Gilbert Gimm, PhD

Titles and Organizations

Associate Professor, HAP

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-9165
Building: Peterson Hall
Room 4415


Dr. Gimm, associate professor of health administration and policy, has research experience in disability and aging, program evaluations, and health care payment reforms. Currently, Dr. Gimm serves as a co-investigator on a 5-year Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to examine rural-urban disparities in service use among adults with disabilities. He is also a co-investigator on a CDC grant to evaluate sustainable financing models that seek to support community health workers and build community resilience in Virginia.

Previously, Dr. Gimm was a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, DC, where he conducted evaluations for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the Medicaid Buy-In program and impacts of early interventions on the receipt of federal disability benefits for adults with mental health conditions. He also examined the financial performance of rural hospitals in response to Medicare payment reforms. His research has been published in several journals, including the American Journal of Public HealthDisability and Health JournalHealth Services Research, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Gimm's other research interests include social isolation among older adults and the prevalence of substance use among people with disabilities.

Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Treasurer and Member, Virginia Public Health Association; Richmond, VA; 2023-current
  • Member, National Awards Committee, Disability Section, American Public Health Association, 2020-2022
  • Chair, National Advisory Committee, Disability Research Interest Group, AcademyHealth, 2014-2017
  • Board of Directors, Member, Federal Aviation Administration (Department of Transportation): Child Development Center, Washington, DC; 2010-2023


Research Interests

  • Program evaluations and health care financing
  • Aging/Disability research
  • Health equity and community health workers
  • Substance use and social isolation

Select Publications

Gimm G, Pomeroy ML, Galiatsatos P, Cudjoe TKM. (2023).  Examining the Association of Social Isolation and Smoking in Older Adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 7334648231180786. Advance Online Publication.

Pomeroy ML, Cudjoe TKM, Cuellar AE, Ihara E, Ornstein KA, Bollens-Lund E, Gimm GW. (2023). Association of Social Isolation with Hospitalization and Nursing Home Entry among Community-Dwelling Older Adults.  JAMA Internal Medicine.

Orji A, Gimm G, Desai A, Parekh T. (2023). The Association of Cervical Cancer Screening with Disability Type among U.S. Women (25-64 years).  American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Mohammadifirouzeh M, Oh KM, Basnyat I, Gimm G. (2023). Factors Associated with Professional Mental Help-Seeking Among U.S. Immigrants: A Systematic Review. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1–19.

Kitsantas P, Gimm G, Aljoudi SM (2023). Treatment outcomes among pregnant women with cannabis use disorder. Addictive Behaviors, 144, 107723.

Gimm G, Parekh T, Kitsantas P. (2023). Assessing the Prevalence and Risk Factors of Marijuana Use in Adults with Disabilities. Addictive Behaviors, 138, 107559.

Parekh T, Gimm G, Kitsantas P. (2023). Sexually Transmitted Infections in Women of Reproductive Age by Disability Type. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, S0749-3797(22)00530-X. Advance online publication.

Lin S, Chen X, Zhang J, Yannam JS, Barnes AJ, Koch JR, Hayes RB, Gimm G, Zhao X, Purohit H, and Xue H. (2023). Social Media Data Mining of Anti-Tobacco Campaign Messages – A Facebook Study: Sentiment and Content Analysis.  Journal of Medical Internet Research,

Gimm G, Ipsen C. (2022). Examining Rural-Urban Disparities in Perceived Need for Health Care Services among Adults with Disabilities. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Science. Online publication only.

Leopold A, Gimm G, Lee W. (2022). Leveraging the Contribution of Volunteers: The Critical Role and Economic Value of Volunteers in Older Americans Act Programs. Journal of Aging & Social Policy. Online ahead of print.

Kitsantas P, Aljoudi SM, Gimm G. (2022). Marijuana use in pregnant women with disabilities. Maternal and Child Health Journal. https:// doi:10.1007/s10995-021-03348-4. Online ahead of print.

Lee J, Gimm G, Mohindroo M, Lever L. (2022). Assessing Homelessness and Incarceration among Youth Aging out of Foster Care, by Type of Disability.  Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Gimm G, Parekh T, Rossheim ME. (2021). Prevalence and risk factors of e-cigarette use among working-age adults with and without disabilities in 2017-2018. Disability and Health Journal, 14(2), 101048.

Jeung C, Lee KM, Gimm G. (2021). The Impact of Connecticut's Paid Sick Leave Law on the Use of Preventive Services. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, S0749-3797(21): 00112-4.

Rossheim ME, McDonald KK, Soule EK, Gimm G, Livingston MD, Barnet TE, Jernigan DH, Thombs DL. (2020). Electronic Cigarette Explosion/Burn and Poisoning Related Emergency Department Visits, 2018-2019. American Journal of Emergency Medicine; 38(12): 2637-2640.

Rossheim ME, Livingston MD, Krall JR, Barnett TE, Thombs DL, McDonald KK, Gimm G. (2020). “Cigarette Use Before and After the 2009 Flavored Cigarette Ban.” Journal of Adolescent Health; 67(3): 432-437.

Goldberg D, Gimm G, Burla SR, Nichols LM. (2020). “Care Experiences of Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions in a Payer-Based Patient-Centered Medical Home.” Population Health Management; 23(4): 305-312.

Gimm G, Goldberg D, Ghanem N, Haghighat S, Want J, Hough D, Nichols LM. (2019). “Provider Experiences with a Payer-Based PCMH Program.” Journal of General Internal Medicine.  34(10): 2047-2053.

Hall J, Kurth N, Gimm G, Smith SD. (2019). “Perspectives of Adults with Disabilities on Access to Health Care after the ACA: Qualitative Findings.” Disability and Health Journal; 12(3): 350-358.

Kicinger IW, Cuellar A, Helmchen LA, Gimm G, Want J, Kells BJ, Nichols LM. (2019). “Quality of Care and Preventive Screening Use in the CareFirst Patient-Centered Medical Home Program.”  Journal for Healthcare Quality; 41(6): 339-349.

Gimm G, Chowdhury S, Castle N. (2018). “Resident Aggression and Abuse in Assisted Living Facilities.” Journal of Applied Gerontology; 37(8): 947-964.

Craver G, Gimm G, Hill K. (2018). “Understanding Care Coordination Experiences in a State Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Demonstration.” Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. 41(2): 196-236.

Henning-Smith C, Gimm G. (2018).  “The Relationship between Employment, Gender, and Living Arrangements for Working-Age Adults with Disabilities.” Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 48(3): 393-401.

Gimm G, Wood E, Zanwar P. (2017). “Access to Preventive Services for Working-Age Adults with Physical Limitations.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 98(12): 2442-2448.

Gimm G, Want J, Hough D, Polk T, Rodan M, Nichols LM. (2016). “Medical Home Implementation in Small Primary Care Practices:  Provider Experiences and Perspectives.”  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 29(7): 767-774.

Cuellar A, Helmchen L, Gimm G, Want J, Burla S, Kells B, Kicinger I, Nichols LM. (2016). “The CareFirst Patient-Centered Medical Home Program: Cost and Utilization Effects in Its First Three Years.”  Journal of General Internal Medicine, 31(11): 1382-1388.

Gimm, G. & Kitsantas, P. (2016). Falls, Depression, and Other Hospitalization Risk Factors for Adults in Residential Care Facilities. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 83(1), 44-62.

Gimm, G. & Yang, Y.T. (2016). The Effect of Paid Leave Laws on the Mental Health of Family Caregivers of the Elderly. Ageing International, 41(2), 214-226.

Gimm, G., Blodgett, E., & Zanwar, P. (2016). Examining Access to Care for Younger vs. Older Dual-Eligible Adults Living in the Community. Disability and Health Journal, 9(3), 431-438.

Kennedy, J., Gimm, G. & Glazier, R. (2016). After CLASS – Is a voluntary public insurance program a realistic way to meet the LTSS needs of adults with disabilities? Disability and Health Journal, 9(2), 197-200.


Co-Investigator and Component C Evaluation Lead. "Community Health Workers for a Healthy Virginia: Public Health Response and Resilient Communities." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant awarded to the Institute for Public Health Improvement (IPHI) on behalf of the Virginia Department of Health. Sept 2021-Aug 2024. (Royster PI; Gimm, co-I). Sub-Award Amount: $600,000.

Co-Investigator and Project Director. "Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) grant awarded to the University of Montana. Oct 2021-Sept 2023. (Ipsen, PI; Gimm, co-I). Sub-Award Amount: $120,000.

Co-Investigator and Evaluation Lead, “Mason CARES Study – A Randomized Control Trial Study of an Intervention to Reduce Caregiver Stress.” Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) study grant awarded to George Mason University. July 2021–Jun 2023. (Tompkins, PI; Gimm, Co-I). Award Amount: $177,625.

Co-Investigator, “Research Grant for the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) study grant awarded to Washington State University at Spokane. Oct 2015–Dec 2020. (Kennedy, PI; Gimm, Co-I).  Consulting Agreement.

Co-Principal Investigator and Deputy Project Director, “Contract for the Evaluation of the CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield Patient-Centered Medical Home Program”. CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield contract awarded to George Mason University. Jan 2013 – May 2018. (Nichols, PI; Gimm, Co-PI).  Award Amount: $5,399,385.   

Co-Investigator, “An Evaluation Tailored to Virginia’s Payment Reform for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries”. Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services research grant awarded to George Mason University. Mar 2014 – Dec 2016. (Cuellar, PI; Gimm, Co-I).  Award Amount: $250,000.

Principal Investigator, “Quality of Life for Residents in Assisted Living Communities.” Assisted Living Federation of America study grant awarded to George Mason University. Oct 2012 – Feb 2014. (Gimm, PI; Kitsantas, Cantiello, co-Is). Award Amount: $96,821.

Principal Investigator., “The Effect of Paid Leave Policies on Family Caregivers for the Elderly: Evidence from State Laws.”  Borchard Foundation on Law and Aging study grant awarded to George Mason University. Jan 2012-Jan 2013. (Gimm, PI; Yang, Co-PI). Award Amount: $20,000.



  • PhD, Health Economics and Policy, University of Pennsylvania
  • MBA, Health Care Management, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Economics, Harvard University