2018 dssf fellows group photo with AcademyHealth staff
2018 DSSF Fellows and AcademyHealth DSSF staff at the 2019 Annual Research Meeting in Washington, D.C.


The need to develop experiential-learning opportunities in delivery system settings was expressed as a specific recommendation emerging from the HSR Summit on data and methods convened by AcademyHealth in 2009. The concept of a fellowship focused on delivery system science was also defined as a priority by the AcademyHealth HSR Learning Consortium (a forum for employers, educators, and student leaders interested in advancing training in HSR) in the Consortium’s 2011 strategic plan. AcademyHealth's strategic plan further emphasizes a commitment

The goal of the fellowship is to provide hands-on training and professional opportunities for highly qualified researchers with a background in health services research (HSR) or related fields to enhance analytic skills and ultimately increase the capacity of the HSR workforce.

The fellowship is guided by an advisory committee which provides strategic direction for the fellowship and plays a key role in selecting Fellows.

The fellowship is a full-time, year-long position that takes place on site. While level of support and benefits will be determined by individual host sites, the minimum level of support will reflect National Research Service Awards stipend guidelines.

Fellowship placements are slated to start in Fall 2022.

New! Read what our 2020 fellows are saying about their experience in the program.

Current Fellows

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Member, Researcher

Abby Mulcahy, Ph.D.

Fellow - Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care, VA Portland

Dr. Abby Mulcahy is a fellow at the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Portland Health Care System. Read Bio

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Member, Researcher

Mariana Wingood, D.P.T.

Physical Therapist - Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center

Mariana Wingood is a physical therapist and fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center. Read Bio

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Member, Researcher

Zhiqiu Ye, Ph.D.

Fellow - The University of Chicago Medicine

Dr. Zhiqiu Ye is a clinician health services researcher with extensive training in applied economics focusing on aging-related topics. Read Bio

Current Application Cycle

Applications for the 2022 cycle are now closed.

To learn more, contact us a dssf@academyhealth.org

2022 Cohort Host Sites


*Due to COVID-19, individual host sites and fellows will discuss and determine the safest, most feasible way for the fellow to participate in the program.



For additional information on the Fellowship, please click the following links below.