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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 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., Angell, A.M., Harris, L., Carpenter, L.A. (2020). Prevalence of physical and mental health conditions in Medicare-enrolled, autistic older adults. Autism, 24(3), 755-764. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361319890793


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


Hand, B.N., Coury, D.L., White, S., Darragh, A.R., Moffatt-Bruce, S., Harris, L., Longo, A., Garvin, J.H. (2020). Primary care medical home: A positive impact on continuity of care among autistic adults. Autism, [Epub ahead of print], https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361320953967  


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, 98(12), 1072-1078. https://doi.org/10.1097/PHM.0000000000001245  


McRackan, T.R.,* Hand, B.N.,* Velozo, C.A., & Dubno, J. (2019). Cochlear Implant-Quality of Life (CIQOL): Development of a profile instrument (CIQOL-35 Profile) and a global measure (CIQOL-10 Global). Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62(9), 3554-3563. https://doi.org/10.1044/2019_JSLHR-H-19-0142   *These authors contributed equally to this work as co-first authors.

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


Hand, B.N., Boan, A., Bradley, C., Carpenter, L.A., (2019, May 2). 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. https://insar.confex.com/insar/2019/webprogram/Paper29577.html

Courses Taught

  • HTHRHSC 8200 – Research Dissemination in HRS

  • HTHRHSC 8998 – PhD Independent Study

  • HTHRHSC 7999 – Master’s Thesis Independent Study

Major Awards

  • 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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