behavioral health boards as well as a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including social work, public health, public administration, addiction counseling, and law.

Alicia Bunger

Dr. Alicia Bunger’s research addresses the central question: how can human service organizations and professionals work together to improve service access, quality, and outcomes for the communities they serve? Her work is set within the context of behavioral health and child welfare systems and is organized round three domains (1) the role of interorganizational relationships for reducing service fragmentation, (2) knowledge sharing and best practice implementation, and (3) front-line practices that facilitate linkages to effective services. This work is intended to inform policy and managerial strategies that close structural gaps and improve care quality. Currently, she is focusing on implementation of interventions that require collaboration across system, and is interested in developing practical tools to support executive leaders.

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Emmeline Chuang

Dr. Emmeline Chuang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management, where she directs the PhD program and teaches courses on organizational theory and behavior and mixed methods research. Dr. Chuang’s research focuses on how the organization and management of health and human services affects service access and quality of care, particularly for underserved populations.  Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hitachi Foundation, and the William T Grant Foundation.

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Amanda Girth

Dr. Amanda Girth is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Director of Washington Studies, and Enarson Fellow at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. Dr. Girth is a policy expert in government contracting and a public management scholar who studies implementation issues and accountability challenges in third-party governance. Her research is published in highly-ranked outlets, including Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Public Administration Review. She is co-editor in chief for the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation, an international peer-reviewed journal.

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Kathryn Lancaster

Dr. Lancaster’s work bridges epidemiology and health behavior through the full course of survey, qualitative, and mixed methods research. She seek to understand the engagement in prevention and treatment of substance use and infectious diseases among vulnerable populations. Dr. Lancaster’s research also includes the design, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral and multilevel interventions to reduce substance use and engage those living with HIV into the continuum of care.

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