Dr. Patricia A. Wren is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Human Services. Herself a first-generation college student, Dr. Wren started her college education at a community college with an associate’s degree in social sciences. Dr. Wren has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in the management of public services from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. In addition, she earned a Master of Public Health degree in health behavior/health education and a PhD in education from the University of Michigan. Her research centers on the measurement of patient-centered outcomes – in essence, she makes sure that decisions about disease progression or treatment success take into account patient preferences and important indicators like quality of life, patient satisfaction, mobility, and functional status. She has been involved in community-based research and clinical trials addressing a range of health problems including HIV/AIDS, glaucoma and strabismus, breast and colorectal cancer, stroke, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, mental health and suicide, and pelvic floor disorders in women. Dr. Wren has received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Science Foundation, National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, National Eye Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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