James Studnicki, Sc.D., MPH, MBAVice President and Director of Data Analytics
Dr. James Studnicki’s 50-year academic career has encompassed appointments at the nation’s premier institutions for public health and health services research. He was most recently the Irwin Belk Endowed Chair in Health Services Research – granted in recognition of outstanding faculty – and Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, College of Health and Human Services. He spent 13 years as a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, the top public health school in the country, where he was the first Director of the Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) Program in Health Finance and Management. Subsequently, he was Chairman, Department of Health Policy and Management, and Director, Center for Health Outcomes Research, at the University of South Florida Health Sciences Center. He has also been a senior hospital executive and president of a technology company which was started in a university incubator.
Dr. Studnicki’s research has focused on the use of large-scale databases, and associated information technology, in analyzing outcomes at the patient, hospital and community levels. He has contributed over 100 peer-reviewed articles to the health services research and public health systems and services research literatures. His publications have appeared in some of the most influential journals in public health, medical care and information technology/sciences, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and the American Journal of Public Health.
He is a winner of the Article of the Year award given by the Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) interest group of Academy Health, a leading professional association for health services researchers. He also received the Dean’s Faculty Innovation Award at UNC Charlotte for his groundbreaking work building a data warehouse to enable county health departments to better assess the needs of their communities.
Dr. Studnicki holds both Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from the George Washington University.
A first pregnancy abortion, compared to a birth, is associated with significantly higher subsequent mental health services utilization following the first pregnancy outcome. The risk attributable to abortion is notably higher for inpatient than outpatient mental health services.
The Enduring Association of a First Pregnancy Abortion with Subsequent Pregnancy Outcomes: A Longitudinal Cohort Study
Multiple abortions are consistently associated with adverse health consequences. Prior abortion is a known risk factor for another abortion. Objective: To determine the persistence of the association of a first-pregnancy abortion with the likelihood of subsequent pregnancy outcomes.
A Post Hoc Exploratory Analysis: Induced Abortion Complications Mistaken for Miscarriage in the Emergency Room are a Risk Factor for Hospitalization
Previous research indicates that an increasing number of women who go to an emergency room for complications following an induced abortion are treated for a miscarriage, meaning their abortion is miscoded or concealed.
Overlooked Dangers of Mifepristone, the FDA’s Reduced REMS, and Self-Managed Abortion Policies: Unwanted Abortions, Unnecessary Abortions, Unsafe Abortions
The failure of abortion providers to support and undertake prospective longitudinal studies of a nationally representative sample of women contributes to our belief that the ideological biases of abortion providers have led to a combination of disinterest, willful ignorance, or even a conspiracy to hide the widespread dangers of unwanted and contraindicated abortions.
A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Emergency Room Utilization Following Mifepristone Chemical and Surgical Abortions, 1999–2015
Existing research on postabortion emergency room visits is sparse and limited by methods which underestimate the incidence of adverse events following abortion. Postabortion emergency room (ER) use since Food and Drug Administration approval of chemical abortion in 2000 can identify trends in the relative morbidity burden of chemical versus surgical procedures.
Estimating the Period Prevalence of Mothers Who Have Abortions: A Population Based Study of Inclusive Pregnancy Outcomes
The prevalence of induced abortion among women with children has been estimated indirectly by projections derived from survey research. However, an empirically derived, population-based conclusion on this question is absent from the published literature.
Although a majority of women who have an abortion report having 1 or more children, there is no published research on the number of abortions which occur between live births, after a first child but before the last. The objectives of this research, therefore, were to estimate the period prevalence of an induced abortion separating live births in a population of Medicaid eligible enrollees and to identify the characteristics of enrollees significantly associated with the use of abortion to enable child spacing.
Black women have been experiencing induced abortions at a rate nearly 4 times that of White women for at least 3 decades, and likely much longer. The impact in years of potential life lost, given abortion’s high incidence and racially skewed distribution, indicates that it is the most demographically consequential occurrence for the minority population.
Pregnancy Outcome Patterns of Medicaid-Eligible Women, 1999-2014: A National Prospective Longitudinal Study
The objective of this study was to describe the characteristic patterns of subsequent pregnancy outcomes evolving from each of three initiating outcome events (birth, induced abortion, natural fetal loss) occurring in a Medicaid population fully insured for all reproductive health services.
Improving the Metrics and Data Reporting for Maternal Mortality: A Challenge to Public Health Surveillance and Effective Prevention
The current measuring metric and reporting methods for assessing maternal mortality are seriously flawed. Evidence-based prevention strategies require consistently reported surveillance data and validated measurement metrics.