Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Family Medicine

University of Michigan

Tyler G. James, Ph.D., CHES

I am a health education scientist, social epidemiologist, and health services researcher, working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan in the Department of Family Medicine. At the University of Michigan, I am working with the Center for Disability Health and Wellness and the Michigan Mixed Methods Program.

My research largely focuses on healthcare access, utilization, and delivery among people with disabilities. I apply frameworks from social and legal epidemiology, health services research, and health promotion to understand how ableism impacts health and quality of life outcomes. In my work, I apply quantitative methods (e.g., Latent Class/Profile Analysis, time-varying effects modeling, psychometrics), qualitative methods, and mixed methods to understand health inequities facing priority patient populations. Methodologically, I am interested in the development of conceptual frameworks in research and practice, and the integration of samples in mixed methods studies.

My research has received generous support from:


  • Health services research
  • Applied quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods
  • Health behavior theory development and advancement
  • Health behavior among people with disabilities and deaf/hard-of-hearing populations


  • Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance conc. Health Behavior, 2021

    University of Florida

  • M.S. in Health Education & Behavior, 2017

    University of Florida

  • B.S. in Psychology, 2016

    University of Florida



Developing a Conceptual Model of Emergency Department Utilization Among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patients: A Mixed Methods Study

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Apr 2020 – Aug 2021 1R36HS027537-01

Assessing the Deaf Patient’s Experience in the Emergency Department

Society for Public Health Education

Sep 2019 – Sep 2018 Student Fellowship in Patient Engagement

Recent Publications