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Helena Temkin-Greener, Ph.D., M.S.

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Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-2191

Office: (585) 275-8713

Fax: (585) 461-4532

Faculty Appointments



RESEARCH INTERESTS & ACTIVITIES: Dr. Temkin-Greener's research is focused in the following areas: 1) Quality of care - developing outcome measures and assessing quality of care in community-based, hospital and long-term care settings; 2) Organizational performance - developing and validating measures of care process, teamwork, and patient safety culture; 3) Aging and Long-term Care - assessing the impact of individual and organizational risk factors on quality of care for vulnerable elderly, including disparities; 4) Palliative and end-of-life care - design, implementation and evaluation of interventions to improve care; 5) Mental illness - understanding access to and quality of care for patients with dementia and other mental health disorders.

Dr. Temkin-Greener has served as Principal Investigator (PI) on a number of NIH-funded studies, as well as studies and demonstration projects funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York City, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Donaghue Medical Foundation, and others. She is currently the PI of a four-year study funded by the AHRQ to study patient safety culture and outcomes in Assisted Living communities. She is also a co-investigator on studies funded by the NIH, VA, and the AHRQ.

Dr. Temkin-Greener is the founder and director of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Data Analysis Center (PDAC), which receives data from the 120+ PACE organizations nationally. PDAC analyzes the impact of Medicare risk-adjusted payment models as well as focuses on PACE program outcomes.



BA | Smith College

MS | University of Massachusetts, Amherst

PhD | University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Biological Anthropology

MS (MPH) | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Community and Preventive Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

1979 - 1981
National Research Service Award NIH Post-Doctoral Research Grant


2020 Most Cited Award for Clinical Investigation
Sponsor: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Phillip G. Weiler Award for Leadership in Aging and Public Health
Sponsor: American Public Health Association - Aging and Public Health
Location: Atlanta

Best Abstract ARM
Sponsor: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Education
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

1st Place Winner-Excellence in Aging and Public Health Rural & Environment Research Award
Sponsor: American Public Health Association
Location: Washington, DC (Temkin-Greener, H., Zheng, NT., Mukamel, DB.)

1st Place winner-Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award
Sponsor: American Public Health Association
Location: Washington DC (Zheng,TN, Cai,S, Mukamel,DB, Temkin-Greener,H)

1st Place Winner-Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award
Sponsor: American Public Health Association
Location: Washington, DC (Cai, S., Mukamel, DB., Temkin-Greener H.)

Outstanding Abstract
Sponsor: Academy Health
Location: Chicago, IL

2003 - Present
Sponsor: The Gerontological Society of America

Outstanding Abstract
Sponsor: Academy Health Annual Meeting

Magna Cum Laude and High Honors
Sponsor: Smith College, Northampton, MA

Phi Beta Kappa
Sponsor: Smith College, Northampton, MA

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Journal Articles

Temkin-Greener, H., Mao, Y., McGarry, B., Li, Y. "Using Medicare Enrollment Data to Identify Beneficiaries in Assisted Living". JAMDA. 2023; .

Guo, W., Cai, S., Caprio, T., Schwartz, L., Temkin-Greener, H. "End-of-Life Care Transitions in Assisted Living: Associations with State Staffing and Training Regulations". JAMDA. 2023; .

Mao, Y., Lu, Y., McGarry, B., Wang, J., Temkin-Greener, H. "Are Online Reviews of Assisted Living Communities Associated with Patient-Centered Outcomes?". JAGS. 2023; .

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Trends in Dependency and Supportive Care Needs Among Older People.
Book Title: The Future of Long Term Care: Social and Policy Issues
Author List: Williams FT and Temkin-Greener H.
Edited By: RH Binstock, L Cluff, and O von Mering
Published By: Johns Hopkins University Press 1996 in Baltimore

Chapter Title: Health Care Utilization
Book Title: Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience
Author List: Temkin-Greener H and Kunitz SJ.
Edited By: Kunitz SJ
Published By: University of California Press 1983

Book Title: Changing Patterns of Mortality & Hospitalized Morbidity Navajo Indian Reservation
Author List: Kunitz SJ and Temkin-Greener H.
Published By: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Navajo Area Indian Health Service 1980