Timothy Callaghan
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Timothy Callaghan, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health

Biography

Timothy Callaghan is an Associate Professor of health policy and politics in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. His research focuses on how politics, policy, and place work together to influence health in America. He has conducted extensive research on individual health attitudes and behaviors, with a particular emphasis on understanding and overcoming vaccine hesitancy. He has also carried out considerable research studying public experiences with Medicaid, substance abuse, and the 988 mental health lifeline. Dr. Callaghan also regularly studies health access and outcomes for vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on studying rural health.

Dr. Callaghan previously served as Chair of the Health Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Callaghan has also won several prestigious awards in his field including the David Kline Jones Distinguished Scholar Award, the Atlas Award for his research on vaccine hesitancy, the Leonard S. Robins Award for his research on public attitudes about the opioid epidemic, the Deil S. Wright award for his research on federalism and the Affordable Care Act, and the Journal of Rural Health Article of the Year Award for his work on COVID-19 in rural areas.

Education

  • University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, PhD Field of Study: Political Science
  • University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, MA Field of Study: Political Science
  • University of Connecticut, BA Field of Study: Political Science/Molecular Biology
  • University of Connecticut, BS Field of Study: Biological Sciences

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH719
  • SPHPM840
  • SPHPM931

Publications

  • Published on 12/1/2023

    Motta M, Callaghan T, Lunz Trujillo K. "The CDC Won't Let Me Be": The Opinion Dynamics of Support for CDC Regulatory Authority. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2023 Dec 01; 48(6):829-857. PMID: 37497881.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 11/21/2023

    Callaghan T, Ferdinand AO, Motta M, Lockman A, Shrestha A, Lunz Trujillo K. Public Attitudes, Inequities, and Polarization in the Launch of the 988 Lifeline. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2023 Nov 21. PMID: 37987198.

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  • Published on 10/1/2023

    Haeder SF, Sylvester SM, Callaghan T. More Than Words? How Highlighting Target Populations Affects Public Opinion about the Medicaid Program. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2023 Oct 01; 48(5):713-760. PMID: 36995367.

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  • Published on 8/5/2023

    Nuzhath T, Spiegelman A, Scobee J, Goidel K, Washburn D, Callaghan T. Primary care physicians' strategies for addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. Soc Sci Med. 2023 Sep; 333:116150. PMID: 37595423.

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  • Published on 6/28/2023

    Olatunji EA, Ogunsola A, Elenwa F, Udeh M, Oginni I, Nmadu Y, Callaghan T. COVID-19: Academic, Financial, and Mental Health Challenges Faced by International Students in the United States Due to the Pandemic. Cureus. 2023 Jun; 15(6):e41081. PMID: 37519560.

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  • Published on 6/9/2023

    Callaghan T, Washburn DJ, Falia G, Greer E, Ramy M. Opportunities and Challenges of Using Carve-Outs to Fund Rural Public Health Initiatives: Evidence From the COVID-19 Pandemic. Public Health Rep. 2023; 138(5):727-731. PMID: 37300286.

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  • Published on 6/1/2023

    Goidel K, Callaghan T, Washburn DJ, Nuzhath T, Scobee J, Spiegelman A, Motta M. Physician Trust in the News Media and Attitudes toward COVID-19. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2023 Jun 01; 48(3):317-350. PMID: 36441631.

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  • Published on 5/9/2023

    Khodakarami N, Akinlotan MA, Callaghan T, Primm KM, Vadali M, Bolin J, Ferdinand AO. Factors associated with hospitalizations for co-occurring HIV and opioid-related diagnoses: Evidence from the national inpatient sample, 2009-2017. Prev Med Rep. 2023 Aug; 34:102225. PMID: 37214165.

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  • Published on 5/1/2023

    3Morgan Kassabia*, Aakriti Shrestha, Natasha Johnson, Savannah Kaspar, Janet Helduser, Scott Horel, Jane Bolin, Alva Ferdinand, and Timothy Callaghan. Rural Healthy People 2030: Common Challenges, Rural Nuances. Policy Brief - Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. 2023.

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  • Published on 4/13/2023

    Callaghan T. Vaccine Uptake and Hesitancy in Rural America in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Public Health. 2023 Jun; 113(6):615-617. PMID: 37053532.

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