Dr. Bangerter’s scholarly work has focused on promoting high quality care and developing psychosocial interventions for older adults with physical and cognitive decline. She has a strong record of obtained federal and foundation grants to support her research, has published over 50 scientific papers and is regarded as an expert in gerontology and health services research. As a Health and Aging Policy Fellow (2018-2019) she supported the implementation of federal legislation to support family caregivers through a placement at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Bangerter is the Principal Research Scientist at OptumLabs, UnitedHealth Group. In this role, she leads the Healthy Aging research focus area. Additionally, she directs research in complex care and works collaboratively with data scientists and clinical partners to inform enterprise strategy and investment decisions. Dr. Bangerter has a faculty appointment at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and serves as a consultant and collaborator on health and aging policy research. Dr. Bangerter received her doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2016.
Why I Applied to be a Fellow
"Like many millennials, I have found myself struggling to understand just how to go about meaningfully engaging in politics. I applied to the Health Aging Policy Fellowship because I want to become more politically engaged in a way that allows me to leverage my passion and expertise in aging research. Through this fellowship, my goal is to gain the skills necessary to apply my current and future research to help create evidence-based aging policies."
Administration for Community Living (ACL)/Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and Minnesota Board on Aging