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    Milena D Anatchkova PhD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentQuantitative Health Sciences
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester MA 01655


        Dr. Anatchkova’s interests are in assessment of patient reported outcomes, computerized adaptive testing and health related behavior interventions.Currently Dr. Anatchkova is working on a project funded through a NIH/NIA K01 career development award focusing on the development of an item bank assessing the impact of health status on role functioning across the lifespan. This work builds upon her experience as a research scientist at QualityMetric Inc., where she has participated in a number of federally funded small business development grants and various externally funded consulting projects in the area of patient reported outcomes measurement. She has been actively involved in the work on development and feasibility testing of recent computerized adaptive tests for asthma, chronic pain, patients with heart failure, depression, HIV and chronic kidney disease among others. The quality of her work in this area has been recognized by the International Society of Quality of Life Research, which distinguished her as a New Investigator Award finalist for two consecutive years (2007, 2008). In addition Dr. Anatchkova has experience in all aspect of the development, implementation and analyses of results of health behavior intervention and prevention programs in the areas of smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol consumption and HIV prevention, gained during her years at the Cancer Prevention Research Center at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Anatchkova’s work has been recognized by the Society of Behavioral Medicine (Meritorious Paper award and Early Career Award, 2004). She is also the recipient of two dissertation awards (Jacobs Foundation Award, 2002 and Peter F. Merenda Dissertation Award, 2004).

        Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of Rhode Island, 2004

        M.A.Clinical Psychology, Organizational Psychology, University of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1998

        B.S. Psychology, University of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1996


        •Patient reported outcomes assessment
        •Impact of health and disease on role functioning
        •Behavioral health prevention and intervention
        •Cancer prevention

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        1. Waring ME, McManus RH, Saczynski JS, Anatchkova MD, McManus DD, Devereaux RS, Goldberg RJ, Allison JJ, Kiefe CI. Transitions, Risks, and Actions in Coronary Events--Center for Outcomes Research and Education (TRACE-CORE): design and rationale. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2012 Sep 1; 5(5):e44-50.
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        2. Appelbaum PS, Anatchkova M, Albert K, Dunn LB, Lidz CW. Therapeutic misconception in research subjects: Development and validation of a measure. Clin Trials. 2012; 9(6):748-61.
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        3. Anatchkova M, Rose M, Ware J, Bjorner JB. Evaluation of a role functioning computer adaptive test (RF-CAT). Qual Life Res. 2013 Jun; 22(5):1085-92.
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        4. Rose M, Bjorner JB, Fischer F, Anatchkova M, Gandek B, Klapp BF, Ware JE. Computerized adaptive testing--ready for ambulatory monitoring? Psychosom Med. 2012 May; 74(4):338-48.
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        5. Rose M, Anatchkova M, Fletcher J, Blank AE, Bjørner J, Löwe B, Rector TS, Ware JE. Short and precise patient self-assessment of heart failure symptoms using a computerized adaptive test. Circ Heart Fail. 2012 May 1; 5(3):331-9.
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        6. Anatchkova MD, Rose M, Ware JE, Bjorner JB. Development of an item bank and computer adaptive test for role functioning. Qual Life Res. 2012 Nov; 21(9):1625-37.
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        7. Anatchkova MD, Ware JE, Bjorner JB. Assessing the factor structure of a role functioning item bank. Qual Life Res. 2011 Jun; 20(5):745-58.
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        8. Anatchkova MD, Bjorner JB. Health and role functioning: the use of focus groups in the development of an item bank. Qual Life Res. 2010 Feb; 19(1):111-23.
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        9. Anatchkova MD, Saris-Baglama RN, Kosinski M, Bjorner JB. Development and preliminary testing of a computerized adaptive assessment of chronic pain. J Pain. 2009 Sep; 10(9):932-43.
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        10. Anatchkova MD, Redding CA, Rossi JS. Development and validation of transtheoretical model measures for Bulgarian adolescent non-smokers. Subst Use Misuse. 2007; 42(1):23-41.
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        11. Velicer WF, Redding CA, Anatchkova MD, Fava JL, Prochaska JO. Identifying cluster subtypes for the prevention of adolescent smoking acquisition. Addict Behav. 2007 Feb; 32(2):228-47.
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        12. Anatchkova MD, Redding CA, Rossi JS. Development and validation of Decisional Balance and Temptations measures for Bulgarian adolescent smokers. Addict Behav. 2006 Jan; 31(1):155-61.
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        13. Anatchkova MD, Velicer WF, Prochaska JO. Replication of subtypes for smoking cessation within the precontemplation stage of change. Addict Behav. 2006 Jul; 31(7):1101-15.
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        14. Anatchkova MD, Velicer WF, Prochaska JO. Replication of subtypes for smoking cessation within the Preparation stage of change. Addict Behav. 2006 Feb; 31(2):359-66.
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        15. Anatchkova MD, Velicer WF, Prochaska JO. Replication of subtypes for smoking cessation within the contemplation stage of change. Addict Behav. 2005 Jun; 30(5):915-27.
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