Tyler G. James, PhD, CHES®

Research Fellow, Department of Family Medicine


Tyler G. James, Ph.D., CHES, is a Research Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine, jointly appointed in the Center for Disability Health and Wellness and Michigan Mixed Methods Program. His research focuses on questions of health equity and healthcare access, utilization, and delivery among people with disabilities, particularly among people who are deaf/hard-of-hearing and DeafBlind; these interests include interventions within the electronic health record to improve the quality of care for patients with disabilities. Dr. James is also interested in the integration of advanced quantitative methods (e.g., latent variable modeling, time-varying effects modeling) in mixed methods research. His research has been funded by the Society for Public Health Education and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. James is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has seven years of experience in the field of health education and health promotion, focusing on needs assessment and evaluation. He is heavily involved in the Society for Public Health Education, currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Research Agenda Committee, member of the Advocacy and Awards Committees, and as Chair of the SOPHE 2022 Annual Meeting Accessibility Workgroup. He is also a member of the Editorial Board for Pedagogy in Health Promotion.

Within U-M CDHW, Dr. James is working closely with Dr. Michael McKee in the IDEAL RRTC Research Project 4: Development of a Model Primary Care Clinic for Adults with Long-term Physical Disabilities.

Dr. James completed his PhD in Health and Human Performance concentrating in Health Behavior at the University of Florida, where he also completed a graduate minor in Research and Evaluation Methodology focused on survey design and psychometrics.

Research Interests

  • Health behavior among people with disabilities, with focus on deaf and hard-of-hearing populations
  • Health services research (access, utilization, and delivery) with focus on people with disabilities
  • Applied quantitative and mixed methods
  • Applied measurement and theory in health behavior