The Health Services Research (HSR) Seminar Series

Semenir series1.pngThe HSR Seminar Series is hosted by the Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice with funding from the C. V. Starr Lectureship. The goal of the series is to expose graduate students, post-doctoral students and faculty both in the School of Public Health and across Brown University to cutting-edge research in a variety of health services research-related areas. This includes gerontology, quality measurement, quality improvement, health economics, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, mental health, comparative effectiveness research, behavioral economics and a variety of more methods focused topics of relevance to health services research.

The seminars take place throughout the academic year on the third Wednesday with the exception of January and feature leading health services researchers from the New England region and across the US.

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R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD
Louis Block Professor of Public Health Sciences
Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago

Lecture Title: "COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Lessons for Better Policy."

See the video of Dr. Konetzka's lecture.





Glyn Elwyn, MD, PhD, MSc
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice
Dartmouth College

Lecture Title: "The Exceptional Potential of Shared Decision Making."





Leemore Dafny, PhD
Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School







Valerie Stone, MD, MPH
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School





Chima Ndumele, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)
Yale School of Public Health







Mark Unruh, PhD                                                                                                                                                                     
Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
Weill Cornell Medicine Graduate School of Medical Sciences

See the video of this lecture here.





Fumiko Chino, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Lecture Title: "Financial Toxicity and Cancer in America."

Watch Dr. Chino's lecture here.


Christopher Koller
Professor of the Practice
Health Services, Policy & Practice
Brown School of Public Health
President, Millbank Memorial Fund
Former Health Insurance Commissioner, State of Rhode Island

Lecture Title: “State Policies for Affordable Healthcare – What does Health Services Research Have To Do With It?”


Eric Roberts, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Health Policy and Management

Lecture Title: “Effects of Cost-sharing Among Low-income Medicare Beneficiaries: Evidence from a Discontinuity in Medicaid Supplemental Coverage."

See the video of this exciting lecture here.




Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, PhD
Associate Professor, Sociology
Brown University
Affiliated Scholar, the American Bar Foundation
Author, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court

Lecture Title: "Criminal Justice as a "Welfare Handout": How Criminal Justice Professionals Adapt Welfare Dependency Narratives to the World of Custody and Courts."

View Dr. Van Cleve's fascinating lecture here.


12/16/2020 | JOINT LECTURE

Melissa Bostrom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Director, Emerging Leaders Institute &  Professional Development Series
Manager, the Professional Development Grant program
Duke University


J. Alan Kendrick, PhD
Assistant Dean
Graduate Student Development
Duke University



Lecture Title: “Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring at Duke University Graduate School.”


Marcella Alsan, MD, MPH, PhD
Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School




Lecture Title:  "Information Campaigns to Increase the Demand for Vaccination Among Black Men."


Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Stanford School of Medicine

Lecture Title: "Vaccine, Behavior, Viral Variant: Complexity and Models to Inform COVID-19 Policy."


Madina Agénor, ScD., MPH MEDINA AGENOR
Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture and Society
Department of Community Health
Tufts University

Lecture Title: "Critical Approaches for Incorporating Intersectionality into Health Services Research."


Andrew Ryan, PhD 
United Healthcare Professor of Healthcare Management
Professor, Health Management and Policy
University of Michigan
School of Public Health

Lecture Title: "A Bundle of Savings? The Effects of Program Design on Savings Potential in Medicare’s New Bundled Payment Program."



Vicki Fung, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Lecture Title: "Medicare Policy Effects on Mental Health Care Disparities."

View the video of Dr. Fung's lecture

(Room 245)

10/16/19 | JOINT LECTURE

Sherri Kaplan, PhD, MS, MPH
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Healthcare Measurement and Evaluation
University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine
Executive Co-Director, UCI Health Policy Research Institute
UCI School of Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care
UCI School of Medicine


Sheldon Greenfield, MD
Executive Co-Director, Health Policy Research Institute
University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine
Donald Bren Professor
UCI School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine
UCI School of Medicine


Lecture Title: "The Integration of Genomic, Clinical Severity and Patient-Reported Complexity Variables to Predict Treatment Response and Disease Progression in Early Prostate Cancer."

(Room 245)

*View the video of this exciting joint lecture here!
*Requires log-in with Brown credentials


Abigail Friedman, PhD
Yale University
Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)
Assistant Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Lecture Title: "Electronic Cigarettes: Risks and Regulations."

(Room 245)


Sherri Rose, PhD
Associate Professor of Health Care Policy (Biostatistics)
Co-Director of the Health Policy Data Science Lab
Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
Co-editor of the journal Biostatistics 
Chair-Elect of the American Statistical Association’s Biometrics Section

Lecture Title: "Machine Learning for Health Services Research."

View the video of Dr. Rose's lecture by logging in with your Brown credentials. 

(Room 245)


Adolfo Cuevas, PhD
Tufts University
Assistant Professor, Community Health

Lecture Title: "The Association between Psychosocial Stressors and Body Mass Index in Middle-Aged & Older Adults in the United States​."

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(Room 375)




Jointly hosted by


Christopher Robertson, MA, PhD, JD
Professor of Law
Associate Dean of Research and Innovation
University of Arizona College of Law
Author of Exposed: Why our Health Insurance is Incomplete and What Can Be Done About It


Rescheduled to AY21

Chris Koller, MBA, MAR
President, Millbank Memorial Fund
Teaching Associate, Brown School of Public Health
Former Health Insurance Commissioner, State of Rhode Island

Lecture Title: "State Policies for Affordable Healthcare – What does Health Services Research Have To Do With It?"


Rescheduled to AY21

Eric Roberts, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
University of Pittsburgh
School of Public Health

Lecture Title: TBD


Jane Ann Driver, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Harvard University Boston, MA 

Lecture Title: "Staging the Aging: Using a Measure of Frailty to Predict Clinical Outcomes."

(Room 245)


Signe Peterson Flieger, PhD, MSW 
Tufts Health Plan Professor of Health Care Policy Research
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA

Lecture Title: "A Mixed Methods Approach to Studying Health Care Organizations: Structures, Culture, and Implementation."

(Room 245)

Dan Ollendorf, PhD  

Director, Value Measurement & Global Health Initiatives
Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health
Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA

Lecture Title: "Evaluating and valuing drugs for rare diseases: No easy answers."

(Room 245)


Junenette L. Peters, PhD
Assistant Professor
Environmental Health
Boston University

Lecture Title:  "Joint exposure to metals and social stressors in relation to aging-related diseases."

(Room 245)


Yvette C. Cozier, D.Sc. 
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Boston University School of Public Health
Boston University

Lecture Title: “The Black Women's Health Study (BWHS): A Follow-Up Study of Black /African American Women.”

 (Room TBA)


Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., MPH  
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Division of Gerontology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair
Director, Aging Brain Center, Institute for Aging Research
Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston, MA

Lecture Title: "Delirium in Older Adults: A Public Health Priority."

(Room 245)


Margarita Alegria, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Medicine & Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Disparities Research Unit, Department of Medicine, 
Massachusetts General Hospital

Lecture Title: "Changing the Landscape of Mental Health Services for the 21st Century."

(Room 245)


Charles F. Manski, PhD
Department of Economics
Northwestern University

Lecture Title: "Patient Care under Uncertainty."

(Room 245)


John B. Wong, MD 
Professor of Medicine and Physician, 
Department of Medicine
Director, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Tufts CTSI, Tufts Medical Center

Lecture Title: "What do epidemiology, comparative effectiveness, and behavioral economics have to do with breast cancer screening?"

View the video of Dr. Wong's lecture


Joe Cappelleri, MPH, PhD
Executive Director of Biostatistics
Pfizer, Inc and
Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics,
Brown University

Lecture Title: "Applying the Rasch Model to Validate and Interpret a Kidney Symptom Index for Patients with Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma"

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Eric Tchetgen, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiologic Methods
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University 

Lecture Title: "Instrumental Variable Methods to Account for Non-Response Bias in Household HIV Testing Studies"

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Karen R.  Sepucha, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Harvard University

Lecture Title: "Shared Decision Making: Lessons from practice"

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Anna Sinaiko, MPP, PhD
Research Scientist
Department of Health Policy and Management
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University

Lecture Title: “The impact of Reference-Based Pricing for imaging services on choice of provider and spending in a national health plan”


William Hsiao, PhD
K.T. Li Research Professor of Economics
Department of Health Policy and Management
Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard Global Health Institute
Harvard University

Lecture Title: "Why the USA will adopt Medicare for All"


Daria Pelech, PhD
Principal Analyst
Congressional Budget Office
Washington D.C.

Lecture Title: "New Duals? Testing for a Welcome Mat Effect from the Affordable Care Act among Medicare Beneficiaries"


Franziska Rokoske, PT, MS
Director, End-of-Life, Palliative, and Hospice Care (EPHC)
RTI International 

Lecture Title: "What Do We Know About Hospice Quality?"

Location: Room 245

View the video of Dr. Rokoske's lecture here.


James Rudolph, MD, MS 
Associate Professor of Medicine 
Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and   Practice, Brown School of Public Health
Director, The Center of Innovation in Long Term Services and Support (LTSS COIN)

Lecture title: "Pairing HSR with Practice: the VA LTSS Center of Innovation"

Location: Room 245

View the video of Dr. Rudolph's lecture here.


Peter Haas
Associate Director Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative Brown University

Lecture Title: "New Tech for Boomers the Coming Wave of Robotics in Elder Care"


Location: Room 245


Nancy L. Keating, MD, MPH
Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School (HMS)
Associate Professor, Health Care Policy, HMS
Associate Physician, Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Lecture Title: “Diffusion and Use of Bevacizumab in Oncology Practices” 

Location: Room 375


James E. Stahl, MD, CM, MPH
Section Chief, General Internal Medicine, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Associate Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine

Lecture Title: "Economics of Mind-body Medicine"

Location: Room 375


Peter Whitehouse, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Case Western University

Lecture Title: “Dementia and the arts: transdisciplinary perspectives through a public health policy lens”

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Amresh Hanchate, PhD
Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine,
Health Economist, VA Boston Healthcare 

Lecture Title: "Determinants of Hospital Destination for ED Care"

Location: Room 375


Joshua Salomon, PhD
Professor of Global Health
Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Lecture Title: “Decision analysis and simulation modeling for public health policy”

Location: Room 245


Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences and Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School Division of Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Vulnerable Populations

Lecture Title:  “Reducing Antipsychotic Use in Nursing Homes:  A Tale of Two Intervention Studies”

Location: Room 245


Christine W. Hartmann, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Boston University School of Public Health and Research Health Scientist, Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, Bedford VA Medical Center

Lecture Title: “Quality improvement and research: how to build on existing strengths” 

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Emily F. Oster, PhD
Associate Professor of Economics and Associate Professor International and Public Affairs
Brown University

Lecture Title: "Diabetes and Diet: Behavioral Response and the Value of Health"


Julie Robison, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Connecticut
UConn Center on Aging

Lecture Title: "Connecticut's Money Follows the Person Demonstration: A Successful University - State Agency Partnership"

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Thomas Sequist, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School 
Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Partners HealthCare

Lecture Title: "Quality of Care in the Indian Health Service"


Nancy Kressin, PhD
Boston University School of Medicine 

Lecture Title:  “Unequal Lives, Unequal Treatment, Unequal Outcomes:  Transforming Good Intentions into Meaningful Action to Address Health Disparities” 

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Terri Fried, MD
Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics)
Yale School of Medicine

Lecture Title: "Promoting Advance Care Planning as a Healthy Behavior"

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Ben Sommers, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health Policy an Economics
Department of Health Policy and Management
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 

Lecture Title: "Medicaid Expansion versus the Private Option: Changes in Access to Care, Churning and Health"


Carrie Colla, PhD
Associate Professor
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Geisel School of Medicine

Lecture Title: "Effects of ACOs on High Cost, High Need Elderly"


Marcella Nunez Smith, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine
Founding Director of Equity and Research Innovation Center (ERIC).

Lecture Title: "Using Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Principles to Shape a Local and Global Health Equity Research Portfolio"

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Ben Handel, PhD
Associate Professor
Economics Department
University of California

Lecture Title: “What Do Insurers Do Differently Than One Another: Managed Competition and Value Added”


Vivian Ho, PhD
James Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics
Professor, Department of Economics
Rice University

Lecture Title: "The Implications of Upcoding for Spending on Emergency Department Visits"



Shubing Cai, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Health Sciences
University of Rochester

Lecture Title: "The Covid-19 Pandemic, Racial/Ethnic Differences and Use of Antipsychotics Among Nursing Home
Residents with ADRD"


Megan Cole Brahim, PhD
Peter Paul Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management
Boston University
Co-director of the BU Medicaid Policy Lab

Lecture Title: “The Short Term Impacts of Medicaid Accountable Care Models on Quality of Care for Pregnant People”