Dr. Jae Chul Lee is an associate research scientist and director of the Center for Health Equity (CHE) at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Dr. Lee is a health services researcher with comprehensive interdisciplinary training and extensive research experience in health disparities for and among people with disabilities. He established the Center for Health Equity in 2017 to ensure that individuals with disabilities will have a fair and just opportunity to live a healthy and meaningful life in the community. He has been promoting translational research for evidence-based practice and policy while encouraging collaboration and partnership with people with disabilities.
Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor Education with cognates in Family and Child Ecology as well as Survey Research and Program Evaluation at Michigan State University. He completed a two-year Training Fellowship in Health Services Research at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He completed another training in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Section within the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.
Dr. Lee’s commitment to enhancing quality of life for people with disabilities comes from his experience with his father’s traumatic brain injury. His severe brain injury took a great toll physically, psychologically, and financially on his family. This personal experience continues to motivate him to address various issues people with disabilities and their families encounter, as individuals with disabilities try to participate in all facets of community life and achieve a high quality of life.
Dr. Lee’s research interests center on health disparities and health equity for and among people with disabilities. Using such complex survey datasets as Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, and Medicaid claims data, he has examined various health disparities—health status, health outcomes, health care access, preventive screenings, contraceptive use—for and among people with disabilities. He also strives to collaborate and partner with people with disabilities in various research projects.
- Health Disparities and Health Equity
- Disability Data Collection and Surveillance
- Oral Health and Dental Care
- Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Health Literacy
- Horner-Johnson, W., Dobbertin, K., Lee, J. C., & Andresen, E. M. (2014). Disparities in health care access and receipt of preventive services by disability type: Analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Health Services Research, 49(6), 1980-1999.
- Lee, J. C., Hasnain-Wynia, R., & Lau, D. T. (2012). Delay in seeing a doctor due to cost: Disparity between older adults with and without disabilities in the United States. Health Services Research, 47(2), 698-720.
- Lee, J. C., McDuffie, M., & Donovan, J. (2017). Dental care and disability: Survey of individuals with disabilities in Delaware. University of Delaware, Center for Disabilities Studies.
- McDermott, S., Royer, J., Cope, T., Lindgren, S., Momany, E., Lee J. C., McDuffie, M. J., Lauer, E., Kurtz, S., & Armour, B. (2018). Using Medicaid data to characterize persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in five US states. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 123(4), 371-381.
- Sparling, E., Borras, K., Guinivan, P., Lee, J. C., Magane, K., McDuffie, M. J., Murphy, A., Papas, M., & Rhonton, L. (2015). The current landscape for disability and health in Delaware: Public health assessment report summary. University of Delaware, Center for Disabilities Studies.
Awards and Honors
- 2017, Elite Reviewer for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for 2016
- 2017, Outstanding Reviewer for American Journal of Preventive Medicine for 2016
- 2014, Participant Scholar for Translational Health Disparities Training: Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
- 2008 to 2010, Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Fellowship, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education
- 2002, University Graduate Recruiting Fellowship, College of Education, Michigan State University