Abiola Keller, PA-C, MPH, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Keller completed a NIH/NICHD Kirschstein-NRSA funded postdoctoral fellowship in Health Disparities Research at the Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Keller obtained a BS in Biomedical Science from Marquette University in 2001; a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Iowa in 2003, a MPH from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010; and a PhD in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012.
This research study examines the diagnosis and treatment of depression by non-physician providers in primary care using a secondary data analysis of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). This research will explore (1) whether the diagnosis and treatment of depression differs by provider type (physicians and non-physician providers) in primary care; and (2) whether racial or ethnic minority status is associated with receipt of depression care (medication or counseling) in visits to non-physician providers in primary care.
My New Connections Experience
I applied for an RWJF New Connections award because it presented a unique opportunity to receive funding as a junior scholar to help me advance me towards my goal of developing an independent research program focused on decreasing health disparities and improving health outcomes. Through the New Connections award I will have access to activities that will enhance my research skills specifically related to population health and health equity research. Additionally, I will be able to establish a network of potential collaborators and obtain feedback on my work from other junior and senior researchers with expertise and interests in health disparities and health equity research.
I anticipate that my participation in the New Connections program will increase the visibility of my work, allow me to expand my research network and build the skills necessary for success in academia.
Population Health, Mental Health, Health Disparities Research, Health Services Research
- New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
- Award Year: 2014
- Project Name: Examining the impact of diagnosis and treatment by non-physician primary care providers on racial and ethnic disparities in depression care