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Boaz, Timothy L., PhD

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Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (813) 974-1933
Office: MHC 2736
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Curriculum Vitae

Timothy Boaz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas in 1986 and completed his Clinical Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship training in behavioral medicine and neuropsychology at the Brown University Program in Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in Providence, RI. He was a member of the faculty in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida from 1984 - 1989, and he has been on the faculty at USF/FMHI since 1989. He is also a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Florida.

His primary research interests involve the use of administrative data sets in mental health policy research, prescribing practices for psychotherapeutic medications, and evaluation of public mental health programs. Recent projects have focused on factors associated with readmission to inpatient treatment, quality of prescribing of antipsychotic medication, and continuity of care for persons being discharged from institutional treatment facilities.


B.A., Kansas State University
M.S., Kansas State University
M.A., University of Kansas
Ph.D., University of Kansas

Research Interests

The use of administrative data sets in mental health policy research
Prescribing practices for behavioral health drugs
Evaluation of public mental health programs

Research Projects

Role of Non-traditional Acute Care Inpatient Facilities in Florida’s Mental Health System & Relative Effectiveness of Different Antipsychotic Medications in Treating Discharges
Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program 

Recent Publications

Boaz, T.L., Becker, M.A., Andel, R., & McCutchan, N. (2017). Rehospitalization risk factors for psychiatric treatment among elderly Medicaid beneficiaries following hospitalization for a physical health condition.  Aging & Mental Health.  21(3), 297-303.  Online:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2015.1104532

Becker, M. A., Boaz, T. L., Andel, R., & Hafner, S. (2017). Risk of early rehospitalization for non-behavioral health conditions among adult Medicaid beneficiaries with severe mental illness or substance use disorders. Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research. 44(1), 113-121. doi: 10.1007/s11414-016-9516-9

Boaz, T. L., Becker, M. A., Andel, R., & McCutchan, N. (2015). Rehospitalization risk factors for psychiatric treatment among elderly Medicaid beneficiaries following hospitalization for a physical health condition. Aging & Mental Health. Published online, doi:10.1080/13607863.2015.1104532.

Boaz, T. L., McPherson, M. A., & Jones, M. E. (2014) Factors Associated with Use of Buprenorphine versus Methadone for Adults Enrolled in Florida Medicaid. Submitted to Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Becker, M. A., Boaz, T.L., Hafner, S., & Andel, R. (2014). The role of serious mental illness in early rehospitalization of adult Medicaid beneficiaries. Submitted to: Psychiatric Services.

Becker, M. A., Boaz, T.L., Andel, R., & Hafner, S. (2014). Predictors of early rehospitalization among adult Medicaid beneficiaries. Submitted to: Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research.

Boaz, T. L., Becker, M.A., Andel, R., Van Dorn, R.A., Choi, J., & Sikirica, M. (2013) Risk factors for early readmission to acute care for persons with schizophrenia taking antipsychotic medications. Psychiatric Services. 64(12),1225-1229.

Becker, M., Boaz, T., DeMuth, A., & Andel, R. (2012). Predictors of emergency commitment for nursing home residents: the role of resident and facility characteristics. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(10), 1028-1035.

Becker, M., Boaz, T., Andel, R., & DeMuth, A. (2012). Predictors of avoidable hospitalizations among assisted living residents. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. (online ahead of print). DOI: 10.1016/j .jamda.2011.02.001.

Robst, J., Constantine, R., Andel, R., Boaz, T., & Howe, A. (2011). Factors Related to Criminal Justice Expenditure Trajectories for Adults with Serious Mental Illness. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health.

Van Dorn, R. A., Andel, R., Boaz, T. L., Desmarais, S.L., Chandler, K., Becker, M., & Howe, A. (2011). Risk of arrest in persons with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in a Medicaid program: The role of atypical antipsychotics, conventional neuroleptics and routine outpatient behavioral health services. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 72(4), 502-508.

Boaz, T. L., Constantine, R. J., Robst, J., Becker, M., & Howe, A. (2011). Risperidone Long Acting Treatment (RLAT) Prescribing Patterns and their Impact on Early Discontinuation of Treatment in a Large Medicaid Population. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 72(8), 1079-1085.

Becker, M. A., Andel, R., Boaz, T., & Constantine, R. (2011). Gender differences and risk of arrest among offenders with serious mental illness. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 38(1), 16-28. DOI: 10.1007/s11414-010-921217-8.

Constantine, R. J., Petrila, J., Andel, R., Givens, E. M., Becker, M., Robst, J., Van Dorn, R., Boaz, T., Teague, G., Haynes, D., & Howe, A.  (2010). Arrest trajectories of adult offenders with a serious mental illness.  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 16(4), 319-339.

Constantine, R. J., Boaz, T., & Tandon, R. (2010). Antipsychotic polypharmacy in the treatment of children and adolescents in the fee-for-service component of a large state Medicaid program. Clinical Therapeutics. 32(5), 949-959.

Robst, J., Constantine, R., Boaz, T. Andel, R., Teague, G., Becker, M., & Howe, A. (2010). Short-term impact of preferred drug list changes on health care utilization and Medicaid costs: The case of injectable risperidone long-acting therapy. Psychiatric Services: 61(9), 937-939.

Constantine, R. J., Andel, R. Petrila, J., Becker, M., Robst, J., Teague, G., Boaz, T., & Howe, A. (2010). Characteristics and experiences of adults with a serious mental illness who were involved in the criminal justice system. Psychiatric Services: 61(5), 451-457.

Becker, M., Boaz, T. L., Andel, R., Gum, A. M., & Papadopoulos, A. S. (2010). Predictors of preventable nursing home hospitalizations: The role of mental disorders and dementia. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 18(6), 475-482.

Becker, M., Andel, R., Boaz, T., & Howell, T. (2009). The association of individual and facility characteristics with psychiatric hospitalization among nursing home residents.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24(3), 261-268.