Paula Knapp Kupstas, Ph.D.
Program director, Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences
Interim Assistant Dean for Research and Innovation
Paula K. Kupstas, Ph.D., is an associate professor and serves as director of the Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences program for the College of Health Professions. In this capacity, she works in collaboration with the nine departments of the school that comprise the program’s specialty tracks. She teaches the Finance and Economic Theory for Health Care (ALHP702) course within the doctoral program. She is serving as the interim Assistant Dean for Research and Innovation for the VCU College of Health Professions. Prior to becoming the PhD in Health Related Sciences program director in 2012, she was on the staff of the Virginia Center on Aging within the College of Health Professions. She continues to maintain her affiliation with VCoA, directing several grant-funded interdisciplinary training initiatives on abuse in later life.
She holds a Ph.D. in health economics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech. In 2011 and 2012, she served on the Governor’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board.