Timothy H. Callaghan, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
MA, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
BA, University of Connecticut
BS, University of Connecticut

Timothy Callaghan is an Associate Professor of health policy and politics in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Callaghan received his doctorate in political science from the University of Minnesota in 2016. His research focuses on how politics, policy, and place work together to influence health in America. He has conducted extensive research on how politics influences health access for vulnerable populations, individual health attitudes and behaviors, and rural health.

Dr. Callaghan is serving as Chair of the Health Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association from 2022-2023 and has won several prestigious awards including the Atlas Award for his research on vaccine hesitancy, the Leonard S. Robins Award for his research on public attitudes about the opioid epidemic, the Deil S. Wright award for his research on federalism and the Affordable Care Act, and the Journal of Rural Health Article of the Year Award for his work on COVID-19 in rural areas.

Evaluating Teen-Parent Dynamics in Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance and Uptake
08/15/2022 - 04/30/2024 (Subcontract PI)
University of San Francisco Inc NIH NICHD

Drivers of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa.
09/01/2022 - 12/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Sam Houston State University Texas A&M University


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  1. Goidel K, Callaghan T, Washburn DJ, Nuzhath T, Scobee J, Spiegelman A, Motta M. Physician Trust in the News Media and Attitudes toward COVID-19. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2023 Jun 01; 48(3):317-350. PMID: 36441631; DOI: 10.1215/03616878-10358696;
  2. Callaghan T. Vaccine Uptake and Hesitancy in Rural America in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Public Health. 2023 Jun; 113(6):615-617. PMID: 37053532
  3. Opel DJ, Brewer NT, Buttenheim AM, Callaghan T, Carpiano RM, Clinton C, Elharake JA, Flowers LC, Galvani AP, Hotez PJ, Schwartz JL, Benjamin RM, Caplan A, DiResta R, Lakshmanan R, Maldonado YA, Mello MM, Parmet WE, Salmon DA, Sharfstein JM, Omer SB. The legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic for childhood vaccination in the USA. Lancet. 2023 01 07; 401(10370):75-78. PMID: 36309017; PMCID: PMC9605265; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)01693-2;
  4. Anyatonwu SC, Callaghan T. Exploring the role of discretionary income as a social determinant of health. Health Serv Res. 2023 Feb; 58(1):78-90. PMID: 36054669; PMCID: PMC9836941; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14056;
  5. Mello MM, Opel DJ, Benjamin RM, Callaghan T, DiResta R, Elharake JA, Flowers LC, Galvani AP, Salmon DA, Schwartz JL, Brewer NT, Buttenheim AM, Carpiano RM, Clinton C, Hotez PJ, Lakshmanan R, Maldonado YA, Omer SB, Sharfstein JM, Caplan A. Effectiveness of vaccination mandates in improving uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in the USA. Lancet. 2022 08 13; 400(10351):535-538. PMID: 35817078; PMCID: PMC9270060; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)00875-3;
  6. Sylvester S, Motta M, Trujillo KL, Callaghan T. Vaccinating across the aisle: using co-partisan source cues to encourage COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the ideological right. J Behav Med. 2023 Apr; 46(1-2):311-323.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35543897; PMCID: PMC9092938; DOI: 10.1007/s10865-022-00323-4;
  7. Callaghan T, Washburn D, Goidel K, Nuzhath T, Spiegelman A, Scobee J, Moghtaderi A, Motta M. Imperfect messengers? An analysis of vaccine confidence among primary care physicians. Vaccine. 2022 04 20; 40(18):2588-2603.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35315324; PMCID: PMC8931689; DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.03.025;
  8. Lueck JA, Callaghan T. Inside the 'black box' of COVID-19 vaccination beliefs: Revealing the relative importance of public confidence and news consumption habits. Soc Sci Med. 2022 04; 298:114874. PMID: 35278975; PMCID: PMC8885110; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.114874;
  9. Brewer NT, Buttenheim AM, Clinton CV, Mello MM, Benjamin RM, Callaghan T, Caplan A, Carpiano RM, DiResta R, Elharake JA, Flowers LC, Galvani AP, Hotez PJ, Lakshmanan R, Maldonado YA, Omer SB, Salmon DA, Schwartz JL, Sharfstein JM, Opel DJ. Incentives for COVID-19 vaccination. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2022 Apr; 8:100205. PMID: 35229080; PMCID: PMC8866051; DOI: 10.1016/j.lana.2022.100205;
  10. Kaur R, Callaghan T, Regan AK. Disparities in Prenatal Immunization Rates in Rural and Urban US Areas by Indicators of Access to Care. J Rural Health. 2023 Jan; 39(1):142-152. PMID: 35165924; DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12647;
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2022 Journal of Rural Health: Article of the Year
2020 American Political Science Association: Deil S. Wright Best Paper Award Winner
2020 Journal of Rural Health: Exceptional Reviewer
2019 American Political Science Association: Leonard S. Robins Award Winner
2019 Alpha Tau Chapter, Delta Omega, National Public Health Honor Society: Faculty Inductee
2018 Elsevier: Atlas Award Winner
2010-2011 Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress: Presidential Fellow
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