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Judith Long, MD

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CHERP COIN Investigator

Attending Physician, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Sol Katz Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.


Judith A. Long, MD is the Sol Katz Professor of Medicine and the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, and Attending Physician at the Corporal Michael J. Cresenz VA Medical Center. One of CHERP's original investigators, Dr. Long leads a career aligned with CHERP's overall mission of research, innovation and implementation focused on detecting, understanding, and reducing disparities in health and health care in vulnerable veteran populations. Dr. Long researches the social determinants of health, and how they affect socioeconomic and racial disparities. Her work focuses on interventions to support behavioral change in low-income patients with chronic diseases.

Dr. Long has extensive experience directing clinical research trials to improve outcomes for vulnerable patients with chronic diseases. She has completed two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of peer mentoring and financial incentives for adults with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes and a third investigating the long-term effectiveness of peer mentoring and evaluating whether former mentees can be trained to be effective peer mentors. A recent PCORI funded RCT evaluates a community health worker program (IMPaCT) for patients with multiple conditions. This is the 3rd RCT evaluating IMPaCT in different setting.

She is also actively engaged in training health services and policy researchers. She is a former Director of a HRSA T32, the Penn RWJ Clinical Scholars Program, the Penn National Clinician Scholars Program and the Penn Masters of Science in Health Policy Research. She has extensive experience mentoring fellows and junior faculty and is currently an active mentor of several K-Awards.

Dr. Long's career-long commitment to eliminating racial and socioeconomic disparities in health care is reflected in her noteworthy research achievements. From her principal investigator roles in VA HSR&D merit review awards, QUERI programs, and operational initiatives, to her NIH and PCORI funded research, to her VA Shark Tank Gold Award, she has drawn on her clinical experience as a VA primary care provider and formal training in health services research to improve outcomes for vulnerable Veterans. Along the way, she has championed the careers of the next generation of health equity investigators, including undergraduates, medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. Her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the health sciences is evident within CHERP and in her leadership role at UPenn, where she works with senior leaders to foster inclusive excellence in academic medicine.

To maximize the benefits to Veterans managed within a learning health care system, Dr. Long has consistently leveraged her research and clinical expertise to inform local and regional operational initiatives to improve the quality and equity of care in VA. As Co-Director of the VISN4 Center for the Evaluation of Patient Aligned Care Teams (CePACT) from 2009 to 2020, Dr. Long and her colleagues focused on improving Veteran engagement with a focus on racial and ethnic minority individuals. She and her colleagues enlisted clinical primary care champions at 42 VA facilities (33 CBOCs & 9 VAMCs) across VISN4 to implement activities aimed at engaging patients in their own healthcare using a variety of strategies and developed and widely disseminated a toolkit for patient engagement in VA. Currently, Dr. Long is a Multiple Principal Investigator on the newly funded SAGE Age-Friendly Health System QUERI Center that will implement evidence-based practices to improve patient safety for older adults across all 9 VAMCs and 45 outpatient clinics in VISN 4 using a type III hybrid effectiveness-implementation stepped-wedge trial design. She is also collaborating on CHERP's Equity and Quality Aligned (EQuAl) Research to Impact for Veterans (RIVR) program - in partnership with the VA Office of Health Equity and VISN4 - to integrate equity into evidence-based quality improvement (QI) efforts in VISN4 using an interactive equity dashboard and population-specific interventions to drive QI.

To help build the next generation of health services researchers, Dr. Long has been a leader in academic health services research training programs and is a highly sought mentor by VA and non-VA trainees. She co-directed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UPenn (2013-2016) and co-founded the National Clinician Scholars Program at UPenn and the Crescenz VAMC in 2016. For the past decade, she has been a leader and/or mentor in the UPenn/CHERP Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program designed to engage undergraduate students from underrepresented minority groups in the field of health services research. As a mentor, she has guided 44 undergraduate, graduate and medical students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty at UPenn and the Crescenz VAMC, many of whom have achieved their own distinguished careers, published dozens of high-impact papers, and obtained faculty positions after their postdoctoral or doctoral training ended.

Research Areas
Social Determinants of Health
Behavioral Economics
Behavior Change
FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine
Gold Status Awardee

Funded Research

  • Co-PI, Safer Aging Through Geriatrics-Informed Evidence-Based Practices (SAGE) QUERI

updated Dec. 27, 2022