Faculty

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Laura Hatfield, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Care Policy (Biostatistics), Harvard Medical School

Dr. Hatfield's research focuses on trade-offs and relationships among health outcomes. In particular, she develops and applies statistical methods that incorporate multiple sources of information and relationships among outcomes. She has particular expertise in Bayesian hierarchical modeling. Dr. Hatfield received her BS in genetics from Iowa State University and her PhD in biostatistics from the University of Minnesota. Web Email Twitter


Sherri Rose, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Care Policy (Biostatistics), Harvard Medical School

Broadly, Dr. Rose’s methodological research focuses on nonparametric estimation in causal inference and machine learning for prediction.  Within health policy, she works on risk adjustment, health care program impact evaluation, and comparative effectiveness research. Dr. Rose received her BS in statistics from The George Washington University and her PhD in biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley. Web Email Twitter


Fellows

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Sam Adhikari, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Statistics, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Adhikari is developing Bayesian methods for comparative effectiveness research and statistical learning techniques for prediction with multiple treatments as a postdoctoral fellow. Her PhD research revolved around statistical methods for temporal network analysis with application in social survey network data. Dr. Adhikari received her BA in mathematics and economics from Mount Holyoke College and PhD in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. Web Email Twitter


Students

Christine Baugh, Health Policy PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Christine is currently examining adverse events from post-approval medical devices and resultant hospital and regulatory decision-making. The bulk of Christine’s work to-date, has focused on concussion and traumatic brain injury in athlete populations. She has an AB in history and science from Harvard College and an MPH in health law, bioethics, and human rights from Boston University. Web Email Twitter


Savannah Bergquist, Health Policy PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Savannah is currently working on assessing risk adjustment methods applied in the ACA Marketplaces and Medicare Advantage. She is interested in how sample selection affects prediction, particularly for subgroups such as users of mental health services. She is also interested in reproducible research. Savannah graduated from Georgetown University with an AB in Political Economy and then pursued an MSc in Health, Population, and Society from the London School of Economics. Web Email Twitter


Jean Biniek, Health Policy PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Jeannie's research interests revolve around issues affecting access to and choice of health insurance coverage, the cost of health care services, and the growth in health care spending. Jeannie received her BA in economics from UCLA and MA in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University.


Jamie Daw, Health Policy PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Jamie's current research explores the selection of an appropriate control group for policy and program evaluations. She is also interested in the effects of emerging health insurance designs on health care access and health outcomes. Jamie received her BHSc from McMaster University and an MSc in population and public health with a speciality in health services and systems from the University of British Columbia.  Web Email Twitter


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Irina Degtiar, Biostatistics PhD Student, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Irina is working on statistical methods for the generalizability of randomized and observational studies. She will use these new tools to evaluate the impact of health plans on mortality in Medicaid. Irina received her BA/BS in molecular and cellular biology/business administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in biostatistics from the University of Michigan. Web Email


Anas El Turabi, Health Policy PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Anas's work looks at continuity of care and the effect of financial incentives in primary care. He also maintains an interest in global health, particularly the economics of infectious disease crises and global responses to pandemic risk reduction. He is a primary care physician, having received his BA and MD from Oxford University and completed his masters degree and residency at Cambridge University. Web Email Twitter


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Rebecca Gourevitch, Health Policy PhD Student, Harvard University

Rebecca is a PhD student in the evaluative science & statistics track of the health policy program at Harvard. Her primary research interests are in health care consumerism, including the impacts of health care quality and price information on patient choice. Rebecca received her BA from Carleton College and a master of science in health policy & management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Web Email Twitter


Kate Lofgren, Health Policy PhD Student, Harvard University

Kate’s current research focuses on quantifying the trade-offs in complex health system decisions with long expected time horizons. She is also interested in the development and improvement of decision science research methods. Kate received her BA from Smith College and MPH from the University of Washington while a Post-Bachelor Fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Web Email Twitter


Alex McDowell, Health Policy PhD Student, Harvard University

Alex is a 2nd year PhD student with prior research experience on quality measurement in accountable care organizations and transgender health curriculum integration. Her current work focuses on assessing health outcomes for gender minority patients. She graduated with a BA in women's and gender studies from Georgetown University and then received her BS in nursing, MS in community public health nursing, and MPH, all from Johns Hopkins University. Web Email


Ian Nason, Health Policy PhD Student, Harvard University

Ian is interested in the integration of machine learning methods for applied health econometrics, with a focus on mental health research. He graduated from Mount Allison University with a BA in economics and earned an MSc in international health policy (health economics) from the London School of Economics. Web Email


Alumni

Nina Joyce, PhD, K12 Fellow, Brown Univeristy

Dr. Joyce's work focuses on pediatric pharmacoepidemiology, with a special interest in pharmacotherapy for mental health conditions. Her current projects include an analysis of the effect of a global insurance payment structure on rates of utilization and measures of health care costs for mental health conditions in children and adolescents. She received her BA in Biology and Community Health and MPH from Tufts University, and PhD in Epidemiology from Brown University. Previously, she was a National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School. Web Email


A.J. Rosellini, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Boston University

Dr. Rosellini's research focuses on psychological and environmental factors that predict development and persistence of anxiety and mood disorders and methods to improve assessment and classificaition of anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Rosellini did psyciatric epidemiology research as a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. He received his BA in psychology and PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University. Web Email


Megan Schuler, PhD, Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Dr. Schuler conducts health policy research in mental health and substance use. Previous studies include heterogeneity in mental health symptoms and treatment, causal inference in observational data, and time-varying effect modeling for substance use risk factors. She received her BS in mathematics from Tulane University, MS in biostatistics from the Medical University of South Carolina, and PhD in mental health from the Johns Hopkins University. Previously, she was a Marshall J. Seidman Fellow in Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Web Email


Akritee Shrestha, Data Scientist, Wayfair

Akritee has interests in data science and wrote her thesis on mental health risk adjustment with clinical confounders and machine learning, where she applied ensembling techniques for prediction in electronic health record data. Akritee graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in chemistry/mathematics and has a master's degree in biostatistics from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Web