Ph.D. Student Profile

Minakshi  Raj

Minakshi Raj, BS, BA, MPH

  • PhD Candidate (2020)
  • Cognate: Sociology/Organizational Studies


  • BS, Psychology, Syracuse University (2013)
  • BA, English and Textual Studies, Syracuse University (2013)
  • MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan (2015)

Research Interests & Projects

  • Organizational behavior
  • Aging and caregiving
  • Patient decision-making and communication
  • Health information technology
  • Ethical and social implications of learning health systems

Additional Information

My dissertation examines how older adults and informal caregivers perceive value in geriatric care. In addition, I explore differences in professional identity of medical trainees and institutional characteristics that facilitate interest in providing care for older adults.

In addition, I am a Fellow and research assistant in the Department of Learning Health Sciences, where my research examines the role of technology in various dyadic relationships, the ethical and social implications of health information technologies with particular interest in the aging population, and patient and provider trust within the healthcare system.

Dissertation: Meeting the needs of an aging population: Older adult, family caregiver, and medical trainee perspectives on geriatric care

Job market paper: 
Meeting the needs of an aging population: Examining older adults’ perceived value of geriatric care