Jessica Schumacher, PhD, MS

Associate Professor

Jessica Schumacher completed her master’s degree training in Epidemiology in 2001, after which she worked as an epidemiologist in the California and Wisconsin state departments of health in cancer prevention and control. She returned to school in 2005 to pursue doctoral training in population health with an emphasis on health services research, during which she acquired broad knowledge of the determinants of health and investigated breakdowns experienced by the near-elderly in care processes, causing them to miss needed care and increase use of hospital services. These experiences solidified her interest in care transitions and consequences for vulnerable patients. Helping family members navigate the emotionally charged and fragmented cancer care delivery process focused her interests on cancer care delivery.

In her research, Dr. Schumacher uses quantitative and qualitative mixed methods strategies to identify opportunities to improve health care quality and health outcomes for vulnerable older adult patient populations. She has published studies on health care quality and health outcomes in cancer patients and near-elderly patient populations with complex illness. Jessica oversees research efforts pertaining to cancer care delivery, secures funding with faculty, and helps coordinate research fellows and biostatisticians/programmers working on these projects.

Link to publications
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  • PhD, Population Health Sciences (Health Services Research), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dec 2009
  • MS, Population Health Sciences (Epidemiology), University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 2001
  • BS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Aug 1995