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Carolyn "Cindy" Watts, PhD

Emeriti Faculty

Phone: (804) 828-5222

Email: cwatts2@vcu.edu


The Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D., Political Economy
M.A., Political Economy

University of Washington
B.A., Economics


Carolyn A. (Cindy) Watts, Ph.D., is the Richard M. Bracken Professor in the Department of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. With a Ph.D. in Political Economy from the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Watts has focused her research on organizational, reimbursement and regulatory issues in healthcare markets. Her past research projects have explored the impact of various legislative initiatives on health insurance risk pools and the implementation of various hospital reimbursement models and medical home demonstration projects in Washington State. Dr. Watts served as Chair of the 2006 Washington State Certificate of Need Program Task Force and was a founding member of the Health Information Partnership Board in that state. She has worked with the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association on a project to measure value in Virginia hospitals, was an inaugural member of the planning committee for the Virginia Healthcare Innovators Awards, and served on an Institute of Medicine Task Force to evaluate the Lovell Federal Heath Care Center Merger. She has completed several projects on various aspects of prison health care for the Virginia State Department of Corrections. She serves on the Board of Health Brigade, a free clinic in Richmond, Virginia.

PUBLICATIONS (10 most recent)

Xinliang Liu, Carolyn Watts. 2016. "The Changing Health Care System and Its Implications for the PACU."  in Drain's Perianesthesia Nursing: A Critical Care Approach, 5th Edition. (Jan Odom-Forren, ed). St.Louis: Elsevier. 

Steckler, Lauren, Feldman, Sue, and Watts, Carolyn. 2015. “A Physician-led Accountable Care Organization: From Award to Implementation.” American Journal of Accountable Care. Published online: http://www.ajmc.com/journals/ajac/2015/2015-vol3-n3/A-Physician-led-Accountable-Care-Organization-From-Award-to-Implementation#sthash.hOTdaWVO.dpuf

Renz, A.D., CA Watts, DA Conrad. 2014. “Shared Decision Making and Decision Aid Implementation: Stakeholder Views.” in Patient-Centered Healthcare: Achieving Co-ordination, Communication, and Innovation. (M.Keating, A. McDermott, K. Montgomery, eds.). Palgrave MacMillan Publishing. United Kingdom.

Langabeer, II, James, Jeffrey Helton, Jami DelliFraine, Ebbin Dotson, Carolyn Watts, Karen Love. 2014. “A Business Planning Model to Identify New Safety Net Clinic Locations.” Advances in Healthcare Management. Pgs. 95-112.

Reed, Peter, D.A. Conrad, S.E. Hernandez, C. Watts, M. Marcus-Smith. 2012. “Innovation in Patient-Centered Care: Lessons from a Qualitative Study of Innovative Health Care Organizations in Washington State.” BMC Family Practice. 13:120.

Renz, Anne D., D.A. Conrad, C.A. Watts. 2012. “Stakeholder Perspectives on the Implementation of Shared Discussion Making: A Qualitative Data Analysis.” International Journal of Healthcare Management. 

Hernandez, Susan, D.A. Conrad, M.S. Marcus-Smith, Reed, P, Watts, C.A. 2012. “Patient-Centered Innovation in Health Care Organizations: A Conceptual Frame Work and Case Study Applications.” Health Care Management Review. 

Riley, Catharine and Carolyn Watts, "The Role of Advocacy in Newborn Screening." in Achieving Justice in Genomic Translation: Re-Thinking the Pathway to Benefit. Burke W, Edwards K, Goering S, Holland S, Trinidad S. Eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 

Rodriguez, Hector, Miriam Laugesen and Carolyn Watts. 2010. “A randomized experiment of issue framing and voter support of tax increases for health insurance expansion.” 2010 Dec;98(2-3):245-55. Epub 2010 Jul 23.

Wang, Grace, Barbara McGrath, and Carolyn Watts. 2010. “Health care transitions among youth with disabilities: an ecological approach.” Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 25(6):505-550.

Wang, Grace, David Grembowski and Carolyn Watts. 2010. “Risk of Losing Insurance During the Transition into Adulthood Among Insured Youth with Disabilities.”  Maternal and Child Health Journal. 14(1):67-74. 

Laberge AM, Watts C, Porter K, Burke W. 2010. “Assessing the Potential Success of Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Screening: Lessons Learned from Tay-Sachs Disease and beta-Thalassemia.” Public Health Genomics, 13:310-9. Epub 2009 Oct 26.