PCORI Methodology Standards: Standards Categories 1 & 2 — Formulating Research Questions and Patient Centeredness

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Faculty Biographies & Disclosures

C. Daniel Mullins, Ph.D., is a professor in the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Department (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Dr. Mullins’s research and teaching focus on pharmacoeconomics, comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes research, and health disparities research. He has received funding as a Principal Investigator from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), various pharmaceutical manufacturers including Bayer, Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis, patent advocacy organizations, and the insurance industry. For more information on Dr. Mullins’ research projects, please see the Research Projects section. In addition to his faculty appointment, Dr. Mullins also serves as the Associate Director of the Center on Drugs and Public Policy at the School of Pharmacy, as well as the Co-Editor-in-Chief for Value in Health.

Outside the university Dr. Mullins actively conducts training programs, which include continuing education lectures and similar activities for the FDA, professional organizations, and training in developing countries.

Dr. Mullins received his BS in Economics from M.I.T. and his PhD in Economics from Duke University.

Disclosure: Research Support: Bayer, Pfizer, and Novartis; Speakers Bureau: Regeneron; Advisory Committee Membership: Bayer, Mundi Pharma; Consultancy: Bayer, Mundi Pharma, Pfizer; Review Panel Membership: PhRMA Foundation.

Susan Zickmund, Ph.D., is a VA Pittsburgh health services researcher focusing on large-scale qualitative studies and is from the Health Services Research & Development Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). She received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Rhetoric and completed a three-year post-doctoral training at the University of Iowa’s Cardiovascular Center. Dr. Zickmund now directs the University of Pittsburgh’s Qualitative, Evaluation and Stakeholder Engagement (Qual EASE) research service and is the stakeholder engagement expert in the Comparative Effectiveness Research Core

Dr. Zickmund chairs the national VA HSR&D Veteran Engagement committee, which is charged with developing guidelines for patient engagement within the VA. She is the Co-Director of the CHERP Methods Core and the national HSR&D Needs Assessment designed to determine system-wide needs related to survey and transcription services. Dr. Zickmund also leads the “Topics in Mixed Methods Research” in the HSR&D CyberSeminar series. She is the Principal Investigator of the Disparities In Satisfaction with Care (DISC) study, which is a national mixed methods Merit Review examining racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in satisfaction with VA care. Dr. Zickmund is currently working with leaders of the VA to implement findings from the DISC study to improve Veterans’ healthcare experiences. Finally, she recently received funding to evaluate the new national VA Choice Act initiative designed to expand care for Veterans using non-VA providers.

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.