Doctor of Philosophy in Social Policy

PhD Faculty

Diana Bowser, Associate Professor

Diana Bowser

Associate Professor and Director, PhD Program

Expertise: Health economics, health systems, Latin America, quantitative and qualitative methods

Bowser is a health economist focused on health system issues and research related to health financing, poverty, catastrophic health payments, quality improvement, human resources for health, decentralization, and health and economic growth. She uses econometric methods and costing techniques to evaluate health system changes globally with projects in the United States and around the world.   

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Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy; Director, Institute for Child Youth and Family Policy

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia

Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Director, Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy; Concentration Chair, Child, Youth and Families

Expertise: Public health, racial/ethnic disparities in health and social determinants of health, social policy and health

Acevedo-Garcia’s research focuses on the social determinants of racial/ethnic inequities in health, such as in residential segregation, neighborhood inequality and immigrant adaptation; the role of social policies in reducing those inequities, such as housing and immigration policies; and the health and wellbeing of children with disabilities and their families.

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Constance Horgan, Professor, Director of the Institute for Behavioral Health

Constance Horgan

Professor and Director, Institute for Behavioral Health; Co-Director, Schneider Institutes for Health Policy and Research; Concentration Chair, Behavioral Health

Expertise: Organization and financing of alcohol, drug and mental health service; quality and effectiveness of behavioral health treatment

Horgan’s research focuses on the organization, financing and quality of behavioral healthcare. She examines how alcohol, drug and mental health services are financed, organized, and delivered in the public and private sectors, and what approaches can be used to improve the quality and effectiveness of the delivery system.  

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Maria Madison, Associate Dean, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Maria Madison

Lecturer; Associate Dean, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity; Director, Institute for Economic and Racial Equity; Concentration Co-Chair, Assets and Inequalities

Expertise: intersectionality and bioethics, anti-bias/anti-racism workshops and pro seminars, discrimination analytics, clinical trial design optimization and problem solving, and evidence-based research methods; clinical and public health research in Africa and Europe

Madison is a public health researcher with extensive experience in clinical trials and population health disparities research. In addition to implementing evidence-based diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Heller, her research builds on multidisciplinary thinking to address systematized racism and close equity gaps through policy. She has received awards in pharmacovigilance and public history. She teaches racial determinants of health and inequality, and bioethics.

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Tatjana Meschede, Senior Scientist and Senior Lecturer

Tatjana Meschede

Senior Scientist and Senior Lecturer; Concentration Co-Chair, Assets and Inequalities

Expertise: Poverty, economic security, homelessness and housing, research methods/statistics, working with large national data sets

Meschede’s research centers on economic inequities and social and economic mobility with a specific focus on racial wealth disparities, housing and homelessness. A skilled qualitative and quantitative researcher, her work ranges from community centered evaluations collaborating with local non-profits and state departments to national data projects.

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Jennifer Perloff, PhD'06

Jennifer Perloff, PhD’06

Senior Scientist and Director, Institute on Healthcare Systems; Concentration Co-Chair, Health

Expertise: Evaluation research, study design, survey tool design and validation, data analysis, including claims data, manuscript preparation

Perloff is an expert in health services research and evaluation, with a strong emphasis on value-based payment. She has been involved in numerous studies on the cost, quality and efficiency of nurse practitioner-delivered primary care, as well as research and policy analysis to support population health models and other value-based models, such as episode-based payment.

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Cindy Thomas, PhD'00, Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Cindy Thomas, PhD’00

Professor and Associate Dean for Research; Concentration Co-Chair, Health

Expertise: Health policy, health technology transfer, state health reform, prescription drug policy, addiction treatment, Medicare and Medicaid coverage

Thomas researches and evaluates state and national health reform, pharmacy policy, insurance benefit design, and prescription drug abuse. Her work includes analyses of prescription drug utilization and spending trends, technology transfer, and impact evaluations of state coverage programs. Her work in behavioral health includes adoption and impact of new substance use disorder treatments, quality of treatment, and monitoring the prescribing and use of controlled substances. 

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Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy

Stuart Altman

Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy and Co-Director, Schneider Institutes for Health Policy and Research

Expertise: Healthcare economics and policy; healthcare industry reform, Medicare

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Professor Christine Bishop

Christine Bishop

Atran Professor of Labor Economics

Expertise: Health economics; economics of long-term services and supports and post-acute care; economics of aging

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Janet Boguslaw, Senior Scientist and Senior Lecturer

Janet Boguslaw

Senior Scientist and Senior Lecturer

Expertise: Asset development, program implementation and evaluation; poverty and economic security; precarious work; stakeholder engagement; qualitative methods and analysis; case studies

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Jon Chilingerian, Professor and Director, EMBA for Physicians Program

Jon Chilingerian

Professor

Expertise: Research and teaching on organizational leadership, DEA, health services research, performance management, health care management, 360 leadership coaching, executive education, and organization theory

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William Crown, Distinguished Research Scientist

William Crown

Distinguished Scientist

Head shot of Professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Professor

Expertise: Theory and method in industrial relations, negotiations, institutional analysis, organizational behavior, information systems, employment law, cross-cultural studies
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Karen Donelan, Stuart H. Altman Chair in U.S. Health Policy

Karen Donelan

Stuart H. Altman Chair in U.S. Health Policy

Stephen Fournier, Senior Lecturer in the Heller School and Adjunct Professor in the Brandeis International Business School

Stephen Fournier

Senior Lecturer in the Heller School and Adjunct Professor in the International Business School

Expertise: Statistics, econometrics, data analysis and applied causal modeling and data maintenance, special expertise in both Stata and SPSS

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Deborah Garnick, Professor

Deborah Garnick

Professor

Expertise: Managed care, health care quality, substance abuse treatment services, insurance reform, performance measurement, healthcare datasets, survey data

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Professor Jody Hoffer Gittell

Jody Hoffer Gittell

Professor

Expertise: Organizational change, organizational effectiveness, organizational resilience, organizational theory, human resource management, relational coordination
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Anita Hill, University Professor

Anita Hill

University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Expertise: Anti-Discrimination Law and Policy (Gender and Race)
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Dominic Hodgkin, Professor

Dominic Hodgkin

Professor

Expertise: Health economics, managed care, economics of mental health and substance abuse, prescription drugs

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Nina Kammerer, Senior Lecturer

Nina Kammerer

Senior Lecturer

Expertise: Anthropology and public health, Southeast Asia, US, and Catalunya, Spain, qualitative research methods, mixed methods, program evaluation, health services research, behavioral health, HIV/AIDS, trauma, ethnicities and nations, gender, kinship and social organization, ritual and religion

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Monika Mitra, Nancy Lurie Marks Associate Professor of Disability Policy and Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

Monika Mitra

Nancy Lurie Marks Associate Professor of Disability Policy and Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

Expertise: Health and disability research; public health approach to disability; disability-related disparities in health and health care access; violence against persons with disabilities; perinatal health of women with disabilities; reproductive health care access; unmet needs and barriers to care for people with disabilities

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Lee Panas, Senior Programmer and Lecturer

Lee Panas

Senior Programmer and Lecturer

Expertise: Statistical programming and analysis of large state and national databases

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Jeffrey Prottas, Professor and Director, PhD Program

Jeffrey Prottas

Professor

Expertise: Organizational research, community-based research, health policy and implementation studies, case studies, surveys and qualitative analysis

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Sharon Reif, Senior Scientist and Lecturer

Sharon Reif, PhD’02

Professor

Expertise: Health services research, with a focus on substance use disorders (substance abuse, addiction, alcohol, drugs) and other behavioral health

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Grant A. Ritter, Associate Research Professor

Grant Ritter

Associate Research Professor

Expertise: Statistics, quantitative methods, health services research

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Rajesh Sampath, Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights, and Social Change

Rajesh Sampath

Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights, and Social Change

Expertise: General topics in applied moral and political philosophy; philosophy of development; comparative religions; theories of justice; development ethics; philosophy of law, comparative constitutional law, critical race theory, gender and sexuality, human rights and theories of democracy

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Leonard Saxe, Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies

Len Saxe

Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies

Expertise: Social psychology, methodology, policy analysis; American Jewry

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Tom Shapiro, Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy and Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy

Thomas Shapiro

Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy

Expertise: Racial inequality and public policy

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Donald Shepard, Professor

Donald Shepard

Professor

Expertise: Health economics, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, health financing in the United States and globally, and their application to drug and alcohol abuse, cardiovascular disease, dengue and malaria

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Laurence Simon, Professor of International Development and Director of the Center for Global Development and Sustainability

Laurence R. Simon

Professor of International Development and Director, Center for Global Development and Sustainability

Expertise: Philosophy of development, political geography, poverty alleviation, agrarian reform, project planning and implementation, evaluation, organizational management

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Maureen Stewart, PhD'09, Scientist and Lecturer

Maureen Stewart, PhD’09

Scientist and Lecturer

Expertise: Health services research, with a focus on financing and organization of behavioral health care; use of technology to improve access to and quality of behavioral health care

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Christopher Tompkins, Associate Professor and Director, Institute on Healthcare Systems

Christopher Tompkins, MMHS’82, PhD’91

Associate Professor

Expertise: Health services research, health economics, national and state health policy, research methods

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Marji Erickson Warfield, Senior Scientist and Lecturer

Marji Erickson Warfield, PhD’91

Senior Scientist and Lecturer

Expertise: Children and youth with developmental disabilities and special health care needs, family adaptation, longitudinal studies, program evaluation

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Graham Wright, PhD'16

Graham Wright, PhD’16

Associate Research Scientist and Lecturer

Graham Wright is an Associate Research Scientist and Lecturer at the Steinhardt Social Research Institute and the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies.
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Meet the Director: A Q&A with Prof. Diana Bowser

Bowser, who became director of the PhD program in July 2020, is a health economist who specializes in financing and systems strengthening with an emphasis on improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations. Read the Q&A here. 


Heller Research on Inequities and Disparities 

Heller takes great pride in bringing evidence and knowledge to bear on social justice efforts wherever they exist—and wherever they do not. Many of our ongoing research endeavors seek to identify social disparities and evaluate or promote policies intended to resolve these inequities. Here are just a few examples.