Tyler G. James, Ph.D., MCHES®

Assistant Professor

Administrative Contact

Rania Clark


Tyler G. James, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine. As a disabled health services researcher, he is interested in exploring the impact of ableism (and its sub-forms) on the health and quality of life of people with and without disabilities. Although Dr. James is interested in the breadth of disability health topics, he has a particular interest in people with sensory disabilities (i.e., deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind, low vision, and DeafBlind). 

He has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications across areas including social and legal epidemiology, community-based health needs assessments, psychometrics, and research methodology. Dr. James is a mixed methods research methodology, affiliated with the Michigan Mixed Methods Program, and he is particularly interested in the integration of (1) justice-oriented philosophical paradigms in mixed methods studies and (2) latent variable models in the quantitative phase. 

He is currently a member of the Disability Access Revitalization Team of the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association, has served on the editorial board of Pedagogy in Health Promotion 2019 to 2022) and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research (2021 to present). 

Department Research Areas

  • Clinical Informatics and Technology
  • Mixed Methods
  • Disability Health
  • Preventive Health

Areas of Interest

  • Health of people with sensory disabilities
  • Social and legal epidemiology
  • Healthcare access, utilization, and delivery
  • Mixed methods


Advanced Degrees

  • Ph.D., Health and Human Performance concentrating in Health Behavior, University of Florida (graduate minor: Research and Evaluation Methodology)
  • M.S., Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Florida 


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Disability Health and Mixed Methods, University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine


Principal Investigator 
Developing a conceptual model of emergency department utilization among deaf and hard-of-hearing patients: A mixed methods study. AHRQ: R36 Health Services Research Dissertation Award (1R36HS027537)

Co-Investigator/Project Director
HIV Prevention and Linkage to Care among People with Disabilities, sub-project in the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Equity in Health and Functioning for Adults with Physical, Cognitive, Sensory and Developmental Disabilities from Marginalized Communities by NIDILRR (90RTHF0005)