Ph.D. Student Profile

Tarlise (Tarlie)   Townsend

Tarlise (Tarlie) Townsend, B.S., B.A.

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


  • BS, Neuroscience, Indiana University (2012)
  • BA, Germanic Studies, Indiana University (2012)

Research Interests & Projects

  • Opioid crisis and pain management
  • National trends and drivers of disability
  • Socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities
  • Population health
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis

Tarlie is a joint doctoral student in the departments of Health Management and Policy and Sociology. She uses tools from demography, econometrics, and epidemiology to study socioeconomic and racial disparities in health. In one line of research, she examines the ways in which policies can and have influenced opioid use and overdose, and how these impacts vary by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. In another, she looks at the role of education and income in shaping national trends in nutrition and disability.