Nasim Ferdows Biography

Nasim Ferdows, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Bouvé College of Health Sciences, School of Public Policy, & Urban Affairs College of Social Sciences and Humanities


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Areas of Expertise

Health Economics
Health and Healthcare Disparities
Aging and the Life Course
Population Health


Nasim Ferdows is a health economist and a gerontologist. She received a Ph.D. in economics and gerontology training from Wayne State University. After finishing her Ph.D., she completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at Brown University and then spent over a year at the University of Southern California as a postdoctoral research associate at the Roybal Institute on Aging. Dr. Ferdows is also a participating RCMAR scientist through the pilot grant she received from the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California in 2019. Prior to joining the faculty of Northeastern University, she was an Assistant Professor at the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Project Description

Dr. Nasim Ferdows’s research resides at the intersection of economics, gerontology, and health services research—the intersection of methodology and policy. Her current research is focused on studying disparities in access to care and health outcomes and aging as a life-course process, examining the life-course determinants of health at an older age. Dr. Ferdows is interested in collaborating on interdisciplinary research projects on health disparities and health policy

Publications – Past Three Years

Rivera-Hernandez, Kumar, A., Ferdows, N.B., Chou, L., Keeney, T., Ferdows, N.B, Karmarkar, A., Ottenbacher K. (2022) Healthcare Utilization and Costs Among High-Need and Frail Mexican American Medicare Beneficiaries, PLOS One,

Rivera-Hernandez, M., Matos-Moreno, A., Ferdows, N.B., Kumar, A. (2021) Posthospital Nursing Home Utilization and Quality Indicators Among Medicare Beneficiaries in Puerto Rico: Comparison With the United States, JAMDA,

Rivera-Hernandez, M., Ferdows, N.B., Kumar, A. (2021) The Impact of the Covid-19 Epidemic on Older Adults in Rural and Urban Areas in Mexico, The Journals of Gerontology: Series B,

Ferdows, N.B., Aranda, M., Baldwin, J., Ahluwalia, J.S., Baghban, S., Kumar, A. (2020) Assessment of Racial Disparities in Mortality in US Rural and Urban Areas from 1968 to 2016, JAMA network open, doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.12241.

Kosar, C., Loomer, L., Ferdows, N.B., Panagiotou, O., Trivedi, A., Rahman, M. (2020). Rural-Urban differences in Postacute Care Utilization and Outcomes, JAMA network open, doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.18738.

Ferdows, N.B., & Rahman, M. (2020). Evolution of Nursing Home Industry in States with Different Certificate of Need Policies. JAMDA, doi:

Ferdows, N. B., Jensen, G. A., & Tarraf, W. (2018). Healthy Aging after Age 65: A Life-Span Health Production Function Approach. Research on aging, 40(5), 480-507. doi: 10.1177/0164027517713312.

Jensen, G. A., Salloum, R. G., Hu, J., Ferdows, N.B., & Tarraf, W. (2015). A slow start: use of preventive services among seniors following the Affordable Care Act’s enhancement of Medicare benefits in the US. Preventive medicine, 76, 37-42. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.03.02