Dr. Bisakha (Pia) Sen is tenured Professor in Healthcare Organization and Policy. She specializes in Health Economics and Health Policy, and her research focuses on the effects of policy and environmental changes on vulnerable populations. Dr. Sen has published extensively in economics and public health journals including Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Health Services Research, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, Southern Economic Journal, Obesity, Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Mental Health Policy & Economics, and Contemporary Economic Policy, among others. Her research has been funded by NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CDC, and the Alabama Department of Public Health. She also raised money via crowdfunding for a pilot study on gun policy research.
Dr. Sen teaches classes on Health Economics and Empirical Methods for Health Services Research in the School of Public Health, as well as in the Executive MSHA and execurive doctoral programs in the School of Health Professions. She was a recipient of the UAB Graduate Dean’s Excellence in Mentorship Award in 2012, and a finalist for UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the same year.
Dr Sen completed her Bachelor's in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta (India) and came to the U.S. in 1992. She received her Ph.D in Economics from the Ohio State University in 1998.
Sen, Bisakha, Justin Blackburn, Michael Morrisey, David Becker, Meredith Kilgore, Cathy Caldwell & Nir Menachemi. “Can Increases in CHIP Copayments Reduce Program Expenditures on Prescription Drugs?” 2014. Medicare & Medicaid Research Review 4(2).
Goldfarb, Samantha**, Willi Tarver** & Bisakha Sen. “Family structure and risk behaviors: the role of the family meal in assessing likelihood of adolescent risk behaviors”. 2014. Psychology Research and Behavior Management 7. 53-66. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/PRBM.S40461.
Sen, Bisakha, Nitish Patidar** & Sheikilya Thomas**. “A Silver Lining to Higher Prices at the Pump? Gasoline Prices and Teen Driving Behaviors.” 2014. American Journal of Health Promotion. 28(3): 146-154. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.120926-QUAN-471.
Sen, Bisakha, Justin Blackburn, Michael Morrisey, Meredith Kilgore, David Becker, Cathy Caldwell & Nir Menachemi. “Effectiveness of Preventive Dental Visits in Reducing Non-Preventive Dental Services & Expenditures.” 2013. Pediatrics.131(6). 1107-13. PMID 23713098.
Menachemi, Nir, Gabriel Tajeu**, Bisakha Sen, Alva Ferdinand**, Chelsea Singleton**, Janice Utley**, Olivia Affuso, David Allison. “Misleading and Overreaching Statements in the Nutrition and Obesity Peer-Reviewed Literature: Frequency and Associated Factors.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2013. 45(5):615–621.
Casazza, Krista, Kevin R. Fontaine, Arne Astrup, Leann Birch, Andrew W. Brown, Michelle M. Bohan Brown, Nefertiti Durant, Gareth Dutton, E. Michael Foster, Steven B. Heymsfield, Kerry McIver,Tapan Mehta, Nir Menachemi, P.K. Newby, Russell Pate, Barbara J. Rolls, Bisakha Sen, Daniel L. Smith Jr., Diana Thomas, David B. Allison. “Myths, Presumptions, and Facts in Obesity.” New England Journal of Medicine. 2013. 368(5). 446-454.
Yeager, Valerie**, Nir Menachemi, Peter Ginter, Bisakha Sen, Grant Savage & Leslie Beitsch. “Environmental Factors and Quality Improvement in County & Local Health Departments.” Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. 2013. 19(3). 240-9.
Sen, Bisakha & Anantachai Panjamapirom. “State Background Checks for Gun Purchase and Firearm Deaths: An Exploratory Study.” Preventive Medicine. 2012. 55(4). 346-350. PMID: 22850436.
Sen, Bisakha, Michael Morrisey, Peter Ginter & Nir Menachemi. “Analyzing the Gender Gap in the Salary of Health Administration Faculty.” Journal of Health Administration Education. 29(4). 2012. 303-317.
Sen, Bisakha, Justin Blackburn, Michael Morrisey, Meredith Kilgore, David Becker, Cathy Caldwell & Nir Menachemi. “Did Copayment Changes Reduce Health-Service Utilization Among Chip Enrollees? Evidence From Alabama.” Health Services Research 47(4). 2012. 1603-1620. PMID: 22352979
Tajeu, Gabriel**, Bisakha Sen, David Allison & Nir Menachemi. “Misuse of Odds Ratios in the Obesity Literature: An Empirical Analysis of Published Studies.” Obesity. 2012. 20(8). 1726-31.
Sen, Bisakha, Martha S. Wingate & Russell Kirby. “The Relationship between State Abortion Restrictions and Homicide Deaths Among Children Under 5 Years Of Age: A Longitudinal Study.” Social Science & Medicine. 2012. 75(1):156-64. PMID: 22497846.
Sen, Bisakha. “Is There An Association Between Gasoline Prices & Physical Activity? Evidence from American Time Use Data.” Journal of Policy Analysis & Management. 31(2). 2012. 338-366.
Patel, Payal** & Bisakha Sen. “Teen Motherhood and Long-Term Health Consequences.” Maternal & Child Health Journal. 16(5) 2012, 1063-1071