Alumni

Graduates of the UC Berkeley Ph.D. Program in Health Policy (formerly “Health Services and Policy Analysis”) hold leading research and teaching positions at academic and research institutions both within the United States and internationally.  Many of our alumni hold tenured or tenure-track positions at respected universities and colleges such as Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, UCSF, and Dartmouth College.  Our recent alumni have also successfully obtained post-doctoral appointments at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, Yale University, and Stanford University.

Professor Will Dow celebrates with the first graduates of the Population Health Sciences specialty field, Jan Cooper, Ph.D (15) and April Falconi, Ph.D. (15)

Professor Will Dow celebrates with the first graduates of the Population Health Sciences specialty field, Jan Cooper, Ph.D (15) and April Falconi, Ph.D. (15)

The following is a partial listing of Ph.D. program alumni, their dissertation titles, and their current employment.

Jonathan Agnew, Ph.D.
Cost and Utilization of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Among the Elderly: Implications for a Medicare Benefit
Assistant Director of Policy
British Columbia Medical Association, Vancouver, BC

Sangeeta C. Ahluwalia, Ph.D.
Professionalism among Physicians: Factors Associated with Outpatient Palliative Care Referral in a Managed Care Organization
Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

Jim Bellows, Ph.D.
Use of Worker’s Compensation Medical Care:Health Insurance Matters
Senior Director, Evaluation and Analytics
Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, Oakland CA

Aman Bhandari, Ph.D.
National Estimates and Predictors of Pharmacy Utilization and Out-of-Pocket Prescription Drug Expenditures in Underserved Populations
Executive Director, Data Science and Insights, Merck, Boston, MA

Timothy T. Brown, Ph.D.
Three Essays on the Labor Market for Nonphysician Clinicians
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management
Associate Director of Research
Berkeley Center for Health Technology
University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health, Berkeley CA

Sahai Burrowes, Ph.D.
Essays on the Political Impact of Development Assistance Allocation in Malawi
Assistant Professor
Touro University, Public Health Program, Vallejo CA

Lawrence Casalino, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Groups and Physician Organization; Physician-Hospital and Physician-Health Plan Relationships; Physician Organization and Quality
Professor of Health Care Policy and Research
Weill Cornell Medical College

Aaron Caughey, M.D., Ph.D.
Applications from Behavioral Economics to Decision Making in the Setting of Prenatal Diagnosis
Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

Susan Chapman, Ph.D.
The Experience of Returning to Work for Employed Women with Breast Cancer
Professor, UCSF School of Nursing
San Francisco, CA

Ann Chou, Ph.D.
The Effect of Mental Health Parity on Children’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Utilization in Massachusetts
Associate Professor
Health Administration and Policy, College of Public Health, Oklahoma University

Elizabeth Ciemins, Ph.D.
The Effect of Mental Health Parity on Children’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Utilization in Massachusetts
Director of Research and Analytics
American Medical Group Association Foundation, Alexandria, VA

Janet Coffman, Ph.D.
All Capitated Systems are not Alike: Effects of Organizational Structure, Culture, and Climate on Medicaid Recipients Use of Inpatient Psychiatric Care
Associate Professor
Institute for Health Policy Studies, UC San Francisco

Carrie Hoverman Colla, Ph.D.
Effects of the San Francisco Employer Health Spending Mandate
Associate Professor of Health Economics
Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover NH

Alison Evans Cuellar, Ph.D.
Changing Markets and Hospital: Managed Care, Horizontal Integration and Vertical Alignment
Associate Professor of Health Administration and Policy
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Ebbin Dotson, Ph.D.
The Business Case for Leadership Diversity in Health Care
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Janelle Downing, PhD, MS
Foreclosures and Health
Assistant Professor of Health Services Policy & Management
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina

April Falconi, Ph.D., MPH
Perimenopause as a Sensitive Period for Women’s Health and Aging: A Review of the Chronic Disease Literature and Two Empirical Tests of Significance
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Stanford University School of Medicine

Sara Fernandes-Taylor, Ph.D.
Provider Communication, Self-Reported Health, and Post-Treatment Regret among Young Breast Cancer Survivors
Associate Scientist
Department of Surgery
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Robin Flagg, Ph.D.
Governor Decision Making: Expansion of Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act
Lecturer, Division of Health Policy and Management
University of California, Berkeley

Vicki Fung, Ph.D.
The Effects of Losing Brand-Name Drug Coverage: Changes in Use of Inhaled Steroids and Clinical Outcomes Among Medicare Beneficiaries with Asthma
Assistant Professor, Mongan Institute for Health Policy
Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Boston, MA

Laura Gardner, M.D., Ph.D.
Hospital-Physician Relationships and Cesarean Section Rate Variation
Vice President, Products
CLARA analytics, a division of LeanTaaS, Inc.

Daniel Gentry, Ph.D.
Organizational Bureacracy, Legitimacy, and “Thrival”: A Study of the Response by AIDS Service Organizations in Twenty California Counties to the Ryan White CARE Act of 1990
Clinical Professor and Director, Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program
Department of Health Management and Policy
University of Iowa College of Public Health

Mita Giacomini, Ph.D.
The Equity of ‘Implicit Rationing’ for Medical High Technology: A Study of Access to Inpatient Procedures in California
Professor
Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Julia Goodman, Ph.D., MPH
Three Essays on Maternity Leave Policies, Utilization and Consequences
Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Mark O. Hatfield School of Government
Portland State University

Ilana Graetz, Ph.D.
The Impact of EHR and Teamwork on Care Transitions and Patient Outcomes
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Zoë K. Harris, Ph.D.
Private Health Insurance Sponsored Wellness Programs:  Examining Participation in the Healthy Lifestyle Rewards Financial Incentives Program on Health Care Costs, Utilization, and Risk Behaviors
Group Product Manager – Hematology Marketing, Genentech BioOncology
Genentech, So San Francisco, CA

Dorothy Hung, Ph.D.
Behavioral Preventive Service Delivery, Productivity, and Staff Turnover in Primary Care Practices: The Role of Participation in Decision Making and the Chronic Care Model
Associate Scientist, Health Policy Research
Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute

Jenny Hyun, Ph.D.
Person-Centered Care Program Philosophy in Capitated Community Mental Health Centers in Colorado
Senior Program Manager, Business Intelligence
MedAmerica, Emeryville, CA

Jennifer K. Ibrahim, Ph.D.
State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Dependence Treatments: Implications for a Federal Mandate
Associate Professor
Temple University, Philadelphia PA

Jae Kennedy, Ph.D.
Americans Needing Assistance with Activities of Daily Living: Current Estimates and Policy Implications
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Administration
Washington State University, Spokane WA

Susan Lehrman, Ph.D.
Hospitals’ Participation in the Nursing Home Market
Dean, Rohrer College of Business
Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey

Jing Li, Ph.D.
Altruism and Efficiency Preferences of U.S Medical Students and their Expected Specialty Choice
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics
Weill Cornell Medicine
Cornell University

Rui Li, Ph.D.
Effect of Financial Incentives on Physician Productivity in Medical Groups
Health Economist, Division of Diabetes Translation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta GA

Michael Lin, Ph.D.
Nursing Home Quality: Structure and Strategy
Chief Scientific Officer, Providigm

Jenny Liu, Ph.D.
Healthy Time, Home Production, and Labor Supply: The Effect of Health Shocks on Time Use within Chinese Households during Economic Transition
Assistant Professor of Health Economics
School of Nursing
University of California, San Francisco

Martin Marciniak, Ph.D.
Too Good to Be True? The Effect of Nicotine Replacement Therapy on an Individual’s Ability to Quit Smoking
Vice President, US Health Outcomes
GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle NC

Soledad Martinez, Ph.D.
Income, Health Insurance Type and the Quality of Primary Care Systems in Chile: Effects on Health Outcomes and Utilization of Services
Assistant Professor
School of Public Health at Universidad de Chile, Santiago Chile

Jill Marsteller, Ph.D.
The Relationship between Non-Racial Diversity in Team Composition and Performance and Creativity in a Chronic Illness Care Quality Improvement Intervention
Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management
Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins University, Baltimore MD

Peter Martelli, Ph.D.
An Argument for Knowledge Variety in Evidence-Based Management
Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration
Suffolk University, Boston, MA

Sean McClellan, Ph.D.
When does Adoption of Health Information Technology by Physician Practices Lead to Use by Physicians within the Practice?
Health Policy Researcher
Abt and Associates, Boston, MA

Rodney K. McCurdy. Ph.D., MHA
Network Influence on Chronic Illness Care in Large Physician Organization:  A Study of the California Managed Care Network in 2001 and 2006
Assistant Professor of Health Administration
School of Health Sciences
Eastern Michigan University

Sara McMenamin, Ph.D.
Organizational Support for Smoking Cessation Interventions in Physician Organizations
Assistant Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of California, San Diego

Angela Merrill, Ph.D.
Subjective Expectations of Nursing Home Use, Medicaid, and Economic Behavior by Older Americans
Senior Researcher
Mathematica Policy Research, Cambridge MA

Eric Nauenberg, Ph.D.
Air Pollution and Hospitalization for Asthma in Los Angeles County: Economic and Policy Implications
Senior Health Economics Coordinator/Associate Professor of Health Economics
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care/Dept of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Canada

Michael Ong, M.D., Ph.D.
The Effects of Regulatory Change on the Safety of Pharmaceutical Innovations
Associate Professor in Residence Division of GIM & HSR
Department of Medicine, UCLA and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles CA

Laura Packel, Ph.D.
Who Changes How: Strategies and Motivation for Risk Reduction Behaviors in the Context of an Economic-based HIV Prevention Intervention in Tanzania
Clinical Sciences Program Officer, California HIV/AIDS Research Program
University of California Office of the President

Mary Paterson, Ph.D.
Financial Status of Retiree Caregivers: An Analysis of the Asset Structure of the Retiree Caregiver
Associate Dean and Professor
School of Nursing, The Catholic University of America, Washington DC

Krista Perreira, Ph.D.
Exits, Recidivism, and Caseload Growth: The Effect of Private Health Insurance Markets on the Demand for Medicaid
Professor of Public Policy
Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill NC

Dana Petersen, Ph.D.
Social Capital, Social Support, and Quality of Life among Long-Term Breast Cancer Survivors
Senior Researcher
Mathematic Policy Research, Oakland CA

Kathryn Phillips, Ph.D.
Public Policy and Screening: The Influence of State Policies on Utilization of Human Autoimmunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Screening
Professor of Health Economics and Health Services Research
UCSF School of Pharmacy, San Francisco CA

Alexis Pozen, Ph.D.
Price Variation for Colonoscopy in a Commercially Insured Population
Assistant Professor
City University of New York School of Public Health, New York NY

Brian Quinn, Ph.D.
The Effect of Community-Level Unemployment On Preventive Oral Health Care Utilization
Assistant Vice President, Research-Evaluation-Learning
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton NJ

Julie Schmittdiel, Ph.D.
The Effect on Primary Health Care Orientation on Chronic Care Management
Research Scientist
Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland CA

John Schneider, Ph.D.
Regulation and Regulatory Reform in the U.S. Hospital Industry, 1980-1996
CEO and Founder
Avalon Health Economics, Morristown NJ

Neil J. Sehgal, Ph.D., MPH
Social Influences on Healthcare Outcomes in a Major Academic Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration
University of Maryland, College Park

Tetine Sentell, Ph.D.
Literacy, Health, and Health Services Use in a Nationally Representative Sample
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management
University of Hawaii, Manoa

Gordon Shen, Ph.D., S.M.
Global Mental Health Policy Diffusion, Institutionalization, and Innovation
Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
City University of New York

Patsi Sinnott, Ph.D.
Administrative Delay and Secondary Disability Following Acute Occupational Low Back Injury
VP Clinical Operations and Account Management
Cave Consulting Group
San Mateo, CA

Timothy Snail, Ph.D.
The Effects of Hospital Contracting for Physician Services on Hospital Performance
Vice President, Charles River Associates
Boston, MA

Sean Sullivan, Ph.D.
The Demand for Prescription Drugs in Elderly Americans
Dean and Professor of Health Economics
School of Pharmacy, University of Washington

John Troidl, Ph.D.
Effects of Capitated Reimbursement on Costs, Productivity, and Staffing at Community Health Centers
Consultant, Health Services Management

Yi-Wen Tsai, Ph.D.
Cigarette Taxation, National Health Insurance
Associate Professor, Institute of Health and Welfare Policy
National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan

Megan Vanneman, Ph.D.
Consequences of Devolution: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity in California’s County-based Public Mental Health Care System
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Population Health Sciences
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Todd Wagner, Ph.D.
The Economics of Consumer Health Information
Health Economist and Associate Director
Health Economics Resource Center
Department of Veterans Affairs, Menlo Park CA

Neal Wallace, Ph.D.
A Production Function Approach to Mental Health Service Coordination in California’s Publicly Financed Mental Health System
Professor of Public Administration
Mark O. Hatfield School of Government
Portland State University

Christopher M. Whaley, Ph.D.
The Effects of Consumer Information and Cost-Sharing on Healthcare Prices
Associate Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management
University of California, Berkeley

Justin White, Ph.D.
A Team-Based Behavioral Economics Experiment on Smoking Cessation
Assistant Professor of Health Economics
UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF School of Medicine

Frances Wu, Ph.D.
The Role of Health Information Technology in Early Accountable Care Organizations in the U.S.
Joint Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Services Research, VA Palo Alto &
Center for Primary Care Outcomes Research, Stanford CA

Jill Yegian, Ph.D.
Politics, Economics, and Organizational Innovation in the Small Group Market for Health Insurance
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Brown and Toland Physicians

Myoungsoon You, Ph.D.
Determinants of Risk Perception among Women With a Family History of Breast Cancer
Assistant Professor
Seoul National University, Korea

James Zazzali, Ph.D.
Coordination and Productivity of Department of Veterans Affairs Psychiatric Units Providing Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services to Veterans with Serious Mental Illness
Head of Health Economics for Immunology + Ophthalmology
Genentech
South San Francisco, CA

 

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