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Assistant Professor

228E Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Telephone: 614-366-2646

Email: hand.58@osu.edu 

Primary Professional Areas of Interest

  • Health services and outcomes research
  • Development and validation of patient reported outcome measures

Clinical Interests

  • Autism
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities 

Research Focus

My research centers on optimizing health service delivery and patient health outcomes among adults on the autism spectrum and a variety of other patient populations. To this end, I conduct health services research to study healthcare access, utilization, and costs at the population and local levels. I also develop and validate novel patient reported outcome measures to help track patient health outcomes and responsiveness to interventions. One patient population of particular interest in my research is adults on the autism spectrum. In my funded work, I am partnering with key stakeholders to design solutions to overcome barriers to primary care for autistic people as they transition from pediatric to adult healthcare systems. 

Recent Publications

Gilmore, D., Longo, A., Krantz, M., Radford, D., Hand, B.N. (2022, August). Five ways providers can improve mental healthcare for autistic adults: A review of mental healthcare use, barriers to care, and evidence-based recommendations. Current Psychiatry Reports. [Epub ahead of print]. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-022-01362-z  

Harris, L., Gilmore, D., Hanks, C., Coury, D., Moffatt-Bruce, S., Garvin, J., Hand, B.N. (2022, August). “It was surprisingly equivalent to the appointment I had in person”: Advantages and disadvantages of synchronous telehealth for delivering primary care for autistic adults. Autism. 26(6), 1573-1580. https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613211060589  

Hand, B.N., Gilmore, D., Harris, L., Hanks, C., Coury, D., Moffatt-Bruce, S., Garvin, J.H. (2021, December). “They looked at me as a person, not just a diagnosis”: A qualitative study of patient and caregiver satisfaction with a specialized primary care clinic for autistic adults. Autism in Adulthood. 3(4), 347-355. https://doi.org/10.1089/aut.2020.0082 

McRackan, T., Hand, B.N., Velozo, C., Dubno, J. (2022, September). Development and implementation of the Cochlear Implant Quality of Life functional staging system. Laryngoscope. [ePub ahead of print]. https://doi.org/10.1002/lary.30381    



Recent Presentations

Hand, B.N., Hanks, C., Garvin, J.H (2021, May). Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness of a specialized, patient-centered, primary care clinic designed with autistic adults and their caregivers. International Society for Autism Research, Virtual meeting. (Poster Presentation). Abstract# 442.007 Retrieved from: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.autism-insar.org/resource/resmgr/docs/annualmeeting/Abstract_Book_INSAR2021Virtu.pdf 

Hand, B.N., Gilmore, D., Coury, D., Darragh, A.R., Moffatt-Bruce, S., Hanks, C., Garvin, J.H (2021, May). Specialized primary care center for autistic adults is linked with increased receipt of preventive care services. International Society for Autism Research, Virtual meeting. (Oral Presentation). Abstract# 328.002 Retrieved from: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.autism-insar.org/resource/resmgr/docs/annualmeeting/Abstract_Book_INSAR2021Virtu.pdf



Media Coverage and Appearances

Courses Taught

  • HTHRHSC 8200 – Research Dissemination in HRS

  • HTHRHSC 8998 – PhD Independent Study

  • HTHRHSC 7999 – Master’s Thesis Independent Study

Major Awards

  • 2022 First-authored paper chosen as one of the top 20 significant advances in autism research published in 2020 https://go.osu.edu/CNPw 
  • 2022 School of HRS Outstanding New Investigator Award 
  • 2021 NIH Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers
  • 2020 Elite Peer Reviewer, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
  • 2019 KL2 Career Development Award, Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, The Ohio State University 
  • 2019 Advancing the Science of Measurement Poster Award, Measurement Networking Group, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • 2019 Second Place, Outstanding Poster Award, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • 2019 Elite Peer Reviewer, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • 2018 Elite Peer Reviewer, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
  • 2016 M. Rosita Schiller Research Award, The Ohio State University 
  • 2015 Higher Research Degree Student Exchange Scholarship Recipient, University of Newcastle, Australia

Degree information

  • 2017-2018: Postdoctoral Fellowship, College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina
  • 2016: PhD, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University
  • 2013: MOT, Occupational Therapy, The Ohio State University 
  • 2011: BS, Biology, The Ohio State University

Research Links

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