Dr. Castel is an outcomes researcher who has studied longitudinal psychological and clinical health outcomes, veterans’ and military health, scale development in pain and social functioning, biostatistics, health outcomes, morbidity and mortality, health economics, patient safety, and decision making. Dr. Castel has specialized in longitudinal multivariable modeling, confounding and interaction, logistic regression, meta-analysis, risk-adjustment, large administrative/claims data, time-to-event modeling, Poisson regression, and psychometric scale validation techniques. She also has expertise in scientific communication and experience teaching statistical concepts, which allows her to distill complex research methodologies and findings into understandable and actionable insights for healthcare professionals. The United States Government Accountability Office awarded Dr. Castel a Special Commendation Award for her work in Veterans’ Affairs and Military Health Care Issues. She currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of the journal Patient Related Outcome Measures (Dove Medical Press, part of Taylor & Francis Group), and Business Communication Senior Specialist with Cigna.
Dr. Castel earned her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Cecil G. Sheps Center, University of North Carolina. She has a Masters of Health Policy and Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.