Diseases with Significant Policy Implications

Katherine Grace Carman Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Harvard Alumni List
Economist
Director of Behavioral Finance Form
RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Carman received her PhD from Stanford University. She is also a Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on behavioral economics, health economics, and public economics. Dr. Carman is particularly interested in how individuals' beliefs, perceptions, and decisionmaking processes affect their choices. Currently she is studying health insurance decisions and retirement decisions. She is also interested in the effects of peer behavior and characteristics on individual choices.

Previously, Carman was an Assistant Professor at Tilburg University and affiliated with CentER and Netspar.

Discipline: Economics
		

John Cawley Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Departments of Policy Analysis and Management, and Economics
Co-Director, Institute for Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Dr. Cawley received his PhD from the University of Chicago and his AB from Harvard University. John's primary field of research is health economics, with a focus on the economics of obesity. He studies the economic causes of obesity, the economic consequences of obesity, and economic approaches to obesity treatment and prevention.  John was awarded an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research by the RWJF, the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and the Charles C. Shepard Science Award in Prevention and Control by the CDC. John is also a two-time recipient of the Kappa Omicron Nu / Human Ecology Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Advising of students at Cornell. John is an Editor of the Journal of Health Economics, an Associate Editor of Health Economics, and serves on the editorial boards of The American Journal of Health Economics and Economics & Human Biology.  He also serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon).

Discipline: Economics
		

Daniel P. Dohan Ph.D.

Cohort 4 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor, Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy
Deputy Director, Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Dohan received his PhD in Sociology from University of California-Berkeley. He is also Co-Director, UCSF/UC Hasting Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy. His research examines the culture of medicine. Dr. Dohan received his PhD in Sociology from University of California-Berkeley.

Dr. Dohan's research focuses broadly on the culture of medicine. He leads a project to develop innovative methods to integrate qualitative and narrative data into clinical decision-making and patient-centered outcomes research. In collaboration with the campus’ precision medicine initiative, he is developing stakeholder-engaged approaches for educating patients about precision medicine and to support their involvement in precision medicine research. Finally, he is collaborating with the UCSF Center for Surgery in Older Adults on ways to better align surgical treatment decision-making with frail elders’ overall goals of care.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Eric A.Feldman Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Yale Alumni List
Professor of Law, School of Law
Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Feldman received both his PhD and JD from the University of California-Berkeley and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar.  His expertise is in Japanese law, comparative public health law, and law and society. His books and articles explore the comparative dimensions of rights, dispute resolution, and legal culture, often in the context of urgent policy issues including the regulation of smoking, HIV/AIDS, and other aspects of the health care system. Feldman has twice been a Fulbright Scholar in Japan, and has also been a Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and at the University of Trento in Italy, as well as a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Law in Tokyo. He has received grants and fellowships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Bar Association, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, among others. Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty, he spent five years as the Associate Director of the Institute for Law and Society at New York University. He is the author of The Ritual of Rights in Japan: Law, Society, and Health Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2000), the co-editor of Blood Feuds: AIDS, Blood, and the Politics of Medical Disaster (Oxford University Press, 1999) and Unfiltered: Conflicts over Tobacco Policy and Public Health (Harvard University Press, 2004), and has published academic articles in edited volumes and journals including the California Law Review, Law in Japan, American Journal of Comparative Law, Los Angeles Times, Social and Legal Studies, Hastings Center Report, Lancet, Law and Society Review, and the Michigan Journal of International Law.

Discipline: Political Science
		

David Frisvold Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Dr. Frisvold received his PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University and his Bachelor of Science in Mathemathical Economics from Wake Forest University. Professor Frisvold’s research interests include health economics and the economics of education. He is interested in understanding whether and how public policies targeted towards children influence their health and education outcomes, and his research specifically focuses on childhood obesity, soft drink taxes, early childhood education, school quality, and food assistance programs.

His research has been published in leading economics and health policy journals including Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Health Affairs and has been funded by various institutes and organizations including the NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, University of California Davis Center for Poverty Research, and Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin.
 

Discipline: Economics
		

Shana K. Gadarian Ph.D.

Cohort 16 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Maxwell School
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Dr. Gadarian received a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University in 2008. Her primary research interests include American politics, political psychology, and political communication. She is currently at work on a project entitled, Anxious Politics: Anxiety’s Role in Information Seeking, Trust, and Attitudes, joint with Bethany Albertson. The project explores how worries over public health, immigration, and terrorism shape how Americans seek political information, who they turn to in crises, and their political attitudes. As a Scholar, she explored how anxiety about health crises affects trust in government as well as how individuals deal with genetic risk.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Brian Goesling Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Director of Human Services Research
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ

Dr.Goesling received his PhD in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University. His expertise is in social programs and trends affecting families and youth. Dr. Goesling currently serves as project director for the Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches, a large, multisite random assignment evaluation of promising approaches to prevent teen pregnancy. He also directs a systematic evidence review of teen pregnancy prevention programs, serves as principal investigator for a large, multisite random assignment evaluation of healthy relationship programs for youth, and directs an ongoing cost study of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. He has published more than a dozen scholarly book chapters and journal articles, including articles in the Journal of Adolescent HealthJournal of Health and Social BehaviorAmerican Sociological ReviewAmerican Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces. He coauthored a recent report for the U.S. Department of Education on the largest experimental evaluation to date of the effectiveness of mandatory random student drug testing in U.S. high schools. He has also authored research on systematic reviews, teen pregnancy prevention, teenagers’ attitudes toward marriage, the links between marriage and health, and health care coverage among families with children. 

Discipline: Sociology
		

Marie E. Hojnacki Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor & Associate Head, Department of Political Science
Director of World Campus Programs
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Dr. Hojnacki received her PhD from Ohio State University in 1994, her Master of Science in Public Policy Analysis from University of Rochester in 1985, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Canisius College.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Rogan T. Kersh Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Yale Alumni List
Professor of Political Science, Department of Politics and International Affairs
Provost
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Kersh received his PhD in Political Science from Yale in 1996.  He returned as provost and professor of political science in July 2012.  In this role he oversees the University’s academic mission and programs on the Reynolda Campus, working closely with President Hatch, the academic deans, and faculty and administrative colleagues to support and enhance research, teaching, and graduate and undergraduate programs of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as Wake Forest’s Schools of Business, Divinity and Law.  He also coordinates academic programming with the administration of the School of Medicine.  Prior to arriving at WFU, Kersh was associate dean of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he was professor of public policy.

Dr. Kersh has published two books, on American political history and on health policy, and his Debating American Government (with James Morone) will be published by Oxford University Press. He has published over 50 academic articles, and does frequent media commentary on U.S. politics. He has been a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, a Luce Scholar, a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 15 years’ teaching at Yale, Syracuse, and NYU he has won four university-wide teaching awards.  Kersh received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 1996, and has professional experience in the U.S. Congress, the British Parliament, and at think tanks in Tokyo and Washington, DC.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Beth K. Kosiak Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Yale Alumni List
Senior Consultant and Program Officer, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Principal Consultant
Kosiak Health Policy Consulting, Washington, DC

Dr. Kosiak received both her PhD and MA from Princeton University. Dr. Kosiak is Principal Consultant of Kosiak Health Policy Consulting. She offers a broad range of health policy expertise from strategic planning, policy development and program execution to writing technical reports and grants and proposals. Experience in policy analysis,with a special focus on quality measurement, patient experience of care and value based purchasing. Extensive background in federal government, Medicare and physicians associations.

 

Her past projects are and were: Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC): April 2016- present
Providing strategic guidance and analysis to leadership, summarizing relevant literature and identifying key informants to assist the ACCC in meeting the requirements of its sponsors and fulfilling its mission, PCORI: April 2014- Present - Currently serving as senior consultant/program officer in the Improving Healthcare Systems Program at PCORI, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Signature Consulting: June 2013-December 2013 Played lead role in securing $23 million CMS PQRS contract and served as Interim Executive Director of the contract, directing all subcontractors and liaising to CMS until project was ready for hand off to a permanent director.

January 2013-June 2013: Provided strategic guidance and specific input to orthopedic surgical practice writing a grant for federal government funding; reviewed and provided expert technical feedback on draft reports from other consulting firms.

Discipline: Sociology