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Our health economists have gone to work in the public and private sectors, as well as in academia.
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Lisa Clemans-Cope, PhD
Dr. Clemans-Cope currently works in Washington, DC as a senior research associate and health economist at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research “think tank.” Her areas of expertise include health spending, access to and use of health care, private insurance, Medicaid and CHIP programs, Medicaid/Medicare “dual” eligibles, health reform legislation and regulation, health-related survey data, and Medicaid administrative and claims data including MSIS and MAX.
Arantxa Colchero, PhD
Dr. Arantxa Colchero is currently an assistant professor at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP). She graduated from the Johns Hopkins Health Economics program in 2007 where she did her research on the impact of obesity on women’s labor supply and earnings in Cebu. Since returning to Mexico, her main research interests are the use of econometric techniques to study the determinants of overweight and obesity in developing countries, particularly among women; and the design and evaluation of innovative strategies to prevent and reduce obesity such as taxation.
Bianca Frogner, PhD
Dr. Bianca Frogner once expected to become a physician, but undergraduate courses in public health persuaded her that good health involves so much more than just medicine. Deciding instead to pursue training in health economics, Dr. Frogner now takes a fresh approach to the analysis of health care spending, using macroeconomic theories and models of workforce dynamics (involving, for example, labor, wages, and technology). As a graduate student, Dr. Frogner compared the determinants of health spending across Organization of Economic Development countries and has subsequently collaborated on a variety of health system topics, including consumer-directed health care, Medicare risk adjustment, and health reform.
Omar Galarraga, PhD
Omar Galarraga, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Brown University School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, and Faculty Associate at: Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research; International Health Institute(IHI); Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC); and Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).
Dr. Galarraga obtained his doctorate in Health Economics at the Johns Hopkins University (Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management). He has been a consultant for the World Bank, UNAIDS, World Health Organization, the World Food Program, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Boston University, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working with large datasets on modeling, cost-effectiveness and quantitative evaluation of health interventions as well as projections of demand and future funding for global HIV prevention and treatment programs.
Tianyang Liu, MHS
Tianyang Liu recently won funding for her proposal to study factors influencing the implementation of an M-Health application to enhance healthy aging among seniors and to connect community healthcare resource with general hospitals in China. The grant is funded as part of Future Health Systems and will span from November 2014 to June 2016. Ms. Liu earned her MHS in Health Economics from Johns Hopkins in 2013 and now is a research associate at China National Health and Development Research Center Department of Risk and Public Health.
Divya Nair, MA, MPA, PhD
Dr. Nair currently lives and works in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her primary research interest is child and adolescent health and wellbeing in developing countries. An estimated 200 million children below five years of age in developing countries do not reach their development potential. She is interested in household and societal mechanisms that create these deficits and that go on to reinforce poverty across generations. In South Asia, where girls are more disadvantaged, understanding these processes was one of the aims of Divya’s doctoral research.
Divya joined the PhD program after working on issues of food security, poverty and the environment at a number of multilateral organizations including the World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, United Nations Development Program and World Trade Organization. Prior to that, she did her undergraduate degree at the University of Delhi; as a British Commonwealth Scholar she received a Master’s in International Law and Politics at the University of Hull; and she has an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.
Eric Roberts, MA, PhD
Eric Roberts received his PhD in Health Economics and Policy from JHSPH in 2015. His dissertation examined supply- and demand-side determinants of primary care use due to the Medicaid expansion authorized in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Dr. Roberts’ research interests include provider organization and behavior, including provider-insurer contracting; the relationship between housing, neighborhoods and health; and health insurance, with a focus on Medicaid. Beginning in 2015, Dr. Roberts will be a Marshall J. Seidman Fellow in Health Economics and Policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. More information on his research is available here.
Andres Vecino, MA, MD, PhD
Andres received his PhD in Health Systems from the Department of International Health, M.D. from the School of Medicine at the Universidad Javeriana, and M.A. in economics at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Andres worked for four years on health economics research and carried out a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle. Andres takes advantage of his dual background when addressing research problems in health using economic and economic evaluation methods. He has worked with diverse topics such as mental health and alcohol consumption, chronic diseases, health insurance, workplace insurance, unintentional injuries, stress, research productivity in health, health policy interventions, pharmacoeconomics, vaccines, sexual health, and child and maternal health. Andres’s PhD dissertation focused on understanding the effect that changes in stress have on preventive behavior among seniors with chronic conditions, and on how social programs reduce the burden of stress in that population. More information can be found here.