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Hendricksen, Ph.D., MPH


Meghan Hendricksen, Ph.D., MPH has more than a decade of healthcare research and project management experience, with expertise in gerontology, long-term care, and discrimination in health care settings. She has extensive experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research for federal, state, and nonprofit clients, ranging from interviewing nursing home staff and residents to conducting complex quantitative analyses of large datasets like the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). Her skills include data and team management across multiple complex projects, developing data collection instruments, as well as the production of research protocols and training research teams.

Currently, Dr. Hendricksen leads qualitative projects, data collection and evaluation, as well as rulemaking support for various projects with older adults for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Along with her research expertise, she has identified and supported ways to ensure that older adults’ voices—including those who are seriously ill—are engaged and centered in research and policy. She has presented on the topic of participant engagement in research at numerous national conferences, webinars, and scientific meetings. With a background in providing direct care to clients in home care and long-term care settings, she often applies her professional experience to projects involving end-of-life care planning, Alzheimer’s, dementia and related neurogenerative diseases, and strengthening the eldercare workforce.

Dr. Hendricksen also has published and presented findings for peer-reviewed journals, client reports, and conference presentations.


  • Project Skills: Qualitative and Quantitative Data Collection, Management, Analysis and Reporting, Project Management, Process Improvement
  • Software experience: STATA, SAS, SPSS, NVivo, MAXQDA, Atlas.ti, Dedoose
  • Research Areas of Expertise: Advanced Dementia, Long-term Care, Older Adults, End of Life Care, Discrimination in Health Settings


  • Hendricksen, M. (2022). Perceived Discrimination and Health Outcomes in Older Adults (Doctoral dissertation, University of Massachusetts Boston).
  • Hendricksen, M., Mitchell, S. L., Palan Lopez, R., Roach, A., Hendrix Rogers, A., Akunor, H., & McCarthy, E. P. (2022). ADVANCE-C: A Qualitative Study of Experiences Caring for Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B77(10), 1938-1946.
  • Hendricksen, M., Loizeau, A. J., Habtemariam, D. A., Anderson, R. A., Hanson, L. C., D'Agata, E. M., & Mitchell, S. L. (2022). Provider adherence to training components from the Trial to Reduce Antimicrobial use In Nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease and other Dementias (TRAIN-AD) intervention. Contemporary clinical trials communications27, 100913.
  • Hendricksen, M., Mitchell, S. L., Lopez, R. P., Mazor, K. M., & McCarthy, E. P. (2022). Facility characteristics associated with intensity of care of nursing homes and hospital referral regions. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association23(8), 1367-1374.
  • Lopez, R. P., Hendricksen, M., McCarthy, E. P., Mazor, K. M., Roach, A., Rogers, A. H., ... & Mitchell, S. L. (2022). Association of Nursing Home Organizational Culture and Staff Perspectives With Variability in Advanced Dementia Care: The ADVANCE Study. JAMA internal medicine182(3), 313-323.
Meghan Hendricksen, Ph.D., MPH