Recent Student News

Recent student publications:

Amada Kreider  (G1, Econ) - Study published in JAMA Pediatrics, "Quality of Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care for Children in Low-Income Families":


Slawa Rokicki (G4, ESS) Paper published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research with program alum Doug Levy (2004, ESS):

Slawa's work was also recently featured on the World Bank Development Impact Blog:


PhD Students in Health Policy Win Teaching Awards for Spring 2015

Five PhD students in Health Policy were awarded for their exceptional teaching in Spring 2015 by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. The Bok Center awards these certificates to teaching fellows, teaching assistants, and course assistants who receive an overall rating of 4.5 or above on the Q evaluation five point scale.  The courses and students are listed below:

Bethany Gerstein (G3, Mgmt) and Ashley Fryer (G4, Mgmt) - The Quality of Health Care in America, GHHP 50

Paula Chu (G6, Dec Sci) and Mihan Lee (G4, Med Soc) - Research in Global Health and Health Policy, GHHP 99

Cassie Peitzman (G4, Econ) - Societies of the World 24




Summer Happenings and News

Student Publications:

Over the summer our students stayed busy by working on research and writing. Below are some of the work that was published this summer:

Christine Baugh (G2, Ethics) published the following article: Concussions and youth football: using a public health law framework to head off a potential public health crisis. Christine Baugh and Zachary Shapiro. Journal of Law and Biosciences.

Full text available online:


Jamie Daw (G3, ESS) had an article published evaluating international approaches to the regulation of fecal microbiota transplant, a promising new therapy for C. difficile, the most common hospital acquired pathogen in the U.S.

Link to article: 


Mary Gorski (G2, PA) co-authored a study about how Massachusetts schools are improving their food options: Press release: Full article:



Steven Hoffman (November graduate, ESS) received a New Investigator Salary Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. More info is available here:


Adrienne Sabety (G2, Econ) was accepted into the Harvard Inequality and Social Policy Fellowship.

The fellowship focuses on research from the disciplines of economics, political science, sociology, and social policy.  While the tools of each discipline illuminate specific aspects of social policy problems, the Multidisciplinary Program explores how certain research puzzles might be more effectively addressed with a multidisciplinary perspective. It aims to produce scholars grounded in the recognized disciplines of their home departments, but who can also navigate the models, methods, and evidence of scholarship in adjacent social science fields.  It includes a year-long class and weekly workshop.




Health Policy Updates for April 

Kelsey Berry (G2, Ethics) had an article published in Psychiatric Services that found 25% of health plans sold on two state insurance exchanges appeared to violate the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Read the paper here. The paper also received national news coverage in USA Today.


Kate Lofgren (G1, Decision Sciences) published a book chapter in a new encyclopedia, International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences

Lofgren, K.T., Wang, H., 2015. Adult Mortality in Developing Countries. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 1. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 153–160.


Slawa Rokicki (G3, ESS) was selected for the Population Reference Bureau's U.S. Policy Communication program for the next year:

It is a year-long program to train researchers how to effectively communicate their research findings to influence policymaking. There is a week-long workshop in DC in the summer and then a practicum to develop policy communication materials based on her research.



Health Policy News Updates for March

Mark Shrime, G4, Deciscion Sciences


Mark Shrime (G4, Decision Sciences) was in the news for a piece he wrote on how easy it is to get medical research published and how to keep an eye out for fake journals. Read more here

Ben Sommers (Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics) and Jacob Wallace (G5, Econ) had a research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics on the effect of the dependent coverage expansion on health and access to care for young adults. Read more here.

Christine Baugh (G1, Ethics) was awarded the NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant for a project that will use smartphone based ecological momentary assessment to understand athlete's physical health, mental health, and quality of life and the potential relationship with head impacts sustained through sport. Read more here.

Jamie Daw (G2, ESS) had an article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that estimated the economic costs of implementing a universal pharmacare program in Canada. Read paper here. The paper also receved national news coverage in The Star and CBC News.



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