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    Judith A Savageau MPH

    TitleResearch Associate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester MA 01655
    Phone774-442-6535
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      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentPediatrics

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        Biography

        Judith Savageau, MPH, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with over 25 years of experience in a variety of investigations of community-based, public health issues. Her particular interests include the identification of factors related to the utilization of health care and compliance with preventive health measures, especially in the fields of adolescent medicine and maternal and child health. The relationship between these outcomes and the development of interventions to improve the quality of medical care are a focus for future research endeavors – especially as they relate to medical education and faculty development efforts. Ms. Savageau has extensive teaching experience both at the medical school and in the UMass School of Public Health and has mentored dozens of medical students, residents, fellows, graduate students, and junior faculty in a variety of research projects.

        Office: Benedict Building, A3-203
        Phone: 774-442-6535
        E-mail:
        Judith.Savageau@umassmed.edu

        Current Positions

        Director - UMMS Senior Scholars Program

        Education

        Yale University School of Medicine/School of Public Health,
        Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Biostatistics, MPH, 1980
        Northeastern University, Biology, BS, 1977

        Affiliations

        Member - American Public Health Association
        Member - Society for Epidemiologic Research
        Member - AcademyHealth
        Member - Massachusetts Public Health Association
        UMMS Center for Health Policy and Research – affiliated faculty
        UMMS Biomedical Computing Committee – committee member
        UMMS Fourth Year Curriculum Committee – committee member
        UMMS Institutional Review Board / Human Subjects – committee member

        Scholarly Activity

        Predoctoral Training in Primary Care (HRSA)
        Quality Improvement Across the Curriculum (HRSA)
        Recruitment and Retention of PCPs at Community Health Centers (AHEC)
        Self-Injurious Behavior in American Prisons (CWM)
        Center for Health Policy and Research (UMMS/Commonwealth Medicine)
        – multiple studies (MA EOHHS, MassHealth, and DMH state funding)

        Mentoring

        Ms. Savageau has mentored countless second year medical students during their UMMS-sponsored summer research fellowship. She has additionally mentored fourth year medical students participating in the Senior Scholars Program and well as many MPH graduate students, Preventive Medicine Residents, Pediatric Residents and FMCH faculty investigators. Ms. Savageau has taught in the medical school and in the MPH program for many years and had conducted numerous technical seminars andworkshops throughout the UMMS campus in the areas of literature searching, evaluating medical journal articles, writing literature reviews, scientific writing for publication, developing research projects, research methodology, research mentoring, study design and bias, data entry applications, and data analysis.



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        1. Weinreb L, Byatt N, Moore Simas TA, Tenner K, Savageau JA. What Happens to Mental Health Treatment During Pregnancy? Women's Experience with Prescribing Providers. Psychiatr Q. 2014 Sep; 85(3):349-55.
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        2. Baldor R, Savageau JA, Shokar N, Potts S, Gravel J, Eisenstock K, Ledwith J. Hospitalist Involvement in Family Medicine Residency Training: A CERA Study. Fam Med. 2014 Feb; 46(2):88-93.
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        3. Curtis M, Silk HJ, Savageau JA. Prenatal oral health education in u.s. Dental schools and obstetrics and gynecology residencies. J Dent Educ. 2013 Nov; 77(11):1461-8.
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        4. Cabral L, Strother H, Muhr K, Sefton L, Savageau J. Clarifying the role of the mental health peer specialist in Massachusetts, USA: insights from peer specialists, supervisors and clients. Health Soc Care Community. 2014 Jan; 22(1):104-12.
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        5. Cabral L, Muhr K, Savageau J. Perspectives of people who are deaf and hard of hearing on mental health, recovery, and peer support. Community Ment Health J. 2013 Dec; 49(6):649-57.
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        6. Silk H, King R, Bennett IM, Chessman AW, Savageau JA. Assessing oral health curriculum in US family medicine residency programs: a CERA study. Fam Med. 2012 Nov-Dec; 44(10):719-22.
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        7. Kedian T, Gussak L, Savageau JA, Cohrssen A, Abramson I, Everard K, Dobbie A. An ounce of prevention: how are we managing the early assessment of residents' clinical skills?: A CERA study. Fam Med. 2012 Nov-Dec; 44(10):723-6.
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        8. Gitkind MJ, Savageau JA, Klugman RA. Letter to the editor: the UMass Memorial Quality Scholars program at year three: a response to the editorial by Drs Myers and Jaeger. Am J Med Qual. 2012 Sep-Oct; 27(5):446-7.
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        9. Candib LM, Savageau JA, Weinreb L, Reed G. Inquiring into our past: when the doctor is a survivor of abuse. Fam Med. 2012 Jun; 44(6):416-24.
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        10. Difranza JR, Savageau JA, Wellman RJ. A comparison of the autonomy over tobacco scale and the Fagerström test for nicotine dependence. Addict Behav. 2012 Jul; 37(7):856-61.
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        11. Stille CJ, Savageau JA, McBride J, Alper EJ. Quality improvement "201": context-relevant quality improvement leadership training for the busy clinician-educator. Am J Med Qual. 2012 Mar-Apr; 27(2):98-105.
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        12. Savageau JA, Ferguson WJ, Bohlke JL, Cragin LJ, O'Connell E. Recruitment and retention of primary care physicians at community health centers: a survey of Massachusetts physicians. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Aug; 22(3):817-35.
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        13. DiFranza JR, Sweet M, Savageau J, Ursprung WW. An evaluation of a clinical approach to staging tobacco addiction. J Pediatr. 2011 Dec; 159(6):999-1003.e1.
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        14. Difranza JR, Wellman RJ, Savageau JA. Does progression through the stages of physical addiction indicate increasing overall addiction to tobacco? Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 Feb; 219(3):815-22.
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        15. Isong IA, Silk H, Rao SR, Perrin JM, Savageau JA, Donelan K. Provision of fluoride varnish to Medicaid-enrolled children by physicians: the Massachusetts experience. Health Serv Res. 2011 Dec; 46(6pt1):1843-62.
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        16. DiFranza JR, Sweet M, Savageau JA, Ursprung WW. The assessment of tobacco dependence in young users of smokeless tobacco. Tob Control. 2012 Sep; 21(5):471-6.
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        17. Appelbaum KL, Savageau JA, Trestman RL, Metzner JL, Baillargeon J. A national survey of self-injurious behavior in American prisons. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Mar; 62(3):285-90.
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        18. Ferullo A, Silk H, Savageau JA. Teaching oral health in U.S. medical schools: results of a national survey. Acad Med. 2011 Feb; 86(2):226-30.
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        19. Adair R, Perrin E, Hubbard C, Savageau JA. Practice parameters and financial factors impacting developmental-behavioral pediatrics. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2010 Jul-Aug; 31(6):477-84.
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        20. Weinreb L, Savageau JA, Candib LM, Reed GW, Fletcher KE, Hargraves JL. Screening for childhood trauma in adult primary care patients: a cross-sectional survey. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2010; 12(6).
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        21. Ferguson WJ, Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Lasser DH. Family medicine residency characteristics associated with practice in a health professions shortage area. Fam Med. 2009 Jun; 41(6):405-10.
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        22. DiFranza JR, Savageau JA, Fletcher KE. Enforcement of underage sales laws as a predictor of daily smoking among adolescents: a national study. BMC Public Health. 2009; 9:107.
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        23. Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Ferguson W, Lasser D. Community dimensions and HPSA practice location: 30 years of family medicine training. Fam Med. 2009 Apr; 41(4):255-61.
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        24. Wheelock C, Savageau JA, Silk H, Lee S. Improving the health of diabetic patients through resident-initiated group visits. Fam Med. 2009 Feb; 41(2):116-9.
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        25. O'Connor DM, Savageau JA, Centerbar DB, Wamback KN, Ingle JS, Lomerson NJ. Lesson in a pill box: teaching about the challenges of medication adherence. Fam Med. 2009 Feb; 41(2):99-104.
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        26. Savageau JA, Mowery PD, DiFranza JR. Symptoms of diminished autonomy over cigarettes with non-daily use. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2009 Jan; 6(1):25-35.
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        27. Keller D, Jones N, Savageau JA, Cashman SB. Development of a brief questionnaire to identify families in need of legal advocacy to improve child health. Ambul Pediatr. 2008 Jul-Aug; 8(4):266-9.
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        28. Fournier PO, Savageau JA, Baldor RA. A shift in referral patterns for HIV/AIDS patients. J Fam Pract. 2008 Feb; 57(2):E1-9.
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        29. Stenger J, Cashman SB, Savageau JA. The primary care physician workforce in Massachusetts: implications for the workforce in rural, small town America. J Rural Health. 2008; 24(4):375-83.
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        30. Harrold LR, Savageau JA, Pransky G, Benjamin K. Understanding the role of sex differences in work injuries: implications for primary care practice. Disabil Rehabil. 2008; 30(1):36-43.
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        31. Benjamin KL, Pransky G, Savageau JA. Factors associated with retirement-related job lock in older workers with recent occupational injury. Disabil Rehabil. 2008; 30(26):1976-83.
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        32. DiFranza JR, Savageau JA, Fletcher K, Pbert L, O'Loughlin J, McNeill AD, Ockene JK, Friedman K, Hazelton J, Wood C, Dussault G, Wellman RJ. Susceptibility to nicotine dependence: the Development and Assessment of Nicotine Dependence in Youth 2 study. Pediatrics. 2007 Oct; 120(4):e974-83.
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        33. DiFranza JR, Savageau JA, Fletcher K, O'Loughlin J, Pbert L, Ockene JK, McNeill AD, Hazelton J, Friedman K, Dussault G, Wood C, Wellman RJ. Symptoms of tobacco dependence after brief intermittent use: the Development and Assessment of Nicotine Dependence in Youth-2 study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007 Jul; 161(7):704-10.
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        34. Wellman RJ, Savageau JA, Godiwala S, Savageau N, Friedman K, Hazelton J, Difranza JR. A comparison of the Hooked on Nicotine Checklist and the Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence in adult smokers. Nicotine Tob Res. 2006 Aug; 8(4):575-80.
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        35. Upshur CC, Luckmann RS, Savageau JA. Primary care provider concerns about management of chronic pain in community clinic populations. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 Jun; 21(6):652-5.
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        36. Savageau JA, McLoughlin M, Ursan A, Bai Y, Collins M, Cashman SB. Characteristics of frequent attenders at a community health center. J Am Board Fam Med. 2006 May-Jun; 19(3):265-75.
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        37. Barron KI, Savageau JA, Young SB, Labin LC, Morse AN. Prediction of successful voiding immediately after outpatient mid-urethral sling. Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2006 Nov; 17(6):570-5.
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        38. Alfreds ST, Tutty M, Savageau JA, Young S, Himmelstein J. Clinical health information technologies and the role of medicaid. Health Care Financ Rev. 2006; 28(2):11-20.
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        39. Huang YH, Pransky GS, Shaw WS, Benjamin KL, Savageau JA. Factors affecting the organizational responses of employers to workers with injuries. Work. 2006; 26(1):75-84.
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        40. Drew J, Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Stenger J. The visiting specialist model of rural health care delivery: a survey in Massachusetts. J Rural Health. 2006; 22(4):294-9.
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        41. Godkin MA, Savageau JA, Fletcher KE. Effect of a global longitudinal pathway on medical students' attitudes toward the medically indigent. Teach Learn Med. 2006; 18(3):226-32.
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        42. Wellman RJ, DiFranza JR, Savageau JA, Godiwala S, Savageau N, Friedman K, Hazelton J. The effect of abstinence on cigarette consumption upon the resumption of smoking. Addict Behav. 2006 Apr; 31(4):711-6.
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        43. Dembe AE, Savageau JA, Amick BC, Banks SM. Racial and ethnic variations in office-based medical care for work-related injuries and illnesses. J Natl Med Assoc. 2005 Apr; 97(4):498-507.
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        44. Pransky GS, Benjamin KL, Savageau JA. Early retirement due to occupational injury: who is at risk? Am J Ind Med. 2005 Apr; 47(4):285-95.
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        45. Wellman RJ, DiFranza JR, Savageau JA, Godiwala S, Friedman K, Hazelton J. Measuring adults' loss of autonomy over nicotine use: the Hooked on Nicotine Checklist. Nicotine Tob Res. 2005 Feb; 7(1):157-61.
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        46. Pransky GS, Benjamin KL, Savageau JA, Currivan D, Fletcher K. Outcomes in work-related injuries: a comparison of older and younger workers. Am J Ind Med. 2005 Feb; 47(2):104-12.
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        47. Cashman S, Savageau J, McMullen M, Kinney R, Lemay C, Anthes F. Health status of a low-income vulnerable population in a community health center. J Ambul Care Manage. 2005 Jan-Mar; 28(1):60-72.
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        48. Keis RM, DeGeus LG, Cashman S, Savageau J. Characteristics of patients at three free clinics. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2004 Nov; 15(4):603-17.
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        49. Kleinman PL, Kleinman PK, Savageau JA. Suspected infant abuse: radiographic skeletal survey practices in pediatric health care facilities. Radiology. 2004 Nov; 233(2):477-85.
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        50. Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Lemay CA, Ferguson W. Patient health status and appointment keeping in an urban community health center. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2004 Aug; 15(3):474-88.
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        51. DiFranza JR, Savageau JA, Rigotti NA, Ockene JK, McNeill AD, Coleman M, Wood C. Trait anxiety and nicotine dependence in adolescents: a report from the DANDY study. Addict Behav. 2004 Jul; 29(5):911-9.
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        52. DiFranza JR, Savageau JA, Fletcher K, Ockene JK, Rigotti NA, McNeill AD, Coleman M, Wood C. Recollections and repercussions of the first inhaled cigarette. Addict Behav. 2004 Feb; 29(2):261-72.
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        53. Lemay CA, Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Reidy PA. Effect of a low-cost intervention on recording body mass index in patients' records. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2004; 36(4):312-5.
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        54. Stille CJ, Primack WA, Savageau JA. Generalist-subspecialist communication for children with chronic conditions: a regional physician survey. Pediatrics. 2003 Dec; 112(6 Pt 1):1314-20.
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        55. Godkin M, Savageau J. The effect of medical students' international experiences on attitudes toward serving underserved multicultural populations. Fam Med. 2003 Apr; 35(4):273-8.
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        56. Soteriades ES, DiFranza JR, Savageau JA, Nicolaou M. Symptoms of nicotine dependence and other predictors of student smoking at school: implications for school smoking policy. J Sch Health. 2003 Apr; 73(4):154-8.
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        57. Lemay CA, Cashman S, Savageau J, Fletcher K, Kinney R, Long-Middleton E. Underdiagnosis of obesity at a community health center. J Am Board Fam Pract. 2003 Jan-Feb; 16(1):14-21.
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        58. Luckmann R, Savageau JA, Clemow L, Stoddard AM, Costanza ME. A randomized trial of telephone counseling to promote screening mammography in two HMOs. Cancer Detect Prev. 2003; 27(6):442-50.
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        59. Dembe AE, Savageau JA, Amick BC, Banks SM. Office-based medical care for work-related conditions: findings from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1997-1998. J Occup Environ Med. 2002 Dec; 44(12):1106-17.
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        60. DiFranza JR, Savageau JA, Fletcher K, Ockene JK, Rigotti NA, McNeill AD, Coleman M, Wood C. Measuring the loss of autonomy over nicotine use in adolescents: the DANDY (Development and Assessment of Nicotine Dependence in Youths) study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002 Apr; 156(4):397-403.
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