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Catherine Hawes, Ph.D.

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Regents Professor

Mailing Address:   

School of Rural Public Health
Health Policy & Management
1266 TAMU 
College Station, TX 77843-1266
Phone: 979-458-0081
Fax: 979-458-0656
Email:  Hawes@srph.tamhsc.edu



Catherine Hawes, Ph.D., Regents Professor- is a policy analyst and health services researcher specializing in research on long-term care policy and director of the Program on Aging and Long-Term Care (LTC) Policy.  Her particular interests are in identifying effective regulatory policies; defining, measuring, and assuring quality in LTC; and developing and evaluating interventions, including assessment and clinical care planning, aimed at improving provider performance.  She joined the faculty in 2000 as a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and in 2006 was awarded a Regents Professorship by the Board of Regents for the Texas A&M System.  


Prior to joining the Department of Health Policy and Management, Dr. Haweswas a Senior Research Scientist at the Myers Research Institute at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, a Senior Policy Analyst and director of the Program on Aging and LTC at Research Triangle Institute, a faculty member at Duke University, the director of a state legislative commission on nursing home reform, and an investigator for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Dr. Hawes has led more than 25 research projects aimed at improving care of the elderly and LTC policy for such agencies and organizations as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the Commonwealth Fund, the Retirement Research Foundation, AARP, and the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as for state agencies, such as the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. Prior research projects include Analysis of the Effect of Regulation on Quality in Board and Care Homes; the first National Study of Assisted Living for the Frail Elderly; the Complaint Investigation Improvement Projectthat evaluated state and federal processes and policies and made recommendations to CMS on how to improve the process; and the Development and Evaluation of the National Nursing Home Resident Assessment System and Database. This latter project developed the federally-mandated national nursing home resident assessment system that is used to assess their needs of all nursing home residents and develop individualized care plans.  The resident-level data from this system is also widely used for research and policy (e.g., setting Medicare and Medicaid payment rates). She is currently leading a project on processes to detect and prevent elder abuse in residential care facilities for NIJ, a study that addresses many of the same issues raised in an earlier study for CMS on the role of state and federal agencies in detecting, investigating, resolving and preventing elder abuse in nursing homes.

Dr. Hawes is widely published in such journals as the Gerontologist, JAMA, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Journals of Gerontology. She is listed by ISI as one of the top 250 general social scientists in the world in terms the impact of her work, as measured by the frequency of its citation by other researchers.  She is a member of the editorial board of The Gerontologist.  She is nationally-known for her research on LTC quality, regulation, and prevention of elder abuse. She has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. Senate eight times and conducted Congressional staff briefings on long-term care policy issues five times. She also served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Nursing Home Regulation that proposed many of the provisions adopted by the US Congress in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 and established the current federal regulatory structure governing nursing homes. She was also appointed by the Governor of Texas to a group charged with making recommendations for improving nursing home quality. She and her husband, Charles Phillips, were joint recipients of the Joseph Valley Gerontologist of the Year Award from the University of Texas Center on Aging in 2001 and of the 2005 Public Service Award from the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform for the contribution of their research to expanding public understanding of LTC issues and improving public policy.


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