- 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
Huang TY, Wei YJ, Moyo P, Zuckerman IH, Lucas JA, Simoni-Wastila L (2015). Treated behavioral symptoms and mortality among Medicare nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13606. [Epub ahead of print]
Wei YJ, Palumbo FB, Simoni-Wastila L, Shulman L, Stuart B, Beardsley R, Brown C (2015). Relationships between antiparkinson drug nonadherence, modifications, and healthcare utilization and expenditures. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders 21(1):36-41. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2014.10.021.
Wei YJ, Simoni-Wastila L, Zuckerman IH, Huang TY, Brandt N, Moyo P, Lucas JA (2014). Quality of psychopharmacological medication on mortality among Medicare nursing home residents. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 62(8):1490-504. [Response to Lapane and colleagues. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 63(4):834. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13360]
Wei YJ, Simoni-Wastila L, Zuckerman IH, Brandt N, Lucas JA (2014). Algorithm for identifying nursing home days using Medicare claims data and minimum data set assessment data. Medical Care. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000109
Wei YJ, Palumbo FB, Simoni-Wastila L, Shulman L, Stuart B, Beardsley R, Brown C (2014). Antiparkinson drug adherence and its association with healthcare utilization and economic outcomes in a Medicare Part D population. Value in Health 17(2):196-204.
Wei YJ, Palumbo FB, Simoni-Wastila L, Shulman L, Stuart B, Beardsley R, Brown C (2013). Antiparkinson drug use and adherence in Medicare Part D beneficiaries with Parkinson’s disease: patterns and associated factors. Clinical Therapeutics 35 (10):1513–1525.e1
Simoni-Wastila L, Wei YJ (Corresponding author), Luong M, Franey C, Huang TY, Rattinger G, Zuckerman IH, Brandt N, Lucas JA (2014). Quality of psychopharmacological medication use in nursing home residents. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 10(3):494-507.
More of Dr. Wei’s publications can be found on ResearchGate