Kristen Lich Hassmiller, PhD, MHSA
Research Assistant Professor
PhD | University of Michigan | Health Services Organization and Policy
MHA | University of Michigan | Public Health
BS | University of Akron | Psychology and Gerontology
Dr. Lich specializes in the application of systems thinking, operations research, and systems science simulation modeling techniques for health policy, public health delivery, and medical decision making. Dr. Lich has been invited to talk about the use of systems science methods to inform policy and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-informed practice in a variety of settings, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Health Administration, and numerous meetings and workshops. She teaches on these topics at UNC and co-led the System Dynamics track at the NIH-sponsored Institute for Systems Science and Health during the summer of 2012.
Dr. Lich has worked most extensively in tobacco control and health system planning, but recent projects involve developing both qualitative and quantitative models to support informed decision-making about how to allocate limited resources to translate evidence into real-world practice around stroke care, severe mental illness, care for children and youth with special health care needs, and colon cancer in collaboration with federal, state and community partners across the United States. Her research passion is to advance the way we use models (both quantitative and qualitative) and local data to improve decision making by engaging system stakeholders in the process.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Inaugural Systems Science Scholar2015, Academy Health
- Development of a Systems Science Curriculum to Engage Rural African American Teens in Understanding and Addressing Childhood Obesity Prevention. Leah Frerichs, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Tiffany L. Young, Gaurav Dave, Doris Stith, Giselle Corbie-Smith (2017). Health Education and Behavior
- Stakeholder Perspectives on Creating and Maintaining Trust in Community-Academic Research Partnerships. Leah Frerichs, Mimi Kim, Gaurav Dave, Ann Cheney, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Jennifer Jones, Tiffany L. Young, Crystal W. Cene, Deepthi S. Varma, Jennifer Schaal, Adina Black, Catherine W. Striley, Stefanie Vassar, Greer Sullivan, Linda B. Cottler, Arleen Brown, Jessica G. Burke, Giselle Corbie-Smith (2016). Health Education and Behavior 44(1): 182-191
- Integrating Systems Science and Community-Based Participatory Research to Achieve Health Equity. Leah Frerichs, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Gaurav Dave, Giselle Corbie-Smith (2016). American Journal of Public Health 106(2): 215-222
- Applying Critical Race Theory to Group Model Building Methods to Address Community Violence. Leah Frerichs, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Melanie Funchess, Marcus Burrell, Catherine Cerulli, Precious Bedell, Ann Marie White (2016). Progress in Community Health Partnerships 10(3): 443–459