Daphna Gans

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Daphna Gans
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
Type of Faculty: 
Part Time
Contact Information
Center for Health Policy Research 10960 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 1550 Los Angeles, CA 90095-7143
Areas of Interest: 

Aging; children with special health care needs and pediatric palliative care; individuals with developmental disabilities; health policy and health care reform implementation

Daphna Gans is a research scientist and project director for the Center's Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) Evaluation Project, a three-year evaluation of the cost effect and medical necessity of the Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) Benefit Waiver Program. The PPC program, administered by the California Department of Health Care Services, was established to provide hospice-like benefits concurrently with curative care for children with life-threatening conditions and their families. 

Gans is also involved in the development of microsimulation models for consumer health-spending affordability. 

The majority of Gans's previous research focuses on families, with particular attention to aging and intergenerational transfers of resources, including money and time. She has also utilized data from other countries to examine the interplay between private and public intergenerational transfers. From 2005 to 2010, Gans was project coordinator of a five-year, bi-national project in both Israel and the United States to examine intergenerational relations. The project was funded by the Bi-national Science Foundation. 

Gans is familiar with a variety of large survey datasets, including the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS), a biennial, nationally representative dataset of households ages 50 and above. She has also collaborated on designing an experimental module –- currently administered as part of the 2010 wave of HRS data collection –- that measures altruistic tendencies. 

In addition to her work in the area of families and aging, Gans has conducted program evaluations in the area of mental health. Most recently, she worked as a reviewer for a joint UCLA/RAND project to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of the efficacy of all types of psychosocial community-based intervention programs in the treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

Gans earned her doctoral degree at the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, where she was a National Institute on Aging predoctoral trainee. She also holds a master's degree in family studies from Michigan State University. 

Before coming to the Center, Gans was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at RAND. In addition to other peer-reviewed publications, Gans is a co-editor on the recently published volume titled, The Handbook of Theories of Aging, a collection of 40 chapters written by top researchers in the field.