Faculty Scholars

Faculty Scholar Lori Dickes, Ph.D. at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Lori Dickes, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator, Master of Public Administration
College of Health, Education and Human Development

Contact: 864-980-3135 or lorid@clemson.edu

Who is Dr. Dickes?

Dr. Dickes’ research interest in health related areas is not new, but is only within the past 3-4 years that she has been able to explore her interests in more depth. Her academic background is in Economics and Policy analysis. She started working on the MAiN project with Dr. Jenny Hudson at GHS and the Clemson team, Drs. Rachel Mayo, Windsor Sherrill and Liwei Chen 3 years ago. This collaborative effort seeks to understand the safety, cost effectiveness and overall program efficacy of the GHS MAiN intervention for infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. The initial results from our team’s research are encouraging and provide evidence of opportunities for implementing this model at other hospital locations in the state. SC DHEC has extended the funding for this collaboration for an additional 5 years to implement in hospitals across the state.

As well, over the past 6 months Dr. Dickes has been working with the South Carolina Federal Court District on an evaluation project of the BRIDGE, drug court system. This effort gives some defendants the opportunity to participate in “drug court” and if successful they do not go to prison. This is an 18-24 month program that works to treat the “whole” person with substance abuse treatment, counseling services, job and/or educational opportunities, mentoring and other support mechanisms. They have worked with the US District Attorney and District Judge Hendricks to develop a proposal for the Arnold Foundation for research the short and long run outcomes of this program.

For more information, see her Curriculum Vitae.

How Dr. Dickes’ research is transforming health care

In an environment of policy and fiscal uncertainty, a diverse team of researchers is important to developing unique and creative approaches to solving problems. As a social scientist with a strong background in economic and policy analysis, Dr. Dickes brings a sometimes different but important perspective to issues across a range of health related areas. As an economist, she recognizes the value of innovation and thinking outside the box but also recognize that the benefits and costs must be evaluated. However, as a policy maker, it is also critical that they attempt to understand the value of the short and long run costs and benefits of an health policy and/or innovation. Individual and community health and wellness potentially have substantive long term benefits and may take investments that do not pay off in the classically defined short run. In addition, Dr. Dickes is very interested in using my knowledge of incentives and unintended consequences of policy change to add value to our understanding of healthcare policy change and innovation. In conclusion, she believes her perspective and knowledge as an economist and policy analyst add an important perspective to any health research team trying to explore the overall efficacy of healthcare innovations and/or implementations.

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Health Research Expertise Keywords

Economic analysis, Cost effectiveness, Policy innovation, Cost/benefit, Healthcare innovation