The Heller School Faculty and Staff

Research Associate

yara@brandeis.edu Heller 273 --> 781-736-3831

Expertise

Cost-Benefit analysis, Cost-Effectiveness analysis, Cost of illness, Costing, Health Financing, and National Health Accounts

Scholarship

  • Packierisamy, P.R., Ng, C.W, Dahlui, M., Venugopalan, B., Halasa Y.A., Shepard, D.S. 2015. The cost of dengue vector control activities in Malaysia by different service providers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 46th APACPH Conference Supplement. 1-6. Available at: http://aph.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/06/04/1010539515589339.full.pdf?ijkey=a4828zFi9imxa9Z&keytype=finite

  • Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 Collaborators. 2015. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and YLDs for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries for 188 countries, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. Available at: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)60692-4/abstract

  • Halasa, Y.A., Zeng, W., Chappy, E., Shepard, D.S. 2015, Value and Impact of International Hospital Accreditation: A Case Study from Jordan. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 21(2): 90-99. Available at: http://www.emro.who.int/emhj-volume-21-2015/volume-21-issue-2/value-and-impact-of-international-hospital-accreditation-a-case-study-from-jordan.html

  • Edillo, F.E., Halasa, Y.A., Largo, F.M., Erasmo, J.N.V., Amoin, N.B., Alera, M.T, Yoon, I.K., Alcantara, A.C., Shepard. D.S. 2015. Economic Cost and Burden of Dengue in the Philippines. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 92(2):360-366. Available at: http://www.ajtmh.org/content/early/2014/12/11/ajtmh.14-0139.full.pdf+html

  • GBD 2013 Mortality and Causes of Death Collaborators. 2015. Global, regional, and national age–sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. 385(9963): 117-171. Available at: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61682-2/abstract

  • Shepard, D.S., Halasa, Y.A., Fonseca, D.M., Farajollahi, A., Healy, S., Gaugler, R., Bartlett-Healy, K., Strickman, D.A., Clark, G.G. 2014. Economic Evaluation of an Area-wide Integrated Pest Management Program to Control the Asian Tiger Mosquito in New Jersey. PLoS One. 9(10): e111014. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111014. Available at: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0111014

  • Shepard, D.S., Halasa,Y.A., Tyagi,B.K., Adhish,S.V., Nandan,D., Karthiga, K.S., Chellaswamy, V., Gaba, M., Arora, N.K., and the INCLEN Study Group. 2014. Economic and Disease Burden of Dengue Illness in India. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Oct 6. pii: 14-0002. [Epub ahead of print]. Available at: http://www.ajtmh.org/content/early/2014/10/02/ajtmh.14-0002.full.pdf

  • Tyagi, B.K., Karthiga, S., Vidya, C. Arora, N.K., Nandan, D., Halasa,Y.A., Charles,J., Mohan,N., Varadarajan,P., Mariappan, T., Samuel,P.P., Paramasivan,R., Adhish,S.V., Gaba,M., Porkaipandianh, R. T. and Shepard, D.S. 2014. Estimation of the Adjustment Factor for Hospitalized Clinically Cases Diagnosed and Tested for Dengue in Madurai Tamil Nadu (India). Dengue Bulletin, 38: 20-32. Available at: http://apps.searo.who.int/PDS_DOCS/B5158.pdf?ua=1.

  • Hotez, P.J., Alvarado, M., Basanez, M.G.M… Halasa, Y.A.,… Murray, C.J.L., Naghavi, M. 2014. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010: Interpretation and Implications for the Neglected Tropical Diseases. PLoS NTD, 8(7): e2865. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002865. Available at: http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0002865.

  • Halasa, Y.A., Shepard, D.S., Fonseca, D.M., Farajollahi, A., Healy, S., Gaugler, R., Bartlett-Healy, K., Strickman, D.A., Clark, G.G. 2014. Quantifying the impact of mosquitoes on quality of life and enjoyment of yard and porch activities in New Jersey. PLoS One, 9(3):e89221. Available at: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0089221.

  • Undurraga, E.A., Halasa, Y.A., Shepard, D.S. 2013. Use of expansion factors to estimate the burden of dengue in Southeast Asia: a systematic analysis. PLoS NTD, 7(2): e2056. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002056. Available at: http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0002056.

  • Shepard, D.S., Undurraga, E.A., Halasa, Y.A. 2013. Economic and disease burden of dengue in Southeast Asia. PLoS NTD, 7(2): e2055. doi:10.1371/ journal.pntd.0002055. Available at: http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0002055.

  • Lozano, R., Naghavi, M., Foreman, K., Lim, …, Halasa, Y.A., …, Lopez, A.D. & Murray, C.J.L. Global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet 380(9859):2095-2128, 2012. Available at: http://download.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140673612617280.pdf?id=40bade4753939e7f:-75469f07:13bbd37e2c5:-9891356091175979

  • Vos, T., Flaxman, A.D., Naghavi, M., … Halasa, Y.A., …, Lopez, A.D. & Murray, C.J.L. Years lived with disability (YLDS) for 1160 sequelae of 289 diseases and injuries 1990-2010: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet 380(9859): 2163–2196, 2012. Available at: http://download.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140673612617292.pdf?id=40bade4753939e7f:-75469f07:13bbd37e2c5:-9891356091175979

  • Murray, C.J.L., Vos, T., Lozano, R., ..., Halasa, Y.A., ..., Zonies, D. & Lopez, A.D. Disability-adjusted life years (DALYS) for 291 diseases and injuries in 21 regions, 1990-2010: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet 380(9859): 2197-2223, 2012. Available at: http://download.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140673612616894.pdf?id=40bade4753939e7f:-75469f07:13bbd37e2c5:-9891356091175979

  • Shepard, D.S., Undurraga, E.A., Lees, R.S., Halasa, Y.A., Lum, L.C., Ng, C.W. 2012 Use of multiple data sources to estimate the economic cost of dengue illness in Malaysia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 87 (5): 796-805.

  • Halasa, Y.A., Shepard, D.S., Wittenberg, E., Fonseca, D.M., Farajollahi, A., Heary, S., Gaugler, R., Strickman, D. Clark, G.G. 2012. Willingness to Pay for Area-wide Pest Management Program to Control the Asian Tiger Mosquito in New Jersey. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 28(3): 225-236

  • Halasa, Y.A., Shepard, D.S., and Zung, W. 2012. Economic cost of dengue in Puerto Rico. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 86 (5):745-752. Available at: http://www.ajtmh.org/content/86/5/745.long.

  • Halasa, Y.A., Dogra, V., Arora, N., Tyagi, B.K., Nanda, D., and Shepard, D.S. 2011. Overcoming data limitations: design of a multi-component study for estimating the economic burden of dengue in India. Dengue Bulletin 35:1-14.

  • Shepard D.S., Coudeville L., Halasa Y.A., Zambrano B. and Dayan G.H. 2011 Economic impact of dengue illness in the Americas. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 84(2):200-207.

  • Pérez-Guerra, C.L., Halasa, Y.A., Rivera, R., Peña, M., Ramírez, V., Patricia Cano, M., Shepard, D.S. 2010. Economic cost of dengue public prevention activities in Puerto Rico. Dengue Bulletin 34(supplement):13-23.

  • Halasa Y., Nassar H., and Zaky H. 2010. Benefit Incidence Analysis of the Government Spending on Ministry of Health Outpatient Services in Jordan. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal,16(5): 259-265.

  • Halasa Y., and Nandakumar A.K. 2009. Factors Determining Choice of Healthcare Providers in Jordan. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal,15(4): 959-968.

  • Shepard, D.S.; Halasa, Y.A.; Undurraga, E. (2014). Economic and disease burden of dengue. In: Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, Gubler, D., et al. (Ed). Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK: CAB International, in press, Chapter 3.

  • Hill, A.G., Douptcheva, N., and Halasa, Y.A. December 2011. Review of Studies, Surveys and Evaluations Supported by UNICEF in MENA Region during Biennium 2008-2009: Key Findings and Recommendations from the Perspective of the Medium-Term Strategic Plan. Amman, Jordan: UNICEF Regional Office of the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Halasa Y. March 2008. Mapping Health Care Financing in Jordan. Cairo, Egypt: World Health Organization Regional Office of the Middle East and North Africa. Link: http://gis.emro.who.int/HealthSystemObservatory/PDF/Health%20Care%20Financing/Mapping%20Health%20Care%20Financing%20-Jordan.pdf.

  • Banks D., and Halasa Y. August 2005. Patient Satisfaction and Pain Management in Ministry of Health Hospitals in Jordan, Bethesda, MD: The Partners for Health Reformplus Project, Abt Associates Inc. Available at: http://www.bpagroupllc.com/files/Tech082_fin.pdf.
Yara Halasa

Profile

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.

Degrees

Brandeis University
M.A. in Social Policy

Brandeis University
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

Awards and Honors

  • Ford Foundation Scholarship for Master of Science in International Health Policy and Management

  • iHEA Student Scholarship to present a session entitle “Dengue in India: the cost of illness” at the 9th World iHEA Congress in Sydney, Australia, July 8th, 2013.

  • BioVision.Nxt 2007 Fellowship to participate in BioVision.Nxt class of 2007 and The World Life Sciences Forum: BioVision 2007. Lyon, France (March, 2007).

  • Research fellowship to performed research on Benefit Incidence Analysis for Government Spending on Outpatient Visits in Jordan, at the Social Research Center, The American University in Cairo, sponsored by Mellon Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. Cairo, Egypt (November-December 2004).

  • 2014 Plant-Insect Ecosystem Section Integrated Pest Management Team Award. The Entomological Society of America. P-IE Networking session on Monday, November 17, 2014 at the ESA Annual Meeting.

  • First author of lead paper of the month in Journal of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2012).
  • Co-author of a lead paper of the month in Journal of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2014).