Cindy del Rosario
My research interests revolve around understanding why people die where they die and how place and displacement impact the quality of the dying process. Through the Hillman Scholars program and with the help of my mentors, Mary Ersek and Julie Sochalski, I plan to examine a specific case of this issue through my dissertation: what is the impact of rurality on place of death and quality of care at the end of life for Veterans dying in inpatient VA facilities?
This study will be based on data from the Performance Reporting and Outcomes Measurement to Improve the Standard of care at End-of-Life (PROMISE) Center at the VA. To this end, I am interested in learning and applying different statistical methods, including observational study design, spatial analysis, and statistical learning, and examining how quality and performance is measured in end-of-life care.
Prior to Penn, I completed a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, served as Peace Corps Volunteer teaching math and physics in Tanzania, and have worked in publishing. Outside of my research focus, I am also curious (and happy to chat) about complementary and alternative medicine, scientific epistemology, and health & education policy (among other things).