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Charles Phillips

Charles Phillips, PhD, MPH is an Emeritus Regents Professor and an adjunct faculty member at Texas A&M University Health Science Center’s, School of Public Health (SPH).  He received his master’s and doctorate in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.  He later received his MPH in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health in Chapel Hill.  

Prior to his retirement from full-time academic employment, he developed and directed SPH’s doctoral studies program in health services research. He also served for a number years on one of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s standing review panels addressing quality of care issues, and he participated in Technical Expert Panels for a number of health services research projects funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

He was a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and served for over a decade on the editorial board for that society’s flagship journal, The Gerontologist. He has authored over 90 contributions to peer-reviewed journals and served as a peer reviewer for over 20 different journals.  He was listed in Reuters Thomsen’s Highly Cited in 2001 in the field of general social sciences.  This indicates that he ranked, in his field, among the top 250 scholars in the world in terms of citations to his work in peer-reviewed journals. Throughout his career, his major research interests have revolved around the development of assessment instruments for vulnerable populations and quality measurement.

During his career, he has been employed by major universities, worked for not-for-profit research firms, and directed research for a not-for-profit provider of long-term care services. In all three of these settings, he worked both as a senior researcher and a research program manager. During his research in these diverse settings, he led or contributed to over 40 funded research projects.  These projects were funded by U.S. federal agencies, U.S. state agencies, and private foundations.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents awarded him his Regents Professorship in 2008 in recognition of his performance in teaching, research, and professional service. He is a member of Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Omega, the public health honor society, and in 2005 he received the Public Service Award from the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, in recognition of his dedication to enhancing the quality of life for frail older persons.

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The editor in chief is responsible for editorial decision-making on papers submitted to the journal.  The editor in chief is also responsible for editorial matters that include but are not limited to journal supplements, the journal's aims and scope, the editorial board and volunteer peer reviewer pool, editorial assessment of video abstracts, assignment to published papers of endorsements, and for consulting on pre-submission inquiries from authors.

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