Bios of Current Members

Catherine Hawes, PhD

email catherine.hawes(at)

Dr. Hawes is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Rural Public Health at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, College Station, Texas, USA. She is also director of the Southwest Rural Health Research Center at Texas A&M. She has 25 years of experience in research, teaching, and policy-making at the Myers Research Institute, Beachwood, Ohio, and the Research Triangle Institute, Duke University, North Carolina.

She has also served as director of a state legislative commission, Medicaid fraud investigator, and staff investigator for the US Senate Special Committee on Aging. She has led research projects in all areas of long-term care. Dr. Hawes' work has focused on assessment, quality measurement, reimbursement, quality assurance, regulatory effectiveness, and the relationship between cost and quality. She has published widely on these topics in the Gerontologist; Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; the American Journal of Public Health; Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences; Age and Ageing; Generations; Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences; and the Journal of the American Medical Association. She has also served on a number of national advisory committees. Dr. Hawes has been involved in authoring several of the interRAI instruments, most recently the interRAI Assisted Living (AL).

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