(Summers) is Professor of Economics and Director of Training at the Institute
of Gerontology, Wayne State University.
Her current research interests include the evaluation of health system
reforms, the determinants of healthcare disparities, the effects of Medicare
payment generosity on beneficiaries' access to care and satisfaction with care,
and the economics of health insurance. She has published more than 100
scholarly works over the years, primarily peer-reviewed journal articles. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from the
University of Minnesota in 1986.
In 2007 the
Michigan Public Health Institute honored Professor Jensen for "outstanding
service and devotion to public health." In 2011 the Board of Governors of
Wayne State University awarded her a Distinguished Faculty Fellowship,
recognizing that "her achievements and current activities in scholarship
and research are of an exceptional caliber and continue to hold national
distinction." In 1995 Professor
Jensen was named a Senior Fellow of the National Center for Policy Analysis
(NCPA) in Dallas, TX, primarily for her work on the economics of insurance
regulation, and in 1999 she was named a Fellow of the Employee Benefit Research
Institute (EBRI) in Washington, DC.
Professor Jensen has served as the Principal
Investigator on two R01 grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality. Her research has also been
supported (through grants and contracts) by the Pension and Welfare Benefits
Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Henry J. Kaiser Family
Foundation, the Health Care Financing Administration, and other
organizations. Over the years she has
been awarded over $1,500,000 in funded research as a Principal Investigator.