After a national search, the Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School welcomes its newest faculty member, Jennifer Gaudet Hefele. With her extensive experience and expertise in the field of gerontology, Hefele makes a beneficial addition to the department.
Hefele earned a PhD in social policy with a concentration in health policy from Brandeis University and a master’s degree in regional economic and social development from UMass Lowell. Her research focuses on long-term care, quality of care for elders, and racial/ethnic disparities.
Currently, Hefele is working on research that looks at the impact of acute-specialization and the improvement of nursing home compare to meet the needs of minority populations. In the past, she examined predictors and consequences of differing organizational response of nursing home compare.
While at Brandeis, Hefele was the principal investigator researching the Medicare census and the performance on short-stay nursing home quality measures and the association with long-stay quality to determine if there is a multi-tasking effect. At UMass Lowell, Hefele taught courses on the U.S. health care system for the Department of Community Health and Sustainability.
On bringing Hefele on board, Department Chair Jeffrey Burr explains, “Jennifer brings needed expertise to our department and institute. She has already received significant funding from the Donoghue Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to support her research efforts. Jennifer will be a valued addition to our teaching efforts by offering courses in research methods, aging policy, and related areas.”