College of Health Sciences
Dr. Katherine A. Durso has more than 30 years of wide ranging professional experience in health and medical care related fields. Her earliest work was as a patient and community health educator at a large general hospital and a substance abuse prevention specialist in a drug abuse treatment center. Later as a Senior Consultant for a national data analysis and consulting firm, she provided professional consulting services based on medical claims data analysis to Fortune 500 corporations throughout the country. She designed, conducted and directed data-based analytic studies focused on such employee health and productivity issues as the effectiveness of health management programs and cost management strategies, the preventable impacts of risk factors, the assessment of quality of care, etc.
Concurrent with her professional consulting career, Dr. Durso has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at both brick and mortar and online universities. Her teaching has primarily focused on health care economics, health care politics and policy, health care financing and delivery systems and health informatics. For several years she also instructed law enforcement and drug interdiction professionals on the physiological, psycho-social and public policy aspects of instrumental drug use (prescription and OTC), drug abuse and addiction.
Her voluntary political activities have included managing a campaign for a U.S. Congressional race in Connecticut, coordinating the Rides to the Polls effort in Savannah, Georgia for the 2016 Presidential race and coordinating the volunteer activities for a mayoral race in Key West, Florida.
Dr. Durso received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Yale University where she studied at the schools of medicine, law, and management, specializing in medical care financing, economics and policy. She also has an M.A. in Community Health Education from New York University where she was the recipient of a training grant from the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse for the study of addictive diseases.