Monica Frazer, MA, PhD  


Monica Frazer, MA, PhD 

Senior Researcher

Central Nervous System and Behavioral Health


Dr. Monica Frazer joined Optum in 2017 and works in Eden Prairie, MN. She brings 15 years of experience related to family health, mental health, primary care, complex illness and chronic illness care. She earned a PhD in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota in 2011.

Dr. Frazer implements and manages all components of research projects including study development and design, analysis and dissemination for retrospective research related to mental health and central nervous system conditions.

Prior to joining Optum, she worked as a senior research scientist at Allina Health, conducting projects on late-life care delivery, quality of life, patient experience, team functioning and provider burnout. 

She has presented at local and national conferences and has been an author on publications appearing in Human Relations, Journal of Nursing Administration, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Journal of Applied Gerontology.


Published work

Frazer MS, Mobley P. A mixed methods analysis of quality of life among late-life patients diagnosed with chronic illnesses. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2017; 15: 222.

Shippee T, Shippee ND, Fernstrom K, Mobley P, Frazer MS, Jou J, Britt H. Quality of Life for Late Life Patients: Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Whole-Person Approach for Patients with Chronic Illness. J Appl Gerontol. 2017 Oct 1:733464817732511.

Anderson EW, Frazer MS, Schellinger S. Expanding the Palliative Care Domains to Meet the Needs of a Community-Based Supportive Care Model. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 Feb;35(2):258-265.

Schellinger S, Anderson EW, Frazer MS, Cain C. Patient Self Defined Goals: Essentials of Person-centered Care for Serious Illness. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 Jan;35(1):159-165.

Jeruzal JN, Boland LL, Frazer MS, Kamrud JW, Myers RN, Lick CJ, Stevens AC. Emergency medical services provider perspectives on pediatric calls: A qualitative study. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2018 Nov 27:1-26 [Epub ahead of print].


HEOR, Health Economics Outcomes Research, Health Economics, CNS, Central Nervous System, Behavioral Health