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Center Directors
The Center is co-directed by Drs. Hasanat Alamgir and Kenneth Knapp.

 Kenneth Knapp

Kenneth Knapp, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy & Management at the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College, and co-director of the school’s Center for Long-Term C‌are. An economist who specializes in gerontology, Dr. Knapp’s current research interests include program evaluation of the health benefits of Taiji and Qigong, particularly in the context of workplace wellness programs; the implications for healthcare, family caregiving and long-term care of aging and longevity; and the health effects of “non-healthcare” sectors such as housing and labor markets. Dr. Knapp advises doctoral students and supervises dissertation research in the Dr.P.H. program, and teaches healthcare economics, health services research and other courses at New York Medical College. He was an original member of the interdisciplinary research team at the International Longevity Center, a nonprofit think-tank lead by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and geriatrician Robert N. Butler.  Click here for more information about Dr. Kenneth Knapp.

   
 Hasanat Alamgir Hasanat Alamgir, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College, and co-director of the school’s Center for Long-Term Care. His research activities focus on conducting investigations of risk factors and burden of injuries and illness and economic evaluation of health interventions. As principle and co-investigator, he has received research funds from several sources including the Department of Defense, NIH/Fogarty, State Health Department, Environmental Protection Agency and Workers' Compensation Agency. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and studied populations including sawmill and healthcare workers in Canada, the U.S. military personnel and garment workers in Bangladesh. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences and meetings on health and safety issues. He has received his Pharmacy degree from Dhaka University in Bangladesh, M.B.A. from West Texas A & M University, and Ph.D. from the School of Public and Population Health, University of British Columbia. Click here for more information about Dr. Hasanat Alamgir.
   
Research Scholars
The Center is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of Research Scholars involved in a wide variety of research and policy activities.
Adam Block, Ph.D. 

Adam E. Block, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of is a health economist with deep experience in the hospital, health plan and government sectors. He has research interests in how individuals make decisions in health care markets and his research activities focus on patient selection of hospitals, patient selection of insurance plans and diffusion of innovation in the market.

He worked developing contracting models for value based purchasing for a major hospital system and has worked extensively performing financial analysis and evaluation of medical management programs for a large Medicaid managed care plan. Dr. Block spent several years developing the legislation on the Affordable Care Act as an Economist at the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation and subsequently wrote regulations and regulatory impact analyses for key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Block teaches health economics and guest lectures on all aspects of the U.S. Health care system. Dr. Block’s work experience gives him an intimate knowledge of the workings and development of the Affordable Care Act.

   
 Janet Dolot

Janet Dolot, PT, DPT, DrPH, OCS, is assistant professor of clinical physical therapy in the Department of Physical Therapy within the School of Health Sciences and Practice of New York Medical College and a Research Scholar of the school’s Center for Long-Term Care. Her research interests include: access, barriers and outcomes of rehabilitation for older adults, identification of important factors impacting utilization of physical therapy by patients, and understanding the value of physical therapy for society and individuals. Dr. Dolot earned a DrPH in Health Care Policy and Management from New York Medical College. She earned both MSPT and DPT degrees from Simmons College. She is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy. Click here for more information about Dr. Dolot.

   
 Luis F. Riquelme Luis F. Riquelme, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is an Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathology, School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. and Director of the Center for Swallowing and Speech-Language Pathology at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. He completed his M.S. at Columbia University and his Ph.D. at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He teaches courses in dysphagia, management of medical patients, professional issues and ethics, and co-teaches modules in diagnostic methods. He also developed and teaches the diagnostic practicum rotation at New York Methodist Hospital. He has authored articles on swallowing disorders (dysphagia), multiculturalism, cultural competence, leadership and quality improvement. He teaches, conducts research and runs an active clinical program. His clinical and research interests focus on pill swallowing, changes in swallow physiology secondary to aging or specific neurological etiologies and on the impact of diet recommendations on pulmonary status and overall quality of life. He has presented locally, nationally and internationally, and has been on several local and national boards and committees. At present, he is Chair of the American Board of Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders; Past Chair of the NY State Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. He is Past Chair of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Multicultural Issues Board and Past President of the New York State Speech-Language- Hearing Association (NYSSLHA). Dr. Riquelme is also a co-founder of the Hispanic Caucus for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (1992). He became an ASHA Fellow in 2009 and in 2006 he received ASHA’s Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs. In 2001 he received NYSSLHA’s Distinguished Service Award. Click here for more information about Dr. Riquelme.
   
 Susan L. Ronan Susan L. Ronan, PT, DPT, PCS,  is a physical therapist and board certified pediatric clinical specialist and assistant professor at New York Medical College in the School of Health Sciences and Practice’s Department of Physical Therapy and a Research Scholar of the school’s Center for Long-Term Care. She has worked with children in variety of settings including the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric ICU, inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation, early intervention, preschool and home care. Her research interests have been in facial reanimation, muscle tone interventions, parent educational materials, balance fitness and wellness programs for children with developmental conditions, including autism and typically developing children. She has presented at national conferences and published in peer reviewed journals. Click here for more information about Dr. Ronan.
   
 Vadim Tantsyura Vadim Tantsyura, DrPH, is a Lecturer in the Division of Health Policy & Management at the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College and a Research Scholar of the school’s Center for Long-Term Care. a Clinical Data Scientist with over 15 years of experience in all phases of drug development. His therapeutic experience includes oncology, ophthalmology, cardio-vascular, pain management, diabetes, rheumatology, inflammatory diseases, Alzheimer, pediatric autism and ADHD. His previous employment included Director of Data Management responsibilities at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and now at Target Health, Inc. In particular, Dr. Tantsyura led data management efforts to receive FDA approval for the first Regeneron drug, ARCALYST® and led data management efforts through mid-phase 3 of the development for the multi-billion AMD drug EYLEA®. Dr. Tantsyura’s education includes BS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Computer Engineering (Kiev State University, Ukraine), MA in International Development Economics (Yale University), MS in Biostatistics and DrPH in Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College. His doctorate dissertation topic was “Impact of Study Size on Data Quality in Regulated Clinical Research: Analysis of Probabilities of Erroneous Regulatory Decisions in the Presence of Data Errors.” Click here for more information about Dr. Tantsyura.
   

Research Assistants
The Center is staffed by a team of Research Assistants involved in the Center’s research and development.

   
 Adesola Akinyemi

Adesola Akinyemi is a Master in Public Health - Health Policy and Management student at the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College. He is President of Student Healthcare Executives, StuHE, and Graduate Assistant for the Department of Health Policy and Management. His prior experiences have been in community medical outreach and various community development programs. At the Center for Long-Term Care, he assists professors and doctoral students with administrative and research work as a Research Assistant.

   
 Betsy Chacko Betsy Chacko is a Master in Public Health - Health Policy and Management candidate. She currently works as regional risk management and quality improvement consultant for long term care facilities across the state of New York, and has previously held director-level roles throughout the health care industry.  She is a Registered Nurse and holds a B.S. from Pace University. For the 2016-2017 academic year, she conducted her graduate level practicum at the Center for Long Term Care, focusing on studies related to obesity and weight management in community based seniors.  She continues to be a volunteer administrative and research assistant at the Center.
   
 Julian Lee Julian Lee is a Doctor of Public Health - Health Policy and Management student at the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College. Her doctoral internship was in clinical trial data management at Target Health Inc., a full-service contract research organization. Julian’s main research interests have been in long-term care, data management, and health communication. Previously, she was a member of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Graduate Assistant at the School of Health Sciences and Practice, Office of Admissions. At the Center for Long-Term Care, she assists professors and doctoral students with administrative and research work as a Research Assistant.
   
 Constance Constance Bowens works as an advocate on behalf of people with disabilities to support adequate allocation of resources to enable full community inclusion and prevention of institutionalization or re-institutionalization for those for whom institutional care is unnecessary and or undesirable. She is interested in exploring the financing of home and community based services to further these goals as well as exploration of potential barriers to such financing and wider resource allocation issues. To that end she enrolled in New York Medical College's doctoral program in the Fall of 2016 due to the focus of its program on the understanding the social determinants of health, Center for Long term Care Research & Policy as well as SHSP's focus on practice improvement.