Becky Briesacher

PhD, PharmD

Associate Professor

Pharmacy and Health Systems Science

Research Interests

Medicare long-term care


Becky Briesacher, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences at Northeastern University. She is a health services researcher with nationally-recognized expertise in drug policy and medication use in older adults. Dr. Briesacher is currently studying the negative complications of delirium including potentially misdiagnosed Alzheimer’s disease, psychoactive prescribing and permanent placement in nursing homes. Her research has received funding from NIH, AHRQ, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and AARP. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in such journals as JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Selected Publications

Briesacher BA, Olivieri-Mui B, Devlin J, Koethe B. Nursing homes underreport antipsychotic prescribing. Aging and Mental Health, Nov 2018.
Rodgers J, Briesacher BA, Wallace RB, Kawachi I, Baum CF, Kim D. County-level housing affordability in relation to risk factors for cardiovascular disease among middle- aged adults: The National Longitudinal Survey of Youths 1979. Health Place. 2019; 59:102194.

Madden JM, Shetty PS, Zhang F, Briesacher BA, Ross-Degnan D, Soumerai SB, Galbraith AA. Risk Factors Associated with Food Insecurity in the Medicare Population [published online ahead of print, 2019 Sep 30]. JAMA Intern Med. 2019;180(1):144‐147.

Briesacher BA, Olivieri-Mui B, Koethe B. Adequacy of drug coverage in nursing Homes. Medical Care, 2020 May; Vol. 58 (5), pp. 427-432.

Duprey MS, van den Boogaard M, van der Hoeven JG, Pickkers P, Briesacher BA, Saczynski JS, Griffith JL, Devlin JW. Association between incident delirium and 28- and 90-day mortality in critically ill adults: a secondary analysis. Crit Care. 2020;24(1):161. 98.

Olivieri-Mui B, McGuire J, Griffith J, Cahill S, Briesacher B. Assessing the Quality of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Care in Nursing Homes [published online ahead of print, 2020 Feb 13]. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020;10.1111/jgs.16359

Olivieri-Mui BL, Koethe B, Briesacher B. Economic Barriers to Antiretroviral is Therapy in Nursing Homes. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020;68(4):777‐782.