Carolyn T. Thorpe, PhD, MPH, is Assistant Professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and a Core Investigator in the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). She is a health services researcher and behavioral scientist with interests in quality medication prescribing and medication adherence in older adults with multiple chronic conditions. Several of her current projects focus on improving prescribing decisions for older adults with type 2 diabetes and multiple comorbidities and in particular, how to reduce overtreatment of type 2 diabetes in older patients with dementia and/or reduced life expectancy. Dr. Thorpe’s other projects are aimed at understanding how we might better support medication adherence in older adults, especially those patients who are dependent on informal caregivers to help manage their daily medications. Her work in these areas has been supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Methodologically, Dr. Thorpe is experienced in a wide range of both quantitative and qualitative methods. She has extensive expertise in analyses of administrative healthcare data, including Medicare claims and VA utilization data, scale development and psychometrics, and the development and evaluation of complex behavioral and health systems interventions.
Dr. Thorpe completed a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan, a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the George Washington University, and a PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina. She also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Health Services Research, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Prior to arriving at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Thorpe worked as a Scientist with the Health Innovation Program in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she directed and collaborated on a variety of studies focused on improving the quality of chronic illness care.