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. His research focuses on how politics, policy, and place work together to influence health in America. He has conducted extensive research on individual health attitudes and behaviors, with a particular emphasis on understanding and overcoming vaccine hesitancy. He has also carried out considerable research studying public experiences with Medicaid, substance abuse, and the 988 mental health lifeline. Dr. Callaghan also regularly studies health access and outcomes for vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on studying rural health.

Dr. Callaghan previously served as Chair of the Health Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Callaghan has also won several prestigious awards in his field including the David Kline Jones Distinguished Scholar Award, 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.

Assessing the Effectiveness of Common Health Messaging Tactics on Self-Reported and Validated Vaccine Uptake: A Multi-Method Approach.
09/01/2023 - 08/31/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Timothy H. Callaghan, PhD
National Science Foundation

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. Motta M, Callaghan T, Lunz Trujillo K. "The CDC Won't Let Me Be": The Opinion Dynamics of Support for CDC Regulatory Authority. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2023 Dec 01; 48(6):829-857.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37497881
  2. Callaghan T, Ferdinand AO, Motta M, Lockman A, Shrestha A, Lunz Trujillo K. Public Attitudes, Inequities, and Polarization in the Launch of the 988 Lifeline. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2023 Nov 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37987198
  3. Haeder SF, Sylvester SM, Callaghan T. More Than Words? How Highlighting Target Populations Affects Public Opinion about the Medicaid Program. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2023 Oct 01; 48(5):713-760. PMID: 36995367; DOI: 10.1215/03616878-10637708;
  4. Nuzhath T, Spiegelman A, Scobee J, Goidel K, Washburn D, Callaghan T. Primary care physicians' strategies for addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. Soc Sci Med. 2023 Sep; 333:116150. PMID: 37595423; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.116150;
  5. Olatunji EA, Ogunsola A, Elenwa F, Udeh M, Oginni I, Nmadu Y, Callaghan T. COVID-19: Academic, Financial, and Mental Health Challenges Faced by International Students in the United States Due to the Pandemic. Cureus. 2023 Jun; 15(6):e41081. PMID: 37519560; PMCID: PMC10375931; DOI: 10.7759/cureus.41081;
  6. Callaghan T, Washburn DJ, Falia G, Greer E, Ramy M. Opportunities and Challenges of Using Carve-Outs to Fund Rural Public Health Initiatives: Evidence From the COVID-19 Pandemic. Public Health Rep. 2023; 138(5):727-731. PMID: 37300286; PMCID: PMC10261949; DOI: 10.1177/00333549231176027;
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36441631; DOI: 10.1215/03616878-10358696;
  8. Khodakarami N, Akinlotan MA, Callaghan T, Primm KM, Vadali M, Bolin J, Ferdinand AO. Factors associated with hospitalizations for co-occurring HIV and opioid-related diagnoses: Evidence from the national inpatient sample, 2009-2017. Prev Med Rep. 2023 Aug; 34:102225. PMID: 37214165; PMCID: PMC10199244; DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2023.102225;
  9. 3Morgan Kassabia*, Aakriti Shrestha, Natasha Johnson, Savannah Kaspar, Janet Helduser, Scott Horel, Jane Bolin, Alva Ferdinand, and Timothy Callaghan. Rural Healthy People 2030: Common Challenges, Rural Nuances. Policy Brief - Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. 2023. View Publication
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC10186822; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2023.307305;
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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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