My areas of research include formal organizations and health services research. I often use theories about organizations to look at problems in health care delivery. My earlier work focused on the diffusion of medical treatment innovations through hospital networks, linkages between rural hospitals and long term care providers, and change in professional work and the organizational settings within which professional work occurs. I am currently studying transitions in the long term care service delivery system, and the transformation of cancer care delivery in community settings. My most recent publications have appeared in Health Affairs (2010, 2011), the Archives of Internal Medicine (2011), and the Annual Review of Sociology (2011).
I am professor of Sociology, and Health Services Policy and Practice, and I am affiliated with the Center on Gerontology and Health Care Research. I am Senior Associate Editor of Health Services Research, and I am active in the American Sociological Association, The Academy of Management, and AcademyHealth. My areas of research include formal organizations, health care organizations, professional work and changes in professional careers and professional organizations over time. I use theories about organizations to look at problems in health care delivery and to study health care organizations. I teach courses on organizational theory, health care organizations, research methods, and health care policy. From 2000 through 2004 I served Brown as the Dean of the Faculty; and from 2005 through 2008 as Chair of the Sociology Department.
MARY FENNELL, PHD
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