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Cathy Battaglia, PhD, MSHA, RN 

Assistant Clincal Professor  


Dr. Battaglia is an Assistant Professor and the Co-Director of the Health Services Research PhD program in the Health System Management and Policy Department in the Colorado School of Public Health.  She currently teaches Clinical Outcomes Assessment and Grant Writing in the Health Services Research PhD program.  In addition, Dr. Battaglia taught Introduction to Clinical Research from 2004 to 2008. She is also a faculty member in the LEADS program in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver and teaches in the Advocacy and Leadership electives.  She also oversees the Summer Internship program where second year medical students work with a community-based organization. Dr. Battaglia conducts Health Services research in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and her research is targeted toward helping veterans quit smoking.  She has expertise in program development, motivational interviewing, evaluation, and outcomes research. 

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Research Interests:
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy
  • Rural Health
Courses Taught:
Current Research:
  •  VISN 19, “A Pilot Study of Telehealth Health Care Management and Tobacco Cessation for Veterans with COPD.”  July 2013 – June 2014.  Role:  PI
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research Development and Services, “Telehealth Health Care Management and Tobacco Cessation for Veterans with PTSD."  July 2009 - June 2014.  Role:  PI 
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), processed through the Denver Research Institute, "Best Practices for Bariatric Patient Handling."  July 2013 - July 2014.  Role:  Co-PI
  • Office of Rural Health Tobacco Cessation, "Dissemination of a Tailored Tobacco Quitline for Rural Veteran Smokers."  March 2013 - March 2014.  Role:  Co-PI
  • Office of Nursing Services, "Advance Practice Nurse (APN) Baseline Evaluation."  June 2013 - April 2014.  Role:  Co-PI
  • VA OSC &QUERI, Office of Specialty Care Services/Office of Speciality Care Transformation, "Evaluation of Specialty Care Initiatives." November 2011 - October 2015.  Role: Core Evaluation Investigator
  • Colorado Health Foundation, "LEADS (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Development, Scholarship)."  November 2011 - October 2015.  Role:  Faculty
  • Colorado Clinical Translational Science Institute, NIH.  May 2008 - May 2018.  Role:  Co-Director, Health Services Research PhD Program
  • Loretto Heights College, BS, 1983
  • University of Colorado Denver, MS, Health Care Administration, 1991
  • University of Colorado Denver, PhD, Clinical Sciences Program, Health Services Research, 2005

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