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Health Policy and Management

Job-Seeking Doctoral Candidates Graduating May 2019

Elle AlexanderEleanore Alexander
Doctoral Candidate in Health & Public Policy
Curriculum Vitae
ealexa@12jhmi.edu
(202) 256-3902

Advisors: Beth McGinty, PhD; Lainie Rutkow, JD, PhD

Dissertation Committee Members: Joanna Cohen, PhD; Kim Gudzune, MD, MPH

Dissertation Title: Restaurant Responses to Federal Menu Labeling Regulation: Impact on Healthiness of Meals

Dissertation Executive Summary: Adult obesity is a serious health issue in the United States. Menu labeling is a proposed policy approach to address obesity, with implementation at the local, state, and federal levels. Most menu labeling research has assessed the impact on consumers, and evaluates local policy. This dissertation aims to fill several gaps in the nutrition policy literature by exploring how publication of the final federal menu labeling rule in 2014 impacted the healthiness of restaurant meals.

Job Type Preferences: Research and research-related positions in semi-academic and non-academic institutions, private sector positions, consultation, and government opportunities.

Geographical Preferences: New England, Mid-Atlantic, Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, Easter Midwest, Southern Atlantic, South Eastern, South Western, Mountain Region, Pacific Region, Puerto Rico & US Territories, International.


Alden LaiShawn Du
Doctoral Candidate in Health Economics & Policy
Curriculum Vitae
sdu5@jhu.edu
(713) 505-6839
Website

Advisor: Bradley Herring, PhD

Dissertation Committee Members: Matthew Eisenberg, PhD; Antonio Trujillo, PhD; Yaa Akosa-Antwi, PhD

Job Market Paper: Health Plan Choice and the Valuation of Plan Attributes in the ACA Marketplaces

Job Market Paper Executive Summary: Not much is known about how enrollees value non-financial health plan attributes like provider network size and plan quality, particularly in the ACA marketplaces. Using 2016 ACA enrollment data, I study enrollee valuation and responsiveness to key plan attributes in their plan choices. I simulate how consumer welfare changes due to network adequacy restrictions and other policies affecting plan choice sets. Enrollees plan choices are highly responsive to network size, plan quality, and premium.

Job Type Preferences: Research positions at academic, semi-academic, or non-academic institutions, as well as consultation and government positions.

Geographical Preferences: Anywhere within the United States


Oludolapo FakeyeOludolapo Fakeye
Doctoral Candidate in Health Services Research & Policy
Curriculum Vitae
ofakeye1@jhu.edu
(
646) 474-0742
Website

Advisor: Jill Marsteller, PhD

Dissertation Committee Members: Jonathan Weiner, DrPH; Sydney Dy, MD; Romsai Tony Boonyasai, MD, MPH

Dissertation Executive Summary: The research aims are to: profile consistently high-cost beneficiaries within a statewide PCMH program; evaluate quality-of-care performance for PCMHs majorly serving Medicaid-insured beneficiaries; investigate adverse selection among new patients in PCMH and comparison practices. The studies will be conducted using administrative data from practices participating in the Maryland Multi-Payor Patient-Centered Medical Home Program and matched comparator practices across the state of Maryland.

Job Type Preferences: Academic positions, research and research-related positions at academic, semi-academic, and/or non-academic institutions.

Geographical Preferences: New England, Mid-Atlantic, Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, Southern Atlantic, South Western, and International


Caroline HansonCaroline Hanson
Doctoral Candidate in Health Economics & Policy
Curriculum Vitae
caroline.hanson@jhu.edu
(704) 219-2889

Advisor: Bradley Herring, PhD

Dissertation Committee Members: Matthew Eisenberg, PhD; Antonio Trujillo, PhD; Yaa Akosa-Antwi, PhD

Dissertation Title: The relationship between insurance market concentration and healthcare use and quality: An exploration of the role of market dynamics and physician incentives

Dissertation Executive Summary: The United States continues on a trend of high and increasing healthcare costs, high and increasing healthcare market concentration, and health outcomes that are incommensurate with the level of spending. This research explores whether, how, and why increases in insurer concentration contribute to increases in the utilization of healthcare services for privately insured patients and, further, how insurer concentration relates to healthcare quality.

Job Type Preferences: Research positions at academic, semi-academic, or non-academic institutions, as well as consultation and government positions.

Geographical Preferences: New England, Mid-Atlantic, Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, Eastern Midwest, Western Midwest, Southern Atlantic, Mountain Region, and Pacific Region


Alden LaiAlden Y. Lai
Doctoral Candidate in Health Services Research & Policy
Curriculum Vitae
aldenlai@jhu.edu
Website

Advisor: Jill Marsteller, PhD

Dissertation Committee Members: Sydney Dy, MD; Laura Morlock, PhD; Christopher Myers, PhD; Kathleen Sutcliffe, PhD

Dissertation Title: Managing the Unwanted: Medical Errors in Primary Care

Dissertation Executive Summary: My dissertation uses perspectives in sensemaking and error management from organization science to examine how the cognition of health care professionals and managers affect the way they organize their work in patient safety. Using qualitative and experimental data, I expect that my research will inform theory on prospective sensemaking, the practice of health care managers, and design of safety-reporting systems.

Job Type Preferences: Research positions at academic or non-academic institutions.


Allison OakesAllison Oakes
Doctoral Candidate in Health Services Research & Policy
Curriculum Vitae
aoakes2@jhu.edu
(203) 219-9194
Website

Advisor: Jodi Segal, MD, MPH

Dissertation Committee Members: Jonathan Weiner, DrPH; Aditi Sen, PhD; Matthew Austin, PhD

Dissertation Title: The Extension and Application of an Index to Measure Overuse in the Privately Insured

Dissertation Executive Summary: Allison Oakes is a PhD candidate in Health Services Research and Policy. Her research focuses on health care performance measurement and ways to improve the quality and value of health care. Specifically, Allison is interested in how varying financial, behavioral and organizational factors influence patterns of health care utilization. Her dissertation research examines trends in the provision of low-value services and evaluates the effect of an innovative payment policy on systemic overuse.


Sonal ParasrampuriaSonal Parasrampuria
Doctoral Candidate in Health Economics & Policy
Curriculum Vitae
sparasr4@jhu.edu

Advisor: Lauren Nicholas, PhD

Dissertation Committee Members: Gerard Anderson, PhD; Bradley Herring, PhD; Caleb Alexander, MD; Craig Pollack, MD

Dissertation Title: Assessing the Relationship Between Health Insurance and Health Care for Individuals with Chronic Conditions

Dissertation Executive Summary: Sonal's research primarily focuses on understanding how policy can affect utilization and outcomes in health care. Specifically, her dissertation is examining the role that health insurance expansions and insurance design have on rates of insurance coverage, level of insurance generosity, and the resultant effect on health care utilization and outcomes.


Sameer SiddiqiSameer Siddiqi
Doctoral Candidate in Health & Public Policy
Curriculum Vitae
ssiddiqi@jhu.edu
(732) 429-5390

Advisor: Shannon Frattaroli, PhD

Dissertation Committee Members: Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD; Roni Neff, PhD; Adam Sheingate, PhD

Dissertation Title: How is Research Used in Federal and State Food Policy Coalitions? A Mixed Methods Study of Researchers Roles and Knowledge Exchange Mechanisms in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Advocacy Coalitions

Dissertation Executive Summary: A growing body of research supports the utility of coalitions in promoting evidence-informed public health policymaking. This sequential mixed methods study explores how research is used in federal and state SNAP advocacy coalitions. This study uses network analysis survey and qualitative interview methods to examine the composition, connectedness, and knowledge exchange activities of coalitions and the mechanisms by which knowledge exchange mediates coalition policy engagement and functioning.

Job Type Preferences: Semi- and non-academic research and other research-related opportunities, consultation, and government positions

Geographical Preferences: Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area & Mid-Atlantic Region


 Shannon WuShannon Wu
Doctoral Candidate in Health Services Research and Policy
Curriculum Vitae
swu50@jhu.edu
(847) 404-3176

Advisor: Jonathan Weiner, DrPH

Dissertation Committee Members: Gerard Anderson, PhD; Lauren Nicholas, PhD; Michele Bellantoni, MD; Antonio Trujillo, PhD

Dissertation Title: Post Acute Utilization and Quality in Medicare Advantage

Dissertation Executive Summary: Shannon Wu's main research interests are in the care of older adults, with much of her work in risk adjustment and its impact on financing policies for programs covering the elderly. Her dissertation focuses on two important players that increasingly care for older Americans: the Medicare Advantage (MA) program and post-acute care (PAC) providers. Specifically, the dissertation examines the role of MA and risk adjustment in PAC use and their impacts on health quality and outcomes.