Health Care Policy and Management

Faculty & Staff

Lisa Benz Scott, PhD

Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Research

Department of Health Care Policy and Management
Stony Brook University

(631) 444-8811

Research & Scholarly Activities

Dr. Lisa Benz Scott earned a B.A. in Psychology from Stony Brook University, an M.S. in Health Promotion from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management's Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  She was a National Research Service Award pre-doctoral trainee recipient (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Principal Investigator Dr. David Levine, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine). After completing her Ph.D. in 2000, Dr. Benz Scott continued post-doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins as a two-year fellow funded by the nationally competitive W.K. Kellogg Community Health Scholars Program. 

Dr. Benz Scott joined Stony Brook University’s Department of Health Care Policy and Management (HCPM) in 2002, and was tenured as Associate Professor in 2007.  She teaches a core course (Research Design and Methods) that is required of all MS students in HCPM and advises and mentors students on practice-based research, practicum, and internship projects. She has supervised more than 40 master’s-level research and practice-based projects in collaboration with content experts on topics focused on emerging problems in community health and health care.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Benz Scott is Chair of the Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee of the School; she serves on several academic, community-based, and professional committees to advance health research, education, and practice.

Dr. Benz Scott has an active program of independent and collaborative research.  Her current research is dedicated to addressing leading health care and public health priorities such as those related to gender and race/ethnic disparities in accessing outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services.  She also is involved in projects that include a commitment to community engagement, academic-university partnerships, and/or community-based participatory approaches.  She is active in several community health services and research activities designed to improve access to preventative health care services through e-health and human development initiatives in partnerships with low resource communities, including programs that train lay health advisors as Patient Navigators and Community Health Workers.  Overall, Dr. Benz Scott is interested in health care and public health research that falls at the intersection between social psychology, health behavior change, translation science, and community empowerment.

Since 2006, Dr. Benz Scott has served as the Associate Dean for Research for the School of Health Technology and Management.  As a part of her responsibilities she works closely with the Office of the Dean to facilitate opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty and staff.  Dr. Benz Scott has authored or co-authored nearly two dozen refereed journal articles and book chapters, as well as more than 30 peer-reviewed presentations at national and international professional conferences.  She has been recognized for her expertise in behavioral science and community-based participatory research approaches.  She is a repeat peer-reviewer for the NIH and CDC for federal research grant reviews, and often reviews grants for private foundations on community health research topics.  Dr. Benz Scott is frequently invited to review manuscripts for publication consideration.  She serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Health Behavior and the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.  She also provides peer-reviews for manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Women's Health, Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine, Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research Education and Action, and, which is an on-line journal that publishes products of participatory research and community engaged scholarship.

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