- Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, University of Maryland Baltimore School of Pharmacy
- M.Sc., Health Policy and Management, National Taiwan University School of Public Health
Yu-Jung “Jenny” Wei received her Ph.D. in 2012 and was subsequently appointed as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at University of Maryland Baltimore. She trained as a pharmacoepidemiologist with expertise in large-scale data analysis on medication-related issues in geriatric populations. Her research interests include medication-taking behaviors, medication prescribing quality, and the subsequent influence on patient and healthcare utilization outcomes. Wei has initiated projects focusing on nursing home residents and Medicare populations with chronic conditions, such as neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. Her recent work examines psychopharmacological medications and their comparative safety profile among dementia patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms. She has a strong interest in developing algorithms to define populations, treatments, and outcomes in claims data. As a junior researcher, she has authored a number of articles in high-impact journals, including Medical Care, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
- Geriatric medication use
- Medication prescribing and safety in nursing homes
Wei YJ, Zhu Y, Liu W, Bussing R, and Winterstein AG. Prevalence and Determinants of Chronic Concomitant Use of Stimulants and Opioids in Adults with Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. JAMA Network Open. 2018;1(4):e181152. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.1152
Wei YJ, Simoni-Wastila L, Albrecht JS, Huang TY, Patience M, Khokhar B, Harris I, Lehmann SW, Langenberg P, Netzer G. Influence of antidepressant treatment on COPD maintenance medication use and adherence in a comorbid Medicare population: A longitudinal cohort study. The International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2018; 33(2):e212-e220.
Wei YJ, Liu X, Rao N, McPherson M, Jones MB, Bussing R, and Winterstein AG. Physical health outcomes in preschoolers with prior authorization for antipsychotics. The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2017; 27(9):833-839.
Wei YJ, Simoni-Wastila L, Lucas JA, and Brandt N. Fall and fracture risk in nursing home residents with moderate-to-severe behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias initiating antidepressants or antipsychotics. The Journal of Gerontology: Series A: Medical Sciences. 2017; 72(5):695-702.
Simoni-Wastila L, Wei YJ*(co-first & corresponding author), Lucas JA, Brandt N, Moyo P, Huang TY, Franey C, Zuckerman IH. Mortality Risk of Antipsychotic Dose and Duration in Nursing Home Residents with Chronic or Acute Indications. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2016; 64(5):973-80.
More of Dr. Wei’s publications can be found on ResearchGate