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Thomas Konrad, Ph.D.

Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy

Thomas Konrad, Ph.D. Thomas Konrad, Ph.D.
Thomas Konrad is a co-principal investigator of the Health Professions Opportunity Grants-2 Evaluation for the Administration for Children and Families under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Abt Principal Associate Jacob Klerman is the other co-principal investigator.
Konrad is a medical sociologist and professor emeritus in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings Global School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role he led or served as a co-investigator on more than 40 studies in the field of health services research involving workforce, organization, and quality of care.
As a fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, and a Senior Scientist at the North Carolina Institute on Aging, Konrad conducted health services research studies involving workforce, organization, and quality of care.
In the last decade, Konrad has focused most closely on frontline health care workers employed in settings focused on low income populations, including directing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national evaluation of Jobs to Careers program. Konrad is particularly interested in working with organizations, communities, and educational institutions to develop career paths for low income persons working in the health and social care sectors.
Konrad holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Santa Clara.
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  • Survey and Evaluation Research
  • Medical Sociology and Sociology of Professions and Occupations
  • Healthcare Workforce
  • Health Promotion Research
  • Long-Term Care Workforce
  • Social factors in Medical Education
  • Physician Behavior
  • Complex Organizations
  • Social Gerontology

Selected Publications

  • “Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in the National Health Service Corps,” Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants *Pathman DE, Konrad TR, Hooker RS. (2014)
  • “An Evaluation of State-Based Support-for-Service Programs Targeting Nurse Faculty,” Nursing Education Perspectives. Morgan JC, Oermann MH, Pathman DE, Lynn ME, Konrad TR, Farrar BD, Barmon C. (2014)
  • “States’ Repayment Programs for Health Care Education Loans,” Journal of the American Medical Association, Pathman DE, Goldberg L, Konrad TR, Morgan, JC. (2013)
  • “The Impact of Caring for Grandchildren on the Health of Grandparents in Taiwan,”  Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. Ku LJE, Stearns SC, Lee, SYD, Van Houtven CE, Dilworth-Anderson P, Konrad TR. (2013)
  • “Design and Evaluation of an Interprofessional Course on Improving Care Transitions,” Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. Heflin MT, Pinheiro ST, Konrad TR, Egerton EO, Thornlow DK, White HK, McConnell EJ. (2014)  
  • “Growth and Changes in the National Health Service Corps Workforce with Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” J Am Board Fam Med Pathman DE, Konrad TR. (2012)
  • “States’ Experiences with Loan Repayment Programs for Healthcare Professionals in a Time of State Budget Cuts and NHSC Expansion,” J Rur Hlth Pathman DE, Morgan, JC, Konrad TR, Goldberg L. (2012)
  • “North Carolina’s Mental Health Workforce: Unmet Need, Maldistribution, and No Quick Fixes,” North Carolina Medical Journal. Thomas KC, Ellis AR, Konrad TR, Morrissey JP. (2012)  
  • “A Configurational Approach to Understanding the Relationship Between High-Performance Work Practices and Frontline Health Care Worker Job Satisfaction and Perceived Quality of Care,” Health Services Research. Chuang, E, Dill J, Morgan, JC, Konrad TR. (2012)
  • Growing Your Own: Community Health Workers and Jobs to Career,” J Ambulatory Care Mgmt. Farrar, B; Morgan, JC; Chuang, E; Konrad, TR. (2011)  
  • “The Direct Careworker--Overcoming Definitions by Negation,” Research in the Sociology of Health Care. Konrad TR. (2011)