Becky Briesacher, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, UMass Medical School



Contact Information

Meyers Primary Care Institute
630 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605

Phone: 508-856-3085
Fax: 508-856-5024




1986        BA        University of California, Berkeley

1988        MA        Williams College, Massachusetts

2001        PhD       University of Maryland, Baltimore


Dr. Briesacher's papers on Pubmed

Research and  Teaching Interests

Becky Briesacher, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a health services researcher with nationally-recognized expertise in drug policy and medication use in older adults. She is currently the recipient of a Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Briesacher is the principal investigator on a study to assess the impact of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program on the nursing home population, and a co-investigator with Harvard Medical School to evaluate the influence of Part D on cost-related underuse of medications in the community-setting. Her work has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and AARP. Dr. Briesacher has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from Williams College, and a doctorate from the University of Maryland.


prescription drug policy, medicare, medication adherence, long-term care

Selected Publications

Briesacher B. Stuart B. Doshi J. Wrobel MV. Medicare beneficiaries and the impact of gaining prescription drug coverage on inpatient and physician spending. Health Services Research 2005; 40(5):1279-1296.


Briesacher BA. Limcangco MR. Simoni-Wastila L. Doshi JA. Levins SR. Shea DG. Stuart B. The quality of antipsychotic prescribing in nursing homes. Archives of Internal Medicine 2005;165(11) 1280-1285.


Briesacher BA. Gurwitz JH. Soumerai SB. Patients at-risk for Cost-related Medication Nonadherence: A Review of the Literature. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2007;22(6):864-71.

4.Parsons C, Briesacher BA, Givens JL, Chen Y, Tjia J. Cholinesterase inhibitor and memantine use in newly admitted nursing home residents with dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Jul;59(7):1253-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03478.x. Epub 2011 Jun 13. PubMed PMID: 21668913.
5.Lau DT, Briesacher BA, Touchette DR, Stubbings J, Ng JH. Medicare Part D and quality of prescription medication use in older adults. Drugs Aging. 2011 Oct 1;28(10):797-807. doi: 10.2165/11595250-000000000-00000. PubMed PMID: 21970307.

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Meyers Primary Care Institute
630 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605

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