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Thursday, October 18, 2012 Noon – 1:30pm

Karoline Mortensen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Administration,
School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Mortensen’s research interests are focused on vulnerable populations. Her research examines the interaction between health insurance and health care utilization, particularly utilization of Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured. She also explores health insurance transitions and the health status and healthcare utilization of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Houston. Mortensen’s most recent research in health has been published in Medical Care, Health Affairs, and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.



Thursday, November 08, 2012 Noon – 1:30pm

Mark Gersovitz, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, The Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Gersovitz’s specialty is development economics (the study of the economies of poor countries), and he have longstanding interests in: saving behavior and capital markets, especially when willingness-to-pay is a constraint; agriculture; public finance; international commodity markets; and health. His current research projects include a behavioral analysis of infectious diseases based on rational choice; taxation in poor countries, especially the interaction between taxation and the size distribution of firms; and civil wars, especially in Africa. He has traveled widely in Africa and Asia and has consulted for the World Bank, the IMF, the UN Development Program, the Asian Development Bank and other organizations.



Thursday, December 13, 2012 Noon – 1:30pm

Sally Stearns, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, The Gillings
School of Global Public Health The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Stern’s research focuses on the comparative effectiveness of treatment interventions on outcomes. She has led or been involved in a number of studies related to the use of acute care by the elderly, the cost and use of health services at the end of life, nursing home utilization, and cost-effectiveness and comparative effectiveness of medical interventions and health care technology. She also has econometric expertise in survival analysis, discrete time hazard models, fixed effects, propensity scores, and instrumental variables.