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Amy Smarlarz

Amy Smarlarz is a Lecturer  in the Public Health Department at UMass Lowell.
Amy SmalarzLecturer
  • CollegeZuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • DepartmentPublic Health
  • EmailAmy_Smalarz@uml.edu

Education

  • Ph D: Social Policy, Specialty: Health Care Services Research and Health Economics, (2006), Brandeis University - Waltham, Ma
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: The Culture and Structure of Physician Groups and their Effects on Quality Outcomes
  • : Health Care Administration, (2002), Simmons College - Boston, MA
  • BA: Biology and Sociology, (1998), Brandeis University - Waltham, Ma

Biography

Amy Smalarz teaches Health Policy, Health Care Systems and Leadership in Healthcare. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Lowell, she led her Healthcare Consulting company, Strategic Market Insight, taught as adjunct faculty at Simmons College and Regis College and was adjunct faculty for the Manning School of Business, teaching Organizational Behavior. Her work has focused on health care services research, specifically the impact of organizational culture and structure on the delivery of healthcare in multiple settings. Currently, she is working to advance research regarding the opioid epidemic and its impact on our public health. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Sociology from Brandeis University in 1998, a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Simmons College in 2002 and earned a Ph.D. in Social Policy as a Fellow in the Academy of Healthcare Research and Quality from Brandeis University in 2006.

Awards and Honors

  • Best Paper Based on a Dissertation (2006) - Academy of Management, Health Care Division
  • Recipient of a Dissertation Grant from the Provost’s Office (2005) - Brandeis University
  • Recipient of an Annual Fund Dissertation Grant. (2005) - Heller School, Brandeis University
  • The Tom Crossman Prize for Public Policy (2002) - Simmons College

Publications

  • Smalarz, A., Prado, M., Howell, P., Turner, J. () "Patient reported motivations for medication switching and/or adherence challenges among patients diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis,"
  • Keller, D.S., Smalarz, A., Haas, E.M. (2016) "Developing a tool to measure pharmacoeconomic outcomes of post-surgical pain management interventions.," Journal of Medical Economics 19:1 pp. 91 - 100
  • Smalarz, A. (2016) "Living Intentionally: How to Bring Balance to You and Your Family," Strategic Market Insight
  • Smalarz, A., Razzano, L., Gordon, D. (2015) "Impact of Postsurgical Pain Management Medication Interventions on Perianesthetic Nurses’ Time and Workflow.," Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing 30:4 pp. e10 - e11
  • Wong, K., Boulanger, L., Smalarz, A., Wu, Y., Fraser, K., Wogen, J. (2013) "Impact of care management processes and integration of care on blood pressure control in diabetes.," BMC Family Practice 14:1 pp. 30 - 39
  • Forlenza, J., Senbetta, M., Smalarz, A., Riggs, K. (2012) "Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics among men with metastatic prostate cancer: An aged-stratified analysis.," Journal of Clinical Oncology 30:5_suppl pp. 256–256
  • Wong, K., Smalarz, A., Wu, N., Boulanger, L., Wogen, J. (2011) "Research Article: The association between hypertension-specific care management processes and blood pressure outcomes in US-based physician organizations.," Journal of the American Society of Hypertension 5: pp. 505 - 512
  • Wong, K., Smalarz, A., Wu, N., Boulanger, L., Wogen, J. (2011) "The association between hypertension-specific care management processes and blood pressure outcomes in US-based physician organizations.," Journal Of The American Society Of Hypertension: JASH 5:6 pp. 505 - 512
  • Ganz, M.L., Smalarz, A., Krupski, T.L., Anger, J.T., Hu, J.C., Wittrup-Jensen, K.U., Pashos, C.L. (2010) "Ambulatory and Office Urology: Economic Costs of Overactive Bladder in the United States.," Urology 75: pp. 526 - 532.e18
  • Ganz, M.L., Pashos, C.L., Smalarz, A., Krupski, T.L., Anger, J.T., Hu, J.C., Wittrup-Jensen, K.U. (2010) "Ambulatory and Office Urology: Reply.," Urology 75: pp. 533
  • Ganz, M.L., Smalarz, A., Krupski, T.L., Anger, J.T., Hu, J.C., Wittrup-Jensen, K.U., Pashos, C.L. (2010) "Economic Costs of Overactive Bladder in the United States.," Urology 75:3 pp. 526 - 532.e18
  • Smalarz, A. (2006) "Physician group cultural dimensions and quality performance indicators: not all is equal.," Health Care Management Review 3 pp. 179
  • Smalarz, A. (2005) "Inside the black box: The effect of physician group culture and structure on patient cost and quality of care outcomes.,"

Presentations

  • Evaluation of disease activity in patients diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis: How often and to what detail are assessment documented? - ISPOR 20th Annual Meeting, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Patient and Physician reported motivations for medication nonadherence or switching in rheumatoid arthritis. - ISPOR 20th Annual Meeting, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Impact of postsurgical pain management medication interventions on PeriAnesthetic nurses’ time and workflow. - 34th ASPAN National Conference, April 2015 - San Antonio, TX
  • Engaging in Meaningful Ways: Communicate and Be Heard! - HEOR & Market Access Writing Workshop, March 2015 - Philadephia, PA
  • Effectively managing the Development Process - HEOR & Market Access Writing Workshop, March 2015 - Philadelphia, PA
  • The Pairing of a Strategic Imperative and RWE Checklist - 1st Ever Virtual Summit on Real-World Evidence, December 2014
  • Collaborating and partnering with physician groups and/or integrated healthcare systems to better understand patients as people. - The World Congress Summit on Patient Centricity and Advocacy, September 2014 - Washington DC
  • Collaborate to Crack the Code for Adherence. - 13th Annual PAAS 2014, June 2014 - Philadelphia
  • The need for a cultural shift for a conversion of focus from disease first to patient first – a multi-stakeholder perspective. - 2nd Annual World Congress Summit to Improve Adherence and Patient Engagement, March 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Bringing it Back to the Patient: Leveraging the Use of Data and Technology for Innovative Insights Leading to Patient Engagement and Influence. - 5th Patient Adherence and Advocacy Summit, February 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Partnerships: The Cornerstone of Success - 16th Annual IAMB Conference, November 2013 - Washington, DC
  • Physician Group Culture and Quality Performance: A Cross-Cultural Comparative Management Perspective - 2006 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 2006 - Atlanta, GA
  • Using Organizational Culture Theory and Measures to Guide Change in the Delivery of Health Care - 2006 Academy of Management Meeting, August 2006 - Atlanta, GA
  • Successful Governing Models for Physician Groups Leading to Improved Quality Performance - Annual Research Meeting, June 2006 - Seattle, WA
  • The Effect of Physician Group Culture and Structure on Patients’ Quality and Efficiency Outcomes - Annual Research Meeting, June 2005 - Boston, MA

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • (2002), Fellowship - Academy for Healthcare Management
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  • (2002), Fellowship - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Trainee
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