Vaneh Hovsepian, PhD, MSN, RN is a T32 postdoctoral research fellow at the Center of Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR). Dr. Hovsepian joins CHOPR after having completed her PhD at the Columbia University School of Nursing under Dr. Lusine Poghosyan’s mentorship.

Dr. Hovsepian was the recipient of an R36 Dissertation Grant from the National Institute on Aging for her study, “The Influence of Primary Care Structural Capabilities on Hospitalizations among Older Adults with Dementia.” The objective of her dissertation was to discover how structural capabilities in primary care practices where nurse practitioners provide care to Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias influence hospitalizations. More specifically, structural capabilities such as care coordination (e.g., managing patient conditions and managing medications), electronic health records (e.g., prescribing medications and recording clinical notes), community integration (e.g., referral system for linking patients to community programs), and reminder systems for patients with various comorbidities were the focus of this study.

Dr. Hovsepian’s long-term professional goal is to gain expertise in improving the quality of care of older adults with dementia in the US and internationally as an established nurse scientist and health services researcher.