Dr. Ilene Harris

Dr. Harris (Ph.D., Epidemiology, and PharmD, University of Maryland, Baltimore) has more than 30 years of experience in geriatrics, medication use and quality, medication adherence, long-term care, dementia, traumatic brain injury and drug policy and program evaluation.

Dr. Harris’ research focuses on assessment of quality and appropriateness of care in long term care and community settings, care transitions into and out of nursing homes, and development of medication quality measures. She currently serves as the Project Director on a contract to evaluate the Maryland Multipayer Patient Centered Medical Home demonstration. She is Principal Investigator on a Cooperative Agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Generic Drugs to examine the utilization and switchback rates of brand versus generic drug products. She also has served as Principal Investigator on federally funded research that involve analyses of Medicare administrative data, including Parts A, B, D and Minimum Data Set assessment data, to study anticoagulation therapy after traumatic brain injury and to develop psychopharmacologic medication quality measures. In addition, she has participated in a research agenda to develop and validate claims-based measures of performance and functional status. Dr. Harris has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Prior to joining IMPAQ, she was on the faculty of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Pharmacy from 1983 to 2013. While there, she served as Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research and as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education. As Professor Emeritus, she continues to mentor and teach graduate students. In 2007-2008, Dr. Harris was a Visiting Professor at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand through her assignment as a Senior Fulbright Scholar.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Harris, I. (2017, May). Key Groups Influencing Generic Drug Use in the U.S. and the Nature and Extent of Their Influence. Poster presentation at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Annual International Meeting, Boston, MA.

Harris, I., Albrecht, J., Park, Y., Hur, P., Huang, T., Netzer, G, Lehmann, S., Langenberg, P., Khokhar, B., Wei, Y., Moyo, P. & Simoni-Wastila, L. (2016). Adherence to Maintenance Medications among Older Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: The Role of DepressionAnnals of the American Thoracic Society.

Lilly, C. M., Liu, X., Badawi, O., Franey, C. S. & Zuckerman, I. H. (2014). Thrombosis prophylaxis and mortality risk among critically ill adults. CHEST Journal, 46(1), 51-57.

Shen, X., Dutcher, S. K., Palmer, J., Liu, X., Kiptanui, Z., Khokhar, B., Al-Jawadi, M.H. & Zuckerman, I. H. (2014). A systematic review of the benefits and risks of anticoagulation following traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30(4), E29-37.

Wei, Y. J., Simoni-Wastila, L., Zuckerman, I. H., Huang, T. Y., Brandt, N., Moyo, P. & Lucas, J. A. (2014). Quality of psychopharmacological medication prescribing and mortality in Medicare beneficiaries in nursing homes. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(8), 1490-1504.

Onwudiwe, N. C., Kwok, Y., Onukwugha, E., Sorkin, J. D., Zuckerman, I. H., Shaya, F. T. & Daniel Mullins, C. (2014). Cardiovascular event-free survival after adjuvant radiation therapy in breast cancer patients stratified by cardiovascular risk. Cancer Medicine, 3(5), 1342-1352.

Albrecht, J. S., Kiptanui, Z., Tsang, Y., Khokhar, B., Liu, X., Simoni-Wastila, L. & Zuckerman, I. H. (2015). Depression among older adults after traumatic brain injury: A national analysis. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23(6), 607-614.

Dutcher, S. K., Rattinger, G. B., Langenberg, P., Chhabra, P. T., Liu, X., Rosenberg, P. B., Leoutsakos, J.M., Simoni-Wastila, L., Walker, L.D., Franey, C.S. & Zuckerman, I. H. (2014). Effect of medications on physical function and cognition in nursing home residents with dementia. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 62(6), 1046-1055.

Albrecht, J. S., Liu, X., Baumgarten, M., Langenberg, P., Rattinger, G. B., Smith, G. S., Gambert, S.R., Gottieb, S.S. & Zuckerman, I. H. (2014). Benefits and risks of anticoagulation resumption following traumatic brain injury. JAMA Internal Medicine, 174(8), 1244-1251.

Zuckerman, I. H., Davidoff, A. J., Erten, M. Z., Stuart, B., Shaffer, T., Dougherty, J. S. & Yong, C. (2014). Use and spending on supportive care medications among Medicare beneficiaries with cancer. Support Care in Cancer, 22(8), 2185-2195.

Simoni-Wastila, L., Wei, Y. J., Luong, M., Franey, C., Huang, T. Y., Rattinger, G. B., Zuckerman, I. H., Brandt, N. & Lucas, J. A. (2014). Quality of psychopharmacological medication use in nursing home residents. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 10(3), 494-507.

Wei, Y. J., Simoni-Wastila, L., Zuckerman, I. H., Brandt, N. & Lucas, J. A. (2014). Algorithm for identifying nursing home days using Medicare claims and minimum data set assessment data. Medical Care.

Albrecht, J. S., Liu, X., Smith, G. S., Baumgarten, M., Gambert, S. R., Langenberg, P. & Zuckerman, I. H. (2015). Stroke incidence following traumatic brain injury in older adults. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30(2), E62-E67.

Erten, M. Z., Davidoff, A. J., Zuckerman, I. H., Shaffer, T., Dougherty, J. S., Ke, X. & Stuart, B. (2014). The effect of supplemental medical and prescription drug coverage on health care spending for Medicare beneficiaries with cancer. Value in Health, 17(1), 15-21.