Dennis G. Shea

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Professor of Health Policy and Administration; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Outreach, College of Health and Human Development

Contact Information

345 Health and Human Development Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802



M.Phil., 1985, Economics, Jesus College, Cambridge University
M.A., 1987, Economics, Rutgers University
Ph.D., 1990, Economics, Rutgers University

Teaching Interests

Health economics; health policy.

Research Interests

Economics of aging; health economics; costs and use of long-term care, mental health care, physician services and prescription drugs among older persons; health insurance and Medicare policy.

Selected Publications

Kemper, P., Weaver, F., Short, P., Shea, D., & Kang, H. (2008) Meeting the Need for Personal Care among the Elderly: Does Medicaid Home Care Spending Matter? Health Services Research, 42:344-362

Shea, D., Terza, J., Stuart, B., Briesacher,B. (2007) Estimating the Effects of Prescription Drug Coverage Medicare Beneficiaries. Health Services Research, 42(3):933-949

Son, J., Erno, A., Shea, D., Femia, E., Zarit, S. Stephens, M. (2007) The Caregiver Stress Process and Health Outcomes. Journal of Aging and Health, 19(6):871-887.

Weech-Maldonado, R., Pringle, K., Shea, D. (2007) Long-Term Care Providers and their Perception of the External Environment: Rural versus Urban Differences. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 26(1):78-94

Stuart B, Simoni-Wastila L, Baysac F, Shaffer T, Shea D. (2006) Coverage and Use of Prescription Drugs in Nursing Homes: Implications for the Medicare Modernization Act. MedicalCare, Mar; 44(3):243-9.

Weech-Maldonado, R., Shea, D., Mor, V. (2006) The Relationship between Quality of Care and Costs in Nursing Homes. American Journal of Medical Quality, Jan-Feb; 21(1):40-48.

Davey, A., Femia, E., Zarit, S., Shea, D., Sundstrom, G., Berg, S., Smyer, M., Savla, J. (2005) Life on the Edge: Patterns of Formal and Informal Help to Older Adults in the United States and Sweden. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 60:S281-S288.

Briesacher, B., Limcangco R., Simoni-Wastila, L., Doshi, J. Levens, S., Shea, D., Stuart, B. (2005) The Quality of Antipsychotic Prescribing in Nursing Homes. Archives of Internal Medicine, 165:1280-1285.

Stuart B, Briesacher BA, Shea D., Cooper B, Baysac FS, Limcangco MR. (2005) Riding the Rollercoaster: The Ups and Downs in Out-of-Pocket Spending Under the Standard Medicare Drug Benefit. Health Affairs, Jul-Aug; 24(4):1022-31.

Kolanowski, A., Fick, D., Waller, J., and Shea, D. (2004) Spouses of Persons with Dementia: Their Healthcare Problems, Utilization, and Costs. Research in Nursing & Health, 27(5):296-306

Curriculum Vitae

Dennis Shea vitae

Strategic Themes

  • Contexts and Social Institutions
  • Health Care Systems