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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. Brittany Hand’s research focuses on using existing large databases to examine health outcomes and improve quality of care in a variety of patient populations. Most recently, her work has focused on examining the benefits of early autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis and intervention, as well as studying how the healthcare service needs of individuals with ASD change across the lifespan.

Additionally, Dr. Hand has expertise in the development and validation of patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) using item response theory. By using valid and reliable PROMS, researchers and clinicians are able to better detect responsiveness to intervention and inform care plan development. Dr. Hand’s work in PROMS spans across a variety of clinical populations including orthopedic, surgical, and rehabilitation patients. 

While these two areas may initially seem distinct, they both focus on quantifying patient health outcomes for the purpose of evaluating and improving healthcare delivery. Dr. Hand’s work centers on the assertion that examination of broad population-level trends as well as PROMS reveals novel insights that may not be found using either method in isolation. 

Recent Publications

Hand B.N., Krause J.S., & Simpson K.N., (2018). Dose and duration of opioid use in propensity score matched, privately insured opioid users with and without spinal cord injury, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99(5), 855-861, doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.12.004.

Hand, B.N., Krause, J.S., & Simpson, K.N. (2018). Polypharmacy and adverse drug events among propensity score matched privately insured persons with and without spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41393-017-0050-2. 

Simpson, K.N., Seamon, B.A., Hand, B.N., Roldan, C.O., Taber, D.J., Moran, W.P., & Simpson, A.N. (2018). Effect of frailty on resource use and cost for Medicare patients. Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, (0).


Recent Presentations

Koss Schmidt, L., Hand, B.N., Simpson, K., & Darragh A.R. (2018, June). Prevalence of STIs in privately insured adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Oral presentation, American Public Health Association. 
Hunnicutt, J.L., Gregory, C.M., Pietrosimone, B.G., Kuenze, C., Hand, B.N., & Velozo, C.A. (2018, February). Psychometric evaluation using Rasch analysis of patient-reported function following ACL reconstruction, Poster presented at American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Hand, B.N., Krause, J.S., & Simpson, K. (2018, January). Opioid utilization patterns differ between individuals with spinal cord injury and propensity-score matched controls, Poster presented at International Conference on Health Policy Statistics, Charleston, SC.

Courses Taught



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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