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

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

Emory University
"Three Studies on Mental Health Implications of Discontinuous Insurance Coverage"

Rebecca Lee Haffajee, J.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Harvard University
"Evaluating Legal Interventions Designed to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes"


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”


Julia Adler-Milstein, Ph.D.
Harvard University
“The Use of Information Technology in U.S. Health Care Delivery”

Honorable Mention

Carrie Hoverman Colla, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
"Effects of the San Francisco Employer Health Spending Mandate"


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" 


J. Michael McWilliams, M.D.
Harvard University
"Importance of Health Insurance for Adults with Chronic Conditions"


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


Benjamin Sommers, Ph.D. 
Harvard University 
"The Dynamics of Public and Private Health Insurance in the United States"


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”