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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
  • Quantitative research methodology and data analytics
  • Development and validation of patient reported outcome measures

Clinical Interests

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities 

Research Focus

Dr. Hand’s research is primarily linked by methodological approaches and, as such, is generalizable to multiple patient populations. To date, much of her work has centered on evaluating healthcare delivery processes and patient outcomes. In this area of focus, she: 1) conducts health services research to study healthcare access, utilization, and costs at the population level and 2) develops and validates patient reported outcome measures (PROMs). While these two methodological approaches may initially seem distinct, examining health outcomes at a broad population level as well as taking deeper dives using PROMs reveals valuable insights about the processes and outcomes of healthcare delivery that may not be achieved using either method in isolation. 

An emerging area of focus for Dr. Hand’s research is to translate knowledge gained from population-level studies and PROMs to improve healthcare delivery by: 1) partnering with key community stakeholders to co-design solutions that overcome barriers to healthcare delivery; and 2) using implementation science approaches to systematically study the effectiveness of co-designed solutions in real-world settings. She is currently working to generate empirical evidence to improve primary care delivery for autistic adults as they transition from pediatric to adult healthcare systems. 

Recent Publications

Hand, B.N., Boan, A.D., Bradley, C., & Carpenter, L.A. (2019). Emergency department utilization and charges in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and a population comparison group. Autism Research. [Epub ahead of print], https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2124. 

Hand, B.N., Boan, A.D., Bradley, C., & Carpenter, L.A. (2019). Ambulatory care sensitive admissions in individuals with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and population controls. Autism Research, 12(2), 295-302, doi: 10.1002/aur.2050. 

Faieta, J., Schmeler, M.R., Schiappa, V., Hand, B.N., Schein, R.M., Saptono, A., Berner, T., DiGiovine, C. (2019). Evaluation of service delivery effectiveness through patient reported outcome measures. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, [Epub ahead of print], doi: 10.1097/PHM. 0000000000001245.

McRackan, T.R., Hand, B.N., Velozo, C.A., & Dubno, J. (2019). Development of the Cochlear Implant Quality of Life item bank. Ear and Hearing, [Epub ahead of print], doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000684.

Recent Presentations

Hand, B.N., Benevides, T.W., Carretta, H.J. (2019, June). Characteristics associated with increased odds of suicidal ideation and attempts in Medicare-enrolled autistic adults, Oral presentation, Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, Charleston, SC.

Hand, B.N., Koss Schmidt, L., Hess, A., Hanks, C. (2019, May). Primary care medical home designed for young adults with autism reduces emergency department utilization, Poster presented at International Society for Autism Research, Montreal, Canada.

Hand, B.N., Boan, A., Bradley, C., Carpenter, L.A., (2019, May). Joint and independent contributions of autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability on emergency department utilization during adolescence, Poster presented at International Society for Autism Research, Montreal, Canada.

Courses Taught

  • HTHRHSC 7888/8888 – Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Grand Rounds
  • HTHRHSC 8998 – PhD Independent Study

Major Awards

  • 2018 KL2 Career Development Award, Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, The Ohio State University
  • 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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