Alan B. Cohen

Program Director, RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research Program
Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Program Director, RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program
Boston University, Boston, MA

Dr. Cohen is the national program director of the RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research Program and the RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program.  At Boston University, he is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Questrom School of Business.  He served as a member of the Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in 2013 – 2015, and was a William Evans Visiting Fellow in 2010 at the University of Otago in New ZealandHis primary research interests include: evaluation of strategies for improving health care quality, access, and affordability; and comparative health care systems.  Previously, he held academic appointments at Brandeis University and Johns Hopkins University, and spent eight years at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (five years as Vice President for Research and Evaluation).  His earlier work included evaluation studies of federal and state health programs.  Dr. Cohen is an editorial board member of Inquiry and an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.  He is coeditor of Medicare and Medicaid at 50: America’s Entitlement Programs in the Age of Affordable Care (Oxford, 2015) and principal author of Technology in American Health Care: Policy Directions for Effective Evaluation and Management (Michigan, 2004).  He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, and his M.S. and Sc.D. in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health. 

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