Degrees are dated to time of award. Affiliations denote the training program in which the dissertation was written.


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Committee Member, Member

Kelsey Owsley, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Kelsey Owsley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of... Read Bio

Honorable Mention
Rebecca A. Gourevitch, Ph.D.
Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Maryland, College Park


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Board Member

Shekinah A. Fashaw-Walters, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Division of Health Policy & Management - University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health

As a health services researcher, Dr. Fashaw-Walters’ program of research focuses on understanding the inequiti... Read Bio

Honorable Mention
Joseph Dov Bruch, Ph.D. 
Harvard Medical School, Department of Health Care Policy 


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Alex Gertner, Ph.D.

Medical Student - University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Alex Gertner completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of... Read Bio


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Savannah Bergquist, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar - Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Savannah Bergquist is a postdoctoral scholar at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, B... Read Bio

Committee Member, Member

Sarah Gordon, Ph.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor - Boston University School of Public Health

Sarah Gordon is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston U... Read Bio


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Member, Researcher

Jamie Daw, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management - Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Jamie Daw is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University M... Read Bio


Dr. Xu Ji
Committee Member, Member

Xu Ji, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Assistant Professor - Emory University

Dr. Xu Ji is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in ... Read Bio


Rebecca Lee Haffajee

Rebecca Lee Haffajee, J.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy - University of Michigan School of Public Health

Dr. Haffajee's research combines detailed legal analyses with empirical investigations of the relationships be... Read Bio


Craig D. Holden, Ph.D., M.P.H.
University of Maryland, School of Public Health
"Preventive Services Use – Disparities and Changes Following Health Care Reform"

Honorable Mention
Aaron L. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Harvard University
"Measuring Health Care Quality and Value: Theory and Empirics"


David K. Jones, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
“Implementing Obamacare: Intergovernmental Battles over the Creation of Health Care Exchanges”

Honorable Mention

William V. Padula, Ph.D., M.S.
University of Colorado
“Comparative Effectiveness of Quality Improvement Interventions for Pressure Ulcer Prevention in U.S. Academic Hospitals"


Alva O. Ferdinand, Dr.P.H., J.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
“Studies on Distracted Driving: Three Papers Examining the State of the Literature and the Impact of Texting Restrictions on Motor Vehicle Crash-Related Fatalities and Hospitalizations”


Alicia L. Cooper, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Brown University, Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice
“Predictors and Outcomes of High-Risk Prescribing among Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries”


Helen M. Parsons, Ph.D., M.P.H.
University of Minnesota
“A Culture of Quality? Lymph Node Evaluation for Colon Cancer Care”


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Committee Member

Julia Adler-Milstein, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine - UCSF Department of Medicine

Dr. Adler-Milstein is a leading researcher in health IT policy, with a specific focus on electronic health rec... Read Bio

Honorable Mention

Carrie Colla

Carrie Colla, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Dartmouth Medical School

A health economist, Carrie Colla focuses on physician payment, health insurance markets, and insurance benefit... Read Bio


Janet Cummings, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
"Mental Health Counseling Use Among Adolescents: An Elaboration of the Role of Contextual Sociodemographic Characteristics"


Andrew Ryan, Ph.D., M.A.
Brandeis University
"The Design of Value-Based Purchasing in Medicare: Theory and Empirical Evidence" 


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J. Michael McWilliams, M.D., Ph.D.

Warren Alpert Foundation Professor - Harvard Medical School

Dr. McWilliams is the Warren Alpert Foundation Professor of Health Care Policy and a Professor of Medicine at ... Read Bio


Benjamin Le Cook, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Harvard University
“The Hunt for the Right Counterfactual: Estimating Disparities in Minority Health Care”


Benjamin Sommers
Committee Member, Member

Benjamin Sommers, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor - Harvard School of Public Health

Benjamin Sommers, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of health policy and economics at the Harvard School of Public H... Read Bio


Rachel M. Werner, M.D., Ph.D.
The Wharton School 
University of Pennsylvania
“Testing theories of discrimination in health care: evidence from New York’s CABG report card”


Anita L. Tucker, D.B.A.
Harvard University Business School 
“Organizational learning from operational failures”


Jill R. Horwitz, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.P.
Ph.D. Program in Health Policy
Harvard University
“Corporate Form of Hospitals: Behavior and Obligations”


Denys T. Lau, Ph.D.
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
“Potentially inappropriate medication prescriptions among geriatric nursing home residents: its scope, risk factors, and health consequences”


Erik Michiel van Barneveld, Ph.D.
Erasmus University
“Risk sharing as a supplement to imperfect capitation in health insurance: a trade-off between selection and efficiency”

Courtney Harold Van Houtven, Ph.D.
Department of Health Policy and Administration
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Informal care and elderly health care use”


Glen Mays, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Department of Health Policy and Administration
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Managed care contracting and community health care performance”