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Natalia Zhivan

NATALIA A. ZHIVAN received her M.S. in Mathematical Economics from St. Petersburg State University in Russia. She earned her M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2009) in economics from Boston College. She joined the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College in 2002 as a Research Assistant and later as a Research Economist where she participated in multiple projects related to retirement issues including the development of policies toward the protection of the vulnerable elderly population and modeling health outcomes and out-of-pocket health care costs to help older workers plan for retirement. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics and the Department of Health Systems Management, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University. Her research interests are in aging and retirement, health disparities, and efficiency in healthcare. As a Healthcare Quality Scholar, Dr. Zhivan will examine disparities in health care utilization and health outcomes among Latino and non-Latino elderly.

Project Title: “Disparities in Health Care Utilization and Health Outcomes among the Latino and Non-Latino Elderly using the Health and Retirement Study”

Recent and Pending Publications

"Disparities in Health Services Utilization among Latino, Black and White Elderly Americans." In Preparation.

Zhivan NA, Ang A, Amaro H, Vega WA and Markides KS. (2011). "Ethnic/Race Differences in the Attrition of Older American Survey Respondents: Implications for Health-Related Research." Health Services Research, Epub Sep. 

Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey