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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

Harris, L., Gilmore, D., Longo, A., Hand, B.N. (2021, October). Short Report: Patterns of US federal autism research funding during 2017-2020. Autism. 25(7), 2135-2139. https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613211003430 

Hand, B.N., Gilmore, D., Harris, L., Hanks, C., Coury, D., Moffatt-Bruce, S., Garvin, J.H. (2021, June). “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. [Epub ahead of print]. https://doi.org/10.1089/aut.2020.0082 

Hand B.N., Gilmore D., Coury D.L., Darragh A.R., Moffatt-Bruce S., Hanks C., Garvin J.H. (2021, June). Effects of a Specialized Primary Care Facility on Preventive Service Use Among Autistic Adults: a Retrospective Claims Study. J Gen Intern Med. 36(6), 1682-1688. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-020-06513-7     

McRackan, T.R., Hand, B.N., Velozo, C.A., & Dubno, J. (2021, July) Validity and reliability of the Cochlear Implant Quality of Life (CIQOL)-35 Profile and CIQOL-10 Global instruments in comparison to legacy instruments. Ear and Hearing. 42(4), 896-908. https://doi.org/10.1097/AUD.0000000000001022   

Hand, B.N., Coury, D.L., White, S., Darragh, A.R., Moffatt-Bruce, S., Harris, L., Longo, A., Garvin, J.H. (2021, January). Primary care medical home: A positive impact on continuity of care among autistic adults. Autism, 25(1), 258-265. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361320953967  

Recent Presentations

Hand, B.N., Darragh, A., Coury, D., Moffatt-Bruce, S., Garvin J. (2020, July 28). Primary care medical home linked with improved continuity of care among autistic adults, Poster presentation at Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, Virtual meeting. https://academyhealth.confex.com/academyhealth/2020arm/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/40512  

Hand, B.N., Angell, A.M., Harris, L., Carpenter, L. (2020, July 28). Autistic older adults are significantly more likely to have age-related health conditions: A nationwide study of Medicare beneficiaries, Poster presentation at Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, Virtual meeting. https://academyhealth.confex.com/academyhealth/2020arm/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/40448

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

  • 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

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