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  Kimberley R. Isett
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
School of Public Policy

Ph.D., MPA, University of Arizona
Joined faculty in 2011

Research areas/interests
health systems, vulnerable populations, science to service gap, interorganizational networks

Teachnology Faculty Fellow, Columbia University MSPH, Spring 2010
Minnowbrook III New Faculty Fellow (September 2008)
Best Paper 2004, American Review of Public Administration
MacArthur Foundation Network on Mental Health Policy Research, Associate
Best Paper Proceedings 2002, Public & Nonprofit Division, Academy of Management
Best Paper 2001, Health Care Management Division, Academy of Management
Arizona Foundation Award for Meritorious Performance by Graduate Assistants, 1999

Invited Talks
Centers for Disease Control, Office of Smoking and Health Chamblee GA, August 2013
Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland May 2013
HOPWA Collaborative, Atlanta Office of Contracts and Grants, January 2013
Workshop on End game Strategies in Tobacco Control (RWJF/American Legacy Foundation), Ann Arbor, MI June 2012
Symposium on Evidenced-based Practices in Healthcare. International Healthcare Leadership Foundation, Beijing, China, July 2010
20th Annual Symposium on Health Care Services in New York: Research and Practice, New York, NY, November 2009


Propositioning Value: Visual Evidence-Based Arguments for Early Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorder in Georgia Marcus Autism Center and Quick Wins: Georgia Institute of Technology & Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Partnership. July 2014- August 2015. In this grant we create a visualization tool that harnesses the extant evidence base for Autism Services to illustrate the different economic and social outcomes for kids at different ages of clinical intervention to decision makers. Principal Investigator: Kimberley R. Isett, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Rapid Disruptions: Understanding the Dental Information Networks around Novel Nicotine Products and Relevance to Patient Care and Health (Protocol Development Grant) National Dental Practice Based Research Network. October 2014- July 2015. In this grant we work with the National Dental PBRN to develop protocols to collect data on information dissemination to professional dentists with regard to new nicotine products like e-cigarettes and hookahs. Principal Investigator: Julia Melkers

Mainstreaming Public Health in the Bloomberg Administration: A model for reform? Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August 2010-January 2012

An Analysis of Systems Change John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Models for Change Initiative, August 2007-April 2008; January 2008- December 2010.

Integration Diffusion for SMI Service Delivery National Institute of Mental Health 1 R03 MH073728-01A1), September 2005 to August 2006.

Special Districts, Performance Measurement, and Citizen Involvement Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, June 2004 to March 2006.

An Exploration of the Salience of Research to Practice Networks Calderone Research Prize for Junior Faculty, Columbia University, December 2005- June 2006. This support was used to assess the perceived benefit of “research to practice” networks to its members. Principal Investigator: Kimberley R. Isett, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Current and recent projects  

Mainstreaming Public Health in the Bloomberg Administration: A model for reform?

Re-entry services for returning offenders in Dekalb County

Access to Pediatric Care: small area estimates and policy implications

Selected Projects

Evaluating New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Collaborative MacArthur Foundation’s Network on Mental Health Policy Research, January 2005 to October 2007. This project
is a formative evaluation to discern how the Behavioral Health Collaborative is being implemented and what the facilitators and barriers to the initiative are, as they emerge. In addition to a state level perspective, an investigation of local level processes was also completed. Principal Investigator: Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D; Isett lead on local processes (with J. Miranda)

Implementation of Evidenced-Based Practices MacArthur Foundation’s Mental Health Policy Research Network, February 2002 to May 2005. This project focused on the state-
level barriers and facilitators to implementing Evidenced Based Practices (EBPs) in eight states. Principal Investigator: Howard Goldman, M.D., Ph.D

Recent and selected publications  
Mergel, I.A., R.K. Rethmeyer, and K.R. Isett. Forthcoming. Big Data in Public Affairs. (peer reviewed) Public Administration Review.

Coyle, E.C., K.R. Isett, J. Rondone, R. Harris, M.C.B. Howell, K. Brandus, G. Hughes, R. Kerfoot, D. Hicks. 2016. Making Homes Healthy: International Code Council Processes and Patterns. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 22(4): 338-347.

Noble, S. and K.R. Isett. 2016 A Health in All Policies Evolution in New York City’s PlaNYC. Frontiers in Public Health Service Systems Research;5(1):6–12. DOI: 10.13023/FPHSSR.0501.02.

Isett, K.R., B. Head, G. Vanlandingham. 2016. Caveat Emptor: What do we know about Public Administration Evidence and How do we know it? Public Administration Review 76(1): 20-23.

Gentili, M., K.R. Isett, N. Serban, and J. Swann. 2015. Small-area estimation of spatial access to care and its implications for policy. Journal of Urban Health 92(5): 864-909.

Isett, K.R., Laugesen, M.J, and D.H. Cloud. 2015. Learning from New York City: A Case Study of Public Health Policy Practice in the Bloomberg Administration. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice 21(4):313-322.
*** Gold Award, American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors***

Isett, K.R. and J. Miranda. 2015. Watching sausage being made: Lessons learned from the co production of governance in a behavioral health system. Public Management Review. 17(1):35-56.

Laugesen, MJ, and K.R. Isett. 2013. Policymakers’ use of evidence to change public health in New York City. Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research 2(7): article 2.

Wright, B.E., R. Christensen, and K.R. Isett. 2013. Motivated to Adapt? The Role of Public Service Motivation as Employees face Organizational Change. Public Administration Review. 73(5): 738-747.

Isett KR. 2013. In and Across Bureaucracy: Structural and Administrative issues for the End Game. Tobacco Control. 22(S1): i58-i60.

Isett, K.R., S.A.M. Glied, M. Sparer , and L.D. Brown. 2013. When Change becomes Transformation: A Case Study of Change Management in Medicaid Offices in New York City. Public Management Review. 15(1):1-17.

Isett, K.R., M. Sparer , S.A.M. Glied, and L.D. Brown. 2011. Aligning Ideologies and Institutions: Reorganization in the HIV/AIDS Services Administration of New York City. Public Administration Review. 71(2): 243-252.

Isett, K.R., I.A. Mergel, K. Leroux, P.A., Mischen, and R.K. Rethmeyer. 2011. Networks in Public Administration Research: Understanding where we are and where we need to go. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 21 S1): 157-173.

Professional associations
Academy of Management
American Society of Public Administration
Public Management Research Association
International Research Society for Public Management (Secretary)