About


The Methods and Data Council is currently Chaired by Dr. Rashida Dorsey, Branch Chief, Statistical Products Branch at the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Dr. Mary Reed, Research Scientist II at Kaiser Permanente and Dr. Kelly Zou, Head of Medical Analytics and Real World Evidence at Viatris serve as Vice Chairs. The Methods and Data Council is comprised of 25 members representing the multiple disciplinary perspectives in health services and policy research. The Methods and Data Council meets twice per year, in the summer at the Annual Research Meeting, and in the fall via a web-based meeting.

The Methods and Data Council has five primary responsibilities:

  1. Advise AcademyHealth leadership in identifying trends, opportunities, challenges and needs related to existing and emerging methods used in HSR as well as in data collection, quality, security, storage, curation, availability, and accessibility for research.
  2. Inform the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of existing and new member benefits, programs, and services that are responsive to the needs of our members and the needs of those practicing methods and data analysis in the field of HSR. 
  3. Guide planning committees on emerging and relevant methods and data offerings at the ARM and other relevant AcademyHealth sponsored conferences.
  4. Provide input to the AcademyHealth Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy to inform the development of AcademyHealth’s official public comments;
  5. Facilitate collaboration between the Methods and Data Council and the Education Council, AcademyHealth members, HSR training program directors, and AcademyHealth leadership on AcademyHealth’s activities related to research methods and data.

Chair

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Committee Member

Rashida Dorsey, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Branch Chief - Statistical Products Branch of the Federal Housing Finance Agency

Dr. Dorsey is the Branch Chief for the Statistical Products Branch of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Read Bio

Vice Chairs

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Mary E. Reed, Dr.P.H.

Research Scientist - Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research

Mary E. Reed, DrPH, is a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research,... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Kelly H. Zou, Ph.D., PStat®

Head of Global Medical Analytics and Real World Evidence - Viatris

Kelly H. Zou, Ph.D., PStat® is Head of Global Medical Analytics and Real World Evidence, Viatris Inc. Dr. Zou ... Read Bio

Meet the 2021 Members


Anupa Bir
Committee Member

Anupa Bir, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Director - RTI International

Dr. Anupa Bir is a health economist at RTI International, where she leads a division of 200+ researchers. Read Bio

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Barbara Bokhour, Ph.D.

Co-Director and Senior Investigator - VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR)

Dr. Barbara Bokhour, PhD is the co-Director and Senior Investigator at the VA Center for Healthcare Organizati... Read Bio

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Presenter

Joel W. Cohen, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT) - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Dr. Cohen directs a staff of health economists, social scientists, statisticians, clinicians, and support staf... Read Bio

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Chris Cox, MA

Senior Fellow - NORC at the University of Chicago

Chris Cox is a Senior Fellow in the Health Care department at NORC at the University of Chicago. Read Bio

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