Kelsey Berry

Kelsey Berry

PhD Candidate in Health Policy (G6, Ethics)

Kelsey Berry holds a BA in Political Philosophy and Neuroscience (Honors) from Princeton University. Her primary research interests include the application of theories of justice to resource allocation decisions in domestic and global health systems, especially as it regards vulnerable populations. Her dissertation uses normative, qualitative, and quantitative analytic methods to evaluate access to organ transplantation by individuals who lack strong social support networks, and access to addiction treatment by criminal justice-involved individuals. Other research areas include analyzing progress towards non-discriminatory insurance coverage for behavioral health conditions subsequent to the 2008 federal mental health insurance parity law. Kelsey was a 2017-2018 GSAS Merit Term-Time Research Fellowship winner, the 2016-2017 Eugene P. Beard Fellow at Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, a 2015-2016 National Institute of Mental Health Pre-Doctoral Trainee, and a 2014-2015 Student Research Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. She is currently a recipient of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship and her research is currently supported by the Brandeis/Harvard Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment. She has served as a teaching fellow in several courses in health policy and public health ethics, and as a graduate research assistant with the department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and the Lab for Research on Ethics, Aging, and Community Health at Tufts University. Prior to joining the Health Policy program, she danced professionally in New York and was the second employee of a start-up focused on updating work structures in US companies to better support working parents.

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