Jean L. Freeman, PhD

Jean Freeman Ph.D.

Professor Grace Bucksch Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor in Aging
Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Allied Health
Jennie Sealy Hospital, Room 3.132
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0460


NIH Biosketch


Research Interests:

Dr. Freeman is the Associate Director of the UTMB Institute for Translational Sciences Education Office and the Co-Director of TRSP. She holds the Grace Bucksch Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging and is a Fellow in the Sealy Center on Aging. She is Professor in Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Community Health, and SAHS Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Freeman received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude in mathematics from Mount Holyoke College and her master's in mathematics from Boston University. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in epidemiology and public health and has directed and developed studies in health services research for more than 25 years. Dr. Freeman was recruited to UTMB in 1992. Her recent work is focused on the use of population based healthcare datasets (e.g. Medicare claims, tumor registry data, health surveys) to develop and evaluate measures of health care access, use, and outcomes in diverse populations and clinical settings. She also collaborates extensively on interdisciplinary research teams that use these data to identify disparities in receipt of appropriate prevention and treatment services, as well as the mechanisms underlying these disparities.


From 1996-2008 she had funding from the Department of Defense (DAMD17-96-1-6215) and the National Cancer Institute (RO1CA72076) to examine the use and outcomes of mammography services in older women. Currently, she is PI of an NCI funded study (R01CA133069) to estimate the risks of bowel and bladder toxicities after radiation among older women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers. She has over 110 publications and book chapters and serves on numerous institutional and external committees.


Dr. Freeman is also active in the development and direction of research training programs for all levels of trainees in clinical and health services research. In addition to her leadership roles in the ITS Education Office, she serves as Research Director of the UTMB's K12 Women's Health Research Scholars Program (A Berenson PI) , Associate Director for Training in the Sealy Center on Aging, and Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, where serves as Director of the Health Services Research Track within the Clinical Science Graduate Program. In the Population Health Sciences program, she directs courses (Methods in Health Services Research, Outcomes Research, Health Policy & Management) and supervises or has supervised over 25 students in their dissertation/thesis research. In 2005, she was recognized by the GSBS Graduate Student Organization with the Distinguished Teaching Award.