Dr. Kathleen Thomas is the principal investigator on a SHARE-funded project aiming to improve the physical and economic health of people with disabilities using evidence on state insurance benchmarking strategies that support improved access and quality healthcare for people with disabilities.
Dr. Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Thomas's expertise is in health economics with an emphasis on understanding barriers to services for underserved populations, focusing in particular on people with mental health needs and disabilities. She also studies mental health professional workforce shortages, access to mental heatlh care for children with autism and other serious mental illness, and factors that lead to racial disparities in service use.
Additional Professional Roles
Prior to joining the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Thomas was an Instructor and Research Associate at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, Assistant Professor at the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington, and Research Fellow at the Division of Long Term Care Studies at the US Department of Heatlh and Human Services. Dr. Thomas received her PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her post-doctoral work at the University of California Berkeley.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.