Denise Tyler

Senior research public health analyst

Denise Tyler


  • PhD, Social Policy, Brandeis University
  • MA, Social Policy, Brandeis University
  • MA, Religious Studies, University of Kansas
  • BA, Anthropology, Eckerd College

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Denise Tyler is an expert on aging policy, long-term care, post-acute care, and other aspects of public health among a geriatric population. As a member of RTI’s program on aging, disability, and long-term care, she conducts qualitative and quantitative research focused on improving the delivery and quality of health care.

Currently, Dr. Tyler is serving as principal investigator of a large-scale project examining the effect of the Affordable Care Act on post-acute care services, including the role of managed care, changing relationships between hospitals and nursing facilities, and care for frail elders who are hospitalized. She is participating in an evaluation of a program to reduce avoidable hospitalizations from nursing facilities. She is also participating in a project to develop metrics used to measure quality in post-acute care settings. She recently completed a project focused on patient experiences selecting a nursing facility for post-acute care.

Dr. Tyler joined RTI in 2016. Previously, she was an assistant professor at the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at the Brown University School of Public Health and a research health scientist at the Providence VA Medical Center. She is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and Academy Health, and serves on the editorial board of RTI Press, Health Services Research and the Journal of Aging & Social Policy.

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