Wendy Cadge (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Harvard
Professor, Department of Sociology
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Dr. Cadge received her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2002. Dr. Cadge's research focuses on religion in the contemporary United States as related to health and healthcare, immigration, and sexuality. Her first book, Heartwood: the First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005. Her most recent book Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine will be released by the University of Chicago Press in October 2012. Recent articles focus on medical studies of intercessory prayer, physicians' experiences of religion and spirituality, hospital chaplains, and the prayers people write in hospital prayer books. Dr. Cadge works regularly with the media and has published op-eds in the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Baltimore Sun.

Discipline: Sociology

William E. Encinosa (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Michigan
Senior Advisor
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD

Dr. Encinosa received his PhD in Economics and MA in Mathematics from the University of Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. His current research includes the economics of medical errors, malpractice tort reform, the debt and asset holdings of the uninsured, the effects of direct-to-consumer advertising on drug prices, and bariatric surgery for the obese. His research has recently appeared in numerous media outlets, such as the NBC Today show, CBS’s The Early Show, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and USA Today. In 2009, he won the John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year Award in Health Services Research for his article “The Impact of Medical Errors on 90-Day Costs and Outcomes.” Prior to joining AHRQ, Dr. Encinosa is currently a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Managed Care.

Discipline: Economics

Nicole Esparza (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Harvard
Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Esparza received her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2007. Her research interests include organizational dynamics, urban inequality, and economic sociology.  Dr. Esparza's dissertation used a multi-method approach to examine nonprofit organizations in twenty-six U.S. metropolitan areas.  This research explored how inter-organizational dynamics and social and political context affect the distribution of homeless services.  As a Scholar, she studied hospital patient “dumping,” a practice in which hospitals avoid high-cost patients by refusing to admit, transferring, and/or releasing patients in unstable conditions.

Discipline: Sociology

Seth M. Freedman (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 17 — Michigan
Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Dr. Freedman received his PhD from the University of Maryland Department of Economics. His research primarily focuses on the causes and effects of technology diffusion and utilization in health care, including the effects of insurance expansion on hospital technology adoption, the effects of financial incentives on technology use, and the effects of electronic medical records on patient outcomes. His work has been published in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics and Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, and he has received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

Discipline: Economics

Mireille Jacobson (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Michigan
Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, The Paul Merage School of Business
Director, Center for Health Care Management and Policy
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA

Dr. Jacobsen received her PhD from Harvard University in 2001. Dr. Jacobson’s research focuses broadly on access to timely and appropriate health care, hospital behavior and the impact of Medicare payment policies on physician treatment decisions.  Her research has been published in leading economics and health journals, such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Jacobson’s work has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) program, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. As a health economist and nationally recognized expert on Medicare cancer payment policy. She has received grants from the National Insititute on Aging, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Child Health and Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund. She is a research associate in the Health Care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow at the Center for Economics and Social Research at USC. Prior to joining the Merage School, she was a senior health economist at the RAND Corporation, the Deputy Director of RAND Health's Economics, Finance, and Organization (EFO) Program, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is currently working with several states and localities to develop effective ways to address the current opioid epidemic.

Discipline: Economics

Michael Sauder (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 17 — Harvard
Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Iowa , Iowa City, IA

Dr. Sauder holds a PhD is sociology from Northwestern University. His research interests include quantification, organizational evaluation, and status. He is currently completing a project that explores the effects of public rankings on higher education. Ongoing research includes a study of how children’s hospitals use rankings, awards, and certifications to establish organizational identity and an investigation of how physician groups respond to patient experience surveys.


Discipline: Sociology