Dr. Yara Halasa is a research associate at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Dr. Halasa has over 10 years’ experience conducting economic evaluation studies of health and health-related projects both in the United States and internationally. She received her B.S. of dental science from Aleppo University, Syria (1993), her first MS in International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy from Bocconi University, Italy (2002), her second MS in International Health Policy and Management from Brandeis University, MA, USA (2006), and her third MA in Social Policy from Brandeis University, MA, USA (2013). Her research experiences includes using contingent valuation methods to value public goods, developing costing tools, estimating the cost of illness, modeling the effectiveness of interventions and estimating the burden of disease. In preparation for her PhD thesis she completed several quantitative and qualitative courses including research methods, advance econometrics, economics of behavioral health, advanced cost effectiveness, approaches to political and organizational analysis, organization theory, policy implementation, and organizational theory. During her eight years at the Heller School she conducted in-person and telephone interviews, and compiled and managed databases of moderate complexity using Excel, STATA, and SPSS. She has managed more than 10 projects where she assisted in estimating the cost of dengue fever for individual countries and globally, evaluating the effectiveness and cost–effectiveness of a non-pyrethroid insecticide-treated wall liner and indoor residual spraying to control malaria, evaluated the impact of Joint Commission International Hospital Accreditation program, and estimated the economic value of an area-wide pest management program to control Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in New Jersey. She is the first author of 8 peer-reviewed articles and reports, and a co-author of over 19 peer-reviewed articles, reports, and book chapters. She is one of the 10 scientists who received the 2014 Plant-Insect Ecosystem Section Integrated Pest Management Team Award for her work on quantifying the impact of mosquitoes on residents’ quality of life.
M.A. in Social Policy
Master of Science in International Health Policy and Management
Bocconi University, Italy
Master of Science in International Healthcare Management
Aleppo University, Syria
Doctor of Dental Surgery