As a nurse and health scientist, Dr. Hynes seeks to develop and evaluate health system interventions in relation to patients’ health care access, use, and outcomes. She has expertise in health services research methods, including working with complex data and information systems, focused on improving chronic disease management, including access, quality, and economic outcomes. Veterans are a special focus of her research. She has led or participated in a broad range of specific study designs, including prospective multisite clinical trials and implementation research. Her current research program focuses on implementing and evaluating health system interventions and incentives on patient outcomes in VA healthcare and private health care settings.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Loyola University of Chicago, School of Nursing, Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, and her Doctoral degree (PhD) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health. She completed postdoctoral training at the Cecil B. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991 and at Drexel University through the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership for Academic Medicine (ELAM) in 2014. She served as tenure track faculty at Duke University, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Hynes has also been a Research Scientist in the US Department of Veterans Affairs since 1991, currently appointed at the Portland VA Health Care System as a part of the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC). She joined Oregon State University as Professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and as the Director of the new Health Data & Informatics (HDI) Program in the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing in 2018. She also holds a courtesy faculty appointment at the Oregon Health and Science University, School of Nursing.