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Assistant Professor

Health Outcomes and Injury Prevention Sciences
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Medicine 
The Ohio State University
453 W 10th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210


Dr. Hand’s 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, she conducts health services research to study healthcare access, utilization, and costs at the population and local levels. One patient population of particular interest in her research is adults on the autism spectrum. In her funded work, she is partnering with key stakeholders to design solutions to overcome barriers to primary care for autistic adults.

Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina
  • PhD, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy, The Ohio State University 
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, The Ohio State University

Research Links

The Hand Research Team

Selected Publications

Alain, G., Gilmore, D., Krantz, M., Hanks, C., Coury, D., Moffatt-Bruce, S., Garvin, J., Hand, B.N. (2022, August). Expenditures and healthcare utilization of patients receiving care at a specialized primary care clinic designed with and for autistic adults. 37, 2413–2419. Journal of General Internal Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-021-07180-y

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. 24(10), 565-571, 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

Longo, A., Gilmore, D., Garvin, G., Hyer, J.M., Coury, D., Hanks, C., Moffatt-Bruce, S., Hess, A., Hand, B.N. (2022, July). Characteristics associated with healthcare independence among autistic adults. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 95, 101972. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2022.101972

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

Hand BN, Gilmore D, Coury DL, Darragh AR, Moffatt-Bruce S, Hanks C, Garvin JH. (2021, June). Effects of a Specialized Primary Care Facility on Preventive Service Use Among Autistic Adults: a Retrospective Claims Study. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 36(6), 1682-1688. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-020-06513-7

Hand, B.N., Coury, D.L., White, S., Darragh, A.R., Moffatt-Bruce, S., Harris, L., Longo, A., Garvin, J.H. (2021, January). Specialized 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

Hand, B.N., Coury, D.L., Darragh, A.R., White, S., Moffatt-Bruce, S., Harris, L., Longo, A., Gilmore, D. Garvin, J.H. (2020, September). Patient and caregiver experiences at a specialized primary care center for autistic adults. Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, 9(16), 1131-1140. https://doi.org/10.2217/cer-2020-0155

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