Vaneh Hovsepian, PhD, RN is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research in the School of Nursing. Dr. Hovsepian was the recipient of an R36 Dissertation Grant from the National Institute on Aging as a predoctoral nursing student. The objective of her dissertation study was to discover how structural capabilities in primary care practices where nurse practitioners provide care to Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias influence hospitalizations. More specifically, structural capabilities such as care coordination (e.g., managing patient conditions and managing medications), electronic health records (e.g., prescribing medications and recording clinical notes), community integration (e.g., referral system for linking patients to community programs), and reminder systems for patients with comorbidities were the focus of her study.
Overall, Dr. Hovsepian’s objective is to find ways through her research to address the unmet needs of the dementia population in various settings such as primary care and in nursing homes, and to improve their quality of care in the United States. She received her PhD in Nursing at the Columbia University School of Nursing.