Julie S. Darnell, PhD, MHSA joined the Department of Public Health Sciences, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago (LUC) as Associate Professor in December 2015. Previously, she was on the faculty of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she served as Assistant Professor (2008-2015) and Associate Professor with tenure (2015). Dr. Darnell received her AM (2003) and PhD (2008) in Social Service Administration from The University of Chicago as well as a Master of Health Services Administration degree in health policy (1994) from The George Washington University. Her research focuses on access to, and the delivery and financing of, health care for poor and vulnerable populations and the safety net organizations that serve them. With the support of AmeriCares, she is currently leading an evaluation of two evidence-based chronic disease interventions in free clinics. She is also conducting a national survey of all known free and charitable clinics across the country. She has earned a national reputation for her work on free clinics. Findings from her research on free clinics have been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and Medical Care and in a report to the U.S. Congress. Her work on free clinics has received numerous awards and recognition from organizations including the Society for Social Work and Research, the National Association of Social Workers Foundation, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, the American Public Health Association, and the Public Health System Research Interest Group of AcademyHealth.

Phone: 708-327-9022

Email: jdarnell1@luc.edu 

Selected Publications

  • Wells, K. J., Winters, P. C., Jean-Pierre, P., Warren-Mears, V., Post, D., Van Duyn, M. A. S., Fiscella, K., Darnell, J., Freund, K., et al. (2015). Effect of Patient Navigation on Satisfaction with Cancer-Related Care. Supportive Care in Cancer, 1-25.
  • Browne, T., Darnell, J. S., et al. (2015). Social Workers as Patient Navigators: A Review of the Literature. Social Work Research.
  • Darnell, J. S. & Campbell, R. T. (2014). Succession Planning in Local Health Departments: Results from a National Survey. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. PMID: 25010328
  • Freund, Karen M., Paskett, E. D., Battaglia, T. A., Calhoun, E., Darnell, J. S.,et al.(2014). The Impact of Patient Navigation on Timely Cancer Care. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 106(6),dju115. PMCID: PMC4072900
  • Ko, N. Y., Darnell, J. S., Calhoun, E. et al. (2014). Can Patient Navigation Improve Receipt of Recommended Breast Cancer Care?  Evidence from the National Patient Navigation Research Program Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32(25), 2758-2764. PMCID: PMC4145185
  • Tejeda, S., Darnell, J. S., Cho, Y. I., Stolley, M. R., Markossian, T. W., & Calhoun, E. A. (2013). Patient Barriers to Follow-Up Care for Breast and Cervical Abnormalities. Journal of Women’s Health, 22(6), 507-517. PMCID: PMC3678568
  • Darnell, J. S. (2013). Navigators and Assisters: Two Case Management Roles for Social Workers in the Affordable Care Act. Health and Social Work, 32(2), 123-126. PMID: 23865289
  • Andrews, C., Darnell, J. S., McBride, T. D., & Gehlert, S. (2013). Social work and the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Health and Social Work, 38(2), 67-71. PMID: 23865284
  • Markossian, T., Darnell, J. S., & Calhoun, E. A. (2012). Follow-up and Timeliness After an Abnormal Cancer Screening Among Underserved, Urban Women in A Patient Navigation Program. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 21(10), 1691-700. PMCID: PMC3482137
  • Roetzheim, R.G., Freund, K. M., Corle, D. K., Murray, D. M., Snyder, F. R., Kronman, A. C., Jean-Pierre, P., Raich, P. C., Holden, A. E. C., Darnell, J. S., Warren-Mears, V., & Patierno, S. (2012). Analysis of Combined Data from Heterogeneous Study Designs: An Applied Example from the Patient Navigation Research Program. Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials, 9(2), 176-187. PMCID: PMC3679186
  • Darnell, J. S. What is the Role of Free Clinics in the Safety Net? (2011). Medical Care, 49(11), 978-984.PMID: 22005605
  • Darnell, J. S. A Free Clinic Paradox—Reply. (2011). Archives of Internal, 171(8), 789.
  • Jean-Pierre, P., Fiscella, K., Freund, K. M., Clark, J., Darnell, J.S., et al. (2010). Structural and Reliability Analysis of a Patient Satisfaction with Cancer-Related Care Measure: A Multi-Site Patient Navigation Research Program Study. Cancer, 117(4), 854-861.
  • Darnell, J. S. Free Clinics in the United States: A Nationwide Survey. (2010). Archives of Internal Medicine, 170(11), 946-953.
  • Darnell, J. S. (2008). Free Clinics: What Are They and Why Does the Number Vary Geographically? [Ph.D.]. United States -- Illinois, The University of Chicago.
  • Darnell, J. S. (2007). Patient Navigation: A Call to Action. Social Work, 52(1), 81-84.
  • Matthews, A., Berrios, N., Darnell, J., & Calhoun, E. (2006). A qualitative evaluation of a faith-based breast and cervical cancer screening intervention for African American women. Health Education and Behavior, 33(5), 1-21.
  • Darnell, J. S., Chang, C. H., & Calhoun, E. (2006). Knowledge about Breast Cancer and Participation in a Faith-Based Breast Cancer Program and Other Predictors of Mammography Screening Among African American Women and Latinas. Health Promotion Practice, 7(suppl 3), 201S - 212S.