Jeffrey Prottas


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Phone: 781-736-3955
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Organizational research, community base research, health policy and implementation studies, case studies, surveys and qualitative analysis


  • HS 257b - Conflict Resolution by Negotiation
  • HS 425f - Case Study Methodologies
  • HS 472b - Policy to Action: Understanding Implementation
  • HS 477b - Conflict Resolution by Negotiation
  • HS 521a - Political and Organizational Analysis


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Colgate University

Jeffrey Prottas



Dr. Jeffrey Prottas, Ph.D. is a Professor at Brandeis University and a member of the senior staff of the Institute for Health Policy. Dr. Prottas has specialized in research on organizational behavior and change, especially in service delivery programs. Taking an implementation viewpoint, his work has focused on how organizations adapt to changes in their organizational and technical environments. This research has been concentrated in the health care field and has been concerned with program and policy evaluation and the impact of organizational and political factors in the implementation of public policy. Methodologically his research has depended on a combination of qualitative and quantitative techniques, including case studies and survey methodologies. Dr. Prottas has extensive experience using comparative case studies of organizational decision-making and in the management of multi-site data collection efforts. This has included studies of the impact of organizational structure and decision-making processes on effectiveness in such diverse organizations as substance abuse treatment facilities, hospitals and Community Health Centers. During the last several years Dr. Prottas has extended his work into the community's role in policy development and implementation. This approach focuses on the importance of partnerships with community-based organizations. Dr. Prottas has written extensively on issue of organ transplantation and procurement and has taught courses on negotiation and mediation at Harvard University and Brandeis University.

Awards and Honors

  • Atlantic Fellow, British Government, "for outstanding research and writing on medical uses of human tissue" (1996)
  • Books of the Year Award, American Journal of Nursing (The Most Useful Gift: Altruism and the Public Policy of Organ Transplants) (1994 - 1995)


  • Prottas, Jeffrey (co-authored). Housing Turn-over in a large Non-Profit Housing System. Persertationof Affordable Housing Inc.: 2019. (forthcoming)
  • Prottas, Jeffrey( co-author). "Improving Inter-organizational coordination between primary care and oncology." Medical Research and Review (2019). (forthcoming)
  • Stason, et al Prottas, Jeffrey. "Effects of Expanded Coverage for Chiropractics Services on Medicare Costs." PLOS/One (2016). (forthcoming)
  • coathored- with Gureewich,etal Prottas, Jeffrey. "Managing Care for Patients with Substantance Abuse Disorders in Communnity Health Centers,." J of Substance Abuse Treatment forthcoming. (2016). (forthcoming)
  • Gurewich, D., Sirkin J.,Prottas, Jeffrey. "Coordination of Primary Care and Substance Abuse Treatment Services in Community Health Centers." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2012). (forthcoming)
  • Prottas, Jeffrey. "Evaluation of an Attorneys General initiative to prevent underage tobacco sales (co-author),." Tobacco Control (2009). (forthcoming)
  • Prottas, Jeffrey (co-authored). "System Level Factors and Use of Cardiace Rehabilitation." Joournal of Cardioplumonary Rehabilitation and Prevention (2008). (forthcoming)
  • Prottas, Jeffrey. "Costs and Benefits of the Career Family Opportunity Program." Crittenton Women's Union Conerence, Boston. May 1, 2012.
  • Prottas, Jeffrey. "Policy Implications of Recent Finds on Sales to Underage Drinkers." Responsible Retail Forum Annual Meeting, Boston. April 11. 2012.
  • Prottas, Jeffrey, Melnie Gaiser. "Choices must be made: Methodological Choices on a shoestring." American Evaluation Association, San Antonio, TX. Jan 2010.
  • Prottas, Jeffrey. "Medical Hardship: Among the Insured: Measures, Demoraphics and Source." (2010).
  • Prottas, Jeffrey ( co-authored). Who Experiences Hardship: Findings from the 2007 survey of Farm and Ranch Families in the Great Plains,. The Access Project, Sept. 2008. 2009.
  • Prottas, Jeffrey (co-authored). Dental Care, Dental Costs and Dental Insurance among Farm and Ranch Operators in the Great Plains. The Access Project, Jan 2008: 2009.
  • Prottas, Jeffrey (co-authored). Who Experiences Hardship Because of Medical Costs: Report on the survey of farm families in California. The Access Project, Nov 2008: 2009.
  • Prottas, Jeffrey. Costs of Dental Care and the Impact of Dental Insurance Coverage. Access Project 2009.
  • Prottas, Jeffrey. Who is UnInsured?. Access Project. 2009.
  • Prottas, Jeffrey. Who Has Medical Debt and What are the Consequences?. Boston Access Project: 2009.
  • Prottas, Jeffrey ( with co-author). "Use of Forensic DNA Evidence in Procecutors' Offices." Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Summer 2007 (2008).
  • Prottas, Jeffrey (co-autored). "Farmers and Ranch Operators and Helath Costs".
  • Prottas, Jeffrey (co-authored). "Comsumer Driven Health Care; Cost Constainment Reality or Myth." ACHI Annual Meeting. New Orleans
  • Prottas, Jeffrey (co-authored). "How Farmers and Ranch Operators Get Health Insurance and what they spend of health care".
  • Pryor, C, Cohen, A., Prottas, J., Access Project,. The Illusion of Coverage: How Health Insurance Fails People When They Get Sick. The Access Project. Boston, MA: 2007.
  • Suaya, J.A., Shepard, D.S., Normand, S.L., Ades, P.A., Prottas, J., Stason, W.B.. "Use of Cardiac Rehabilitation by Medicare Beneficiaries after Myocardial Infarction or Coronary Bypass Surgery." Circulation 116. 15 (2007): 1653-1662.
  • Prottas, J.. "Costs, Charges and Medical Debt: What is the Real Goal?." American Heart Hospitals Journal 3. 1 (2005): 39-45.
  • Gurewich, D., Prottas, J., Seifert, B., Seager, S.. "Medical Debt and Consumer Credit Counseling Services." Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 15. 3 (2004): 336-346.
  • Gurewich, D., Prottas, J., Leutz, W.. "The Effect of Hospital Ownership Conversions on Nonacute Care Providers." Milbank Quarterly 81. 4 (2003): 543-565.
  • Gurewich, D., Prottas, J.. Lynn Community Access Project: Final Evaluation. The Access Project. Boston, MA: 2003.
  • Gurewich, D., Seifert, B., Prottas, J.. The Consequences of Medical Debt: Evidence from Three Communities. The Access Project and The Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2003.
  • Pryor, C., Seifert, R., Gurewich, D., Oblat, L., Rosman, B., Prottas, J.. Unintended Consequences: How Federal Regulations and Hospital Policies Can Leave Patients in Debt. The Access Project and The Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Boston, MA: 2003.
  • Prottas, J.. "Rationing Human Organs for Transplant." Transparency in Public Policy: Great Britain and the United States. Ed. Finkelstein, N.. New York, NY: St. Martin Press, 2000. 70-92.
  • Capitman, J., Prottas, J. Action Where it Counts: Communities Responding to the Challenge of Health Care for the Uninsured. The Access Project. Boston, MA: 1999.
  • Standley, A., Prottas, J.. Ecu-Health Care: An Ecumenically Sponsored Medical Program in North Adams, Massachusetts. The Access Project. Boston, MA: 1999.
  • Prottas, J.. Lives that Depend on the Kindness of Strangers - Editorial. 1996.
  • Yee, D.L., Capitman, J., Sciegaj, M., Leutz, W., Prottas, J.. A Consumer's Guide: Finding the Assisted Living Program for You. National Resource Center: Diversity and Long-Term Care, Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 1996.
  • Prottas, Jeffrey. The Most Useful Gift: Altruism and the Public Policy of Organ Transplants. Jossey-Bass, 1993.
  • Prottas, Jeffrey, with W. Leutz, R. Abrahams, L. Diamond, L. Gruenb. Changing Health Care for an Aging Society. Lexington Press, 1985.
  • Prottas, Jeffrey. People Processing: The Street-Level Bureaucrat in Public Bureaucracies. Lexington Press, 1979.