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.

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. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. 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;
  6. Callaghan T, Kassabian M, Johnson N, Shrestha A, Helduser J, Horel S, Bolin JN, Ferdinand AO. Rural healthy people 2030: New decade, new challenges. Prev Med Rep. 2023 Jun; 33:102176. PMID: 37008456; PMCID: PMC10060738; DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2023.102176;
  7. Carpiano RM, Callaghan T, DiResta R, Brewer NT, Clinton C, Galvani AP, Lakshmanan R, Parmet WE, Omer SB, Buttenheim AM, Benjamin RM, Caplan A, Elharake JA, Flowers LC, Maldonado YA, Mello MM, Opel DJ, Salmon DA, Schwartz JL, Sharfstein JM, Hotez PJ. Confronting the evolution and expansion of anti-vaccine activism in the USA in the COVID-19 era. Lancet. 2023 Mar 18; 401(10380):967-970. PMID: 36871571; PMCID: PMC9981160; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(23)00136-8;
  8. Motta M, Callaghan T, Lunz-Trujillo K, Lockman A. Erroneous Consonance. How inaccurate beliefs about physician opinion influence COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. Vaccine. 2023 Mar 17; 41(12):2093-2099.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36822967; PMCID: PMC9939402; DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.02.052;
  9. Giannouchos TV, Beverly J, Christodoulou I, Callaghan T. Suicide and non-fatal self-injury-related emergency department visits among individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Autism. 2023 Oct; 27(7):1983-1996. PMID: 36700624; DOI: 10.1177/13623613221150089;
  10. 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;
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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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