Bisakha Sen, PhD

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Dr. Bisakha (Pia) Sen is tenured Professor in Healthcare Organization and Policy. She specializes in Health Services, Health Economics and Health Policy Research. Her primary interest is investigating the effects of interventions, policy changes at the institutional and state/federal level, and environmental changes on vulnerable populations, particularly in the areas of health service utilization, obesogenic behaviors and substance use. Dr. Sen's research has been published in journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Health Services Research, JAMA Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Social Science & Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Inquiry, Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Adolescence, Preventive Medicine, Journal of Mental Health Policy & Economics, Medicare & Medicaid Research Review 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, where her efforts were featured in the New York Times and BBC.

Dr. Sen teaches classes on Health Economics and Empirical Methods for Health Services Research in the School of Public Health. She also teaches Health Economics in the Executive MSHA program, and Regression Methods in the Executive Doctoral program 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. She moved to Birmingham in 2002. Dr. Sen is deeply involved with the local community. She is director of the multi-cultural dance group 'Notinee', a member-sponsor of the Indian Cultural Society @ Birmingham Museum of Art, and part of the Board of Directors of The Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham. She and her husband (Mr Sanjeev Chaudhuri) were 2015 recipients of the B-metro Fusion Awards presented by the city of Birmingham.

Selected Media Articles:

Preventive Dental: NYtimes

B-metro Fusion Awards Article

Racial Disparities in Obesity

Crowdfunding for Gun Violence Research

List of Research Projects For Alabama ALL Kids

Recent Mentions in ASPPH

Selected Recent Publications:

Blackburn, Justin, Michael Morrisey & Bisakha Sen. “Outcomes associated with early preventive dental care among Medicaid-enrolled children in Alabama.” Forthcoming, JAMA Pediatrics.

Guerard, Barbara, Vincent Omachonu, Blake Perze & Bisakha Sen. “The Effectiveness of a Comprehensive Wellness Assessment (CWA) on Medication Adherence in a Medicare Advantage Plan Diabetic Population.” Forthcoming, Journal of Healthcare Management.

Sen, Bisakha, Justin Blackburn, Monica Aswani, Michael Morrisey, David Becker, Meredith Kilgore, Cathy Caldwell, Chris Sellers & Nir Menachemi. “Health Expenditure Concentration and Characteristics of High-Cost Enrollees in CHIP.” 2016. Inquiry 53. doi: 10.1177/0046958016645000.

Sen, Bisakha, Justin Blackburn, David Becker, Michael Morrisey, Meredith Kilgore, Cathy Caldwell & Nir Menachemi. “Does Pediatric Preventive Dental Care Improve Long-Term Dental Outcomes for Children?” Health Services Research. doi:10.1111/1475-6773.12469.

Guerard, Barbara, Vincent Omachonu, Raymond A Harvey, S. Robert Hernandez &   Bisakha Sen. “The Influence of Respondent Characteristics on the Validity of Self-Reported Survey Responses.” Health Services Research.Epub ahead of print: doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12356

Singleton, Chelsea**, Olivia Affuso & Bisakha Sen. “Decomposing racial disparities in Obesity Prevalence: Variations in retail Food Environment.”  American Journal of Preventive Medicine.2016. 50(3), 365-372. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2015.08.004.

Bronstein, Janet, Bisakha Sen, Sally Engler, Wilson Smith & Michael Morrisey. “Initial Impacts of the Patient Care Networks of Alabama.” 2016. Health Services Research. 51(1). 146-166. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12319

Tajeu, Gabriel** & Bisakha Sen. “New Pathways from Short-Sleep to Obesity? Associations Between Short-Sleep and ‘Secondary’ Eating and Drinking Behavior." 2015, American Journal of Health Promotion. doi:

Singleton, Chelsea**, Bisakha Sen & Olivia Affuso. “Disparities in the Availability of farmers Markets in the US.” 2015.  Environmental Justice. 8(4), 135-143. doi:10.1089/env.2015.0011

Sen, Bisakha. “Using the Oaxaca-Blinder Decomposition as an Empirical Tool to Analyze Racial Disparities in Obesity.” Obesity. Online before print:

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).

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.

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.

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.