Dr. sc. Kathryn Ann Dawson-Townsend
Research Assistant (Prof. Dr. Stefan Boes)
T +41 41 229 57 53 • Inseilquai 10, Room 207 • kathryn.dawson@ unilu.ch
Kathryn graduated from the Master of Health Science program at the University of Lucerne in June 2016 with a concentration in Health Service Research. She studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Michigan and earned an MBA from the University of Dayton (Ohio). Prior to moving to Switzerland, she worked for a large health insurer in Massachusetts in a variety of operational, strategic, and IT leadership roles. Additional work experience includes working at a large hospital (University of California at San Diego Medical Center) and an engineering consulting firm. She also studied and worked at TU Braunschweig (Germany).
Kathryn’s doctoral research focused on the topic of social capital and health related-outcomes for older adults, as well as informal caregiving. She also co-authored a policy brief about increasing social participation for socially disadvantaged older adults in Switzerland, as part of the Swiss Learning Health System. Currently, she is interested in research related to health policy changes. Additional research interests include social inequalities and topics related to health care management.
- Long-term care financing and the provision of informal help: evidence from a policy change in Switzerland. Lecture, Swiss Public Health Conference 2020, Swiss Public Health, Virtuelle, 2020
- Information seeking and knowledge on in-home care services in a representative sample in Switzerland. (Panel) contribution, European Public Health Conference, European Public Health Association, Marseille, 2019