John E. Zeber

UMass Amherst Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management John Zeber
Associate Professor
328 Arnold House


Occidental College, BA; University of Washington, MHA; University of Michigan, PHD

Area(s) of Specialization: 

mental health services research, medication adherence and treatment decisions, patient-centered care, infectious disease interventions, health equity

Research Description: 

My work over the past 20 years has focused on large integrated health systems, including the VA and a large delivery system, both responsible for comprehensive care for a defined population. As such, I have led and supported numerous projects evaluating access to care, patient treatment decisions, the role of providers and the overall system, implementation of potentially innovative interventions, and subsequent relevant outcomes. While I frequently utilize large administrative datasets, I have been involved in mixed methods projects, recruitment studies (including the NIM Precision Medicine study), and work towards closely engaging clinical leadership in work central to its mission. My specific areas of focus include medication adherence, individuals with serious mental illness, addressing gender or ethnic disparities in care, and a recent role in several infectious disease interventions. I have served on Academy Health advisory boards, as an IRB chair, continue to be a member of an international adherence working group plus a current position as associate editor for Family Practice journal.

Key Publications: 

Zeber JE, Pfeiffer C, Baddley J, Cadena-Zuluaga J, Copeland LA, Stock EM, Hendricks J, Mohammadi J, Restrepo MI, Jinadatha C. “The effect of pulsed-xenon ultraviolet room disinfection devices on microbial counts for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus and aerobic colonies”. in press, American Journal of Infection Control

Copeland LA, Zeber JE, Thibodeaux LV, McIntyre RT, Stock EM, Hochhalter AK. “Post-discharge correlates of health literacy among medicaid inpatients”. in press, Population Health Management

Zeber JE, Coleman KJ, Fischer H, Yoon T, Ahmedani BK, Beck A, Hubley S, Imel Z, Rossom R, Shortreed S, Stewart C, Waitzfelder BE, Simon G. (2017). “The impact of race and ethnicity on rates of return to psychotherapy for depression”. Depression & Anxiety, 34:1157-63.

Coleman KJ, Stewart C, Waitzfelder B, Zeber JE, Morales L, Ahmed A, Ahmendani B, Beck A, Copeland LA, Cummings J, Hunkler E, Lindberg N, Lynch F, Lu C, Owen-Smith A, Quinn V, Trinacty CM, Whitebird R, Simon GE. (2016). “Racial and ethnic differences in diagnoses and treatment for mental health conditions across healthcare systems participating in the mental health research network”. Psychiatric Services, 67(7):749-57.

Zeber JE, Manias EF, Williams AF, Hutchins D, Udezi WA, Roberts CS, Peterson AM. (2013). “A systematic literature review of psychosocial and behavioral factors associated with initial medication adherence: a report of the ISPOR medication adherence & persistence special interest group”. Value in Health, 16(5):891-900.