Elena Andresen, PhD biography

Elena Andresen completed her PhD in 1991 in epidemiology with joint training in health services research at the University of Washington and Seattle Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development program. She currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Florida and as a core investigator at the Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center at the Gainesville VAMC. Her funded work includes fifteen years developing and evaluating measures of health related quality of life in general populations, for older adults, for use in rehabilitation sciences, and for people with disability. Dr. Andresen is involved in developing a more specific disability, rehabilitation, and public health curriculum and research focus at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. The student body of this new program, as well as junior faculty, serves as a recruitment pool for work on the RRTC: Health & Wellness.