Physicians

Karen R. Albright (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Affiliated Faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work
University of Denver, Denver, CO

Dr. Albright received her PhD in Sociology from New York University. Dr. Albright’s research interests focus on health behaviors among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, the barriers to their care, and potential solutions for improving care (e.g., collaborations between public health entities and private practices). In recent years, she has become particularly interested in how distrust of pharmaceutical medicine and the U.S. health care system affects health behaviors and outcomes. Dr. Albright’s research has been published in a wide variety of social scientific and medical journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Academic Pediatrics, Sociological Forum, and American Behavioral Scientist. Her research has been funded by, among others, the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the National Science Foundation. She is the Vice-President Elect of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology. 

Discipline: Sociology
		

Denise L. Anthony (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 4 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Sociology
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Dr. Anthony received her PhD and MA from the University of Connecticut and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine, and a faculty affiliate at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. From 2014-17 she was Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives. From 2008-2013 she was Research Director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) at Dartmouth

Discipline: Sociology
		

Damon Centola Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor and Director of Network Dynamics Group
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Centola received his PhD in Sociology from Cornell University. He was an NSF IGERT Fellow in Non-linear Dynamics and Complex Systems.  He is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Centola's work addresses the theory of how behaviors spread through social networks. His research uses computational models and online experiments to study innovation diffusion, social epidemiology and cultural evolution.  His papers have been published across several disciplines, including sociology, physics and public health, appearing in journals such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, and the American Journal of Sociology. His work received the American Sociological Association’s Award for Outstanding Article in Mathematical Sociology in 2006, 2009, and 2011, and has garnered the ASA's Goodman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sociological Methodology. He has developed new computational and experimental technologies, including the NetLogo Agent Based Modeling environment, and was awarded a U.S. Patent for inventing a method for building online networks to promote diffusion.  Recent popular accounts of Damon’s work have appeared in The New York Times, Wired, and CNN.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation.

Discipline: Sociology
		

William E. Encinosa Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Michigan Alumni List
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy
Senior Advisor/Economist
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
		

Brigham R. Frandsen Ph.D.

Cohort 17 — Harvard Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Brigham Young University , Provo, UT

Dr. Frandsen received a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. His research focuses on the causal effect of interventions and institutions on the distribution of individual outcomes in health care, education, and labor markets, and on developing the econometric tools to identify and estimate these effects. Some current projects include a study of the political economy of union wage setting and its effect on the distribution of earnings, and the effect of fragmentation in health care on the distribution of patient outcomes.

Discipline: Economics
		

Matthew J. Gabel Ph.D.

Cohort 3 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Dr. Gabel received his PhD in political science from the University of Rochester in 1994 and was member of the faculty of the University of Kentucky until 2005.  His research interests span comparative politics, international political economy, European politics, and medical decision making.  He is a founding co-editor of the journal European Union Politics and has published articles in theAmerican Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics.  His work on health policy has focused on theoretical and empirical issues of group decision making in consensus panels, which are used in the review of medical therapies and procedures as well as in medical diagnosis.  Publications of this work have appeared in the Journal of Health Economics and the Archives of Neurology.  He is currently consulting for Bristol-Myers-Squibb on a drug trial related to his research on the diagnosis of dementia.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Lei Jin Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Dr. Jin received both her PhD in Sociology and Master of Science in Statistics from the University of Chicago. Her overarching research interest lies in the interplay of health, medicine and social systems. She has published in journals such as Demography, Social Science & Medicine, Social Science Research and Health Affairs, among others. Jin's work falls into two areas: the social determinants of health and the social organisation of health care. In the first area, she has examined how people's social relationships are linked to their health-related outcomes. She has published papers assessing how marital status affects the utilisation of health care and how local and trans-local social ties influence rural-to-urban migrants'mental health by shaping their social comparisons. She is also interested in delineating how structural inequality affects individual health through psychosocial pathways. In her current projects, she is investigating how relative social status, status inconsistency and social mobility influence health, the consequences of migration for psychological well-being and the health effects of contextual social inequality in China. In the area of social organization of health care, she has studied patient-doctor interaction in the US and the changing patterns in the use of Chinese medicine in China. Her on-going project focuses on professional autonomy among physicians in China's public hospital reforms.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Jonathan Ketcham Ph.D.

Cohort 9 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Earl G. and Gladys C. Davis Distinguished Research Professor in Business, W.P. Carey School of Business / Department of Marketing
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Dr. Ketcham received his PhD in Economics from The Wharton School and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Baylor University. Dr. Ketcham's interest are Physician organizations, incentives and learning, prescription drugs and medical devices, and hospital competition under managed care. He is a consulting with Pfizer Inc; Wolters Kluwer Health. His current projects are Physician-hospital gainsharing; physician decisionmaking; diffusion of drug-eluting stents; Medicare Part D. His recent awards is Principal Investigator, R01, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. "Hospital-Physician Gainsharing." $484k. He recent co-authored publications are: "Influence of Patient Race on Physician Prescribing Decisions: A Randomized On-line Experiment." Journal of General Internal Medicine,24(11): 1183-91 and "Physician Clinical Information Technology and Health Care Disparities." Medical Care Research and Review, 66: 658-681.

Discipline: Economics
		

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
		

Kurt J. Lavetti Ph.D.

Cohort 18 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Dr. Lavetti received a PhD in Economics from Cornell University in 2011. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). His research in labor and health economics, focuses on empirical estimation of compensating wage differentials, the determinants of job mobility and impacts of non-competition contracts, physician labor markets and organizations, and health insurance. He currently has several articles under review.

Discipline: Economics