Tyler G. James, PhD, MCHES®

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine


Tyler is a health education scientist, social epidemiologist, and health services researcher, working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan in the Department of Family Medicine. At the University of Michigan, he is working with the Center for Disability Health and Wellness and the Michigan Mixed Methods Program.

His research largely focuses on healthcare access, utilization, and delivery among people with disabilities. He applies frameworks from social and legal epidemiology, health services research, and health promotion to understand how ableism impacts health and quality of life outcomes. In his work, he applies quantitative methods (e.g., Latent Class/Profile Analysis, time-varying effects modeling, psychometrics), qualitative methods, and mixed methods to understand health inequities facing priority patient populations. Methodologically, he is interested in the development of conceptual frameworks in research and practice, and the integration of samples in mixed methods studies.

Research Interests

  • Health of people with sensory disabilities
  • Social and legal epidemiology
  • Healthcare access, utilization, and delivery
  • Mixed methods