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


Dr. Xu Ji

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

Prevention Effectiveness Fellow - Emory University

Dr. Xu Ji is a Prevention Effectiveness Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Ji... 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.

Associate Professor - University of California, San Francisco

Julia Adler-Milstein is a national expert on policy and management issues related to the use of IT in healthca... Read Bio

Honorable Mention

Carrie Colla

Carrie Colla, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Dartmouth Medical School

Over the years, through my membership in AcademyHealth, I’ve gained advice and feedback from a broad network o... 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

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

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Economics - Department of Health Policy and Management - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Sommers is a health economist and a physician whose main research interests are health policy for vulnerab... 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”