Cindy Christiansen, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management
Cindy Christiansen
Talbot – T340W
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Dr. Christiansen is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management and affiliate statistician at the Center for Health, Quality Outcomes, and Economic Research (CHQOER), Veterans Affairs in Bedford, Massachusetts. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and has had leadership roles in the International Association for Bayesian Analysis, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the Health Policy Statistics Section of the ASA. Her interests include the development and implementation of multi-level and prediction models for health policy applications. Her methodological research has been used to estimate the number of potential organ donors across Organ Procurement Organization regions, to estimate the number of recipients of Ryan White Care Act program services, and to predict the cumulative risk of false-positive mammograms.


  • University of Texas-Austin, BA
  • University of Texas-Austin, MS
  • University of Texas-Austin, PhD


  • Published on 2/1/2015

    Barlam TF, Morgan JR, Wetzler LM, Christiansen CL, Drainoni ML. Antibiotics for respiratory tract infections: a comparison of prescribing in an outpatient setting. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Feb; 36(2):153-9.

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  • Published on 12/17/2014

    Smith EG, Austin KL, Kim HM, Miller DR, Eisen SV, Christiansen CL, Kilbourne AM, Sauer BC, McCarthy JF, Valenstein M. Suicide risk in Veterans Health Administration patients with mental health diagnoses initiating lithium or valproate: a historical prospective cohort study. BMC Psychiatry. 2014 Dec; 14(1):357.

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  • Published on 12/1/2014

    Shwartz M, Peköz EA, Burgess JF, Christiansen CL, Rosen AK, Berlowitz D. A Probability Metric for Identifying High-Performing Facilities: An Application for Pay-for-Performance Programs. Med Care. 2014 Dec; 52(12):1030-6.

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  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Southern WN, Drainoni ML, Smith BD, Koppelman E, McKee MD, Christiansen CL, Gifford AL, Weinbaum CM, Litwin AH. Physician nonadherence with a hepatitis C screening program. Qual Manag Health Care. 2014 Jan-Mar; 23(1):1-9.

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  • Published on 9/16/2013

    Geller AC, Clapp RW, Sober AJ, Gonsalves L, Mueller L, Christiansen CL, Shaikh W, Miller DR. Melanoma epidemic: an analysis of six decades of data from the Connecticut Tumor Registry. J Clin Oncol. 2013 Nov 20; 31(33):4172-8.

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  • Published on 7/1/2013

    Vimalananda VG, Miller DR, Christiansen CL, Wang W, Tremblay P, Fincke BG. Cardiovascular disease risk factors among women veterans at VA medical facilities. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Jul; 28 Suppl 2:S517-23.

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  • Published on 2/1/2013

    Sullivan JL, Shwartz M, Burgess JF, Peköz EA, Christiansen CL, Gerena-Melia M, Berlowitz D. Person-centered care practices and quality in Department of Veterans Affairs nursing homes: is there a relationship? Med Care. 2013 Feb; 51(2):165-71.

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  • Published on 12/1/2012

    Eisen SV, Schultz MR, Mueller LN, Degenhart C, Clark JA, Resnick SG, Christiansen CL, Armstrong M, Bottonari KA, Rosenheck RA, Sadow D. Outcome of a randomized study of a mental health peer education and support group in the VA. Psychiatr Serv. 2012 Dec; 63(12):1243-6.

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  • Published on 9/20/2012

    Drainoni ML, Litwin AH, Smith BD, Koppelman EA, McKee MD, Christiansen CL, Gifford AL, Weinbaum CM, Southern WN. Effectiveness of a risk screener in identifying hepatitis C virus in a primary care setting. Am J Public Health. 2012 Nov; 102(11):e115-21.

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  • Published on 6/20/2012

    Shwartz M, Peköz EA, Christiansen CL, Burgess JF, Berlowitz D. Shrinkage estimators for a composite measure of quality conceptualized as a formative construct. Health Serv Res. 2013 Feb; 48(1):271-89.

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