Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Deborah Thayer

Research Associate II
Deborah Thayer


404C Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 228-8587

Education: University of Maine, BS, 1977; University of Southern Maine, MBA, 1992


Areas of Expertise: Statistical analysis including bivariate and multivariate techniques; analytic file construction for research projects; working with and linking large datasets.

Research Interests: Quality of health care; health behaviors; costs of health care.

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.


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